NachlamSie (2646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can brought back to me from Sicilianoís. This is a pretty decent hoppy Belgian because the hops save it. The aroma doesnít promise much, but the flavor has ample citrusy bitterness to mask some of that sticky,clove-like yeast. I actually preferred drinking these from the can as the aroma is merely sweet and a little like a basement, so I was okay not smelling it every time I took a sip. I thought this beer is better than the score warrants, but not so passionately that Iím annoyed by the low markings.
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a golden amber with white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, pine, and can. Taste of hops (nice and sweet) some grass and citrus. Finishes with a nice hops bitter, then some can notes. All in all not to bad. Good mouthfeel. Some lacing on the glass. Would like to try on tap.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz can from Sicilianoís Market in Grand Rapids, MI. Pours an ever-so-slightly hazed, deeper orange-amber colored body with an inch thick, dense, foamy and rocky, light tan head that collapses slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is on the milder side with a bit of a watered-down smell. Some medium-sweet Belgian yeast with a light spice, a mix of herbal and floral hops, some lemon-grass citruses, and a light caramel and bready malt adding a bit to the sweetness. Flavor is similar and a bit thin feeling. Some spicy Belgian yeast mixes with a decent earthy and herbal hopping up front before some florals and citruses grow. A light caramel comes in with some bread before the hops grow a bit towards the end. Finishes dry with a medium bitterness and a good amount of yeasty spice as well as a bit more of a bready malt coming out. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-thin feeling body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent Belgian IPA. Its a bit thin and never really comes fully together for me, but it has enough of a hopping and yeastiness to keep it enjoyable enough.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a big layer of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeasts and some sweet caramel malts with a bit of citrus hops taking the back seat. Overall, a bit weak.
T - Starts off with some nice sweet caramel malts and Belgian yeast. The hop flavor is very mild at the start. Through the middle, the citrus hops get a bit stronger with a touch of bitterness coming through as well. The yeast also gets a bit deeper and more bready. The finish is a mix of some light bitterness, a bit of sweet caramel malts, and some bready yeast flavor that lingers.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels fairly smooth and crisp. The bready yeast flavor really lingers for quite a while.
D - Very drinkable. The beer feels a little off balanced with the hop flavor really not standing up next to the strength of the yeast and malts. I like the depth of the yeast flavor, and just a bit more hops could make this a winner.
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at vivant. Hazy reddish orange body with medium white head. Aroma of spicy, soapy hops, bitterness and some citrus rind. Flavor of light grapefruit and grass, lightly sweetened malt, and a touch of orange.
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz. can. Aroma of strong citrus and pine hops, resin. The hops are along with a strong belgian yeast push, lots of fruity esters and mild spiciness. Flavor is good. Strong, bitter, lots of pine hops intertwined with yeasty spiciness. Lots of fruity esters come off from the yeast as well. Full bodied, finishes bitter and fruity. Pretty solid from this brewery.
paintedmaple (330) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canít say I tasted this properly as I drank it out of the can which was in a paper bag to conceal it (very cleverly I might add) from the Michigan State University police dept. before the U2 concert of summer 2011. That said; I really liked it - seems like a great marriage between a Belgium ale and American IPA. I look forward to a "proper" tasting. BTW, the police were completely fooled by the paper bag. Cloak and dagger extordinaire!
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Orange malt and pine hops aroma. Clear amber color with nice tan head. Sweet orange malt and lightly bitter grapefruit peel/pine flavor. Watery palate. Okay but on the weak side.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber with an airy taupe head that lets you know where its been. Aroma is floral and yeasty with some herbs, citrus and mild fruit. Taste is probably right down the middle of Belgian ale and IPA. Yeast, fruit, floral hops, esters and mild bitterness. Itís okay, but Iím not a huge fan of this style, though Iíd like to see someone make a hoppy dubbel instead of a hoppy bland ass Belgian pale ale.
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big can! Pours a very clear mandarin with a sudsy head. Aromas are very faint... a little bit of barnyard funk, silo/grain dust and herbs. After the beer sits for a couple of minutes, I take another sniff and get blasted with resin and pine, but then itís gone again. Iím pretty sure there is some sort of voodoo magic protecting this beer from my nose... First sip reveals that the dark magic might be affecting my palate as well. About all I get from it is a tingly hops sensation on the back of the tongue in the late aftertaste. The second sip reveals a bit more complexity, but the flavors (and aromas) seem to be playing hide and seek with me. A little bit of citrus (orange), a little bit of grass, some sweet and a little edge of tartness is about as descriptive as I can be (oh, with that tingly hops finish.) Interesting stuff, but it seems to vex me a bit.