jefcon (1276) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice Belgian yeast notes. Hops are fruit-laden and unctuous, with a fine balance from the generous malting in the beer. If more Americans took this approach to IPA, we would have far better IPAs from which to choose at the taps.
Darwenus (444) - Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Devilís Backbone bills The Congo as a Belgian style IPA. Thatís a lot of globe trotting to cram into one brew, and unfortunately it doesnít quite live up to all that, but it ainít bad. Itís a very clear golden color with a lot of carbonation and about a finger of head, and the aroma is more hops than malt. The flavor is, too. This thing is heavy on the IPA and not so much on the Belgian. Having said that, itís not bad. The hop character is grassy and citrus and the mouthfeel is medium-sticky. I liked it enough to have another.
conway (901) - - MAR 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Uploading old ratings that were missing comments. Nice pale ale. Could have gone for a little more carb. Generally not as good as the 8 Point.
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obguthr (3312) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange peel nose. Clear golden, thin head. Overripe orange flavor. Lemongrass finish. Noticeable Belgian character, but could use a little more.
DrSilverworm (4016) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Boylanís in Charlottesville... Served in a plastic cup... Good foamy thin off-white head. Apparently clear amber color. Good, more full lace. Nice smooth lighter carbonation, dry finish. Tasty belgian fruitiness, light banana, light esters. Light bitter taste, zesty sweetness. Some vanilla. Nice creaminess. Good stuff for sure.
jgb9348 (4283) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden coloured body with a copper glow and a thin, one centimetre tall white head. Aroma of yeast, hay, grass, white grapes and a bit of light hops. Light-bodied; Sharp grassy and herbal hop notes with a lot of white grape sweetness, some light malt notes and a bit of mild, yet flavourful malt. Aftertaste nice and airy with a lot of herbal and floral notes with a good complex finish. Overall, a nice and relatively mild hay and grassy flavoured beer with a touch of hops and a touch of yeast - not as good as other beers from the brewery, but not bad at all. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-August-2012 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 03-September-2012.
DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice pale ale with that traditional spiciness youd expect from belgian beers.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.
3.0 A: Clear yellow orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is just shy of average. A few random specs of lacing are left.
3.0 S: Super clean overall. Big grassiness and a light peachy fruitiness. Not much from the yeast, which is disappointing. Not bad, but boring.
3.0 T: Plenty of grassiness again with an herbal earthiness. Again, nothing from the yeast. Not bad, but nothing notable either.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness to it. Good enough here.
3.0 D: Not bad, but needs some more flavor.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-19-2012 00:13:20
Foxbush (1145) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft Another ale tasted at Sedona in Midlothian, VA. The ale poured a clear true golden color with a large head initially. The head dissapated with lacing. The beer had a bright taste. Some bitterness with lemon and grapefruit flavors. Light on the tongue and easy to drink. A good beer for all times.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Rustico. Poured a hazy yellow-orange color with a small off-white head. Aroma was a mild, slighty sweet malt with plenty of yeast notes. Flavor was nice, Belgian yeast notes and malts. Tasty.