Brigadier (2270) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
A new Ale Aslyum release can only mean one thing - another solid beer that is true to the style. This one is no exception to the rule. A well rounded IPA that is perfect for a humid and hot summer day makes me wish this were distributed more widely. On the other hand if it were to compromise his ability to continue to crank out stuff like this I will continue to make trips to the Dairy State to get some.
Aroma / Appearance - Musky red drops fell from the bottle into the glass. In the process a pale white layer of head began to build. Taking its time to settle it soon merged with the fluid beneath. Strong grapefruit and lemon hints gave this a nice rich texture. Hay, cotton candy, and gumdrops rounded out the profile. Neither the malt nor hops really dominated but simply alternated which was center stage.
Flavor / Palate - Fluid and creamy the mouthfeel unleashed a torrent of wonderful sweetness to a thirsty palate. Tasting like a hopped up milkshake it let loose grapefruit, mangoes, lime peels, and oak chips blended into a fine powder. Lingering lightly it left a mark which was enough to remember the beer but not so heavy that I could taste it after fifteen minutes. The only thing that might prevent me from drinking more than one or two an evening would be the alcohol which does eventually catch up with the rest of this fantastic package.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden amber with a white head. Citrusy aroma with a sweet malty undertone. Flavor is pretty well rounded. The hops are present but certainly not overly pronounced. Finishes with a piney note. Pretty good beer.
satan165 (1010) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is crunchy, rocky yeast and big pineapple and grapefruit. appearance is filthy lacing and lingering head/ring. translucent a shade dark of amber. flavor is pleasant bitterness that ramps up late in the sample and intense balance of american grapefruit hop esters and lightly funky, dry belgian yeast. another great example of a belgian IPA, executed perfectly.
boFNjackson (3628) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured hazy orange with a bubbly white head. Aroma of citrus, piney, lemony-zest hops. Very good aroma, I would put it a notch below Pliny. Lots of hops, with a hint of malts to add a sweet balance. Palate was well carbonated, good mouthfeel, with a clean finish.
esjaygee (3209) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy apricot with a medium white head fading away quickly with spiderweb lacing. Aroma of apricot, melons, some citrus, grassy hops, pine needles plus a bit of Belgian yeast character. The citrus & melons come through up front and both carry into the finish. A touch of pine and mild bitterness on the finish to go with a very subtle Belgian yeast presence. Not a huge fan of this style but this is one of the better ones Iíve had.
iabeerguy (383) - Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried this before it was being bottled at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Just visited over the weekend and bought a six pack at Whole Foods in Madison. Very pleased with this beer! Orange pour with a nice head. Excellent lacing around the glass. Aroma of citrus and hops. Flavor is citrus with hops. Great beer!
NelsonPR (23) - MIlWAUKEE, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper body with tan head, citrus nose, good carbonation, hoppiness its present from start to finish, i would liked more "trappist "character on this one but overall its a nice beer.
kmweaver (3151) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! (fest rating) Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange color; decent, mixed-bubbled white head; solid retention and patchy lacing. Very pleasant, dank, citrusy and earthy aroma, touches of crystal but mostly dank, delicious hops; slightly floral as well, nicely dry. Medium to medium-full body; moderate carbonation, lightly creamy, non-astringent, no overt alcohol; lively acidity and overall feel in the mouth; medium-high levels of citrus, earthy, and floral hoppiness; light crystal malts, and some toastiness; tasty stuff! Lasting finish: nicely dry, toasty, with lingering citrus; well-done beer.
jentucker (5) - Alabama, USA - MAY 7, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best IPAís in taste. Crisp, and light yet hearty. The aroma is fabulous.
Skyview (5031) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the Ale Asylum brewpub, north of Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a clear golden amber colored brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thick film top. Excellent lacing throughout. Aroma of golden grain malt, Belgian yeast, a hint of banana esters and plenty of citrus zest. Taste is full bodied, lots of citrus hops, Belgian Trappist yeast that is more distinct in flavor than aroma. Finish has a sharp herbal spice aftertaste that is equal in sweetness and bitterness.