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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2010
On tap at the Draught House in Austin. Pours a clear, dark cola-colored body with a ring of white head. Aromas some piney hops bubblegum and yeast. Flavors of piney yeast up front, some candi sugar sweetness and more hops and yeast later. Medium to full mouthfeel and active, fine carbonation. Interesting. No alcohol present and a very easy drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2010
On tap at Whole Foods in Chandler. Pours a hazy amber color with a creamy off-white head. Smells and tastes predominantly of bitter hops, toffee, black tea, and belgian yeast. A bit too dry and bitter for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1543) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Tap at 1702 Tucson AZ. Dark copper and clear. Small head. Nose of Belgian yeast and and nice west coast hop. Belgian yeast comes out clearly on the palate, with the BR hops just behind. Fades a bit on the end and alcohol is not evident. I could like this as a session beer daily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. 5/14/10. Pours a clear copper color with a medium creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is big bitter hop notes with tropical fruit and a bit of toffee. The taste is very bitter resiny hops with some tropical notes. Any malts are completely overpowered. Decent beer but it could benefit from some more balance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2010
(on tap at Papago, Scottsdale). Dark amber color with off-white head. Aroma of citrus and resin. The hop aroma is perfect! Taste is bitter with underlying sweetness. Medium bodied with long bitter finish. At first, it seemed to be unbalanced, but it improved as it warmed. I donít detect the belgian yeast very much, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Smells of blackeberries and raspberries! Got on draught. Has an ambery reddish color. Tastes slightly of fruit with a very hoppy bitter finish. When I hear the name ivan, it reminds me of my boy ivan the terrible. He was quite the russian czar! This tasty, hoppy ale reminds me of ivan and his rule over russia quite vividly

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (1886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap) Darker copper orange-brown color; thinner slightly off-white head with good retention and some curtainy lacing. Dark grapes; a little vinous; sweetish maltiness; very belgian-esque in the aroma. Candied sugar sweetness; dark fruits; bit yeasty; hint of booze sneaks in. Medium; muted carbonation was a little drawback; sticky. Decent enough, but not great for me as it was a touch too sweet. Overall, not a bad brew, but a little odd

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Draft at Taste of Tops: Pours cloudy dark cloudy golden amber with a small white head. The aroma is noticeably Belgian with a spice. Once itís in your mouth the taste follows the nose but there is a grapefruit note probably driven by the hops with a lingering bitter bite. The mouth feel isnít as light as I would expect but it seems to be right for the beer. I would call this one of the better Belgian IPA Iíve had. I would definitely drink it again but I wouldnít seek it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Tap at Flying Saucer, Houston.
Pours an average amber with an aroma of sweet and sour hops and lightly soured strawberry. Flavor is light but assertive grapefruit with a pine/orange juice finish. Oily on the tongue. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Tap @ Hamiltons. Hazy brown colored with a medium sized off white head. Roasted aroma of caramel, chocolate and dried fruits. Roasted flavor of caramel, chocolate and dried fruits with notes of hops. Hoppy finish.

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