cfrancis (2985) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Don for convincing me to picking this up. Pours a light amber with a thin white head. Aroma is hop, yeasty and malt. Taste has a small hop bitterness, great yeasty mouthfeel, malt backing. Just an all around great beer. I need more.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear and brilliant amber with a thin but short-lived off-white head. The aroma is very bready with hints of spice. There are also herbal notes, not just from phenols, but also from hops - citrus and a touch of licorice. Flavor starts spicy up front with a bready and strong current of malt following after. The herbal, peppery, licorice combo resumes towards mid-palate along with a big shot of spicy bitter hops. The beer finishes balanced with a firm bitterness (herbal and a touch orangey) and then it’s a hint of butter and molasses drizzled over spiced cake. Bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is brisk and bubbly, giving quite a lot of gassy levity to the medium-bodied but velvety (almost ropy) texture. Overall, a very nice example of this fairly recent style.
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful clear copper with a smallish head. Aroma is floral hops, pine and some citrus. Flavor is a bit bitter at first, but then again it is an IPA. The Belgian characteristics (fruit and yeast esters) come through in the finish. A little more sweetness would help to balance out the flavor.
Leafs93 (2049) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Chalsk for the bottle. Pours ornage brown with white head. Aroma is citrus, pine and spices. Taste is sweet with a muted bitter finish. Sticky finish.
dholtkamp (3) - USA - SEP 15, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice Golden color, small head.
floral, citrus smell. lovely citrus taste.
strats dry but sweet comes in later.
one of my favorite beers
pumpmaster (1349) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle at the Treasure Coast Beer Fest 9/11/10 Ft Pierce, FL. Very good.
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
golden beer, slightly offwhite head. smells of bitterness, floral, gewürztraminergrapes, tasts bittersweet, herbal -hoppy, has a peach-like hin.t aftertaste bitterness, herbal, woodresins
daliesque (60) - Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty gold, but didn’t get much head at all. Smells like nice and floral and citrusy, then it kind of falls flat at the end (I suppose that’s the funky yeast? belgian? not really feeling it). Weird earth smell also.
I’m actually really disappointed by this. What’s belgian about this?
Wtf, there’s absolutely nothing biting or bitchy about this beer. Where are my hops?! Double Dog was too hoppy, this one tastes flaccid, somehow, with some residual carbonation. Okay, I mean, it’s not the worst I’ve ever had, but it’s disappointing coming from otherwise decent flying dog.
The only thing I’m really enjoying about it is the nice alcohol heat at the end. And that it’s drinkable, one might even say chuggable.
I’m not sure if it’s the style or what, but aside from getting me tipsy, it’s really not doing it for me otherwise.
gururyan (714) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 From bottle, again, I like it better this time around. Glad I got a sixer.
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.