Petrucci914 (876) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich copper color with a thin off-white head which leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is very floral, perfume, belgian spice, coriander, slight orange rhind. Taste is grape fruit, orange rhind, slight belgian spice, and a hint of bitterness. Top knotch. Very impressed.
Juelze (1129) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear rich copper color with medium off head that leaves globs of foam on the glass. Aroma is of intense pineapple, grapefruit and other citrus profiles with a light Belgian spice. Truthfully, it reminded me of a Belgian-esque Hopslam. Taste is much like the aroma. YES! Taste is grapefruit, light floral undertones, light banana and mild fruit and subtle Belgian spice. Alcohol is very well hidden making this a dangerous drinker. A bit more carbonation then necessary but that’s really nit picky. Wonderfully done. Gotta pick more of this up.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A different tasting IPA. Starts off almost sweet but finishes smooth and bitter. The aroma is a combination of sweet,bitter,hoppy, and hints of herb. The color is brown with reddish tints. One of the better IPA’s that I’ve had.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear glowing brilliant amber orange with a great foamy frothy sticky white head. Aroma is very hoppy, strongly juicy, bitter, chalky/yeasty, light but still bright resinous pine/caramel, actually quite grapey, very hoppy. Flavor follows, very juicy, super bitter, chalky, banana, phenols, loads of bubblegum, juicy white grapes with some bright undertones of resinous pine and rich caramel which come out more towards the finish. Hides the 8% beautifully. Medium bodied, a bit glassy with softer sizzling carbonation. A wonderful drinker that really encompasses all the Belgian/American IPA hybrid style elements in a very accessible fashion, really executed well and correctly.
Firkinpoe (25) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours an orange color with pretty thick off white head that hangs around awhile and leaves some nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is very nice. Big piney, citrus hops along with some banana hit my nose. Taste is hops and earthiness, maybe some leaves. Finish is pretty dry and bitter. Pretty good beer overall.
KYbrewgal (45) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Flanigan’s Ale House. Strong citrus hop aroma with a bit of caramel. Medium bodied with malty citrus flavor, more like an American IPA. Nice beer.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ In De Wildeman, Amsterdam. Golden colored brew. Hoppy aroma, mild. Hoppy flavor, citrus, pine, balanced taste. Nice.
tastybeer (1486) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours golden/amber with a yellow head with solid lacing. Citrus and spice smell with lots of perfume. Taste is candy sugar, citus, hops, and alcohol. Solid.
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 355 mL fresh. Pours a clear light amber with a yellowish, fairly rocky head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is powerful ruby red grapefruit, cinnamon bun, frosting, some light potpourri. Taste is similar: there is intense grapefruit bitterness and acidity followed by buttery biscuit and cinnamon bun with lots of icing. What!? Dry, perfumy, but at the same time rich and buttery on the palate. I had a sample of this before it was released and it sucked- way too dry, watery, and spicy. I’m glad for the bottling all the kinks have been worked out. Flying Dog kicks ass for selling this for $9 a 6-pack for 8.3% abv beer!!!! Everyone else these days would do four packs or bombers. Keep it up!
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, no date from The Best Damn Beer Shop, because I don’t know its real name. Clear medium orange with a one finger light yellowish beige head, pretty good retention. One of the darker BelgianShop IPAs that I’ve had. Yeasty banana nose with some herbal citrus hops, some candidates sugar as well. I’m also getting a weird minty thing going on, but has tamed since the initial pour. Flavor pulls back on the hops and the yeasty notes are still there, but I’m getting an annoying plastic note. There is also some scorched caramel. Semi-dry, bitterness at a 4. Alcohol masked well. Medium full body with light to moderate smooth carbonation. Good.