mixmasterob (890) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear and gold with a small white head that faded quickly. Shows good carbonation. Left some nice lace on the glass. Aroma is very yeasty, these Belgian yeast strains impart too much flavor in my opinion. Lots of banana and clove on the nose. Flavors too are dominated by the Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Mouthfeel is medium to full. IPA aromas and flavors are a bit muddled but they are trying to come out. I guess you could say they are there in spirit. In my opinion I don’t think these two styles mesh well, but I am not a fan of belgian yeast and its flavors.
sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Not much of a looker, it’s no Miss World on that front. Pours with a noticeable haze and a small and disappearing frothy off-white head. There’s where the mediocrity ends. Oh yes. The grapefruit, apricot and mango all over this are just bloody fantastic. Crisp and so hoppy, really bright and fresh on the palate. Comes together wonderfullly and just sings as a whole. Bitter but not aggressive; the sweeter side of the fruit evens things out. There’s some good malt but it’s for support and remains unobtrusive throughout. Just top drawer stuff and the fruit is so different from most other IPAs I’ve had.
jrob21 (2705) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the best attempt at this new melding of beer cultures that is a belgian IPA. Biscuit and baked bread malt flavors. Followed and finishes with an herbal grassy hop profile. The whole experience is a little watered down and muted not to mention the hop profile is not my favorite. Not that the taste is bad but the presence is just a tad underwhelming.
Boe (11) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh floral/bitter hops, citrus and grapefruit. Belgian biscuit malts...choice of hops and/or malts were not the best for me. unbalanced.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured golden with a nice head that faded quickly smelled of ginger flowers and honey tasted like belgian with ginger hints pretty good
daknole (9615) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangish pour with an off white head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with lots of citrus and honey. Flavor is a wonderful meld of sweet malt and rich citrus hops. Smooth and really well done.
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from whole foods market. Pours a rusted orange with a small white head. decent. Aroma has citrus, grapefruit, pine, spice, and cinnamin. pretty good. Taste has citrus and orange notes. really hoppy and spicy with a big bitterness at the end. it taste great. Palate: has a medium mouth feel, alcohol warms you up and its pretty bitter at the backend. overall this is a really good IPA
Nuffield (3718) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was really struck by how the color and flavors just screamed "orange marmelade" to me... Sweet, rich, and lovely, with a well hidden abv and layers of flavor. One of the best IPAs I’ve had in a long while. On tap at Town Hall Brewpub, Minneapolis.
evergreen0199 (2173) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The White Horse American beer festival, Parsons Green, London. An orange, marmalade coloured pour with a medium head. Floral, fruity, hoppy aroma. Tastes quite complex and smooth, Belgian style IPA, banana, bready. Well balanced and interesting brew. I am not particularly a fan of Flying Dog but this is one of their best IMO.
SSSteve (3862) - - JUL 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. a dangerous looking, thick, murky, syrup emerges slowing from the bottle that looks like hazey honey in the glass. tantalizing aroma of minty-herbal greens, flowers, peach. a very interesting aroma, different from anything i can remember. flavor is like a peachy/grapey ipa with belgian sugar, yeast, cotton candy. quite sweet. spicy..almost like a little rye in there.