BeerFanDan17 (1020) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very tasty American Belgian style India Pale Ale. Sampled on draft at Dunderbaks.
RSRIZZO (1872) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. bottle poured into a Shaker at 42°. Color is a deep gold with a slight haze. Carbonation is good with a small smooth head. Aroma of Belgian yeast with notes of banana and floral hops. Its medium body has a smooth almost creamy mouth feel. Flavor is a mildly sweet malt taste that turns a little rich, then some hop come in with a spicy kick and a nice Belgian yeast shows some fruit, still letting the banana dominate. After taste is a fruity bitterness with a faint back note of alcohol. Overall I really like this brew, complex flavor that lean on the Belgian side, easy to drink and the alcohol gives a nice kick.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at 4th Ave. Pub. Pale amber gold pour with a thin white head. The nose is intensely spicy with lots of bright Belgian yeastiness, clove and fruit that is then overlaid with lots and lots of pine and citrus hoppiness. A little bit tropical with notes of mango and grapefruit. Unusual hoppiness (Amarillo and Citra maybe?) that lends a very bright fruitiness to the beer. Lemon peel, grapefruit and a kiss of spiciness. Despite the internse dry yeastiness, the beer has an assertive bitterness. Really damn tasty – there is excellent integration of yeast and hops in this one.
Countbeer (4908) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big off white head.
Clear orange color.
Smell citrus, lemon, cactus, hops, malts and some hints of bitter.
Taste very light fruity (citrus, lemon, lime, cactus), slight bitter turns bit more bitter towards the aftertaste. less dry than regular ipa.
Hoppy, hints of malts, sugars and yeast. Expected more of this one.
Finhead (1259) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy orange pour with white head. The aroma has pine and some citrus. The taste begins bitter and ends bitter, but there are some sweeter notes that linger in the back. The bitterness doesn’t linger in the finish, eventually leaving a clean palate.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2010 Bottled. Forgot to note the colour but that’s well documented! A big beer with good Belgian yeasty notes and lovely hops. Fizzy and flowery. Very tasty indeed with lovely influences from both Belgian and US brewing. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating also scored 3.9.
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Fat Cat, Norwich. Amber with a pure white head, lots of bubbles. Real citrus hoppy taste, essence of tomato, but very strong. Beautifully hoppy (tho not over the top) with a grassy lemon and more citrus mouthfeel. AWESOME
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours Golden with a medium white head and ok retention. Interesting smell of pine needles , spices (anise?) and a nice dose of earthy, yeasty funk.. Slightly sour at first with a spicy banana note in the middle and all bitter resiny hops on the finish. Very different, and unexpected. Not exactly my thing, but great effort. I always appreciate a surprise.
maccaferri (10) - ITALY - AUG 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Che dire....ennesimo capolavoro della Flying dog.
colore rosso ramato,il profumo e intenso e persistente di mandarino e pompelmo,l’amaro del luppolo e’ ben bilanciato con gli otto,3 gradi alcolici.
Peccato che e’ limitata a questa sola annata....
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a sparkling, translucent, orange color with an average, creamy, frothy, eggshell-colored head which is somewhat lasting and leaves sporadic, Belgian lace. The nose is typical with banana esters, white, grapefruit, pine tar, papaya, and some faint biscuits. The flavor is similar but the hop flavors and Belgian notes actually mesh well together; peach and papaya, banana, pine tar, typical Amarillo citrus, and again minimal biscuity notes. The palate is fair with a less than medium body, lively carbonation, and a thin texture. Finishes still balanced between Belgian yeast and American hops with the pine turning almost rustic, banana becoming bubblegum, and the papaya note still in there. Interesting attempt at a challenging style; the mix of yeast esters and hop flavors worked well in the moderately high bitterness. Aside from the flabby palate, a nice offering for this anniversary beer.