steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like a hoppy Belgian -- Iíve done this before... Anyway, the body is a murky straw color, very lively at first. The head is white, big, and airy, then dissipates quickly to also leave no lacing. The flavor is spiced, woodsy, and semi-sweet. It feels airy and dry, almost chalky. Iím apparently not sophisticated enough to understand why this is an IPA at all. Itís a style-bender and I like it, but thatís about it. Itís something to pair with food if I buy it again so it has that limitation. This would be great if I could drink it as it is, like what an IPA is to me, but this isnít it.
hayduke (3079) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this corked and caged bottle at THE LOCAL Beer Bar in Eureka, CA, Shared it with a couple other folks including the proprietor who pronounced it very good. This poured a straw color with good sized white head that left good lacing. The first thing that greets you in the nose is the brett. Very powerful. Then you get lemon-grass, citrus, pepper, and some oak. Very lively aroma that promises a lot. Medium in body, with a very alive and impatient mouthfeel. The flavor is powerful, and led again by the brett, but there is a lot to smack the taste buds around, with lots of spices mixed in with the oak, lemon, and flowers. The finish goes on and on, being dry and nicely bitter. Very nice beer.
robinvboyer (2759) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, briht yellow pour, with an ample frothy white head. Thick aroma of citrus fruit, sharp spices, and some herbs. Mainly corriander, even some zesty like citrus i could qualify as a celantro aroma. The tartness seems to be missing from the aroma but it comes through in the middle and finish beautifully. Also some pepper mingles in the minish with a medium to high bitterness. Super refreshing, drinks dangerously well for 7%. great stuff!
Zymurgeist2 (738) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Such an interesting and unique beer. Nose of Chardonnay and champagne yeast with orange. Pours a hazy brushed straw with nice white head thatlingers. Taste is such an interesting blend of chewy yeast, orange and Chardonnay. Nice bitter background. Dry finish. Excellent beer.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by turdferguson. Cloudy pale/white pour withe two fingers of sticky white head. Nose is super peppery and spicy with lots of ripe/juicy tropical fruit. Mango and raw pineapple juice with notes of white pepper and light band-aid phenolics. Very spicy flavor with tons of fresh peppercorn and citrus rind. Raw fruit and fresh citrus as well with a phenolic character on the finish. Dry and zesty.
TURDFERGUSON (3741) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Hill Farmstead. Cloudy yellow golden with a thick white head. Big bretty nose, pineapple, mango, guava, oak, some white wine notes. Flavor is super tropical, more so than any IPA Iíve ever had. All types of tropical fruits, brett comes out more in the finish which is bone dry. Fuck yes. This is so fucking good. And, surprisingly, easy to drink. Anchorage continues to impress.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
100th rating for this beer. Glad to do it. 750 ml bottle shared by Keir- thanks, Keir! Heís got the Alaskan hookup from his brother; this one hasnít hit STL yet. Pours a hazy pale yellow-straw color with a small fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Bretty nose, with lemon, herbs, lemongrass, bread, peppery spice, and dusty wood. The flavor is dry and not as bretty, with straw, bread, herbs, lemon, pepper, and funk. Light-medium bodied, with a dry, crisp, and surprisingly bitter mouthfeel. Great mash-up.
dukeredhair (241) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is a mess. The funk and belgian notes donít work with the IPA at all. Iíve had a few belgians with a high hop that work but this isnít one of them and I suspect its the brett that really crashes the party. The sourness and the bitterness donít pair well at all.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has a huge, incredibly distinct, hoppily fruity aroma to it as I pour this beer into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer forms a large, five-finger thick, pale head. The beer is a deep gold color and shows a brilliantly clear, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma has an intense fruitiness to it that is a mix of Juicy Fruit bubblegum, super floral honey, concentrated tangelo blossoms, apricot, huge lychee, kumquat zest and perhaps even some Guava. The hop fruit character is what dominates the aroma, but towards the finish, and in a much more subtle manner there is a sort of dusty, or perhaps even more musty, sort of ďcob-webĒ like and slightly medicinal Brettanomyces signature; This still is quite subtle, and has a long way towards adding character to this beer (a good reason to age a couple bottles perhaps). As the beer warms up it gets more spicy, quite a bit more funky and just that much more complex.
The beer is quite dry, in fact exceedingly dry for an IPA even, but this really isnít an IPA. The dryness certainly reduces the hop fruitiness substantially in the flavor, but there is still an oral nasal, floral fruitiness that just canít be completely held in check. The finish has a medicinal, sort of aspirin like, almost mineral like note that seems to be brought out by a combination of the hop character and the Brettanomyces influence. The finish has a bitterness to it (in actuality the entire flavor profile has a certain level of biting bitterness), though this isnít a super bitter beer, and this combines with a biting note from the Brettanomyces phenolics and perhaps even some astringent green hop character. There is definitely an herbal character to the flavor that wasnít noticeable in the aroma (again the dryness of this beer brings this out); it reminds me of tobacco, some pine, perhaps of something menthol like, none of these are really distinct in and of themselves though, perhaps it is better described as a peppery, spicy herbal character. This beer is quite light bodied, as one would expect, it is quite quaffable, even dangerously so given the beers strength.
The problem with beers like this, incredibly hoppy / citrusy but bone dry, is that much of the juicy citrus character is lost in the flavor due to the dryness. This beer is a testament to the wonders of Indian coriander, it doesnít have that dirty herbal character that western coriander does and it really integrates very nicely with the kumquat and Galaxy hops; interestingly enough, I hadnít realized that coriander and kumquats were used here; I wholly attributed their flavor contributions to the hops, but now having read the label they most definitely contribute. The pepper to adds a nice spiciness to this brew that was again mistaken for hop character. Back to the problem, without the residual malt sweetness that even supports the driest of the usual IPAs, this beer has lost the juicy citrus character that would be otherwise be noticeable in the flavor. While I have compared this a lot to an IPA, it is clearly not one, given the interpretive take the style can have, I would say this fits into the Saison category (at least better than it fits anywhere else). Since I do love hoppy and I do love Saisons, this beer is right up my alley; exceedingly enjoyable and I doubt I will be able to hold on to my second bottle long enough to allow the Brettanomyces presence to increase much.
Gription79 (2001) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Drank on Danteís View in Death Valley. Highly carbonated, super dry, both of these qualities are due to the Brettanomyces. Juicy hops mixing well with the fruit and spices. Earthy notes round out the beer. Nice on a warm afternoon in Death Valley.