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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Ruby copper with a medium beige airy and rocky crown that fades slowly. Aroma is nicely dank with resinous hops, fruity undertones, caramel and is the most inviting Belgian IPA Iíve laid my nose upon. Taste is resinous and earthy with caramel, mild fruit and moderate dank-ness. A touch rough with moderate bitterness but pleasantly surprised as the yeast is very muted making this a winner.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1622) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2012
From the can, pours a dark red with an off white head. It is yeasty with some earthy hops. Some malty and tropical fruit flavors and also some resin and piney hops. Very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5149) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2012
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
paintedmaple (462) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2012
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...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1414) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2910) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2012
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milewide (1593) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2014 Attractive red color with decent head. Hoppy aroma and taste of Citra hops. Less bitterness than many IPAs. 6% ABV reasonable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8803) - 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 (3180) - 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.


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