popery (1348) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a pale yellow-gold with a big frothy white head. Bubbles cling to the walls. It has a very floral hop aroma. Itís all wildflowers, honeysuckle, potpourri and earth. The witbier spicing comes through with some coriander and a good dose of orange peel. Bready wheat spice makes a definite apperance, as well. Thereís some fruity Belgian phenolic character, but itís on the mild side and stays far from cloying territory. Itís yeastily dry with a good dose of orange peel and hop bitterness in the finish. The beer is refreshing and drinkable. You get a bit more Belgian character, but itís all light malt and fruit notes. "Belgian IPA" doesnít really describe this beer well, as itís definitely an IPA melded with a witbier. Itís summery, spicy and lightly hoppy. The hops are wonderfully restrained while still making a significant contribution. Carbonation is fairly strong. Thereís no booze to be found. The beer is light on the palate and lacks any rough edges. It tastes fresh. Thereís a sort of saison-ish quality to it. This beer is more than the sum of its parts. Itís hard to stop drinking and easy to like.
Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle, BB Date of 11/10/11. Been stored, vertically in cellar from purchase on release. Pours a wonderfully bright golden straw with a large fluffy white head that dies to a fine lacing. Aromas & flavours of hay, cereal, sweet wheat & malts, lemons, hint of ginger, bready, fruity spicy esters,. Medium bodied, a little creamy, fine soft carbonation leading to a very pleasant, citric, bitter, long finish. It doesnít resemble an IPA now, more like a Belgian strong golden ale. Itís been interesting seeing how this has aged....and itís aged wonderfully!
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vertabim from notes 16AUG11
Best by: 10NOV11
A: light grainy yellow ale with 2 fingers egg shell head. This falls quickly to a sheet of the same. No lace.
S: Jasmine up front for me, plenty floral. Wheat, otherwise not much going on here. (whereís the IPA?)
T: A bit of creamy wit feel, and some really pleasant floral flavors. I like the flavor, but Iím confused on the IPA aspect of this beer. sure there is a hint of bitterness, but, um, yeah, whatever.
M: Moderate body with creamy feel and prickly carb.
O: Worth a try. Probably shoulda just called this a wit collab.
Serving type: bottle
Frederik024 (17) - - OCT 31, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear light golden color. Aroma of coriander, lemon, nutmeg, orange, pepper, cinnamon. Flavor is citrus lemon/orange, coriander, pepper, pine. A nice beer.
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Created a small short lived layer of foam that eventually fizzes out while the liquid was a glowing yellow with a heaping serving of floaties (dead yeast). In the aroma, my nose instantly picks up on the heavy usage of orange peel, coriander, pepper, and a touch of green hops. The flavor is delicious and has a succulent taste of orange, grapefruit, mango, and completely decked out with spices such as coriander, clove, and a taste of pine. Definitely an interesting recipe and worth drinking again.
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A spicy Belgian Wit hopped like a refreshing fruity IPA. Nice White IPA.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed not fresh enough (got confused on the style because of the Epic Project 2 I received at the same time). Generous rating considering I should have dranked this one right away. Bottle from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Partly cloudy pale blond body topped by a medium white head with medium retention.
In long: Nose has nice wheaty bananas, tropical fruits and such. Taste has pineapples, lemongrass, lemony wheat, some bananas, coriander, ginger. Smooth refreshing fruity bitterness. Unlike most White IPAs (unofficial name for wheat based IPAs) this one seems to use a typical spicy Belgian Witbier as the base beer instead of the usual straight up wheat ale. This makes for a more yeasty and spicy take on the style but very pleasant nonetheless. Refreshing summer beer. A refreshing beer I enjoyed fridge temperature because before drinking a beer I take it from my wine cellar and put it in the fridge for a few minutes, then 5 minutes later I cannot find my beer in my wine cellar and I turn my place upside down looking for my beer, and with the other 20% of my life I do other stuff.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Toronado in SF, shared with this dude from Beer Advocate who was honestly kind of a douchebag -- not only was he a braggart, but he drank about 2/3 of this one. Thanks, asshole. Pours hazy light orange with some visible yeast. Lots of sweet orange, some grain and wheat. Belgian yeast. A bit too sweet and add.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got this guy as a random act of kindness, thanks Steve! Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy straw color with a light fluffy pure white head. The head slowly faints to a thin one centimeter film that follows me down the glass, along with some splotchy lace.
S: The smell is very much the Belgian side and not so much the IPA side. The funky yeast is present, very light though. Some light flowery hops, but they are very much hidden behind behind the yeast.
T: There are notes of the bubblegum funk from the yeast with a very light hoppiness although just like the nose the hops are put on the back burner to the yeast.
M: Light and clean with a nice fruity ester palate coating quality to it.
O: This drank more like witbier than a Belgian IPA. The hops definitely didnít shine through like I would have liked in a Belgian-style IPA, but it still was good none the less. I do have to dock it down a tick due to the style though. Iím want to try the Boulevard version I have in my fridge to see the differences.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-22-2011
zonmei (36) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a brilliant gold with a fluffy white head and tons of yeast floaties. Very citrusy aroma. Lemon, orange, and hops. Also notes of pine. Has a velvety mouth feel that is sliced by the citrus aftertaste. I taste a hint of grass in there, not sure what gave the taste but it was welcome.
pintbypint (2537) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBAG summer 2012. From brown 650ml bottle. Yellow pour, has a lot of haze and some small floaties. Head was small and creamy and sticky round the edges of the glass. Nose had bread, spice and citrus with a little sweetness. In the mouth the beer had nice bready and wheaty malts with decent hoppiness. Some straw and grass in the fade out. Dryish end, clean, easy drinker.
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice collaboration. Starts and ends with citrus, but this is far from a one dimensional beer. Elements of wheat, coriander, yeast, and lemon. Tried at the Zona Rosa beer festival in 2011.