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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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This copper colored American IPA took a wild left turn when we fermented it with our favorite Trappist ale yeast. Charged with hops, followed closely by a clove and pepper Belgian yeast character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2009
tap. hazy deep copper pour with moderate frothy head. hoppy citrus with light spice and yeast in aroma. rich full body. caramel, floral, yeast. strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Nothing to this beer at all. Very blah. Aroma is sweet but nothing interesting. Flavor beligan

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2009
On draft at ACBF09. Pours brown with a small head. Aroma of yeast and melon rind. Flavor sweet malt, melon, yeast, some roasted notes. This is pretty much all-Belgian to me. Maybe a touch of hops in the finish, but only a touch as the Belgian yeast dominates. Sticky palate. I was disappointed by this one. 6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9794) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2009
On tap at Falling Rock poured a clear dark amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of orange, carmel, pine and some floral notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of burnt carmel, orange, floral and herbal notes with a smooth lingering moderatly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2798) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Draft at Two Brothers’ Hop Juice release. I got to the party an hour before closing, and this was the last guest beer still pouring. I had forgotten what it was "supposed" to be, so I took it as some blend between a barley wine and a Russian stout. Y’know: "Ivan?" As that, I found it fascinating. In that dark outdoor area, I could still see it was a mahogany brown, with highlights through the plastic cup. Smell of northwestern hops, but not at hop-head levels. My friend who still goes for malty beers, decided this was much to his taste. So notes of darker roast malts among caramels, the reason I thought this was a milder barley wine. Certainly not as alcoholic as I’d thought. Instead, a good walking around beer before settling in for brats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
9 oz draft courtesy of the TB Hop Juice release (Warrenville, IL). Last guest beer of the night. Pours a nice very dark amber, brown pouring into the body, more gold around the edges, hazy, small white head that dissipates to a film. Aromas are belgian yeast, hoppy with good citrus. A very nice blend. Sweet yet bitter. Initial throws some heavy belgian yeast, malt, lemony citrus hops. Very interesting, not throwing typical bitterness above body, which is decent, but emphasizes a belgian yeast above anything else. Lemon and honey in the body, it appears the lemon takes dominance in the hops, over most else, but belgian yeast overtakes it by a lot. Interesting, tasty for sure. Just not the typical IPA. I definitely feel it being a solid brew, belgian pushing lemony hops over the top of a fantastic Belgian beer. This is very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8020) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Draft @ Falling Rock. Strange nose resembles horseradish and juniper, that’s the peppery/spicy character of the yeast as least. Deep red color with an off-white head. Somewhat thick, very syrupy, moderately full. Caramel malt is overbearing, soggy, bready, overly sweet, and doesn’t seem to work very well with the yeast strain. Interesting enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (952) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2009
Pretty copper color with thick white head. Can’t figure out the aroma. Taste is hoppy but mostly floral, not bitter. I really like it. I wish it had a little more malt behind it to prop up the awesome hop flavors. Palate is sligthly above standard. BR staff -- add some more malt and you’ve got a 4+ beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
On tap at Sacramento Brewing. This copper ale poured with a thin beige head and an herbal aroma. There is a piney hop flavor with some carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2816) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2009
The aroma is very, very hoppy. Mainly a floral, resin hoppy flavor. The appearance is an amber color, white head. The flavor foloows the aroma in that it is dominated by hops, mainly the floral and resin kind. Spicyness on the finish must be due to the yeast, I asume. Lingering astringent finish, also courtesy of floral hops. Not bad, not great.

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