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Big Al Belgian IPA

Big Al Belgian IPA
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2010 Tap @ Parkway. Hazy dark gold pour with a white head leaving a moderate lace. Medium-heavy body with solid citrus and pine hop notes and the typical wild yeast fermentation variety of flavors. Compares most directly with Captain Lawrence Belgian IPA, which I slightly prefer. Another ale that RB categorises as an IPA but which crosses enough boundaries to deserve its own style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2009
GABF 2009. Decent Belg-IPA. Nice hop bitterness, tripel like fruitiness, peppery, some sweeter caramel maltiness. Balanced & well made

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6016) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2009
On tap at Barking Dog. The aroma has a nice mix of fruity and spicy esters, some caramel sweetness, and some lime, lemon, and pepper notes. The pour is hazy ambe with a thin head. Flavors of spicy clove, fruity yeast notes, lots of malty sweetness, and a good dose of hops in the finish. Rather peppery bitterness along with some citrus notes as well. Smooth and drinks very nicely, this is probably a Belgian Strong or IIPA in all reality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2009
On tap at Naked City Taphouse. Hazy amber with medium head. Lots of fruity/spicy esters in the aroma and taste, with citrus hops kicking in nicely. Moderate bitterenss and incredibly drinkable. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3723) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bronze amber with a ring of head. The so far standard bearer in the new niche of Belgian IPA’s cropping up, not to mention Belgian Stouts. Fruity, malty, and phenolic aroma with sprightly hoppiness. The flavor is a perfect realization of what I Belgian IPA can be. Atop a moderately hopped APA, lightly citrusy base waft clove and complex phenols, fruity esters, and malts, like neutrons zinging from an atom. Peppery phenols on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2009
5/13/09 On draft at the Frontier Room, Seattle, Wa. Aroma is a very even blend of sweet malt, peppery phenols, fruity esters and citrus flora. There’s a lot of complexity, with nothing dominating the other notes. Appearance is hazy tan/gold with a medium maintained white head. Flavor tends more towards the belgian side, with spicy phenols forward, quite peppery but immediately balanced by signifigant but not caramel sweetness and finished with high but simple bittering of light citrus and an almost red pepper character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light creaminess and medium-high carb texture. Overall, a big beer that balances in a way that begs you to have a second and third pint, a challenge to the conventions of the style.

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