JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub. Another meh offering after really enjoying the black IPA. Bright golden pour with hints of orange, decent carbonation and head. Nose is a bit too sweet, with loads of candy and banana getting in the way of anything satisfyingly IPA-ish. Mouthfeel is medium. More Belgian yeast coming through in the flavor, and slightly relieves things, but not very impressive.
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the brewpub on 8/10/10. Pours clear amber/copper with a medium off-white head. Very Belgian aroma of banana, pepper and a bit of hop. Malty flavor with lots of banana up front and a bit of herb and pepper before an earthy hop finish.
brokensail (16053) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The pour is a dark amber/copper color with a creamy khaki colored head.
S: The nose is incredibly spicy (clove?), almost like a witbier or hefeweizen with a hint of banana. I do not really pick up much in the way of hops here.
T: Lots of yeast notes: banana, clove, and coriander. The hops are a bit more present here and a mildly spicy and grassy with a pretty subtle bitterness.
M: Medium body with a somewhat soft carbonation.
D: This was one of the strangest beers I have had in awhile, and not in a good way. I wouldn’t bother with this one.
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours with a hazy amber body and an off-white head. Aroma is fruity, spicy, estery, belgiany, banana. Taste is dry, estery, light citrus hops. Medium bubbles with a dry mouthfeel.
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Banana and yeast aroma with malt and spice. Citrus flavor with banana, yeast, and spice. Medium bodied. OK bitterness. yeast and malt lingers with spice and light citrus.
MartinT (9319) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Wooden hops, light caramel and a few banana esters whip up a soft and uneventful IPA with Belgian yeast.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the clear, pure amber.
-The Saaz gets overwhelmed; perhaps some spiciness peers through...
-The soft prickling of carbonation and lean body make for a very drinkable pint.
-The flavour profile is balanced throughout.
On tap at the brewpub.
Aquilo (622) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange color with a small head. Mild hop aroma with some caramel and spices, particularly clove. Flavor is not too bitter, but just right. Perfectly dry. A little more caramel comes through in the finish. Thirst quenching and very enjoyable.