77ships (8494) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33 cl. bottle split @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. An American style IPA brewed with sea buckthorn and juniper berries, playing in on the current Danish culinary fascination with foraging & the booming Baltic market for craft beer. Rather curious about this because of the sea buckthorn which I have never tasted but I am a) always greatly interested in beers with unusual ingredients & b) Cantillon once made a bear with sea buckthorn. It took me a while to figure out what precisely the cover was supposed to portray, from a distance I initially thought that it was supposed to be an art-deco-esque image of thorn paper but up-close it is a clearly birch tree, a highly culturally ingrained & common + very beautiful tree, common in that part of Europe. It pours a bright opaque cartoon / children vitamins orange, actually the colour strongly reminds me of persimmon’s, the head doesn’t stick around for long, its white and strongly resembles dishwashing liquid foam in on washing water. The smell is very sweet and strongly fruity, soft tangerines, lots of nectar, flowers, fruitiest American hops, soft mango & light exotic fruits. Taste is sweet apricot, tangerine & mango juice blended with sweet children’s aspirin & vitamins, orange flavoured, slight tang, very “other” / new fruits for me, must be the sea buckthorn, I though it was going to be a slight, maybe it is there, maybe it isn’t type of addition but this is hugely in your face, totally dominating, very special. I can totally see people getting turned off by this, this tastes like something that Freigheist would make, if you know what that means. Also picking up lemon peel and flowers in here, finish carries some floral bitterness but quite light with that aspirin / vitamin tang, some sweet candy also in the back and light herbs. Feels fuller and flatter body-wise. Seriously special stuff, took some getting in, that is one hell of a particular fruit but proof that fruit beers can be challenging and interesting and not just terrible alcopop’s where you can taste the artificial sweeteners. Fruit beers is unquestionably a style that I would like craft brewers to explore further.
angelkostvo (1191) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange color, cloudy with no head. Aroma of pine, honey, passion fruit, bananas, pineapple. Taste is light sweet and massive bitterness (well balanced) throw the end, quite amazing actually. Light body , slick texture, soft carbonation. Wow this was great.
Kauge (1706) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Stockmann in Tallinn (€ 3,95) in Oct 2014. Love the label. The beer pours a very (!) murky orange with a huge bubbly creamy head that laces and retains nicely. Call me a freak but I like how it looks. Nose is... oh wow... I’ve had it many times before but it always manages to hit a nerve... It’s potent with rich sea-buckthorn juice and sharp bitterness of juniper berries; it’s spicy, resinous, piney, bittersweet, biscuity... Taste is similar: beginning with succulent fruitiness, the harsh bitterness of juniper and sea-buckthorn takes over in a matter of milliseconds, bewildering the palate with the most thick and sticky hurricane of spiciness, numbing it just enough to make one reluctantly wish for another sip of this wild beast of a beer. It’s got a medium to full body, medium minus carbonation, and, as said, a sticky mouthfeel and a very long, bitingly bitter finish.
I fckn adore such freaks.
Must note that I also adore sea-buckthorn juice.
VereTipsu (40) - ESTONIA - APR 18, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Head: white, small, dissipates quite fast.
Aroma: caramel, fruit, sourish fruity aroma, but sweet.
Color: very hazy opaque pale amber.
Taste: sour, malty, very strongly spicy, but can’t quite understand of what it comes from - spice without spice! Hops finish what the sourness started.
Palate: Full body, moderate carbonization, prickly mouthfeel with something sharp like chilli crawling up the throat (can’t place what this is exactly), very bitter juniper and hops aftertaste.
Grzesiek79 (4131) - Radom, POLAND - JUL 26, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fajne choć nie do końca jest to owocowe piwo. Dla mnie to IPA. Fajna gra i rownowaga miedzy slodycza a chmielnoscia a zwłaszcza kwaskowoscia która pochodzi z rokitnika. Ten dziki i kwaskowy owoc w drugiej fazie i daje uczucie kwaskowosci delikatnej bo słodycz rownowazy to uczucie. Dlugi finisz kwaskowo slodki. Chmielnosc dodatkowo w aromacie, grejfruty wyczuwalne daja wrazenie ze to piwo owocowe. Dla mnie to hybryda lambicka z IPA. ale tylko smakowo i zapachowo. Rokitnik dobrze znam i jego walory zdrowotne dlatego polecam to piwo dbającym o zdrowie.
HuskerTan (1845) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Juicy Fruit gum, guava, mango, tropical fruits.
A- Orange color, cloudy liquid, white head.
T- Juicy, citrus, gummy bears.
P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, juicy finish.
O- Vaugely reminded me of To Ol’s Sur Sour stuff. Very juicy and refreshing. Don’t know anything about juniper berries and buckthorn but apparently they make a delicious beer. I could drink a ton of this. Not sure why it gets to be a fruit beer instead of an IPA on here, but regardless it’s great.
MetalNHopHead (1652) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, I want more Scandinavian IPA’s like this. It has the standard hazy orange color of a regular IPA. Aroma is like a dank stew of juniper, spruce, pine, herbs, and tropical fruit all thrown together. It tastes like grapefruit, papaya, guava, mango, peach, apricot, and grass. This beer is bright, spicy, juicy, and tangy. To Øl has some fun beers, but this was just plain awesome.
tyler_durden (116) - ITALY - JAN 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Bottle @ Il pretesto. It pours hazy orange with a good white head on top. Aroma is orange/fruity and baltic berries. Taste is bitter and sour due by berries and hops. Very good ipa with an interesting fruity sourness.
davidm (2071) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Slowbeer. Nice nose and taste. Aromas of caramal, grain, peach. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, long length. Palate is velvety, almost creamy, and medium bodied. Orange, with a frothy head.
erickok (5628) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely developed with big juicy hops, farmy sweaty yeast. Some fermenting fruit. Taste is soury as well, gose like, plucky, really nice. Unexpectedly great mix of strong modern hops and (kettle?) sourness. Super beer, so drinkable yet special! (33cl bottle from Saveur Biere)