puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Lukin. Pours with a nice rocky white head. Interesting balance between hops and belgian yeast flavors, and fortunately they don’t seem to be using cascade and other super grapefruit American hops, so the marriage is good. Quite drinkable, the only real problem here is that the flavor development just isn’t that good. A bit muddled and the taste simply isn’t refined.
melange396 (5) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
trippels and overly hoppy pale ales are among my favorites, and this brings the two together beautifully! the label claims that ’cellaring’ the beer will reduce the hop character, so i drank it right away... also, youve got to love the label ;-)
Stangl (4) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle opens with very distinct yeast aroma, almost cheesy and astringent. Pours a very hazy golden with white fluffy head. Opens with an interesting candy sugar/cascade bitterness. Body is very clean with some light spice and fruit notes. This is pretty tasty out of the bottle which recommends aging. Probably a good idea to mellow the sweetness and biting hop flavor.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light hazy golden color, mediums sized fluffy head. Belgian/saison style aroma with notes of banana, spice, a little apricot, and some other hops. Flavor is Belgian predominantly - someone mention it reminded them of Duvel, which is a pretty good comparison -but with more of a hoppy crunch. I would not categorize this as an IIPA at all - more like a Belgian IPA like Houblon. Quite good.
DocLock (8160) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is almost identical to the La Chouffe Hoblein double IPA. It had a huge, odd shaped head that left wondrous layers of lace all the way down the glass, it had the smell and taste of a horseblankety, funky saison, a dry floral bier de garde, and a very hoppy, yet scrumptously fruity and peppery IIPA, all wrapped into one package. A true hybird of behemoth proportions, but steer clear if you are a ham-and-egger. Great complexity, and the bottle is a true keeper. I love this beer! Find yourself a generous Steeler fan, and get ya some right now!
LinusStick (2910) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dry and bitter to the end. Us Americans have a way of twisting and shaping things the way we damn well please and we did that with this beer. They call it an Abbey Tripel but the hop profile in this is more IIPA. Pour was a hazy orange with 2 finger head that laced nicely. The taste was all hops. I challenge the Abbey Tripel label. This is IIPA all the way.
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a really interesting mix. Has the sweet malty/yeasty aroma of the abbey tripel style, but it punctuated by the grapefruity, apricot tang of a hoppy IPA. Sweet and sour would be a good way to characterize it. Really nice, just a bit hard to wrap your nose around it. Hazy amber golden body with lacing off-white head. Medium-heavy bodied, not quite syrupy, with alcohol warming and medium carbonation. Starts with good hit of malty sweetness and sugar - the characteristic tripel qualities. But then in comes the juicy, fruity hops of the IPA and the resulting bitter finish. Grapefruit pith and apricots. After is sweet/bitter pleasant. A nice mix of styles and well balanced.
Homebrewerguy (304) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Holy Sheet! Another testament to American disdain for tradition: as if a normal tripel ain’t hoppy enough! That said, this beer was quite drinkable as it was balanced well with malt backbone and sweetness. I’d classl this an American Style Tripel. Thanks pjk33 for the sample and for the great time at the party!
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 liter flip top bottle. I stopped in at the brewery so I could pick up a few bottles of this brew... The dude behind the bar served me a Kvass (see that rating... cool beer) and then, after asking for 2 bottles of "The Ugly American", I was told "We only have 2 left... and then about 700 more". I will return for more after tasting this one. What a cool idea this beer is. I love a good Belgian tripel and I love a good 2IPA and this one is sort of a mix of the two. Light colored and cloudy, it had a nice hoppy aroma along with that great Belgian sour, dry, sweet mix. This tastes great and has a nice, small bubbled carbonation (Belgian yeast). I think that this is one of the most interesting brews that I have tasted in a while. Very enjoyable!
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to cmubeerman for pour from 1L bottle. didn’t really take notes on this, but i remember my initial impression was of hops and kinda of duvel. then i drank it more and it reminded me of a few belgian tripels i had at the delirium cafe in brussels. definitely a tripel, pretty hoppy and dry. i like my tripels maltier. not bad, not great.