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To Øl Garden Of Haze

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.4%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) New England style fruit India Pale Ale.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.14
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.9

Intro: A 500ml can, with a best before date of 8th November 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very lightly misty golden colour, with a two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Light tartness, guava, passionfruit, mango and grass.
Taste: Tart, guava, passionfruit, mango, lemon juice, then it just goes really sour with nothing to balance it.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: A self described NEIPA, but really, nothing about it screams NEIPA. I believe it was created with Garden of Eden (which I actually enjoyed) in mind, but this was just a strange one for me. Aromas were good and fruity, but taste just went full on sour after starting out encouragably with some nice fruitiness. There was no balance to the sour and zero bitterness. A sour Fruit beer comes to mind here, but good ones have more complexity than this pure sour bomb.

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Gweilo Blazon IPA

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 60 IBUs. 1000L Batch

Brewer Description: (from can) Blazon IPA showcases two classic hop varieties. A large dose of Citra delivers an immense aroma of grapefruit and lime. This combines with the orange, lemon and peach notes from a large measure of Amarillo, creates a juicy, lip smacking tropical hop bomb.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.02
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 1st August 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very lightly hazy (from very small but suspended particles) golden straw colour with a two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Light tea, lots of citrus, lemon zest, lemon, grapefruit rind, lime and pine with hints of peach and mango.
Taste: Light sweetness mixed with a good amount of bitterness. Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, lightly grainy, pine, grass, peach and apricot.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I like it. It’s light and it feels more session than a 6% IPA, but it’s got pretty good citrus and tropical fruit in its aroma and taste.

Council Hazing Cane

Brewery: Council Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 6.6%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Double dry hopped India Pale Ale. Hops – Ekuanot, Mandarina Bavaria & Mosaic

Brewer Description: (from Council Kearny Mesa tap list menu) The mandarin orange aroma and flavour stands out in this delicately balanced tropical fruit bomb.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.06
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 1 pint can with no canned on or best before date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw orange colour with an almost three finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Juicy, mango, apricot, passionfruit, orange, orange rind, pine and grass.
Taste: Juicy, orange zest, mandarin, mango, peach, light bitterness, orange rind, pine and grass.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Enjoyable with good tropical and citrus juiciness, light bitterness and nicely balanced.

Abnormal New Money (Vic Secret)

Brewery: Abnormal Beer Company
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Hazy India Pale Ale. Hops – Nugget, Cascade, Citra, Simcoe and Vic Secret

Brewer Description: (from can) This Hazy IPA is a showcase of some of the most hipster millennial hops one can acquire. In this edition of our rotating series, we bring you Vic Secret, and no we didn’t dry hop with any lace or glitter. Strong fruity character and resiny pine dominate on the nose and flavor, finishing juicy and creamy. Remember, a nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore… unless you’re talking about New Money IPA. The symbol above is the currency symbol for bitcoin, the pioneer of cryptocurrency which, like this beer, is an innovative take on an existing paradigm.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.54
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 16th July 2018, ‘Love spell’. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Witbier like with strong sweet banana, clove and coriander. Lightly herbal with hints of pear, grass and citrus zest. Not at all what I was expecting.
Taste: What a strange one to describe. Less Witbier tones, although it’s still there with the banana and clove. I want to say the major flavour I get is pear juice. Hints of floral and grass as well as honey here and there.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Not at all what I was expecting. Based on aroma and flavour, it seems closer to a Witbier than an IPA let alone NEIPA, but the aroma and flavours were very apparent and not bad at all. Worth a try.

Abnormal Boss Pour

Brewery: Abnormal Beer Company
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: West Coast India Pale Ale. Hops – Cascade, Simcoe, Nugget, Citra and Mosaic

Brewer Description: (from can) Feel like a boss? You will when you crack open our flagship West Coast Style IPA, Boss Pour. Waves of Pacific Northwest hops are supported by American 2-row and copious amounts of English specialty base malts. Bright citrus and a touch of dank hop character are the ones in charge here, and will surely be good for the end of your daily grind. So step on up, be a Boss.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 16th July 2018, ‘Kiki, do you love me??’. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Mandarin, mango, orange zest, pineapple, dank, pine and grass.
Taste: Bitter, citrusy orange zest, grapefruit peel and rind, light sweetness, mandarin, tropical fruit, pineapple, pine, grass and hints of mango.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice West Coast IPA. Good bitterness and good tropical and citrus fruit flavours.