Alpha10 (778) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2017 Concealer (1251) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Clear gold wit ha foamy, off-white head. Aromas of pine, grass, light citrus and biscuit. Flavor is biscuit, light citrus, grapefruit, pine and some spice. Medium bodied, slightly dry finish with some lingering pine and spice.
2017/07/02 - Pours a hazy orange gold colour with a thick, rocky, white head the slowly reduces and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is ripe tropical fruits, orange and cereal with floral and herbal notes. Smells like a flavoured herbal tea. Taste is cereal, light mango, pine, orange and hops that are herbal, floral and lightly spicy. Mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation and a moderately bitter, drying finish that is long and lightly herbal. Overall, pretty good stuff.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Alengrin (5438) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2017
Westbrook’s regular IPA, from a can bought at Bierhalle Deconinck, canned early March so about five months old - just a little bit too much for this style perhaps, but anyway. Very thickly cobweb-lacing, frothy, thick, egg-white head, foamy but coarse in structure with relatively large bubbles, opening in the middle but clinging tightly to the edge of the glass and remaining very stable in a milky, moussy and elegant way, over a lightly and equally hazy, peach-hued ’old gold’ beer. Still lush and fragrant, exotic, very citrussy, strongly New World hoppy aroma of freshly squeezed lime juice, lime zest even, fresh maracuja, kumquat peel, Meyer lemons, rambutan, granadilla, green banana peel, Thai lemongrass, fresh white bread, lavender soap, freshly crushed wormwood leaves, white grapes, spruce shoots, jasmin blossom, pear. Lively fruity onset, a basket of exotic citrus fruits, very crisp and refreshing, lime, pomelo, tangerine - but granadilla and a dash of starfruit as well, sweetish in its core but with elegantly souring edges; quite sharpish carbonation, minerally, accentuating the sourish aspect and filling the mouth cavity with quite coarse bubbles, perhaps a bit much for the style. Cereally, very lightly ’white’ bready and even faintly caramelly malt core, but no sweet biscuity treats here, all the credit goes to the hops, which swiftly establish a long, wormwood- and very yellow grapefruit-like bitterness that sits on the tongue for a long time without becoming too abrasive; more importantly though, they yield a wealth of retronasal citrus flavours, again very thoroughly grapefruity but also a tad piney and exotic, with impressions of tropical sweet-and-sour fruit species. Some juiciness lingers at the back, very appetizing and refreshing. The retronasal aromas last for quite a while even if this is five months old - I wonder how intense this was at about one month or so. In any case: Westbrook is a very accomplished brewery that handles its recipes with great care and attention to detail, and this IPA is no different; classic West Coast profile, sure, in that sense perhaps already a bit obsolete these days to the hordes of NEIPA addicts, but West Coast style at its best (even if made at the East Coast), with a delicacy, fragrance and expressiveness I have not encountered in quite a while. The aroma is downright addictive if you have a thing for citrus fruits - I have rarely come across them in such a vivid, perfumey, luscious way. A truly stunning example of the general American, ’new’ India pale ale style, one I’d happily present to anyone trying to get acquainted with it here in Belgium, where beers of this profile are often attempted at - as is the case in large parts of the worlds today - but hitherto never really achieved. My faith in Westbrook is once again confirmed. vinivini (2581) - Gomel, BELARUS - JUL 25, 2017
Can. Cloudy golden. Huge rocky head. Nice fruity aroma. Peach, mango. Dried pear. Medium minus body. Clean pale malts and massive hops form the taste. Grapefruit, walnut, resin. Long lasting medium bitterness. Very good. j12601 (12700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2017
On tap at Draught. Pours a gently hazed golden orange with a medium sized white head. Gentle citrus and grapefruit on the nose, a bit of candied tropical fruit. Medium bodied, soft fruit, gentle fruit, slow bitterness, a bit of candied apricot, mango. Slow musk, tropical fruit, slow bitterness.
Bacchus66 (569) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2017
From tap at ADT. Pours lightly hazed golden orange, with a foamy white head and good lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, oranges, pine with hints of caramel. Flavors follow with juicy, bitter citrus and malt to balance. Medium carbonation, lingering bitter finish. Not over-the-top hops, just a really good IPA.
Trolleo (1622) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 19, 2017
Mostly gassy aroma, some citrus and tropical fruit from the background, spicy notes. Hazy golden color with medium sized white head. Raw tropical fruit,medium to high bitterness, lots of pine and some grass, much of everything, it’s interested, different, but maybe not so great with balance. Thin to medium body, soft to average carbonation. Overall very nice. nutjes (1049) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2017
35,5cl-blik van bij Bierhalle Deconinck te Vichte. U: Wazig stroblond met een witte schuimkraag. G: Citrus, harsig en tropisch fruit. S: Tropisch fruitig met een lichte citrusbitterheid en wat hars. M: Doordrinker met medium carbonatie. SimonBlok (629) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2017
35,5cl can at home. Appearance: hazy yellowish golden with medium white head. Aroma: citrus, flowers, lavender, yeast, orange. Taste: medium sweetness and medium bitterness. Notes of yeast, citrus, orange zest and some flowers. Palate: medium bodied, watery texture and lively carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone nickd717 (4707) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Can pours slightly hazy golden with a lasting, lacy white head. Aroma is sweet bread, floral notes, some tangerine. Flavor is sweet pale bready sugary malt, good floral balance, medium citrus bitterness. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Good one. ogivlado (7866) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 26, 2017
Canned 355ml. -at Pivoteka Zagreb. Unclear golden coloured, small white head, mild fruity hoppy nose. Moderate malty, herbal hoppy (tea like notes), touch of caramel and mild citrusy notes. Bitter finish and aftertaste. Not the freshest one.