LinusStick (2842) - 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 (5225) - 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 (5059) - 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 (4121) - 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 (2652) - 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 (3194) - 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 (4833) - 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.