Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz. can bought on a trip to Michigan. This has a huge fluffy off white head that leaves powdery lacing. The beer is clear amber. I smell pine and citrus hops with some caramel malt and spice. This beer is hop forward especially with that citrus. Floral notes. Some yeast is tasted but it is subtle as is spice. Caramel flavor and some toast. At the finish spruce lingers on the tongue. Good.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 6, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
16oz Can. Thanks Sean! Give me a grassy waft, a malty undertone and some coppery color. Harken a Belgian IPA? No. Where’s the Belgian? Where’s the IPA? I’ve had American Pale Ales that had more phenols and more hoppiness than this. Instead, what we’ve got on our hands is the Worldest Cleanest Belgian Amber Ale. Every so slightly a minty hop finish and a terse Crystal-heavy malt body. No, this isn’t subtle and I’m just not getting it, it’s missing everything it purports to be.
Gription79 (2263) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz can
A: spicy yeast and alcohol, toasty malts, American hops that are not well defined-muddled
T: spicy, malty more bready then toasty, again with muddled American hops
Overall the beer is worth a taste, nothing really wrong with it. A nice balance between the malts, yeast, and the bitterness.
cavery (35) - Palm Desert, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Share by Jose of the Coachella Valley Homebrewers Club last Saturday. Thanks for providing this. Morning light colored body with some hay. Smell is a lot of lemongrass, melon rind, maybe a bit of honeydew flesh. Not really getting any real belgian yeast character out of this. Taste is quite lemongrassy, some grassy lawnmower bag hops that come off slightly dissonant. This tastes like a lower end IPA, and a completely miss for Belgian IPA. Can date was smeared on the bottom, more than a month old. Should still hold better in the can.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear amber with a full bone head. Aroma is sweet citrus hops, some mild spice. This is quite a unique little brew. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Some sweet malt notes up front give way to a really pleasant and moderate bittering on the finish. Good balance between sweet and bitter, and a very nice touch from the Belgian yeast. A really interesting and worthwhile beer to try.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle... dark gold with a bit of copper, a bit light tan head rises several fingers, good retention, not much lace...sweet malty nose with yeast, but its a bit hot, has alcohol to it thats unwelcome... tastes ok, but forgetable, a bit too much yeast, but some nice floral notes, the sweetness takes a nice back seat here... meh
NachlamSie (2766) - 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 Siciliano’s. This is a pretty decent hoppy Belgian because the hops save it. The aroma doesn’t 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 I’m 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 Siciliano’s 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.