Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mostly clear auburn with a thick layer of off-white bubbles laying atop. The aroma starts mostly sweet with residual sugar, navel oranges, light pine, cake-y scones, mild honey and a faint bit of yeasty esters. The body fully and creamy with a nice carbonation that pricks the tongue only occasionally. The flavor profile shows much more hoppiness than I expected from the nose. The bitterness really comes out early, dips slightly in the middle and picks up again at the finish. The sweetness, grainy malt and alcohol all weave in and out with ease, but never truly challenge the citrus and piny bitterness. The finish starts dry, but I think that’s due to the bitterness, as some lingering sweetness finally comes around again. Good, but not my favorite American IPA/Belgian interpretation.
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the 2014 Infected Chimipalooza on 11/01/2014. Hazy golden color with a medium foamy white head that recedes steadily. Strings of lacing. Aroma of citrus, yeast and spices. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops, herbal yeast and malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a grapefruit and hops aftertaste. Above average overall.
SG111 (156) - - NOV 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Hazy golden hue with a huge Belgian head. Aroma is tons of citrus. Lots of lemon, orange, pineapple and a sweet maltiness. Little bit of honey in there too. Taste is candy sweetness up front with a nice dry hop finish. Lots of citrus hop flavors, orange, lemon, and maybe some pineapple. Definitely that traditional Allagash Belgian style yeast is noted. Nice mouthfeel. Super balanced IPA. Amazing.
annunz123 (873) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
More like a double IPA than a Belgian ale. Strong aroma with citrus, pine, and a little caramel. Very bitter fruity taste with a little underlying sweet malt. Bitter finish, a little on the thin side. Really, really good.
GenDV138 (1614) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey’s Allagash 5th Anniversary event. Hazy yellow with off-white head. Aromas of floral notes, light yeast, orange citrus. Tastes of orange citrus, floral notes, stone fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. Very nice.
Ron (2646) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in San Jose. 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 and stone fruits. Bitter finish. Medium bodied and well balanced.
kaser (2982) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange clear with white sticky head. Strong hoppy and massive fruit flavor. Apricot and pineapple I think. A big beer wonderfully complex. Yum. Poured as part of a flight from draft at Haymarket Pub
FROTHINGSLOSH (5039) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2014 Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a bright golden color with a large foamy white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was dryish and bitter with floral and perfumey hops and hints of dust and must. The flavor was dryish and bitter with perfumey, herbal and floral hops and hints of dust and chalk. Medium length finish. Medium body. Interesting.
Mep3222 (539) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice citrus hop aroma. Flavor is malty. Slightly sweet from the Belgian yeast? Well balanced with a dry bitter finish. Some solid citrus hops in there, but a very bitter finish too. Piney, but not sticky or too sweet. Very balanced and enjoyable beer. Not too heavy but lots of flavor.
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slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
. fluffy white everlasting head on a pale orange beer. it started out with a nice floral hoppy boquet with some underlying malt sweetness and a touch of yeast. the bottle conditioning give it a nice full mouthfeel too. at closer to fridge temp, the hops dominate the malt, with a dry bitter finish only hinting at the belgian undertones. as it warms, the yeasty characteristics come out as much as the hops, making it a cool beer to drink through each phase. Quite good - if it were cheaper, I’d get it all the time."
drtth (14) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a nice white head that recedes leaving lacing and a thin layer of foam on the liquid.
Aroma is definitely what you’d expect from the Simcoe hops and is enjoyable.
The Taste of the beer puts it in competition with other top tier Belgian IPAs but it doesn’t quite beat out many of the others the others.
The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is persistent.
Overall I’d say that this is a quite decent Belgian IPA that is in a league with many others, but I’d not say I prefer found anything about it that would make it stand out from others i’ve had.