Alengrin (4895) - BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Organic pale ale apparently intended as an English style IPA, the original embodiment of the now omnipresent craft beer style so to speak, bottle from Plan B. Thickly ’paper’ lacing, egg-white, dense and moussy, medium thick, stable head over a hazy peach blonde beer with vaguely greenish tinge; turns into a murky ochre with yeast sediment added. Aroma of lemon-scented hand soap, lime juice, powder sugar, gooseberry, green banana, home made lemonade, daffodils, lemon candy, star fruit, bitter honey, cucumber, fresh green peppers, bread crust, white pepper, shampoo, sweet crémant wine. Vivid, fruity onset, lots of unripe, sourish gooseberry and dito peach, pineapple touch, sweetness remains very restrained and hidden in the background as a green banana-like presence; spritzy carbonation, minerally, somewhat coarsening the mouthfeel, which is otherwise light and supple. Cereally middle, bit grainy and almost pale lager-like in fact, but softened by a light caramelly ’roundness’; minerally carbonation and green fruit effects carry on well into the finish, meeting a green, fresh, grassy and floral hop bitterness there, drying, a tad resinous and wormwood-like in its deepest parts, releasing peppery and dried flower-ish aromas retronasally along with a scent of lemon zest. Quite refined thirst quencher, this one... I expected a golden ale but this is indeed hoppy enough to qualify as an IPA. As for that ’English’ aspect: New Zealand has some great and unique hop varieties, but I doubt if the lemony aspect which one of them appears to have produced here, would be fit for an old school English ale... There is still, however, a floral and plainly peppery hop pungency to this which is not that far removed from the more bitter representatives of English pale ales - but I am using some imagination here. Whatever the style: refreshing, elegant and pleasantly drying quencher.
kermis (12195) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared thanks to Scotty001. Pours very hazy dull golden with a white head. Aroma of weedy hops, earthy hops, light peppery notes and yeast. Flavour is light sweet and moderate bitter. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Maakun (4645) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared thanks to Scotty001. Hazy golden with fluffy white head. Spicy yeast, white pepper, some citrus hops, dank marihuana, light grains, fresh bread. Very light sweetness with dry bitter herbal finish. Light to medium bodied with dry feel.
Scotty001 (563) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured slightly hazy light orange amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet fruit and soft malt. Light body, flavour is lightly sweet, lightly bitter.
rumproasts (5309) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. golden with small head. lemony with some english-tasting hops. strange, but it kinda works.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, thanks to FlandersNed. Sticker on the cap reads "3-12". Very cloudy golden orange color. Pours with a very big white head that just sort of stays put. Leaves plenty lace. Taste seems to have gone sour here. It’s tart, and moderate bitter. Medium body. Soft carbonation, with a very dry texture. If this is infected, it’s not terribly bad, here. Kind of works. Has a nice lemony citrus aroma. Light grassy hop. In the end, pretty decent stuff, especially after it’s had a chance to sit for a while. Much better than I expected for a 1.5 year old IPA, I’m thankful that it’s not just a caramel-malt bomb (don’t get any of that, in fact)
Countbeer (6336) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very big blown vast thick and slowly settling down white head.
A fluffy white head/island lacing on top of a hazy yellow colored beer.
Aromas of hops, citrus, hints of lime and grapefruit, floral, herbs and creamy grains. Crispy jacket.
Flavours of herbal and floral hops with some citrus and grapefruit, hint of creamy malts and a nice growing bitterness.
Aftertaste is a mix of floral hops, fruity hebs, bitters and some green grass.
Low to medium carbo, soft creamy mouthfeel, good medium body and a light creamy texture.
Crispy, citrussy, bitter and freshly balanced. Could drink this all day.
madmitch76 (23681) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
17th October 2011
Cloudy gold beer, decent white head. This was a mild gusher, possible carrying a mild infection. Light palate, crisp and frothy. Creamy malt. Seltzer minerals. Sharp grapefruit bitterness. Finishes crisp. Refreshing but a little one dimensional.
ROGUE (2205) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap Birch & Barley Wash. DC. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with aone finger white head and light lacing. Smells of pale malts, earthy and floral hops with a bit of citrus too. Taste has a very nice hop bite, quite a bit bitter, citrusy and floral. Along with an odd metallic taste and some pale biscuity malt. Medium in body and carbonation.
Fin (10047) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from, Burg Bieren, Ermelo, Netherlands, consumed at home, Sunday 14th October 2012 Pours light gold, touch hazy. Dry, bitter but refreshing. I like the fact that this is not swamped in a sweetness, it really is quite decent. Nice softness in mouth, touch pithy with grapefruit showing. A6 A4 T8 P4 Ov14 3.6