Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted at GABF 2008. Amber pour with tan head. Malts, yeast, fruit and good hops on the finish.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting cross between a belgian and IPA that I had at the brewpub in Healdsburg. Amber pour with a beige head. The malty, yeasty, fruity aspect is up front in this one with a nice banana accent and a solid citrus hop kick at the very end. Surprisingly tasty brew, starting to quite like these hybrid styles and blends.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours an amber body with off white head. Big malty fruity pheolic body with hints of banana, apple accents, and some light spices. The yeast comes thru as a mild spiciness and clove. Hops are refined as citric and earthy. good beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery, I got this as part of a sampler set.
Mild flavor, dark amber, the beer didn’t live up to the potential characterized by the description for me.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Ginger Man. Great pour, with a wonderful lacing head. The aroma has a thick, sweet hop, with estery Belgian notes and a light spice. Banana, perfume, saturn peaches and sage are noticed. Flavor is very bitter and mildly Belgian, with a full, nutty banana note. Really tastes a lot like a bitter banana nut bread. Easy drinking, with a full but not cloying body. Well done.
dchmela (2681) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Ginger Man in NYC. Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head. Typical Racer 5 hop aroma, big citrus pine but with a hint of the belgian yeast. Taste is a lot lighter, lots of fruity esters and a hop bitterness. Not as much body as I thought it would have. Decent brew and a nice experiment.
Dredd (701) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2008
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearence is reddish amber with minimal head. Citrusy hop aroma, initial flavour is sweet malt, this is rudely interupted with some violently strong bitterness. Finish is almost a rose scented soap. Not very Belgian and not particularly nice.
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barleys Smokehouse. Pours a deep amber with a minimal head. Aroma of hop and malt without much yeast, which is a good thing for me. Flavor contains some yeast, but very well balanced with the hop. Pretty good.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours Medium golden orange. Hoppy and spicy nose and flavor. Medium mouthfeel. A bit bland.
Slipstream (2076) - USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2010 On tap at Capone’s. Tastes more American amber than Belgian. This IPA is deeper and throatier than most. I tasted malt, honey, floral hops, and citrus. Very good.