darthmoore (16) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First of all this beer is not an IPA, it is a red ale. If you go into it expecting an IPA you may be disappointed.
Pours a wonderful clear mahogany color with a tan two-finger head. Head lasts for quite some time and leaves behind plenty of lacing,
Scent is incredible. The hop aroma gives it a tropical character I have not experienced before. Definitely picking up the mango. A bit floral as well. Though I am not getting much aroma from malt or yeast I am also not picking up anything negative either. A 10 for aroma.
Tasting a bit of caramely sweetness from the malt as well as all that wonderful hop character. Citrus and a bit of the tropical fruit as well. Medium-heavy bitterness with perhaps a light and pleasant sour character. Also getting some savory flavors as well.
Medium body, oily feel, lively carbonation. Not much astringency. Bitter finish.
Overall this beer is outstanding. The only negative is the finish. Though there is nothing wrong with it there just isn’t much going on in the end other than some numbing bitterness. Just wish it had some flavor to go with it. However that is still preferable to a bad aftertaste. No off scents or flavors in this beer at all. You won’t regret trying this beer if you keep an open mind and not worry about what style it is or isn’t. Cheers!
jeremyh70 (1068) - Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep amber/brown with a thick sticky tan colored head atop. Floral and grassy hops dominate the nose along with light spiced phenols, quite spiced in fact, more of a pepper and clove note. The grassy hops are big on the palate with a dryer malt base, phenols give off spice but not in your face, somewhat earthy in the finish.
RobertDale (5518) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 16 ounce can. Pours a clear amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma of citrus and malt. Taste is grapefruit, malt, tropical, and caramel. Interesting in a nice way.
boonjug (4) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2016 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Captivating red color with lasting head of white, smells earthy & malty with a moderate hop finish. Texture is creamy. A reliable go-to red.
veggieBen (11) - Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red color with lasting white head, earthy smell, malty taste with light hop finish. thick creamy texture with a bitter bite
Beerman6686 (6379) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a reddish orange with a white head. Aroma was of Belgian yeast and herbal hop s. Flavor is sweet, Belgian forward for sure. Not much about this is ipa.
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Deep amber body. Frothy white head. Aroma of citrus, biscuit, orange, vinegar. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Taste of caramel, citrus. Tartness in the finish along with some vinegar and dusty grain notes.
Msdrbeat (498) - East Lansing, USA - FEB 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hopcat. Big aroma with hops. Beautiful red color. Nice carbonation. Very drinkable
markas101 (2303) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, Ann Arbor, MI via Plum Market. Hazy pale amber. Resin and caramel aroma. Balanced, slightly soapy texture. More caramel and citrus resin. Long mild resin finish.
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Canned 1/27/15, drunk 12/4/15.
Clear amber-auburn body is topped by a small, light beige head that recedes to a ring.
Candy corn, raspberry/cherry/apple esters and a hint of buttery caramel. Very light tropical notes lingering; obviously the bulk of the hop aromatics have long since passed. Otherwise, no alcohol and pretty simplistic. Very little yeast character in Vivant’s beers.
Crystal malts provide iced tea while there is some yeast interplay creating a raspberry and cherry note. Caramel and butter toffee, rather dry, with a hard texture, moderate carbonation (fizzy, loose) and a touch of pineapple and sweet lime lingering.
Not taking points off for lack of hoppiness, which I certainly wouldn’t expect it to have at 10 months old (the hop character here is actually the best part of the beer). Rather, it has a very hard, nearly husky texture with no malt depth. The "Belgian character" is pretty lacking (though what’s there is admittedly not offensive). Carbonation is loose, fizzy, artificial feeling.
alobar (3560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Charlie Nelson for this one. Pours reddish caramel with aroma of pine, caramel, bread, and some tropical fruit. Tropical fruit and caramel sweetness with bread and pine. Very nice beer.