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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Real change is here! No longer will American beer lovers be forced to choose between those quirky, eccentric beers of Belgium or the explosively flavorful IPAs of the United States. We have brewed the change we have been waiting for! Liberally hopped to an audacious degree, our Belgian Double IPA reaches across the aisle to bridge the seemingly contradictory brewing philosophies of the old world and new. Our beer uses generous portions of Pilsner and Vienna malts to give it its hazy golden color and rocky white head. Two independent dry hop additions of Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Hallertauer, and Spalt put aside their differences to form a delicious coalition. Floral grassiness dominates the nose with fruity hints of bright citrus well represented. Its subtle spicy flavor comes from a Belgian yeast as well as generous doses of German hops in the kettle. These aggressive flavors are complemented by a determined bitterness and a full but dry finish. All of these characteristics come together in a nonpartisan spirit of cooperation to form a beer that is both righteously flavorful and drinkable. Enjoy! IBU: 70+ OG: 1.076 FG: 1.008 ABV: 8%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Madsen1635 (660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2016
Bottle. Hazy amber pour with creamy white head. Aroma has a lovely mix of yeast and citrus. Taste is balanced and fresh with significant bitterness on malty base. Medium heavy body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polo_marco (322) - milton, Vermont, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Smells highly of strong malts with hints of citrus hop scent in the back. Slightly hazy golden color. Brew starts off a bit water then the sweet strong malts come out followed by a nice dose of bitter hop flavor finishing off with dry and a bit rough end. Medium body with insane carbonation. Lovely floral hints in the taste and smell a great mix Deffinantly something different. Nice work!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Speko (226) - DENMARK - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle 0,65 from Kihoskh. Pours a bit unclear orange with large creamy white head, with good retention and some nice lacing. Hops, yeast, citrus, orange peel, grassy, some pine, pepper, basement dusty. Sweet taste with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Full body, oily texture and on the low side of average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humlelala (1311) - DENMARK - APR 8, 2016
(65 cl bottle from Kihoskh; BBD: August 31st 2017) Poured at 15 degrees into a Maisel & -friends footed tulip reveals a hazy amber with two finger, creamy white head. Good retention and beautiful lace. Aroma is withered hops with notes of leaves and pepper as well as something funky/slightly tart remniscent of bret or Belgian yeast. Oily texture, medium carbonation and body and a lingering spicy finish. Flavour follows the nose but has more of the Belgian character. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3888) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 7, 2016
Thanks Andy. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange with a decent transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head. Lacing is bubbly/foamy. The smell takes on semi-sweet qualities from some citrus, peaches, light grass. Semi-bitter light citrus rind and grassy hops. The taste was moderately sweet with a decent balance from the citrus, peach and grassiness. Definitely a dry floral/grassy aftertaste. Quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability to it. Carbonation feels fairly low. Overall, initially, I thought this was a Belgian IPA, well, how about that, it’s more of an imperial IPA. Still, I’d have again, good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franckg (1280) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2016
Robe jaune-orangée assez trouble avec un col de mousse blanc et plutôt onctueux. Cette mousse crée une dentelle collante et epaisse. Arômes de levures rapellant la bière belge, houblons resineux, citron, pamplemousse. Petit côté pain épicé et pelure de banane. Le nez me fait hésiter. Les arômes sont fades et manquent de personnalité. Ça sent un peu la blonde belge, un peu la ipa... Difficile de se faire une idée. En bouche, c’est plus goûteux. Les houblons prennent plus de place. C’est à la fois sucré et houblonné et franchement plaisant. Pamplemousse, mangue et tangerine mélangés à de la levures épaisses et soyeuse. Très bel équilibre des saveurs. Les profils de la bière belge et de la IPA ressortent mieux qu’au nez. La finale est plus amère et résineuse sans être trop intense. Texture onctueuse et corps moyen. Ne réinvente rien mais très agréable. Le brasseur a su trouver une bonne recette de "belgian-american-ipa" sans tomber dans le sur-houblonnage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (7376) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Bottle (brewed by Mercury in Ipswich). Head is initially average sized to large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, unfiltered. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, lemon oil, grass, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of pepper, dried pineapple, lemongrass, mint, gum. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. One of the best "Belgian IPAs" I’ve had, probably...a style I rarely find decent examples of. What it gets the most right is the balance of those two styles...it’s got equal IPA character and Belgian ale character, and both are quite apparent and enticing. The Belgian nuances aren’t at all the artificial/overdone bubble gummy cotton candy variety so common in American versions. Herbal-floral-citrusy hops and spearmint gum and fruity esters invite sip after sip. And no stupid adjuncts to mess it up. Great flavor balance too...lip-smacking with nice yeasty tartness and clean bitterness. The bomber was gone before I knew it. And Mercury didn’t mess it up either. So...bravo indeed to all concerned. No clue how old the bottle is, though, so age may be a factor in this sample. Given that I bought this in Maui suggests it is not very fresh. But the yeast sediment was very fine, and I obtained it at Whole Foods, so it’s probably not too terribly old. Would absolutely buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle @ Super Bowl L. Light hazy golden pour with a generous head. Notes of pine, resin, vanilla, biscuits, crumbs and some sticky honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bavarian81 (150) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Poured a deep slightly hazy gold with a thick frothy white head. Aroma was mostly that Belgian ale-like fruitiness. some indistinct dark fruits, cloves, possibly berries of some kind. Body was medium to heavy. Definitely a healthy amount of hops but very nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Light orange pour with plenty of carbonation. Lacing hangs out for a bit. Nice clove front end with a bitter, hoppy finsh. Very nice blend of the two styles, Belgian and IPA.

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