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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11673) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Draft at Sacramento Brewing Company. Very dark, but clear, brown color with a significant creamy beige head. Aroma seems to be resin hop. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Flavor seemed to start grapefruit then turned into fruit and pine. The flavor is smooth and massive. The finish is dry, fruity and wonderful. My mouth probably isn’t good enough for such a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tasted at GABF 2008. Amber pour with tan head. Malts, yeast, fruit and good hops on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2710) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2008
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dredd (702) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Pours Medium golden orange. Hoppy and spicy nose and flavor. Medium mouthfeel. A bit bland.

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