Drake (8616) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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 don’t detect the belgian yeast very much, however.
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
Nickls (1879) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 it’s 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 isn’t 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 I’ve had. I would definitely drink it again but I wouldn’t seek it out.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
thirdeye11 (5617) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught at Common Table) hazy orange-brown pour with some white bubbles lining the rim of my glass. Nose of honey, cherry, raisins, and citrus hops. Taste of Belgian yeast, cherry, lightly bitter grapefruit esters (not at all offensive!), sweet orange, with a medium oily body. Refreshing!
Scouser (254) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber copper colour with a little white head and lacing. Citrus and slight floral aroma. Hoppy bitterness with malty sweetness balance. I kinda think this one is out of style. Not a bad beer, not great, but not bad.
djd07 (3799) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a clear copper with a small frothy whote head. The aroma is a sweet hop with grapefruit and citrus. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter hop bite and nice bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well, a good belgian from Bear Republic.