"Appearance was typical beer yellow with half inch head that lasted fairly long. Aroma was mostly citrus, especially grapefruit with piney notes. Flavor was pure hop bitterness with a touch of the grapefruit. Way too bitter! Mouthfeel was light to medium but balanced over the palate. Drinkability is low, it's just way too bitter, a real hop bomb. NOT recommended!"
It starts off with a description that I never heard of before (or saw as I have drank cases of this beer). "Typical beer yellow"? I have never seen a beer yellow NN- ever. The Aroma and Flaver are spot on. Yes, NN is mostly citrus- grapefruit and pine in the nose. Yes, it is pure hop bitterness- have you seen the awesome label.
But then this person* goes off the deep end. The lines- "Way too bitter!" and "NOT recommended" took me for surprise. I must also note that this guy gave the beer a D. D?!?!?!? How is that possible. Then I came to my senses and thought about his remarks. If you don't like hop bombs, or big Amber (Double IPA) ales, then no you won't like this beer. But if you don't like those styles, why would you even pick it up? Again, did you not look at the label when you bought the bottle?
This reinforces my feelings about the overall ratings of the beers on Rate Beer and Beer Advocate. I love the reviews, love other blogger's reviews and the such, but this guys D rating influences the overall score when he outlines exactly why it has an overall A rating. I try my best to rate the beers to style. I do not really like Scottish beers, I know this. If I rate one on a rating site, I judge it based on what it should taste like, not whether or not I like the beer.
So anywho, I cannot wait to taste the sweet nectar from the gods again. Are there any beers that you cannot wait to get again?
*this reviewer was all over the book on his other reviews as well. Maybe it is inexperience, maybe he has a load of bad bottles. I don't know, but I will not take his reviews for what they're worth.