RickKempen (19) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
I believe this beer to be a landmark brew. The mix of sweetness, bitterness and spice continues to send the palate on a rollercoaster ride. Balanced as a beer can be it never tires. Simply a very daring yet succesfull experiment.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz - Dark clear amber, creamy white head. Thick pine and tropical hop notes warms to swirls of spiced herbals and hints of peppery yeast throughout. Pined-pepper bitterness balances well over notes of dry spicy citrus from start to finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. One of the tops in this hybrid style. Extremely well done and worthy of your attention...
undsioux7 (796) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber/copper with a good sized off white head that dissapates, but leaves nice lacing. Aroma of dank, earthy flowery hops and sweet malt. Taste is oily grapefruit, piney earthy hops. Sweet malts and a nice bitterness throughout. A touch less sweet and oily, and this would be a fav for me.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
reddish yellow with huge thick white head: a reasonably attractive beer, though a touch dark. nose almost exclusively of citrus and herbal hops. firm bitterness before the aforementioned hop flavor comes through, though muddled by a barely present belgian ester notes. the finish is far too sweet for a belgian style brew. As an IPA the hop flavor is muddled and as a belgian-style the esters are lacking and the sweetness isn’t. I did not enjoy this in the least, it is a paltry comparison to la choufe
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a beautiful orange amber with a decent white head that stays around for awhile. Aroma is floral hops and citrus and fruit. The belgian yeast is also very prominent with bubblegum aromas floating around. Taste = Excellent. Its starts with a huge fruity hop flavor coming first, then the belgian spiciness and FUNK take over through the finish. Huge mouthfeel, this beer is just all around the most amazing thing ever. So glad to have this brew made so close to home.
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance : Clear amber with medium fluffy and creamy head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : Nice yeasty esters and crisp hops. Lots of banana/bubble gum. Flowery and earthy hops. Wow nose is very complex. Notes of fruity mangos, citrusy. A bit of pine. A bit resinous. Notes of alcohol.
Taste : Lots of esters, spicy with quite a lot of alcohol. Finish is bitter and warm. Very fruity. Finish has a very sharp bitterness.
Overall : Wow the aroma on this beer is just crazy. Nice esters with the citrusy sharp hops. Taste is nice but a bit too hot and spicy. This beer would have been amazing with 3% abv less. Still rather drinkable. Nice fruity profile. Very nice beer. Wish there would be more beers like this out there. Reminds me a bit of the Charlevoix Lupulus.
obxdude10 (2040) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent pale ale from Flying Dog! The beer pours an amber color with a decent off-white head. The head leaves a nice lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose is full of fruitiness and hops, along with some earth, grass, hay and light citrus. The body is very smooth, drinkable and very well-balanced. The front-half of the flavors are more on the fruity side, with some light, but dry, citrus. Then the hops take over toward the finish of the flavors. I get even more dryness and spiciness in the back-end, along with some bready and earthiness.
CanIHave4Beers (3230) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Durhambeer, thanks Bob! The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big head. The aroma is pineapple with some fresh hops and a very fruity all around character and just a mild nice funk. The flavor is all kinds of pineapple with a moderate but nice level of bitterness. There is plenty of citrus rind and fruity hops. Pretty tasty.
RPKLove (105) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of intense citrus and subtle orange peel, very nice. Appears a dark amber, with a plentiful tan froth. This is a very complex number in terms of taste. Caramel malts, orange peel, and lasting bittering hops occupy the palate. This is the finest beer I’ve had from Flying Dog.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle shared with Judah.
Pours a golden honey yellow with a thin but foamy white head. The nose is pine, citrus fruits (pineapple, mango, and lemon), as well as banana, clove, and bubblegum from the yeast. The taste is spicy hops at first, mixed with citrus qualities and transitions into banana, bubblegum, and clove but finishes with a strong hop presence without the usual caramel malt backing of an ipa. Probably because of the yeast. Great new ipa style.