bhensonb (10197) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Probably from Wine Specialist. Pours orange gold with a 5 finger foamy white head. Unusal aroma combo of floral hop and some sort of herbal with spice. Medium body with smooth carbonation. This stuff is wild. Great hop - seems floral - with a lot of yeast/spice or something. Fruity. Like banana and tropical fruit. Finishes really hoppy and flavorful. I think I found my lifetime beer mate.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle, corked & caged (sampled January 31, 2010): hazed orange-gold. Off tan creamy foam. Pine, bark, lemon rind, and yeast aroma. Creamy palate, is for me, the best part of this beer...subtle tingle and coating in its creaminess. Strong vegetal flavour, with a strong pine resin hop bite. Lingering candi-sugar flavour with wisps of yeast and honey. Hop burps ensue. Not a one sided hop monster, but lacking the depth and complexity of some of the best big IPAs.
lamas (1308) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A clear amber pour with a smallish 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 flavor starts with a bit of caramel maltiness 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. Flying Dog Brewery with another good beer? I reckon the sun shines on a dog’s ass occasionally.
keepersj12 (2512) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at High Street Grill Winter Beer Fest. The 100th rating for this beer. Reminds me of my wife. I don’t know if that’s good or bad but I love it just the same.
Beerman6686 (3761) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one poured a clear orange color with an off white head. Aroma was layers and layers of hops, seemed to be a good mixture to, not just one type. Flavor was a huge hop bite, not much to balance it out at all besides the spicey belgian yeast character in the finish. Alcohol is not present at all either.
jmcinerny (17) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color, lacy, no head, complex nose jumps right out of my tulip shaped glass, aromas of grapefruit, bubblegum and band aid. It’s just what it says it is on the bottle - a Belgian IPA. I would qualify that by saying it is an IPA with a Belgian accent - American West Coast IPA that is. Lots of hops, no malt to speak of but some cloves and banana, long hoppy finish, can not tell at all that it is 8.3% alcohol, probably because of the big hops, not sure that I am sold on the idea. However, I am a homer all the way, I am from Maryland, the beer is now from Maryland so I will give it some bonus points for that.
StefanSD (1989) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent gold color with a big foamy white head that has good retention. The aroma is strong with caramel, citrus and yeast. The flavor is soapy-fruity with a good biter bite; I get some bubblegum, orange, pine and soap. The palate is full and malty smooth, the carbonation is very prickly. The finish is long with lingering biter-sweet notes. Overall: A very tasty IPA.
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t know if I’ve ever had a Flying Dog before; I’ve seen them for years and have heard reviews ranging from awful to excellent, and for some reason I’ve just never been interested in them. But I am VERY interested in the belgian/IPA crossover style. Hence I swooped this up the second it caught my eye, and well, in my book Flying Dog is off to a pretty wild start. This brew is aptly named. The smell is straight up violent, a sharp, tangy buckshot of hops that almost tingles the nose. This brew’ somehow engages each class of tastebud receptors totally independently, creating a swirling, schizophrenic clusterfuck of flavors that is soothing and abrasive at the same time. Looks like a standard, dark-ish IPA at first but there are some very fine sediment particles floating in there. Mouth is in-your-face thick, and lingers forever. Good god, what an extreme brew. Aside from the Fantome saison I drank last weekend this is the most intriguing beer I’ve tried in months.
tykechandler (33) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
absolutely delicious. i drank this on the first date with my hop-head girlfriend. i knew she was amazing from the moment i tasted her recommendation.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light amber with a nice sized white head. Aroma is a combination of citrusy and minty hops, with a little bit of spice. Flavor is full of citrusy, minty hops, with a little bit of estery yeasty flavors and a subtle bitter finish. Pretty good.