AWISLguy (915) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours a golden orange, very clear, with almost no head. Some lacing. Aroma has citrus fruit, cereal and toast with some spiciness. Very overlayered. Taste brings a strong bitter citrus, some sweet pine, cereal and some hints of the belgian yeast, although it only does come through in hints. Possibly its presence is a component of the interesting flavor blend. Not as strong or syrupy as the aroma would indicate. Finishes bitter and sweet, about medium length. Not a lot of malt presence, which I would think would have me really enjoy this ipa, however different parts of it muted my enjoyment a bit.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewery pub (Madison, WI). First beer of the trip.. And Iíve been waiting for this one for awhile. Pours a rich deeper orange amber glowing hue. Touches of haze, a frothy whitish head dies to a film, laces ok overall. Aromas are rich melange of citrusy hops, grapefruit and mango play liberally, with florals, lemons, gentle melon. Dry bigger bitterness meets some yeasty life, some Belgian fruity esters of apple, pear, sweeter doughy bread. Rich fruity nose, Citra lively and firm hopping that starts rich hop and shows a bit more Belgian influence as it warms. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied preaching a decent bitterness up front, dry florals and mellow grass, touches of grapefruit and tropical fruit play more. A distinct bubblegum element, fruity esters into the middle. Doughy bread, crisp cereal grains, touches of yeasty spice. More bubblegum meets Amarillo hops. Backend gets a touch crisp and dry, with that lingering firm fruit element lingering on. Bubblegum, tropical fruit, esters. Medium bitterness comes back a bit more into the finish. Nose was pretty great, beer itself was solid. Nice beer here and a change of pace for Ale Asylum.
ontbeermaker (2152) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a nice bright yellow, aroma is fruity and it has a nice bitterness, overall very interesting stuff, pretty flavourful and enjoyable
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/17/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Bedlam pours a hazy copper amber color with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin film. Spotty lacing sticks to the side of the glass.
This smells more DIPA than Belgian, but I like the aroma. Blasts of pineapple and mango, some grapefruit citrus, a bit of sweet caramel, and some biscuity malt in the background. Just a hint of Belgian yeast and spices.
The flavor is hoppy from the start, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit quickly overwhelming the sweet biscuit malt. Some clove, pepper, and coriander step in for the Belgian aspect, with some herbal hops in at the end.
Lively carbonation, with enough hop oil sitting on the tongue to make me aware of the residue. The end is slightly astringent, but not overly so.
This was pretty good, sort of like a blend of a Belgian IPA and a DIPA. There are some more enjoyable examples of the style out there.
dionysus (1443) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours deep orange/gold with an off-white head. Aroma shows toffee, citrus, and definite belgian yeast character. The belgian yeast puts off underlying fruity esters as well as a peppery spice found in the nose as well as the palate. Flavor is somewhat confused and clashing, not allowing any certain component to truly shine. Overall body is moderate and the finish is balanced.
jlruthven (513) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted in May 2011, rated from notes. Pours dark, hazy orange with fluffy white head. Great retention. Nose is spiced citrus, a bit of pine, and herbal funkiness from the Belgian yeast. Taste is more spiced citrus fruits (mainly clementine and marmalade), very juicy, well-balanced hop bitterness. Creamy, lively mouthfeel. Really outstanding, and one of the reasons Iím excited about moving to Madison.
savnac (2363) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Ale Asylum. Very nice Belgian inspired IPA. The yeast character shows through strong but the citra hops are there too. Very drinkable, pretty dry and clean.
DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A trappist IPA? Had to try it and was not disappointed! A wonderful mix between the IPA hoppyness and the Trappist malty/funk. Wonderful!
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shaker pint draft at the Brewery and Deli in Madison, Wisconsin. Pour is a lightly hazed golden orange with a smallish off white head that leaves pretty lacing. Aroma is soft belgian yeast and bright fresh orange citrus hops. Taste is very much the nose, with great integration and balance between the nuance of the Belgian yeast and the crisp fresh lemon and orange of the citrus. Palate is light to med bodied, unfiltered mouth feel. Nice one, this was my beer of the weekend.
Gription79 (2001) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: citrus/tangerine hops, bready malt, mellow yeast notes-spicy,fruity
T: same as aroma
This is one of the best Belgian style IPAs that I have had. It is well balanced, the bitterness is restrained, and the malts are present all the way through from start to finish. I will have to have another.