lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Style; glass: IPA; tulip
22 fl oz x 6.9% ABV = 151.8 / 60 = 2.53 beers * 150 C = 379.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $7.99
Aroma: sweet, banana and cloves, some citrusy hops, pine, grass.
Visuals: packaging is beautiful, though screen printing always seems to be coming off the bottle. It gives the brand a bit of crumbly marble style, though I wonder if it’s intentional? Perhaps the most brilliant IPA I’ve ever seen, absolutely crystal clear. Like the final scene in THX 1138, it’s that bright sunlight. Golden, pale, transparent, bright white head, sticky fresh Belgian lace. Carbonation is continuous.
Taste: Delicious, sweet, and hoppy. A great blend, very much in the spirit of Chouffe’s Hobblon Dobblen (sp?). Expertly balanced, nice easygoing maltiness, great hops. Perhaps my favorite new session brew.
Palate: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A dream of fusion of two of my favorite styles. I hope they develop an imperial of this. Starts very sweet, crisp, middle has a bit of a burn and slight roastiness, finish is hops and bitterness with a salty sweet end note. Amazing.
Overall: In terms of lighter brews and more reasonable ABVs, this is a clear winner, and easily my favorite IPA at the moment, and very much a favorite all around, though my top honor still goes to Mikkeller for Black. I’m going to get more, soon. Stone, just keep them coming, and please consider an imperial version of this.
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jsporrer (582) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white ring. Aroma of bread, yeast, and Belgian spices. Very dry and bitter. Tastes similar to a lager. Not very refreshing nor enjoyable. Somewhat dry and spicy finish with a harsh aftertaste. Not a fan of this one.
LazyPyro (479) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle. Clear golden colour with a long lasting frothy one-finger white head, nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, citrus, grapefruit, yeast, spices and herbs. The taste is quite Belgian-like, the spicy yeasty malty flavours are stronger than the hop character in the beer, which is slightly herbal and slightly fruity/citrus. I think it works nicely together though, it’s a well executed blend, closer in style to Belgian I’d say.
Antonio369 (134) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
65cl bottle, served in snifter glass. Poured a hazy golden with a two finger off white head. Medium carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, grass, banana, spices, floral. Taste: Grapefruit, caramel, pine, citrus, spiciness of Belgian yeast, banana, pineapple, funk, bread dough, floral, herbs. Medium bitterness. Medium body with a yeasty, dry & spicy bittersweet finish. Absolutely Delicious!
bkurtz (1043) - MOROCCO - JUL 19, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear golden with a nice head and some lacing. Aromas of ripe citrus and bready malts, some banana. Interesting blend of flavors and somewhat astringent. OK, but not what I expected.
Cajun (290) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Pours pale amber, thick white head. Aroma of sweet malts, melon, lemon, grapefruit. First sip of citrus fruit... big. Hints of pine, orange peel, cereal. I didn’t find it to be sweet. But I did find it to have a great smell.
biir (699) - Berlin, - JUL 11, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Castle Pub - Hazy golden color, nice head. Some floral aromas, pine, with a rather sweet malty body. Finish is medium bitter. Nice.
GenkiGonzo (1012) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Donaghy & Sanderson in Pitlochry. Clear light gold with champagne-like carbonation and a fluffy white head. Pine hop aroma with spicy yeast. Slightly prickly mouthfeel and a spicy bitter pine hop finish. Nice for the style.
islay (2136) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-27-16. Bottled 04/10/16. Pours a clear bronze with a small amount of beige head. Good, dry, Belgian smell. Floral, caramel, herbal, and paint-like aroma. Scents of basil. Dry, hoppy flavor. Herbal taste. Spruce, potpourri, and even some milkiness. Peach sweetness, but the dry, herbal hoppiness definitely dominates, for the better for the beer. Lively and smooth in the palate. Medium to full body. Really good and likable. The Belgian and IPA elements gel really well.
BrewTom (568) - - JUN 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden hue with thick white head. Funky Belgium nose. Dry bitterness of the yeast plays well off the malt sweetness. Not much hop flavour but enough interesting stuff going on to make this a lovely beer.
Rated by BrewTom
electrotype (615) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Une IPA très anglaise, plus axée sur le malt que sur les houblons fruités. N’empêche... Même si le fruité des houblons ne ressort pas particulièrement, il y a tout de même dans ce liquide une touche bien "américaine". Le corps est très vivant et aide très certainement à cette impression. Autrement que de ne pas être d’un style que j’affectionne vraiment, je ne trouve pas beaucoup de défauts à cette bière. N’empêche, ce n’est pas trop dans mes cordes. Ne vous attendez surtout pas à une grosse IPA vermontoise ici.