deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a clear orange with a slight earthy amber hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet citrus with a hint of grassy hops and just a bit of sweet grains. Flavor begins with sweet citrus and is backed by a lot of sweet grains with a bit of belgian yeast as well as grass.
wedgie9 (1664) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in October 2011 from a 16oz can shared at a tasting. Pours hazy bright orange with an average white head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is dusty and fruity with some citrus and resin hops, along with apricot with a green cucumber note. The flavor is pretty much the same with the fruity apricot up front, moving to citrus and resin hops and bitter cucumber skin. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long, fruity, and lightly bitter finish.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[4608-20120708] 16floz can. Light grainy yeast aroma has a bit of a fruit note to it. Clear, orange amber body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Sweet orange honeydew melon bitter hops flavour has a light grainy fruit finish. Medium body. Tasty, nice bitter fruit balance. (6/3/8/4/15) 3.6
(Radekfest 2012, w/ jercraigs, liamt07, Radek Kliber)
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewery (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a rich amber orange hue, darker with a gentle haze. Mellow carbonation, frothy offwhite head dies as a ring, laces ok. Very nice glow in body and edges. Aromas throw gentle fruit, a bit of ester, some firmer grapefruit and lemon. Gentle florals, mellow bitter hoppy nose to start but it is a bit cold. A bit more fruit, oranges and rind throw into the fold as we move on. Initial is medium bodied, a bit lighter with a firm hop presence. Fuzzy peach, firm grapefruit, lemon rind. Some good floral dryness, decent to medium bitterness hits the palate off the bat. Firmer dryness, the malt body is bready, a touch toasty and carmelized. Firm dryness carries on into the middle, a good bitter hop presence provides synergy. But a firm malt bill also offers some balance. Bread, dry earthy hop presence continues to present itself. Backend is much more dry, light bodied. Some soap, florals, decent citrus but itís definitely not the focus. Finish is dry but not overly so, fairly clean, a gentle Belgian yeast presence and touches of fruit move on. Pretty nice Belgian IPA. Really goes through the motions. Not a hop screamer but integrates itís hops and what it has quite well. Nice beer.
chinchill (1018) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured out of a 16 oz can into a Belgian snifter.
A - Pours with a hazy amber body topped by a well-propotioned and durable off-white head. Excellent lacing.
Aroma: Nutty yeast aromas mix with hops, some bready malts and faint fruits. Excellent balance.
T: Nutty, yeasty, lightly funky, moderately hoppy, slightly fruity and floral. Nice complexity and good balance. The lingering, mildly bitter aftertaste is especially pleasant for this style.
M - Medium-bodied with crisp, medium+ carbonation.
Overall: a well crafted Belgian IPA worth seeking out.
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Grand Rapids (MI)
This was a freebie and you couldnít ask for much better. A solid beer that is more Belgian than IPA it goes down very easily. Retaining a strong presence all the way to the end it manages to captivate the palate. I wish I would have been able to bring a few home to try later.
Aroma / Appearance - The dark golden red base is rich like the last leaves hanging from an autumnal tree. The mixture of yeast, malt, wheat, and pine push this towards the sweet end of the IPA spectrum. It is probably the Belgian yeast that does this along with a rich malt bill.
Flavor / Palate - Candy sugar, pine, and yeast warm the tongue. A few seconds later a transition of powered sugar sweeps into the light bitter finish. More malty than usual for an IPA this is still an excellent and affordable option. Even in a crowded Michigan market it manages to set itself apart from the competition.
HonkeyBra (2858) - 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.
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.
NachlamSie (2536) - 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.
Strykzone (4200) - 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.