glennmastrange (1884) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aroma of roasted, heavy herbs and pine for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with background notes of wood, pepper and medicine. Head is small, creamy, off-white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear orange/tan. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic and bitter, then finishes lightly acidic with a long bitter heavy to harsh side. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a very dry finish without much astringency. This is an "in your face" IPA, a little harsh in flavor, but the aroma is exceptional.
rickgordon (3815) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, sampled at Haket, Göteborg.
Cloudy deep amber colour with white head. Belgian yeast phenols show off, but the rich Amarillo aroma dominates in the shape of lime and dry citrus. It’s clean, clear and assertive. Medium bodied with a surprisingly high hop flavour, given the Belgian yeast (which usually tends to tone down the hops). No weird rubber here, just a clean hop backbone with a clean mouthfeel. There’s citrus, grape and lime here. Bitterness is medium-high.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured a healthy shade of medium orange with a lovely cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up juicy grapefruit, starfruit, and caramel (mostly beneath) with black pepper, banana sweetness, and catty notes around.. warm, but with enough sugars to balance it out. The flavor opened with tart, almost woody notes and catty bitterness with an odd array of malts (sweeter caramel, spicy fruits, and maybe a touch of toffee.. came together strangely).. more catty and floral bitterness surrounded along with peppery yeast and boozage.. finished sharp and strong, losing the juiciness from the nose. Strong and assertive on the palate.. the yeast clashed some with the Amarillo.. overall a solid drink, but it went downhill from the nose.
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is definitely the best, or maybe second best beer next to Gonzo, that I have had from flying dog. The aroma was the best part of it for me. I swear the belgian yeast must has enhanced the floral/citrucy aromas from the hops. Full bodied, hoppy beer. Some spice, peachy fruitiness mixed with some pine and spice. Big fan of this one. Tried it next to a Le FReak from Green Flash and it was really interesting to compare the different interpretations of belgian style ipa.
monkeychugg55 (781) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper/orange with a slew of bubbles and tight, foamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing in it’s tracks. Has a dirty, herbal, faintly citrus Amarillo and Simcoe hop aroma with bubblegum and banana from the yeast. Not much aroma from the malt, but this does smell sweet. This has an assortment of flavors. Starts out with sweet bubblegum, light banana, and caramel, candy apple, then fades into bold Amarillo hops. Has a considerable amount of bitterness, but also maintains a lot of sweetness as well. This is one of the best Flying Dog beers I’ve had.
michael-pollack (4962) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, resin, Belgian yeast, spices, grass, and fresh hop cones. Poured amber/orange in color with a large, creamy, dense, rocky, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, malt, Belgian yeast, spice, grass, and some resin. Medium body. Oily, lightly tingly, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Hop, Belgian yeast, grass finish is medium to heavily bitter and slightly dry. 8.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hopes, spruce, and yeast. Tastes of the same floralness, spruce, with some lighter caramel and yeast. Lacing left on the glass.
radioseer (296) - Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 ounce bottle - pint glass) Has a translucent golden almost brown color. Head is frothy, lasts a long time and leaves a good lace on the glass. Aroma is of belgian yeast and hops, mostly hops. Taste is of citrusy grapefriut hops with a little bit of banana and cloves from the type of yeast used. But really the hops kind of masks the belgain yeast qualities. Oily texture and soft carbonation.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with a moderate, frothy canvas colored head. Fresh hops and yeast abound in the aromas. Orange zest and wheat dough come to mind. Light sweetness followed by a rather sharp bitterness in the flavors. Raging, raw, reckless, perhaps, actually I’d have to say a bit unrefined. So, as a raging bitch (which I can really relate to), is this a good or a bad thing. It does not hold back. It’s some real truth in advertising. As a raging bitch, it’s right there, as a refined brew, well, it is a raging bitch.
watson1977 (2287) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a very clear golden honey color with a medium white head...lively looking. aroma is very pungent and hoppy with grapefruit and spicy hops...subtle pineapple too but not sweet. flavor is very hoppy and definitely has grapefruit, spice, and some grassiness but again not sweet. belgian yeast is evident. mouthfeel is mildly oily and the finish is dry and grapfruity. very nice!