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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 4.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This beer ain’t no old Jake! Belgian yeast lends a fruity and spicy aroma. Motueka hops deliver a tropical citrus flavor. This magical beauty only shows up once a year so step right up and enjoy this Blackrocks Brewery special release. The Flying Hippo is a Belgian style Imperial IPA. It promises to make every occasion a circus.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2559) - Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours moderately hazy deep gold color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, lime zest, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, pine, floral, grass, wheat, bread, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, lime zest, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, pine, floral, grass, wheat, bread, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/lime zest, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, pine, floral, grass, wheat, bread, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of hop, fruity/spicy yeast, and malt flavors; with a very nice malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA style. All around great balance and complexity of bright hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (551) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Pours a hazy pale orange with big frothy white head. Oranges grapefruit, fruity yeast. Good carbonation, light sweet yeast, grapefruit. Very fruity hop finish, grapefruit, lots of it. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2852) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
bottle. Golden with one finger head. Lightly sweet body with mild malt base. Nice hop punch with a hint of belgian spice. Not boozy, but does feel like a big beer. Well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (640) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2014
22oz bottle - pours a hazy orange . Yeasty aromas with some citrus fruit . Tropical flavors with some tangerine . Delicious ! A real steal for the price . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bomber. Hazy tangerine color. Awesome citrus, clove, floral aroma. Floral, pine and citrus notes. Great Belgian style IPA.

-- rated with beerbasher

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1284) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bomber. Translucent mango color with a uniform haze and off white head. Pine, tropical fruits and yeast aromas. Pit fruits and floral hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (477) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Shared bomber, pour to tulip. Hazy straw/gold color; heavy, fluffy head. Fresh citrus aroma. Belgian yeast tempers the hops. No bitterness. Smooth, slightly sour finish. No alcohol kick: this one drinks like a session beer. Happy this brewery is now bottling and available in my local store.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (1497) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Cloudy golden color. Solid head and body. Fine blend of Belgium yeast and hops. This young brewery produces many eclectic brews!


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