CanIHave4Beers (4030) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at El Bait Shop.
Pours a very hazy yellow with a big white head and lots of nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is grapefruity with some citrus rind and loads of fruity hops, pepperiness, and spice. The flavor is similar with lots of those fruity hops on fruity yeast character; the bitterness and dryness of this beer provide a balance to all the fruity flavors going on. The beer is spicy but the coriander is fairly subdued. As this warmed it got more and more peppery in both the aroma and the flavor to the point where pepperiness became less of a nuance and more of a dominant flavor, which worked really well.
At this age the beer is more of an IPA than a White Ale, and that makes me happy, but itís a really great melding of the two styles thatís for sure.
My only qualm is that itís simply too expensive to drink a lot of... well on draught at the bar it is... Iíve yet to see any bottles in town but even if theyíre "only" $8 a pop Iíll likely only buy a couple of them.... which is a shame because I want to drink 74 of them
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn delicious. Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is big and fruity with orange and lemon. Also spices and a slight sourness. Medium bitterness and sweetness. Good hop character with a slight sour taste. Above average carbonation.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy golden orange body with a tall white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, coriander, florals, pineapple, sage, and pepper. Flavor of orange, grapefruit, pepper, coriander, and yeast with a soft mouthfeel.
Ernest (7373) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (basement/cement), with notes of sage, thyme, black pepper, coriander, lemon zest.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Quite an overload of spices...while not quite an unpleasant blend, itís certainly too much, especially the sage (which is a somewhat medicinal smelling herb, not my fave). Both tart and bitter, which I suppose follows from the style combo but isnít the most enjoyable flavor balance. Not very fond of this one.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 thanks to 17thfloor for sharing! Pours a lightly hazy bright orange with a thick white head. Aroma is very nice fresh hops, spicy and belgian yeastiness, plenty of citrus peel and coriander, a good balance between the wit and hops. Flavor starts very spicy and herbal with the coriander and sage really coming out aggressively, matching hops, almost overpowering the citric character which comes out more in the finish with a moderate herbal bitterness and some of the wheat and grain lingering. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Really nice beer, tough to classify it as an IPA with all of the belgian wit aspects but very good
beastiefan2k (3597) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL C&C bottle. Loved it, very good melding of the styles. I wish for a little less bitterness on the hops but otherwise very well integrated. Great pale color with a medium head. Aroma is more wit than I expected but plenty of hop aroma as well. The base wit is tame, coriander abundant but not sweet, not overly herbal. The citrus hops accompany it well. The flavor is well attenuated, refreshingly simple with a base wheat beer with subdued Belgian yeast and a relatively strong hop component. Drinks so nicely, I could drink this all day in this hot weather. I wish this came in a 6 pack. I will quote Eric to finish this off "This about perfectly fit my pre-determined mental picture of what a íWhite IPAí would and even should be. Well done. Iíd certainly like to try the Deschutes Conflux version next. "
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled, hazed golden colored pour with excellent lasting bright white foam and some lace, bitter wildflower and bready aroma, flavor is honeysuckle, fresh cheese, crisp melon rind, excellent bright finish
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; pour is murky dark golden with a frothy white head that retains fairly well; light, spotty lacing in this glass. The nose is grassy hops, baked bread, caramel, and spices. This brew is fantastic; its light bodied, mildly hopped, florals, grassy hops, coriander, and orange peel. Its so soft, drinkable; super impressed
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 7/22/11 from a 750mL corked and caged bottle purchased at Binnyís Lincoln Park. Pours cloudy light orange with a thick and rocky white head that slowly recedes to rocky lace, leaving a bit of residue along the inside of the glass. At first, the nose is fairly straightforward Witbier with the light malt, orange peel, and coriander, but digging a little deeper, there are very zesty hop aromas along with tons of lemon citrus as well. The flavor starts off, once again, more Witbier than anything else, with the light malt and orange peel taking center stage. As the flavor progresses, though, there are spicy yeast, bitter hops, lemongrass, and herbal and earthy sage. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long bitter hops and lemongrass finish.
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) pours a cloudy rich gold, huge thick creamy head with excellent lacing. Nose of candied orange peel, coriander, sugar, soap, lemongrass, and meyer lemons. Taste of rye, coriander, orange pulp, a bit perfumey, Brett-C, quite complex. A delicious marriage of styles thatís well done.