malrubius (1583) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Brigadier for sharing. Pale red with lasting head and lace. Fresh orangy hop and bready bubblegum yeast aroma. Fresh fruity cherry peach pineapple dry medium assertive spicy finish. Excellent.
BlowOffTube (398) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour white head. Fruity mango aroma hint of caramel. Some mango and a hint of citrus mixed with caramel. Light body with light to medium carbonation.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 ounce can
Picked up on a trip to Michigan I was excited to see what Brewery Vivant had up their sleeves. After a few previous samples hit it out of the park I knew they were not just another run of the mill homebrewer turned professional. This did not disappoint and if it were local I would definitely buy more.
Aroma / Appearance - A cloudy orange base is decorated with a fringe of white cream. Malt, red vines, and hop forward notes erase all doubts about the intentions of this aggressive IPA.
Flavor / Palate - A sticky mouthfeel is full of almonds, red vines, and malt. Smooth from start to finish it is a good value at $2.99. I imagine the four or six pack price to be slightly cheaper. If you like Midwestern IPAs this is a prototypical example with a strong Michigan twist.
chinchill (1389) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz can served in an over-size glass mug. Large vessel recommended since this ale has a huge frothy tan head.
A Belgian-American fusion beer that works. The aroma shifts back and forth between yeasty-fruity wet leather and American hops. The taste seems more stable but again has the Belgian and American (hops) aspects in nice balance. Moderate complexity and mild bitterness.
Feel: lively, medium body; good carbonation.
mds (2168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice ruby/copper colour with a soapy head. Caramel, oranges and grass in the aroma. I donít find it to be overly hop forward and what Iím getting is more rich malts. Quite drinkable but not amazingly so.
Can from Merchants of Wine in Dearborn, MI. 2013-12-28
nsquishee (570) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
High carbonation, fruit flavors, and Belgian yeast bitter finish rounds out this solid IPA. Flavors of mango, pineapple, light malts, and bitter hopping are surrounded by a peppery finish from the Belgian yeasts. Very solid Belgian IPA.
firstsip (261) - Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great on both tap/from can. Deep red pour with seconds of tannish head. Belgian yeast with surprising dry hop character. Insert phallic jokes here (haha... insert).
tectactoe (1190) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2013 Can: awesome crimson, ruby red, & mahogany color with nice clarity & a very frothy, slowly receding eggshell head. Aroma is very earthy & piney on the hop side with lighter critic & floral undercurrents. Light cleanser smell to it with a somewhat sweet, malty backbone. More citrus & tangerine comes out with warmth. Taste is bitter hops up front; piney, grassy, & woodsy with light orange & grapefruit notes. Sweet malt carries things to the finish, almost caramel & candy like. Mildly musty & dirty aftertaste.
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful golden red. Smooth hoppy taste with hint of citra, mango and tropical fruit flavor. Smooth finish. This is a food beer!
bartlebier (1196) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vivant Flight draught. 28viii13. Easily the standout beer of the evening, this is more of a hop-forward red ale than a Belgian-style IPA. Confident US hop citrus notes harmonising off round and pleasant caramel&red berry malts and some peppery spice. Modest compared to the WI/MI competition but good and above your average brewpub beer-of-the-week. Just a pity it is hard to come by any foam in US brewpub pints...