the_beergery (64) - - JUN 10, 2017
10 oz draft at the probably the world’s smallest beer bar, Beer Cargo, in Taipei! Appearance of this massive Imperial IPA is a hazy golden orange hue, topped with generous and regenerating white froth, which releases an big aroma bouquet perfumed with hoppy floral, grass, and predominantly citrus notes. Guzzling it down, the taste starts of sweet and full of citrus fruits, mainly grapefruit, and then the sweetness fades into an eye-poppingly intense bitterness, which lasts throughout the long lingering finish. In the mouth, this brew has a nice medium bodied feel to it, aided by a decent level of carbonation which never lets you forget its presence. Great brew! Marko (5640) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 7, 2017
Can at Craft Room, thanks Trolleo and Luka D.! Amber, white head. Dry malty aromas, some herbs, onion, fruit, okay. Herbal-citric light notes ending in bitterness, and bubblegum really. Too much dry grainy bitterness, otherwise excellent. alexsdad06 (10284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Bottle sample from notes. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have pale toasted malts, grapefruit citrus, dank, resiny hops, light catty notes, caramel, decent enough for a Mikkeller IPA. nihtila (3603) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2017
Taster from can at Kultainen Apina, Finland. Hazyish amber. Nose is resin, caramel, sticky sweet. Tastes sweet fruity, pineapple, citrus, tropical fruits. androman (2292) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2017
33cl can at home from De Caigny, Belgium. Nose is tropical fruits. Body is hazy amber copper, head is big, offwhite, rocky, mostly lasting, good lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits, pine resin, honey, tea, soap, grapefruit. Medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light fruity citric sour. Finish is long lasting hoppy fruity medium bittersweet. Full body, slick texture, medium carbonation. Quite easy, quite refreshing, strong flavor, very tasty, perfectly balanced, great one.
Fules (1194) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - MAY 13, 2017
Hatalmas, örökké tartó hab, félbarna szín. Déligyümölcsös, fenyős illat. Déligyümölcsös, fenyős, kissé földes ízek. Testes, erősen szénsavas, erősen keserű. Jól összerakott hardcore IPA.
Alengrin (5262) - BELGIUM - APR 29, 2017
From a can bought at Bierhalle Deconinck. One of countless Mikkeller IPAs with a not very inspired but all the more clear name: an imperial IPA with Simcoe, this cannot go wrong... Thickly ’membranous’ lacing, irregular, moussy, slightly greyish white, stable head over a hazy, deep, pure and warm orange blonde beer. Strong aroma (reaching my nostrils from half a yard away), classic fresh IIPA, with impressions of pink grapefruit flesh, raw garlic, red onion (obviously very Simcoe indeed), sweet red curry, biscuit, pine resin, mandarin juice, withering basil leaves, calvados, paprika, dried mango cubes, unripe banana, a faint hint of sewer water (fading away quickly, fortunately) and something very vaguely, subtly ’intoxicating’ gasoline-like though this is likely a fusel alcohol effect. Vividly fruity onset, mildly tropical in ’colour’ with impressions of green banana, dried mango, slight lychee and a lot of blood orange, sweetish with a balancing sourish edge, vaguely salty hoppiness already noticeable at the start but subtly so (more subtle than in many other IPAs of this potency, in fact), spritzy carbo but not overcarbonated, full and oily, almost lightly glueish body. Lovely, creamy, biscuity and caramelly malt sweet backbone supports a growing hop intensity, debouching into a lush, big retronasal ’cloud’ of Simcoe fragrance, a ton of fresh grapefruit juice with that undeniable sweet onion accent, red curry spicing and a slight ’pineyness’, resinous and very firmly bittering in the mouth, very grapefruity and tonic water-like, long but not as long as I’ve seen in some more ’over the top’ DIPAs and IIPAs and still leaving a narrow opening for the lovely biscuity malt sweetness to seep through. Spicy, very aromatic, bold and almost overwhelming, yet still elegant ending, in all, reinforced by a potent, whisky-like alcohol heat trying to fight the Simcoe for dominance but just not achieving that - luckily. A real balancing act in terms of alcohol presence and almost intimidating hop bitterness (both admittedly typical for the style), this one, but somehow it remains on the ’good’ side, that is to say: though both the alcohol and the hop bitterness are unsurprisingly prominent in the finish, neither of them overrules the malt core completely, so that everything falls into one piece with the Simcoe obviously attracting the bulk of the attention. Elegant example of high standard, highly recommendable if you like big, fruity, juicy DIPAs - and particularly recommendable if you like Simcoe, because this beautiful and colourful hop variety (one of my personal favorites) is really the star of the show here, I rarely came across it in such a degree of vibrant splendidness. Very well done, it’s been a while since I had a Mikkeller but this brand rarely disappoints - yet even then, this is among the finest DIPAs I had so far from Europe (or from anywhere for that matter). Kudos! romanstep (546) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 2, 2017
W nosie średnio/wyraźnie intensywnie: pełno słodkiej żywicy i nut leśnych, resztę dopełnia słodko-gorzki grapefruit. Barwa złota, minimalne zmętnienie, piana nie za wysoka, ale jest gęsta, o drobnych ziarnach i przez cały czas towarzyszy piciu piwa. W smaku też jest nieźle, mango, marmolada z owoców tropikalnych, grapefruit, żywica... mnóstwo żywicy, finisz lekko alko. Goryczka średnia w kierunku wysokiej żywiczno-grapefruitowo-alkoholowa. Świetna DIPA, gdyby lekko zejść z woltażu i całkowicie ukryć alko, byłaby idealna imperialna IPA. Puszka do 15.11.2017 GoddamnNoise (142) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2017
33 cl. bottle @ Home.
Aroma: not very intense aromas of tropical fruits, passion fruit, mango, grapefruit, pine, resin, citrus and hints of alcohol, caramel and malts.
Appearance: quite deep golden-honey color with much above average head thickness. Off-white head foam made of very tiny bubbles. Excellent retention, very much above average. Medium-High Brussels’ lacing. A very little bit of hazyness, almost clear.
Taste: low-to-medium sweetness, medium-high bitterness, no sourness. Flavors of tropical fruits, passion fruit, grapefruit, pine, resin, citrus, caramel, some hints of wine, porto wine.
Palate: medium body, oily texture, above average carbonation, very long dry bitter finish of pine, citrus, resin, tropical fruits, some porto wine overtones. Very well hidden alcohol. Very well balanced at first, and high bitterness at the end.
Overall: Very pretty color and excellent appearance, head thickness and retention. Not very intense aromas but very good and lingering flavors of pine, citrus, tropical frutis, mango, passion fruit, resin, with hints of wine, porto wine. Very good beer. Rune (12612) - Tromsř, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2017
330ml can from Vinmonopolet Langnes. Near-clear orange-gold body. Firm white head leaving lacing rings down the glass. Tropical fruity nose. mid-dry. Rather solid taste profile of citrus drops and passion fruits. Well hopped tail, warming. Full bodied. Good drinking on a Friday eve (Tromsř 10.03.2017).