ryecatcher (717) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Full disclosure: Iím rating this an IPA even though it tastes a whole lot more like a Belgian Wit. This doesnít smell or taste anything like an IPA and while it does taste good, itís most definitely not what I expected when I read the words íIPAí on the label (sorry, you can say what ya want but Iím an American and inasmuch, I believe in truth in advertising). Anyway.... this pours a pale straw color with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. Nose is Belgian yeast and a hint of clove and lilies. Mouth is light, with a lot of Belgian-y yeasts and some lemon zest, followed by some biscuit. Lackluster finish. Deschutes is new to the Chicago market (and I really liked the Hop Henge I I had the other day) so Iíll give their other beers a try.... but please donít advertise an IPA and give me a Wit. I donít know how that goes over in Oregon, but here in the City of Big Shoulders, that shit donít float.
mjg74 (2478) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled from BevMo. Nose is sweetly hopped with a pretty big yeast aroma and some spice. Moderate hops up front with a good dose of cloves and a little banana. Somewhat sweet with a little bit of spiced hops in the finish. A lot like a hopped up hefe with wit spices.
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy yellow almost like lemonade. Very spicy on the front and then surprisingly balanced to finish. The wheat and hops show through. Not a huge wheat fan but the addition of hops really make this a tasty brew.
DMLINAZ (282) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deschutes doesnít disappoint. I like it more the second time; the first time at a bar, I didnít know what to make of it. Interesting mix of styles - floral, citrus hops, spiciness. Qualities of a hefeweizen with hops.
Ferris (2868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Yeast, lemon rind, grassy hops on the nose. Cloudy pale yellow with a thin head. Hoppy, grassy, tinge of bitterness, a bit of lemon and yeast. Very light and refreshing on the tongue. A great patio beer.
HonkeyBra (3235) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pale wit-ish straw yellow pour with a medium white head. Aroma of big strong hops and wit spice, citrus zest, and fruity yeast. Notes of sourdough bread. Flavor is full of bready malts and tangy hops, keeping with the sour dough bread motif. Lots of citrus, some wit spice, mild yeast. Medium bodied and a nice drinker. An interesting beer.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a unique and beautiful opaquely hazy pale pale pale gold - reminiscent of pineapple juice. Smells of musty funky orange peel, lemon zest, moldy hay. Tastes pretty one dimensional - just an onslaught of all the notes above. A very pleasant beer with a funky monk punch.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Binnyís-Des Plaines. Pours hazy pale yellow with white head. Aromas of zesty lemon, wheat, and perfumey hops. Flavors of grassy hops, lemon, wheat, and light spices. Body is a little thin and carbonation is a nice. OK so this is not your prototypical IPA or Wit, but I found this to be extremely refreshing and enjoyable. Sessionable at 5.6%. I drank a whole six pack and cannot remember the last time I did that with a single craft beer in one sitting. I will be revisiting this soon.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. A hazy pale yellow body makes this one look like a wit. There is a thin bright white head. The nose has some strong grapefruit. There is also some almonds and bread crust. Hints of clove come through on the nose. This tastes like a straight up wit, lots of clove and then some greater citrus grapefruit come through. There is also some ash in the finish. Not a wit fan and this does not help improve my perception.
docsteigs (521) - Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nicest white IPA I have tried - aroma nice mix of mild IPA hoppiness with mild citrus of wit in the background; taste is pleasantly bitter but with nice wheat accents/balance present too; Belgian yeast gives excellent Belgo character and round out a very nice brew!