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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - 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 (3010) - 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 (812) - 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 (6976) - 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 (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Pours Medium golden orange. Hoppy and spicy nose and flavor. Medium mouthfeel. A bit bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2464) - USA - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2015 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. Took off a couple of points on 2015 - more bitterness than previous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11492) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Sample at Barley’s Smokehouse (thanks Ja Bier!). The beer is a mostly clear brownish-amber color with a medium off-white head that lingers awhile. Stringy lace. Aroma of yeast, roasted malt and hops. Medium body with a chewy texture and flavors of yeast, caramel malt and grassy hops. The finish is dark fruits and leaves a yeast aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Draft at Smokehouse in Columbus. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate tart citrus hop and earthy aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium spicy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Tap at Mugs Ale House: Pours a hazy copper/brown with a small but dense off white head. Has a nice toasted aroma- nutty with notes of fig, brown sugar, toasted almond and a vanilla hint. Has a velvety smooth body. Toasted soft malts in the flavor without being sweet. Has some mild Belgian yeasty phenols, some nutty notes, toasted brown sugar, later prune skin notes and a mildly bitter toasted finish. Nice and easy going. Well done Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4925) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
On draft at the Bear Republic Brewpub in Healdsburg, CA this pour came a cloudy brown color with a small white head typical for a pub pour that left good lacing rings. Nose is of caramel malts and floral hops. Nice rich mouthfeel. Flavor is a nice blend of malts and hops, and the finish is lightly bitter. A interesting brew, and very easy to drink.

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