CelticBrew (866) - 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 (2302) - 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 (1787) - 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 (1537) - 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.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy burnt orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, earth, grass, lemon, and perfume. Flavor of citrus, herbs, peach, and nuts with a dry, bitter finish.
Theis (13804) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ØLbaren. Clear amber - white head. Toasted, caramel, grassy, light yeasty, sparkling, candy, fruity, orange, citrus, bread, dark bread, light spicy, medium hoppy.
Defreni (2649) - Husum, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske: Flot kobber rødbrun øl med et fint skumhoved. Fantastisk amerikansk ipa i duften. Derfor kommer det som en stor overraskelse at smagen er tydelig belgisk i sit udtryk. Men det fungerer. Skide god øl og meget overraskende på trods af at de skriver det udenpå.
SaintMatty (5537) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Amber in colour with lively carbonation. Peach and hops feature in the aroma. Bitter taste with peach, grapefruit and toffee. Fairly nice, but could do with a bit more balance.
jgb9348 (4859) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp slightly hazy copper coloured body with an orange glow, thick dense tan head and trillions of small bubbles coming from the side and bottom of the glass - brilliant! Aroma of fresh floral and citrusey hops, a touch of yeast, grapefruit and some apricots. Medium-bodied; Assertive floral hop bitterness with some nuts and caramel thrown in and a nice and mellow aftertaste showing some yeast, but mostly hops with a good malt balance. Aftertaste is refreshing - a decent amount of hops but not a crazy amount, some sugars, but not too much and a bitter flavour, but nothing bad. Overall, a nice beer - closer to a Belgie IPA, but a bit on the American fringes due to the hoppiness, but in a good way. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 05-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 30-March-2010.
Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pale copper with a large head that dissipates quickly. The aroma was the biggest letdown, although it had notes of both styles the IPA should have shown through here as aroma is more important to it. Additionally, there was a (for me)light but very unsavory barnyard odor that went beyond belgian or saison. Could have been a bad bottle, hard to say. Beyond that body was generally light and refreshing. The taste generally featured the matly, complex nature of a strong belgian ale, which was appreciated. Overall, an interesting combination of styles that could have been slightly better constructed.