beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another in a stretch of IPAs that are overly caramel tasting. Hops are second fiddle behind that and the Belgian notes are a distant third. The balance seems too tilted here.
milewide (2031) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A quality brew with intense flavor and wonderful unfiltered appearance! But---the alcohol was omnipresent! Belgian yeast and spice flavors were submerged!
superspak (4563) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/3/2013. Pours lightly cloudy bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pear, banana, clove, floral, grass, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, banana, clove, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, honey, light caramel, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, light fruit, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, light pine, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial Belgian IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt ,and yeast ester notes; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A very enjoyable offering.
NikkTwist (2655) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Cloudy orange amber pour with a short thick white head. Lots of dark honey flavors. Sweet, but bitter with earthy peppery hops. Nicely blended but feels forced.
Gandalf39 (153) - - JUL 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oeil : ambrée avec une fine mousse persistente
Nez : odeur de cookies, cake aux fruits et orange et houblons résineux
Bouche : c’est plus une IPA qu’une belgian style IPA car un peu trop sèche.
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeasty and almost overwhelmingly sweet, with candied orange peel and grapefruit notes that are backed up by a subtle hop bitterness. Refreshining in the sun, with the abv covered up well.
marcus (9007) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours copper with an attractive beige head and a fruit and toffee aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with a sharp citrus taste and a dry yeasty finish.
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice fruit nose, banana mostly. Burnt orange and spice flavors. Somewhere mid palate it went a bit array and finished bitter. Wanted to love it but it ended up a tad disappointing compared to other clown shoes beers
adamah (214) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad beer. The very high citrus and bitterness is balanced out with its malty sweetness. very boozy but the alcohol doesn’t totally overpower it.
DCLawyer (2520) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber->Trappist. Bottled 8/11, purchased 7/13. Hazy orange with decent white head. A: yeast, candy, spices, slight citrus hops. T: bittersweet malt, yeast, fruit, pine. Alcohol presence is noticeable but not overwhelming. Good.