JDBaker11058 (1743) - Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: first pour from the bomber is clear light gold with a massive, frothy, fluffy white head and tons of lacing; successive pours get much muddier, full of floaties. Aroma: lots of citrus up front (lemon zest and orange), with pineapple and grapefruit close behind; thereís a good dose of pine, wood, spices, yeast, grass, hay, and a hint of bandaid brett funk. Taste: sweet and sour citrus hit first, with notes of passion fruit, tangy wheat, ginger, resinous hops, and a spicy spike of brett on the back of the tongue. Finish: bitterness does not linger overmuch, and some spicy warmth builds between sips; the funk lasts but doesnít overpower the palate. Notes: Wow, very interesting. I think this style could grow on me. There is so much going on with this beer, from the solid Belgian Wit base (this would have been a good Witbier on its own) to the generous, but not overly bitter hops (at this point it becomes a hybrid Belgian IPA/Wit), but then itís taken to the next level with a level of funkiness youíd expect from a brett-spiked saison (Laveryís Liopard Oir comes to mind). I guess rather than calling it an American/Belgian Witbier/IPA/Saison, theyíll call it what they did. Batch 1; bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
Beaver (1591) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours bubbly hazy bright yellow with a huge bubbly white head that grows in the glass and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is spices, soapy floral notes and brett.
The flavor is sweet wheaty malts and sweet honey fruitiness with floral hops and peppery spices that leaves some good bitterness in the finish. The brett is a bit subdued. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall, an interesting well done beer. One of the better Belgian IPAs Iíve had. I still donít really love the blend of Belgian yeast and the hops - maybe fruitier hops would be better for me. Iíd also like more Brett out of this one.
TAR (2583) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 2: Misty golden. Towering white crown of clingy meringue. Potently phenolic nose of medical tape, sulfur, white pepper and matchstick along with sherbet, pineapple marmalade, lemon verbena, grassy herbs, celery seed, perfumey hops. New-mown hay aromas lurk beneath. Slightly soapy. Expansive, feathery soft carbonation. Boisterously phenolic from the get-go, with sassy lavender and Russian sage sharpness swirled with brisk bandage- and sulfur-laden phenolics. Crackery, haylike pils malt gracefully restores softness as it blankets the palate with multilayered starches. Grain is supportive, throughout, and mostly clean with the exception of the faintest huskiness (burnt wood) exuding. Twinge of pineapple gorgeously dovetails with the zesty hoppiness and a lemon verbena imbued tartness. Late emergence of floral nectarine succulence couples with a brett-derived peach fuzz bitterness and citrus peel acid to add detail and some welcomed softness to the center. While the hops arenít overly unruly, at times they teeter on an aspirinlike resinous edge which thankfully stops just shy of clashing with the stark dryness and robust herbs. Plenty of redemptive lemon and tropical fruit succulence beneath the hops continually beckons you to take another large gulp. Finishes explosively phenolic and dryly malty with notes of hay dust, lemon and sharp herbs. Nice effort here. Does need a lot of time to breathe in order to soften and coalesce, as itís quite brisk and leans toward stark, early on. Aside from some subtle soapiness - which presumably comes from the coriander as it can take on that character when used excessively - this is very enjoyable.
kaser (5119) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours yellowish with a TON of head (from bomber), canít get it to pour without a huge pile of foam . I thought i didnít like it after first sip, then it grew on me by mid bottle. Not a fan of the aroma, smells like a dirty diaper, but the spices in the taste make up for it. Citris/floral, bu wheat and white attributes mixed with the somewhat hoppy ipa taste. Actually not as hoppy as i was hoping, more of a white beer. Good beer overall though
Sammy (10572) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from recent Vermont and Maine trip. Medium golden with enormous head that lasts and lasts. Funky almost stinky aroma, yeah its Brett. Bottled in June. The IPA is subordinate completely to everything else going on, some pepper and wheat. Soft mouthfeel.For me very drinkable.
pineypower (2957) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from spirits Lacey. Pours a cloudy wit beer color with a huge pillowy head. Aroma is of funky Brett, wood, light spices, and a touch of lemony citrus hops. Taste is of mild funky Brett, wood, light melon, lemon peel, light spice with a solid amount of bitterness and light wine notes on the finish with a little peppercorn. Well done
arkurzynski (2120) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden pour with an amber hue. Beautiful, copious, rocky, white head with lacing. Aroma is great rustic/herbal pine from the galaxy, spice/coriander, and faint lemon citrus/vanilla/funk. Flavor is light Belgian wit character of wheat malt and coriander followed by mild lemon citrus/light berry character and then gives way to an even, moderate herbal hop bitterness. Nice and dry. Lingering hop bitterness. Perfect matchup and way better than the Bitter Monk.
baraciisch (2689) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bizarre beer... Not horrible but I almost feel like there was too much going on here... Still have no idea what galaxy hops are and how they are supposed to taste. Cloudy white in color... Minimal aroma... Wheat and coriander definitely dominates upfront, thin mouthfeel, mild hop bitterness and Brett funk and yeast on the finish... Okay beer
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Ray and Chris. Pours hazy light yellow-white with thick fluffy white head. Aroma was mostly a tart brett, with some funk, spice, and a little piney and citrusy hops. Interesting taste. Tart up front with the hops coming through on the finish.
PhillyCraft (5118) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with Keith and Simon. Cloudy straw, tons of huge white head that took forever to dissipate. Very spicy, yeasty, brett beer, barely any hops, coriander, orange, insanely carbonated.. exploded after cage was twisted off. Funk came out without the age. Pretty bubbly with yeast notes, doesnít resemble an ipa to me at all. Wish the hops were more present. Fair.