jsquire (3346) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden color with a thick, frothy green tinged head. This has a big, pinching spicey hop nose. It is a syrupy beer with just tons of hop flavor. Fresh pine and spruce with grapefruit rind. This has the musky strength of a bitch in heat, but it’s much more IPA than belgian.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Sorbon, Bromma, Sweden. Pours out in a deep hazy orangey amber colour with a creamy white foam. Hoppy and fruity aroma of resin, mango, flowers, nectarines and peaches with subtle undertones of peppery yeast. Nearly full-bodied with notes of blonde grapefruit, flowers, mango and mild resin with touches of white pepper, wet grass and and yeast. Really tasty but it’s more like an American IPA than a Belgian since the estery yeast is quite shy.
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
To be honest I would like to see a little more Belgian character in this beer. The American hops seem to overpower the yeast in this beer. But it is a very drinkable IPA. Nice hop aroma and bitterness backed by enough malt backbone to balance. Flavors much like the aromas, American hops with a light phenolic spice that plays behind the hops. My advice, give it a try and embrace your inner "Btich"
LinusStick (2757) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A delicious IPA though I usually don’t care for the IPA/Belgian hybrid. Aroma was great. Heavy on the Belgian yeast with a hint of hops. Pour was a nice deep gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was very nice. One of the few Belgian/IPA beers that I’ve had that gets it right. Perfect mix of earthy hops and the classic Belgian flavor. Mouth drying bitter aftertaste with that yeast sticking to the back of the tongue. Good carbonation.
TheBeerGod (5055) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2010 Bottle - 750mL corked and caged from the Rare Beer Club. Label shows 8.3% ABV and VINTAGE09AB. Murky amber pour with a tall, foamy white head. Sticky, delicate lacing on the glass. Aroma is big floral hops, strong citrus, spicy notes, yeast, tropical fruit, sweet malt and toffee. Tastes of big citrus and pine with orange peel, spicy hops, floral hops, yeast notes chewy malt, caramel, light toffee and tropical fruit. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation and a strong lingering bitterness. Resinous as well. Ends with more big pine and citrus notes, grapefruit juice, pineapple, spicy hops, yeast, sweet malts, and toffee. Enjoyable!
AgedOak (98) - Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Astonishing! 12 oz. bottle. A clear amber with a large foamy white head. Nose of hops, spice, spice and more spice. Flavors are all over the place, spice, citrus, pine and peppery; all followed up with a sweetness which was unexpected. This is like two brews in one, beginning with an IPA and ending with a belgian. A perfect blend of two beers in one glass, an you don’t even need to use a spoon. This is the flip side of "Gonzo". Beer is a perfect match with the label/art of Steadman
caesar (4721) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ wildeman. Clear golden color, big slight off-white head. Aroma of hop, lemon, grapefruit. Decent bitter taste, crisp. Dry, bit lemony. Decent stuff.
Aurelius (3914) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Excreta, on multiple fronts. The aroma was floral and pungent -- to be honest, it reminded me of the combination of deodorant and female sweat. Perhaps they should name this beer Smells Like Teen Spirit. Medium, clear brown -- I don’t know what Nimrod thought that the disturbed art on the bottles would help them sell beer. Flavors put me in the mind of caramel and cat urine. Market Square Liquors.
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
20100205 12oz bottle during Snowmageddon 2010. If this is going to be my last beer ever, I guess I’d be okay with that. Attractive medium amber color with thin but sticky, fine white head. Aroma is pungent with huge hops and yeast, the Amarillos in this case taking over in a great way. The beer is intensely reminiscent of a dank Aussie Sauvignon Blanc, including cut grass and running a fine line between ripe grapefruit and garlicy thiols, also juicy tropical fruits. Perhaps not refined, but definitely one of the most enticing and interesting aromas I’ve come across in some time. Body is a slight disappointment if only because I wanted more. It’s not quite as dry as I’d like, with the yeast bringing a nice peppery feel, but the hops not providing an accompanying dryness that would really bring it all together like a great rug. what? Flavor is right in line with aromas up front, but becomes briefly bland across the middle of the sip. Finish is peppery and bitter but, as mentioned, not quite as dry as it seems it should be. Instead, there’s a slight but lingering medicinal note, a bit of menthol. Alcohol presence is felt mostly with temp, but it is a bit more harsh than seems necessary. Overall, this beer has shocked me with its complexity, and accessibility. Others have approached the style, but I think this one brings a more definitive American flair with the bold Amarillo presence, and it helps that the price is under nine bucks a six pack. Now couldn’t they have pulled this off with a 4.5-5.5 percent beer? The only thing that is going to keep me from buying a lot of this stuff is the high ABV.
thegreenrooster (3089) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a copper with a large white head. Aroma is peppery and spicy with lots of belgian fruityness. Flavor has lots of the belgian yeast thing going on with the fruit and spice but the hops make an appearance here that give it a nice mellow bitterness. This was a pleasant sipper as each time i took a drink i would catch something new. I throughly enjoyed this beer.