EithCubes (5194) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Big sweet hoppy nose, some citrus and exotic jackfruit-and-mango notes. Light bread, orange peel, and a great, rare sort of floral note. Faint pine. Perfectly clear orange with a large rocky tan head. Full body, bitter, bitterness reminds of real grapefruit, mildly puckering and surely lasting. Not a whole lot beyond the big citrus, just a touch of caramel and vaguely Belgian yeast. This is like a hoppy saison.
Suttree (5407) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange, dense white head. Smells very grapefruit and maybe some honeydew melon. Very Hoppy - lots of citrus, lots of caramel. That Belgian thing sorta come out as it warms. Pretty tasty stuff!
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a very nice beer. belgian yeast, and american pine and citrus hops in the aroma and flavor. good lacing and head and overall a pretty good american belgian combo. also a little banana and bubblegum in the aroma and flavor.
swoopjones (6701) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Rudolf & Frylock. Deeper orange pour. Medium bitterness in the aroma with a good dose of Belgian yeast presence Flavor is extremely well balanced. Solid hop bitterness with right amount of Belgian yeastiness. Right up there with Stone Cali-Belgique. GOOD
Nephilium (1463) - Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really strong hop aroma kicks this one off. Pours a clear amber, with a dusting of white head. Nice clean hop flavors, with the underlying fruit notes of a Belgian ale. Alcohol is well hidden, and this is clean on the palate. Quite a good beer, especially for the relatively low price.
Holdwine (1111) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I understand the theory behind this beer, and they hit their target, but I just didn’t find it that enjoyable. I will admit to have finishing it off, so it wasn’t that bad. I guess my biggest problem was the competing styles- the hard core hop attack didn’t allow the yeast to shine as one would hope with a belgian influenced beer. So, yes, a good delivery based on their own benchmark, but , no not one I particularly agree with.
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Fort Worth Central Market. Yellow pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma is crazy. Very piny hops, citrus, pepper, sweet, sticky, vanilla. Taste is pepper, hops, alcohol, old fruit, pine, caramel. There’s just way too much going on here. Like a handful of Hogwarts Jelly Bellies.
TBone (13637) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (BZ, BB 07/2010)
Clear amber color, good creamy off-white head. Strong hayish, fresh cut grass hoppy nose. Mouthfeel starts mellow leading to medium pale malty body. Flavor is par to nose: fresh cut grass, very bitter, light sweetness and white pepper spiceyness. Aftertaste has warming alcohol. Very nicely balanced hoppyness in this IPA.
Cavie (3980) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Fratto. Clear light orange appearance with a bubbly white head. Huge freaken stank hops climb out of the glass and spit acid into your eye. Sticky resin hops with almost a body odor over zealousness with pine sticky. Taste is super pine tree sap. Needles of the tree with a broiled veggies taste. Peppery finish comes through later. Wow, intense.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from D’s Six Pax & Dogz in Pittsburgh. Pours a clear, golden-orange colored body with a finger-width, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is filled with American hops and Belgian yeast. Lots of strong citrus with plenty of piney grapefruits, floral oranges, peaches, and a bit of an earthy spice. Solid Belgian yeastiness with some fruity esters and a hint of banana. A touch of caramel and balancing malt as well as some clove. Flavor leans much more towards the hops. Thats saying a lot since the aroma was very hoppy. Lots of American citrus with plenty of grapefruit and estery fruits. Tons of sweet florals and a moderate pine. All-in-all, a bit too sweet on the hops. The Belgian yeast is present, but not as balanced as the aroma. However, there is a nice yeasty, fruity ester and banana. Finishes very dry with a medium-high bitterness, plenty of floral/piney hops, and a moderate Belgian yeastiness. Lengthy aftertaste after a medium body and lightly fizzy carbonation. Overall, an interesting Belgian IPA. I liked the aroma a bit better in that it seemed more rounded and balanced. The flavor was plentiful and enjoyable, but seemed just a touch off balance with the hops. Despite the slight balance issues, this was highly enjoyable. Not bad.