FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pretty well carbonated, the beer pours with over a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head even though it was done quite carefully. The head leaves patchy lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes with a rocky, never quite disappearing surface of froth. A myriad of carbonation bubbles stream from the bottom of my tulip, all easily visible through the brilliantly clear, cranberry-tinged, copper colored beer. As I pour this beer I get a spicy note of white pepper. Upon further inspection the nose is amply hoppy, substantially spicy and even has a nice funky tartness to it. Aromatic notes of fresh cut weeds, orange zest, peaches, lychee, hay, ginger, orange zest, moldy cotton, honeysuckle, black pepper, lemon-thyme, clove, hints of urea and lots of other spicy phenolics and esters that keep that beer very interesting. This is definitely a beer that I can easily spend quite some time smelling and exploring, not even worrying about getting to the flavor exploration of this beer. The hops and Brettanomyces combine to create a really green, sharply spicy, savory herbal character. Really just a fantastically interesting and complex nose.
Fairly sweet, yet fairly well carbonated, which really helps to temper the residual malt sweetness. Overall this beer actually has a sort of dry flavor profile; the sweetness does play a role it is just that the carbonation and the astringently herbal / phenolic notes really help to balance and dry out the finish. Characteristically Amarillo hop flavors of lychee, apricot and sweet citrus peel mix with the malt sweetness to form a sort of orange-blossom / wild flower honey nectar character. Lightly tart, somehow this melds in with the fruity hop notes and becomes part of that flavor profile. Touches of funky Brett flavors mix with herbal hop notes in the finish to provide a mix of sharp flavors; Astringent herbs, a biting bitterness, spicy-not-quite plastic like phenolics, must cotton notes. There is a fair amount of body to this brew, it is still easy to drink, though I am not quite sure I would term this a quaffing brew.
At times the Amarillo hops are quite characteristically present, yet at other times the other competing flavors take over; the flavor and aroma of this beer are really quite interesting. What should be strongly competing flavor profiles from the hop and yeast character, somehow melds; sometimes the Brettanomyces dominates, at others the hops take over, but still at other times (and this last the most prevalent) this cacophonous chatter of competing flavors just melds into delicious, somehow well integrated whole that is just a pleasure to drink. As the beer warms up it starts to become a bit more tart, which actually accentuates more of a lemon zest character from the hop notes, but really all of the other hop notes are still noticeable.
This is an absolutely kick-ass brew; ample hops and Brett derived funk, how can I not just absolutely love this beer. A beer to satisfy the inner hop head and funk-o-phile at the same time. I am so glad I found this lone, discardedly placed, wayward bottle at Hi-Times. Perhaps not perfect in any category, but I am just really digging everything this beer has to offer right now. I think part of my enjoyment of this beer is that it reminds me of a hoppy, 100% Brett fermented, 5% alcohol beer that I brewed that was just phenomenal. My biggest regret is that I donít have a couple of these to age.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Pizza Port Carlsbad Bottle shop consumed at Las Olas Mexican Restaurant. Yeasty aroma is balanced by a good bitterness. Interesting and it went well with the excellent Mexican food.
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased bottle at Holiday Wine Cellar. The last bottle they had so I considered myself lucky to be able to grab one for a taste. The pour is a clean clear golden elixir with a rigorous thick heading. In the nose, I found a mild aroma of Belgian yeast and spice with a light citrus background of possible orange. It has very subdued flavors that are chewy and spicy paired well with the soft delicate palate and its rich creamy finish. Iím really amazed how smooth this ale turned out but hey when you got pizza port working on it and some masters from Belgium how could it go wrong?
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours with a beautiful orange golden color and a medium head. Very fruity aromasn and a bit of wild yeast.
Flavors are tart and yeasty, a lot of citrus and some breadiness. Very complex and delicate. Outstanding beer.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot, grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (mold), with notes of cotton candy, band-aid, alcohol, perfume, hint of detergent. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. A mix of good and bad elements, resulting in a somewhat average result. The aftertaste is unpleasant, a bit saccharine and slick/coating along with some grainy roughness. Not elegant. Some off notes in the aroma, but some pleasant things in there too. Neither a success nor a failure.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Beer is clear, light caramel. The head is large, white, frothy. Fuzzily diminishes, mostly and admirably lasts. Significant lacing on the glass.<P>Lean and fruity. Malty with light notes of cookie, toasted grain, trace of caramel; Hoppy with moderate/heavy notes of resinous pine, moderate herbal grapefruit oil, light lemon zest; Yeasty with a light note of band-aidy plastic, trace of basement and dish rag; Light pepper, faintest trace of lacquer.<P>The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, light/moderately bitter with a long, moderately bitter, trace acidic, lightly sweet finish.<P>Nice mouth feel. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange, white head. Aroma is musty belgian funk yeast. Flavor is orange, belgian phenolic yeast, spicy, sugar, great citrus profile, lemon, grapefruit and more orange. Full mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, spicy, citrus, wheat and yeast. Interesting beer.
Tmoney99 (13061) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Dilly Deli. Poured hazy dark amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex hoppy citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Solid balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a smooth complex standout beer
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Pizza Port Carlsbad bottle shop (yes!). Pours hazy gold with a frothy white head. Nice lacing. Hoppy, spicy, and slightly funky aroma. Orange peel, more hops, pepper, and the funky/sour/tart taste from the yeast. Great beer.
wetherel (1858) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lost Abbeyís Brunch. Pours with a nice 1-finger medium-fade light head. Nice IPA aroma medium level hop bouquet. Light yellow color. Mild hop bitter taste with a blend of grapefruit and other hops. I donít notice any sourness from the use of Brett yeast (that Iím not skilled at picking out, except when pronounced). Very drinkable.