regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip
Dark orange/copper hue with a contrasting white 1 inch head with great retention. Lively carbonation but clear (no floaters).
Hops that hit the nose aren’t overpowering in the initial taste. Same with the boozy first sips. Orange, lemon, licorace and pepper balance the hoppy bitterness nicely. Just enough malt background as well. Light feel makes this a perfect hot day treat. Not sure about the "Belgian=style" description but I DID like this beer!
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt, some caramel and hops with citrus and peach. The flavor is caramel, fruit and hops with peach, grapefruit. The palate is bitterness. Overall a good beer with a good balance.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Sample at Global Beer Expo. Pours a very attractive golden bronze. Slight haze, yellowish head. Nose is popping with dank hop notes. The yeast esters are restrained and work well with the hop choices here. Taste is nice with a ton of bitterness balanced by a rich yet subtle malt backbone. yeast remains restrained. The best example of the style I’ve had. Excellent.
Bullit (4012) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from The Cave. Clear orange colour, dense off-white head. Aroma is yeasty, citric hops and sweet malty. Flavour is sweet malty, sour, yeasty, and hoppy. Citrus. A bit odd but well enjoyable.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really like Flying Dog’s take on this growing style. A lot of candy in the nose, the belgian yeast strain was very eident. The taste is all IPA though. Cool beer.
Heathen (1463) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: The hops and funk blend perfectly in this one. I don’t think I’ve had a Belgian-style IPA I haven’t liked. Very nice. Hid alcohol. It was extremely intense when paired with Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium amber with an average to large, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished but left good lacing. There was also tiny particles in the body of an average to thick density. The aroma was light candy sugar; moderate grapefruit and orange hops; moderate earthy, funky and fruity yeast; and slight alcohol. The initial flavor was light to moderately acidic and slightly sweet; while the finish was lightly acidic, rather bitter and slightly sweet with a fairly long duration. There was candy sugar; light caramel, citrus (grapefruit and orange) hops, funky yeast, apple juice and fruity yeast. The light to medium body was dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and lightly alcoholic finish.
CelticBrew (781) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear amber pour with a small antique-white head. A mouth-watering aroma of juicy oranges, grapefruits, pineapples, lemons, and a touch of caramel in the background. Medium to full-bodied. The flavour starts with a bit of caramel like malt and then some biscuity qualities come in. Some bananas and bubblegum follow. After that, it’s all resiny hop heaven! LOADS of juicy citrus fruits in the mix. A grassy, drying finish that lingers. Some floral qualities throughout. Hardly a hint of that 8.3% ABV. This is a real winner, superb IPA.
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer. Starts by looking nice, relative clear orange, with thick white head and thick lacing. Woody nose with a bit of the usual citrus. Palate has a bit of the subtle flavors the yeast brings before you are blasted by the hops, perhaps a bit wasteful, perhaps not. It is enjoyable. The finish is kinda lush and creamy, unusual in an IPA.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(On tap @ Imbibe Wine.)Murky orange with a nice head.Aroma and flavor are citrus hops,Belgian yeast,and light fruit.Awesome brew from the flying Dog crew.
freekyp (1485) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one fine bitch. Roaring out of the bottle, you can immediately smell the sweet Belgian malt, but wait. There’s something else there. Why it is the strong (almost cannibis) aroma of high alpha American hops barking sharp orders to your palate. The two are a match made in bitchdom. The initial swig shows sharp resiny hops on the sides and back on the tongue, but the candi sugar character slowly melds with that character and settles into a finish that is both malty and hoppy at the same time. Fruity yeast esters a long earthy bitter finish round this one out. Complex, yet refreshing, this one hides its 8% attitude well. A fine quality for a bitch.