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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Hoppy Belgian Ale. This red ale is all about hops. It is an American-Belgian fusion of beer styles taking imported Belgian caramel malts and bitch slapping it with a heavy handed dose of American hops. Expect hints of mango, pineapple, and citrus to hit your nose with an assertive hop presence.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (1538) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
"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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8259) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2012
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 11, 2012
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2054) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2012
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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rumproasts (2951) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1259) - Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Can, this ale poured a clear copper and red with a touch of brown at the sides of the glass, and made a two to three finger off-white head that retreated to a thin cover and ring, the effervescence was about medium with a single stream of bubbles in the center of the glass and a few bubbles elsewhere, there were some small spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, this beer had aroma of grass, citrus and herb hops, toasted malt, caramel with faint orange, quava and lemon citrus fruit, and fruit and malt sweetness, it had a good hop nose that almost turns to the herb side of things, the flavors were grass and citrus hops, toasted malt and caramel, the finish was on the dry side with hop bitterness and citrus trailing, the mouth feel was less than medium with average carbonation on the mouth, the nose had a good dose of hops, and hops were out front on the palate to, I hardly noticed the Belgian Yeast, a good hoppy ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2324) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On tap at brewery, pours a clear dark amberish red with an off white head, the aroma has a touch of hops mixed in with the malt, the flavor has a ton of citrus and floral notes, some tropical fruit as well, solid stuff.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (9284) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Tap @ Brewery Vivant. Clear, red orange appearance with a cream colored head. Bland, floral, light citrusy hoppy aroma. Floral, slightly soapy, light citrusy hoppy flavor. Bleh bleh blah.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bruwery (35) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2011
On tap at Brewery Vivant. This beer is a mountain of hops in my face from first aroma to finish - whatís not to like? If youíre looking for the candy sweetness associated with most Belgian beers, youíll have to look hard . There is enough malt to support the hops so they donít overpower it, but the hops are definitely the main event.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1341) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Sampler from 8th Street grille. Pours reddish orange with some head. Very lowly carbonated. Aroma is very belgian yeasty, caramel, some pine. Taste was caramel malty, some citrus and some pine. Sticky. Finishes with some length, somewhat sweet. Interesting.


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