yankeepride (10) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I donít have a great sense of smell, but I could swear I noted apricot in this 2012 effort. Had a good hop aroma, but not too piney. It had some chardonnay characteristics, most notably its dryness on the tongue. Foamed up quickly when poured, but it didnít last long. Overall Iíd say I enjoyed it, just not at its price point. If youíre buyiní, Iím drinkiní.
AirForceHops (2350) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ The Great Lost Bear, Portland, ME. Served in a 12 oz. chalice. Hazy gold with amber type hue. The head died to a small ring around the glass. Light lacing. I can still remember the Allagash yeast smell. This brew indeed has that type yeast with a spicy, peppery hop that shows a strong amount of citrus. They did a great job with making a fine marriage of Belgian yeast and Simcoe hops. As it gets to room temperature it does give off more malt and the hops taste more grassy then the initial citrus. Medium-bodied and very well carbonated. The texture is crisp with a light bitter finish. I can see how this may not be as good in a bottle. Especially if it sits for any long length in time. Best consumed fresh.
My100th rating from the State of Maine!!
MadRobin (1396) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 4 oz. sample at Pizza Paradiso, DuPont Circle in Washington, DC.
Clear, golden yellow with large white head and amazingly full lacing.
Aroma of yeast, fruit, floral hops, grass, citrus and bread.
Taste of floral hops, fruit, yeast, citrus and caramel.
Medium body and medium carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.
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italianjohn (2145) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden pour with an orange hue, thin white bubbly head and light sticky lacing .... aroma of lemons/oranges, light piney and spicy floral hops with some light sweet malts as well .... taste is a nice fresh burst of lemony/orange and piney hops with a bitter floral spicy bite to it, light sweet malts and a hint of a fruity spicy yeast .... finishes with a lingering dry spicy hop bite ... abv hidden very well .... sessionable and well done
puboflyons (1670) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 2012 batch. It pours a slightly hazy but very foamy pale yellow with loads of carbonation. The floral aroma is mellow and subtle but at the same time noticeable when played off the wheat malts and grains that go into brewing this beer. The body is light to medium. The taste is of wheat up front with this slightest hint of citrus just to tickle the senses and a moderate, lingering hop finish. An IPA that does not announce itself as too bitter but more subtle.
mnurda (1047) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rusticos in Alexandria. Belgian spiciness shines through. Simcha hops are great. Liked it
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Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized creamy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of herbal hops, stone fruits, earthy notes and bready notes. The taste is herbal hops, stone fruits, bubblegum. Bitter finish. Medium bodied and well balanced. Nice beer.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2011 while waiting for things to happen during Hurricane Sandy. After the cork launched violently across this room, this poured a somewhat hazy gold with a large dense white head. Even with the age on it, thereís still a great amount of bright candied citrus and a nice amount of yeast. Medium bodied, soft and musky, empties out a touch but still full of lovely subtle musk and light sweetness. Light musk and candied citrus again into the finish. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on tap pours hazy yellow with a white head. Aromas of citrus grapefruit and pine. Flavor is slightly bitter and body is medium light. Finish is a bit citrusy
Lukaduke (1466) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light golden color with a big four finger frothy rocky head. Great lacing and aromas. Rich belgian yeast mingles with piney citrusy hops and a touch of booze on the nose. On the palate it comes in with balance and complexity. Great hop flavors citrus, spice, pine, grass all balance nicely with light malts and rich peppery yeasty notes. Great bitterness on the finish. Probably the best belgian IPA Ive tried to date !