scottw86 (1179) - Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Bottle. Poured a hazy orange/brown with a large white head. Large fruity aroma. Peaches, malts. Taste of peaches, apples, and some pale malts. The combination of fruits and carbonation remind me of champagne. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Alcohol is not noticeable as much. An interesting brew, worth a try. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Bottle: Pours a hazy redwood liquid forest, the head atop had adequate lacing capabilities, an off white, almost light peach hue, and a dense yet somewhat thin formation. The nose exhibited significantly ripe fruits, bending in the direction of apricot and peach with a light essence of orange and a thin cloud of baby powder. If the wood has any influence, it’d be the slight whisper of mustiness, but overall, the impact of any apparent wood aging, at least compared to both the french oak and acasia versions, is minimal. That being said, the vibrant ripeness of the fruit accents makes for a pleasant experience nonetheless. When flavors hit the tongue, the juiciness is first detected..peach and apricot again, enough sweetness to bring out some vividness, and arguable enough to start to overshadow nelson’s bitter side...unless we’re speaking of the finish..which is where nelson’s bitter half shows just a peak of his existence. Overall...The american oak influence doesn’t seem to be much of an influence at all here..it’s a fairly straight forward nelson hop beer with maybe a smidgen too much sweetness covering any bite that the hops may have. Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 10, 2010
Corked bottle. A hazy pale amber beer with a latge, frothy, mostly lasting white head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty and moderately hoppy with notes of toasted grains, grapefruit, tropical fruits, vanilla, wood and alcohol. The flavour is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately sour, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, lively carbonation, very long finish with medium to heavy bitterness, lightly to moderately alcoholic. The oak character is well integrated and balanced, Very tasty. randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2010
375ml bottle.Pours a very dark copper/orange with a huge foamy off white head.Nose is that typical funky almost urine smell that comes from the Nelson Sauvin hop with a hint of wood as the beer warms.Taste is citrus hop up front with creamy malts throughout.There is the essence of American oak that I pick up at times but not overpowering.I am shocked that this beer is 100+ IBU’s.I dont get that at all.I really enjoyed this beer.This is a very smooth and very clean IPA but I think I hoped for a bit more..... cgarvieuk (25992) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2010
Bottle at home ... amber ... big white head ... soft fruity peach ... little oxidisation in nose ... soapy fruity hop ... i think i might have kept this a little too long ... huge amount of mellon ...
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2010
(37.5cl thanks to bu11zeye). Pours a cloudy gold with white fizzy head. Aroma of nice citrus, farmhouse, light tartness, wood. Flavor is very much the same, is dry, woody and a bit of grapefruit hoppiness. Mouth feel is medium body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, Tasty! Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 1, 2010
Bottled 375ml. Ordered from www.bierkompass.de. Decent-sized head. A complex brew with a great hop profile. Sticky spotty lace. I think the barrel aged components don’t add to my appreciation of this beer. skortila (5987) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2010
Bottled. The aroma has citrus, some grapes, honey, yeast. Bit hazy, copper-golden coloured brew with a medium, lasting head and bubbles on the glass. The taste is little sourish, bitter, has grapefruits, some woody tones, citrus and yeast. Medium bodied. I enjoyed this one. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
(37.5cl thanks to bu11zeye) clearish yellow with a film of bubbles. Nose of candi sugar, grapes, and citrus fruits. Taste of bitter citrus, light earth, grapes, oily medium bodied finish that’s bitter but smooth. ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a hazy deep golden color with a small off white bubbly head. Notes of lemons, white grapefruit, sugar syrup, and nuts. Medium to long finish. The american oak imparts additional notes of honey and smoke.