BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark orange, clear, huge off-white foamy head. Nose is piney-citrus hops with a thick dollop of Belgian candi sweetness. Flavor is big hop bitterness and pine resin flavor up front, transitions to light fruits and Belgian candi and yeasty esters, substantial caramel and bready malt backbone throughout, finishes sweet and Belgiany with alcohol warmth. Full body, medium carbonation, chewy. A big, strong, hoppy Belgian-style IPA, surprising west coast hop character, limited drinkability due to strength.
mrmartin (751) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear and lightly copper colored. medium white head
Floral Citrus nose. Light malt, light caramel sweetness smooth going down, crisp start and finish. medium body. nicely balanced.
benpickens (444) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper with a birg white head and tons of lacing. Clean aromas of citrus and unmistakable belgian yeast. Dry/crisp/then sweet with a bitter finish. Good belgian IPA
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Alexander Wines, Coventry. Tea leaf, raspberry flavoured boiled sweets, Turkish delight aroma with a dabs of soggy biscuit, honey, something displeasingly sickly and medicinal. Brassy orange with a slim off-white layer, but you couldn’t call it a head. Decent soft juiciness with Spangle fruit (remember them?), English throat sweets (Tunes, Lockets), attractive stewed tea hops and malt. The overall impression is one of honey-saturated sweetness, dunked biscuit, sog, nothing Belgian except the honey and relative absence of hops. Hugely drinkable, disappointing stuff- can’t shake the honey and lemon Lockets.
ExpendableHero (778) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange beer with a small white head. Smells of citrus, and pine/spruce hops. The taste is classic ipa, very hoppy, pine, spruce, grass, and a hint of oranges which shows up at the end. Not bad for the style. The high ABV is hidden quite nicely. Zesty and refreshing.
Sammy (9686) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very foamy head on deep yellow. Yeasty aroma, it’s evena little funky. Creamy mouthfeel, major bitterness yet somewhat offset. Good for the Belgian IPA style. The palate needs some time to recover. Dcent drinkability. Orange citrus.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper, thin white head. Aroma is hoppy: kiwi, citrus, apricot and malty: caramel. Flavor is super hoppy fuzzy and bitter, with a mellow malty and crisp, bitter finish. Nice body: medium weight without being syrupy. This is a damn good IPA.
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Pipper. Well, this was surprising. Pours a beautiful gold, but doesn’t have very much head at all. Nice aroma, like a bready IPA. Things get cool when you sip it. I feel like there are three different beers trying to escape. When it hits your lips, it is all nectar. In the mouth, it’s a belgian. Going down, it’s an IPA. I don’t understand it, but I love it.
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 Bottle: Pours a clear dark golden color with small off white head. Floral bitter hops and some yeast in aroma. Yeast, sugar and floral and fruity bitter hops. A wheaty banana flavor as well. Very drinkable.
RedSox2004 (1449) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber color with a two-finger frothy head and excellent lacing. Giant floral and spicy hops aromas over a strong malt backbone. Plenty of Belgian-like yeasts as well. Flavors feature a nice balance of bitter hops and rich dark fruits. Medium body, lively carbonation, and a nice crisp hops finish.