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RATINGS: 154   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5070) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Location: Tap at Rattle ’N’ Hum, 4/2/10

Aroma: Nose has citrus hops, caramel, and some berries
Appearance: Pours a copper-orange color
Flavor: Taste is hoppy, medium sweet, good lingering bitterness
Palate: Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel
Overall Impression: This one feels more like a Pale Ale or an IPA then a Belgian Ale to me, but it is a pretty solid beer. It is very drinkable, and has that nice West Coast hop fell to it. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3780) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
On tap at Rose & Crown. This is really an interesting beer. I would have pegged it as more of an IPA than a Belgian Ale, but oh well, I fail at picking the style out again. Raise up off, man, at least I didn’t confuse an Adjunct Lager with an Imperial Stout. This beer is a deep dark amber color with a one-finger off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy - citrusy mainly - with caramel malt and an interesting toasty note, as well as some Belgian yeast. Hops dominate though. Flavor is caramel malt, Belgian yeast, and a big citrusy hop punch. Not so big as in Racer 5 or Red Rocket (the base beers), but pretty big. Some nice floral and spice notes as well. Palate is pretty average. Medium-low carbonation; not too much life to it. Medium body. Overall an interesting beer to say the least. Not quite as crazy as they make it out to be, but good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4900) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2010
Weak rose hip nose. Clear copper, thin head. Mild funk, solid malt backbone, and lemon zest. Interesting and decent beer, but not very memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2010
On tap at Paradiso in DC: Pours a transparent deep copper bronze with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel and biscuity nose with a ton of fresh resiny grapefruity hops. Starts with good body and assertive hop bitterness with an underlying malty sweet balance. Finishes crisp and bittersweet with lingering hop flavor. A very nice brew that is much closer to an IPA than a Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 14, 2010
Pours a clear deepish orange with not much retention or lace. Great California west coast hoppy nose: fresh citrus, grapefruit sections. Taste is fresh grapefruit, bitter orange, refreshing, bright citrus. Light spiciness. Not much yeast character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (17654) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2010
Draught at Birreria Paradiso. Dark golden color, edge head, scant lacing. Aroma of malt and berries. Start starts sweet, finishes bitter. Decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Draught @ Belmont Station:   Very deep amber, coppery hues, hazy, very thin head, off-white, sparce lacing.   Soft hop nose, slightly barnish, much like a Pale Ale crossed with a Belgian.   Musty basement on the tongue, hoppier than your standard Belgian.   The two almost fight each other.   Is it more of a Pale or a Belgian?   Almost has a smoked or charred wood aspect on the finish.   Finishes with a cereal like aspect, musty, barnish, with a bit of a hop bite.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Interesting beer, good, but I am still mixed on the whole hoppy Belgian style ales.   Certainly unique tho.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (2416) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Interesting beer here. Spicy and a bit of yeast to begin but the fruit really took over as I went. Not my cup of tea, but it was intriguing to see what a different strain of yeast can do to something I know well. (Draught at Thrash Zone, Yokohama, Japan)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Fun. Lovely carbonation with a zesty spice and yeast. Along with some nice flavorful caramel malts and pine hops. Nice fruit essence and good body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Draft. Pours orange brown with a beige head. Toasty malt aroma with a fair amount of fruity esters. The flavor brings a general fruity sweetness, along with floral hops and sweet caramel malt. Not bad.

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