Reviewed by Luke on Sat Dec 13 2014
I brewed this with out the rice syrups and forgot to add the honey(!). But it still turned out great. Copper in colour with a nice thick-white head. Medium bodied and well balanced mouth-feel. Not too heavy so could also be enjoyed slightly chilled on a hot day. Lovely fruit/grapefruit/citrus taste with a malty finish.
I will brew this again for sure.
Reviewed by Beer Dude on Tue May 6 2014
At 6.9%abv., coming in a slim, long-neck 330ml brown bottle; BB 26/03/2015, served mildly chilled in a Hapkinâ€™s branded short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.
It pours a murky, dark reddish amber colour, coming with a thick, dark beige cappuccino froth with very good retention, while the carbonation remains mild and sporadic.
Overripe fruitiness manifests along with a thick body of mixed malts, with caramel, Munich and nutty malts in dominance, littered with some acidic sweetness from yeastiness and a faint touch of funk even. Given a very good swirl, resinous hops with a main theme of pine sprigs, earthy and also citric notes come to the fore, while the maltiness also presents a somewhatâ€¦ â€œcreamyâ€ feature.
Lightly effervescent, the flavour is full-bodied with crystal and pale malts in support of a light layer of spicy and piney hops, without lending any sweet influence; the aftertaste is earthy, tea-ish and burned nutty bitter, semi-raisin-like in aroma, and lightly chewy tannic, in a fashion almost as if roast malts are used in the boiling process, while a rather deep aroma as of toasted malts lingers in the very end alongside a light alc. warmth.
Overall, the mouthfeel is refreshing and light against an unusually robust but not sweet malt backbone, resulting in an intriguing contrast on the palate. I canâ€™t say I really like this version as the hop elements are far more pronounced in their bitter departments than in the aroma & flavour ones, but the thick body without too much sweetness really hooks my palate almost in the same way as a darker Premium Bitter could do. Worth trying for once at least, I think.
Reviewed by Stephen G. on Thu May 1 2014
It poured dark golden brown. slightly murky with a tan/khaki head about 2 fingers that lingered around for awhile
Great stone fruit/caramalized pineapple/tropical citrus. Fairly deep almost roasty malty hoppy. almost a pure cane sugar cola syrup after taste
Good mouthfeel, thin enough to be easy, thick enough to hang around long enough to not overstay its welcome
Good beer, would drink brew again for sure