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RATINGS: 149   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8650) - 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 (11058) - 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 (3028) - 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 (3463) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21468) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1343) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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