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RATINGS: 145   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Draught. Perhaps a little too cold. Slight yeasy aroma, not unpleasant. Poured brown with thin white head. Some lacing. Malty flavour, caramel and a bit of fruit. Hoppy all over the tongue finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle. Hazy brown coloured with a medium sized off white ehad. Roasted aroma of caramel, chocolate and dried fruits. Roasted flavour of caramel, chocolate and dried fruits with notes of hops. Hoppy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep amber beer topped by a thick white head. Aroma is quite spicy with some fairly smoky phenolics. Palate comes across a little bit thin with a soft earthy bitterness complementing the light amber malt sweetness. Minerally and clovey flavour. Moderate bitterness. It’s okay, but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1325) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2008
I love the concept of brewers experimenting like this. Blending two of their different werts and then throwing a different yeast in the fermentor - shear brilliance! This was a tasty fellow, mostly hops, but also some delicious syrupy malt goodness to balance that out. Darker than most of their other beers, I’d have a hard time calling this one a belgian ale because of the high hop notes that I detected. Fascinating, but maybe not a beer I’d return often to.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
On tap at O’brien’s. Pours with a deep amber body topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing. It’s slightly sweet and spicy wtih a malty note and a nice hoppiness. Medium bodied, dry and tingly.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Pours hazy amber with a thick off-white head. Hoppy and sweet aroma with caramel and Belgian yeast. More hops in the taste. Grapefruit, mango, and resin mix well with the earthy malt. The yeast brings a sweet funkiness that makes this more than the typical Belgian IPA. Very nice.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
On tap @O’Briens. Dense amber hue, moderate off white head, light lacing. Nose is very subtle with a touch of toffee and caramel, some grassy hops. Taste is drying bitter hops with light earthy tones, some toffee in the middle, finishes thick caramel malt. Medium-bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation. Mostly subdued nose and flavor here, not a great balance, might have been an off-keg...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2008
On-tap at SD Brewing Co. Pours cloudy brown/red with a creamy, offwhite head, spider web lace. Smells subdued sweet and red fruity malty and slightly hoppy as well. Tastes hoppy and dry malty up front with a lingering malty sweetness, bready and slightly spicy as well. Medium body, good carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2008
12oz draft at the Dirty Truth in downtown Northampton. This was a great after dinner beer full of malty caramel flavors. It was in the "Belgian" box on the chalkboard of 40 drafts. It tastes like a Belgian brown with a hint of west coast hops. Good beer from a great brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2008
(BCTC, growler, thanks mds) Medium off-white head with hazy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit/floral. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, grapefruit/earthy, some orange/floral. Moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium body.


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