GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent IPA overall but not as impressive for the style compared to the Nøgne Ø Pale Ale. Pours a clear dark amber with very little carbonation. Head is nice and thick and stays for the duration of the beer. Lacing is great as well. Mouthfeel is very creamy and fantastic. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Not much citrus as in typical American IPAs. This is nicely balanced with the malt and hops. Initial taste is very earthy and offsetting, but I’m going to let it slide and blame it on the trans-Atlantic shipment. Aftertaste is sweet and somewhat dry. I agree, this is extremely creamy and overall excellent for an IPA.
Ljunkan (530) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
50 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Oslo, shared with Bananamaniac.
Pours a hazy orange color with a nice foamy white head, leaving some lacing on the glass. It remains until the beer is finished.
Aroma is absolutely wonderful: tropical fruits, passionfruit, citrus and grapefruit... wonderful hops to describe it in other words.
Flavour is also really good, even though it’s not as perfect as the smell. Lots of nice tropical fruits here, the citrus fruits is a bit more dominating though, especially the grapefruit. It ends with a very nice and long bitterness. Notes of sweet, balanced malt also.
It’s very smooth and filling in the mouth. A very good and drinkable beer. The best IPA I’ve had.
daknole (10926) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy amberish orange. Frothy white head. Aroma is stone fruits, apples, hops and smooth malts. Damn this is the creamiest IPA ever. wow. Flavor is smooth, malty and hoppy all married so well. Bingo!!
sridleyGTR (23) - Golden, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1pt .9 oz bottle, served in shaker. A small layer of thick, molasses-colored sediment coats the bottom of the bottle. Pours a hazy caramel color, with a massive, pillowy off-white head that lingers forever. Medium to heavy carbonation. Aroma is yeasty, bready, grassy, spicy. Slick, somewhat oily, mouthfeel. Somewhat fizzy. Flavor is sweet and grassy up front, changing quickly to citrus. Lingering bitter hop aftertaste, with a sticky, dry finish. Not as bitter as many American IPAs, but still packs plenty of hop bite, with a decent malt balance. I’d place it somewhere between an English and American IPA. I will definitely drink this one again.
LilBeerDoctor (3857) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a huge, thick light tan head. Aroma of lots of caramel malt, brown sugar, raisins, and toffee. Flavor of nice caramel malt with a slightly bitter finish. I’m not sure if this beer was supposed to taste like this (my bottle was definitely somewhat aged, but what can you expect with IPAs from overseas?) but I like it anyway. Nice malty goodness! Very tasty and supremely drinkable.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of caramel malt, hops in the citrus area. Flavor rich in both malt and fruity notes, mild but notable bitterness, sweetness comes predominantly from all the citrus fruit notes. A very nice IPA, especially since lots of sediment indicated that it had clearly held up over quite some time.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy but glowing dark orange with a thick creamy beige froth on top with very fine lacing. Typical Nogne aroma, plastic, pineapple, earthy, lemon-grass. First taste is very bitter and earthy, very dry yet with an underlying slight toffee sweetness. Quite doughy with notes of grapefruit, pine and alcohol. A bit of rum-cake with a long lasting bitter aftertaste. Medium body, easy drinking and airy with abundant fine sizzling carbonation. Sophisticated.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. GUSHER !!! (My first) Pours a hazy amber,very large off-white head, due to it being a gusher. Aroma is hops and grapefruit. Flavor is subdued grapefruit and hops, malt, a little sweet. Not a hop bomb, but a nice IPA.
Svesse (8287) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 20 Sep 2008) Reddish amber colour, cloudy, with frothy beige head. Fruity, malty nose with orange peel, resin and fruit cake. Fruity, malty taste with notes of orange peel, pine needles, resin, orange marmalade and a hoppy, resiny finish. Fairly sweet. Medium to full body. Nice beer with a powerful hop character.
rederic (3324) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber-orangeish hue, with a big fluffy white head, leaving laces,yeasty, mild toasty malt, flowery hop leafy nose with some piney, coniferous accents, with a hint of zesty lime fruitiness, and citrus note, with a hint of toffeeness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a floral hop pine niddle character, with some coniferous, cedary accents, some grapefruit, lemon zest fruitiness, and a mild toastiness, leading towards a grassy, leafy hop bittering finish.