willblake (2645) - 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 (3170) - 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.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle...surprising brew. This has been a style that has always missed for me. This one worked. Hop bite gracefully blended with the belgian schwagger. yes.
stephen7424 (30) - Burns Harbor, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear amber in color with a nice white foam. Have medium lacing around the cup, and has taste similar to sierra nevada ipa. It leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste thats not super strong. A pretty good choice from flying dog with a nice abv.
notalush (4788) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a fairly clear copper, with a thick, soapy lace - aroma of herbal, minty, peppery hops, with moderate belgian yeast phenols, some notes of sage and thyme - soft carbonation, full to medium body - strong, peppery, herbal hops work well with the moderate phenolic character kicked out by the yeast - a lot of the herbal qualities from the aroma are present in the flavor, which adds a nice dimension to the flavor - some honey sweetness on the back end is tempered by the lingering hop bitterness - I would like it better if it were more dry, but this is fairly good.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at New Beer, and at Victoria Gastropub. Pours a slightly hazy bright deep orange with a nice fluffy cloud-like white head and nice lacing. Aroma is bubblegum phenolics, light belgian fruity yeast, and tons of big PNW hops- citrus, pine, lots of orange zest, and mango/tropical- very fruity overall. Flavor is moderate caramel malts, carapils, light honey sweetness, sticky, and resinous hops, light grass and bubblegum but tons of frutiy citrus hops, pine sap, peach, mango, and orange oils- clean and nicely bitter finish- Nice!
mattnock (10) - Arden, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly awsome beer from flying dog. medium body, creamy, spruce, citrus, grapefruit really. Reminds me of troegs nectar. Really good
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Guava ice cream all over the delicious nose. Much fruitiness with a milky texture in the mouth then a huge hoppy dryness with plenty of fragrant skunk. Sweet then intensely bitter. Yeah this is pretty awesome.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours deep copper with a big puffy tan head. Nose is sweet and floral, clear indications of the belgian yeast, and some candi sugar I sense as well. Taste is sweet, and off putting. The major problem here is one that happens with belgian ipas, the belgian yeast hits the hops and they make for a muddled taste.
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mad Mex, served in shaker. Pours a light copper color like a new penny with a thick white head that laces well. The hops in the aroma are spicy, citrusy, and floral, but there’s a yeasty sweetness that adds a nice complexity. The nose carries over to the tongue, but the yeasty characteristics are more pronounced, adding a banana and clove dimension to it. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Not what I expected from an IPA, but I enjoyed it.