Strykzone (4383) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can poured into a Perfect Pint. A big tan head leaves sticky lacing. The beer is clear and almost cola colored but with a bit more red. The nose is chocolate and Belgian yeast more than anything. The feel is smooth. I taste the yeast and chocolate malts. Hops are citrus and some pine. Some zest is tasted. Although the ABV is not high I taste the alcohol. I also taste a bit of roasted effects.
paintedmaple (314) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very complex and tasty brew that breaks new ground in flavor profiles for an IPA. So complex and different that I canít really put a label on it...oh, well. Another fantastic selection from Brewery Vivant...
peteinSD (1233) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Brian - thanks! Pours a light brown/red with a large and ricky off-white head. Excellent sharp piney hop aroma with some light caramel and malt sweetness underneath. Taste is hop heavy with pine and light citrus with a bit of an odd flavor transition in the middle to a light, almost watery malt backbone. Not sure where the Belgian influence is but the hop aromatics and flavor were really good. Good beer.
superspak (2115) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a nice 3 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pine, grapefruit, orange zest, herbal, floral, toast, mango, pineapple, and slight yeast esters. Nice, pleasant, and well balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, pine, orange zest, pineapple, mango, floral, toast, earth, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, tropical fruit, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt sweetness with bitterness; and good balance of hop flavors as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden as expected of 6.5%, with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy amber ale. I did not really get any Belgian influence from the flavors; but it had some very nice hop flavor complexity, and is very easy to drink. Really pleasant and enjoyable.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can courtesy of my parents. Served in a sampler glass. The nose brings a bit of light black pepper along with some strong citrus and tropical hops. Flavor isnít quite as nice, as more of the yeast comes along, and doesnít quite fit with the hop and malt profile. Body is medium and fairly bitter and dry. Pretty good, but not something Iíd necessarily seek out again.
milewide (1363) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"This red ale is all about hops." Wow, is this right! I taste no malt sweetness or Belgian yeast. Everything is grapefruit hops. Red amber color with decent head and body. Definitely an IPA!
Dogbrick (7085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a clear copper-amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is hoppy with notes of malt and spice. Medium-bodied with a moderately bitter hops character and notes of caramel malt, spices and fruit. The finish is hoppy with a short bitter aftertaste. Above average overall.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL Can. Thanks for sharing Sean! Stupid name aside, this beer misses its mark, but manages to hit another. What set out to be a Belgian IPA, in fact works pretty well as a hoppy session ale. Itís lacking Belgian influence and the hops are far from IPA levels. The hops that are there, when combined with this beers lighter-than-IPA-acceptable body, produces what feels like an all day IPA. Itís still fresh, if occasionally isovaleric, and puts out enough hops to keep me awake. An odd experience.
umich03jm (1484) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark orange color with a nice amount of head that sticks around. Aromas of caramel malt, grapefruit, citrus, and pineapple. Taste has lots of bitterness upfront then the fruit hoppiness takes over backed up by the caramel malt. Finish is dry and you finally taste the belgian yeast flavor. A really good and fairly unique IPA.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
amber with finger thick head. delicious hoppiness. very lagunitas-ish in its ability to have huge hops yet still be very smooth and drinkable. stupid name but awesome beer.