SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a very nice looking deep burnt orange with thick creamy head. Aroma hits you in the face with spicy grapefruit with faint bubble gum. Flavor is bold, malty, grapefruit, light bubble gum with an aggressive bitter. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body with high carbonation. Overall, an excellent beer!
RichardW (1576) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Rehills, Ncl. Wow!! A fantastic aromatic combination of Belgian style cloves and spices, with tonnes of fresh hops, leads to a superb, wonderfully tart and refreshing pale amber brew, that utterly belies its strength. Great carbonation and head retention and way too easy to drink. Some faint burnt caramel creeps in around the midpoint. A proper stunner of a beer, pleased it made it across to the UK.
jonas (5882) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Interesting aroma: Pine and grapefruit hop notes on pineapple yeasty fruityness, a hint boozyness. Amber golden, low lacing head, not much visible carbonation. Agressively hopped, higher alcohols mingle with the oils, sweet fruity, but with a surprisingly light body. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, elegant sparkly carbonation. Leaves on the same perfumed notes it came in on, fruityness and pine needles lingers on a bit. I like it, but think it would have been better with slightly less emphasis on the hops.
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong spicy nose with bubblegum, grapefruit, cloves and sandalwood. Pours slightly cloudy pale copper. Taste follows the nose with more of that clovey goodness and a burnt umbery malt all threaded through with a sprucey bitterness from the hops. Finish is dry and moreish. A good one.
usetheforce (52) - Wehl, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought at Bert’s Bierhuis. Pours an amber beer with a big white head. A bitter taste and hints of banana. Enjoyed this beer.
spkevin (397) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating no. 100! Bottle from Bert’s Bierhuis. Pours a light brown/orange beer with a decent white head. Fruity aroma with hints of spices. Taste is great. Starts malty,fruity and ends with a big amount of hops. Bitter aftertaste. I really enjoyed the belgian touch to this IPA. Interesting combination.
Arayaga2 (1819) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2010 Apricot orange with a bit of white head. Aroma is spicy hops, with grassy notes, and a candy-like belgian yeast note. Taste is almost numbingly bitter for its IBU’s, and grassy grapefruit tastes abound in this otherwise dry and alcoholic presentation. $2/12oz
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice grapfruit hoppy flavor with a quick finish.
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright amber with small white head, some lace. Grapefruit aroma, hops, citrus, inviting. Sharp citrus taste with dried grains, toast and chili pepper. Sharpish, burning MF, fizzy and long peppery finish. Bit aggressive, but I can dig the nice nose!
tmoreau (2628) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 12oz. bottle to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co. The color was a clear, deep gold/amber with decent off white foam to the head and clingy ribbons and spots of lacing. The aroma was grapefruit, sharp, resiny pine, a touch of caramel, and some light candi sweetness. The flavor added heavy malt and a strong hop bitterness that lasted well into the finish. A very potent Belgian style IPA. Next time, enjoyed on tap at Brixie’s in Brookfield, IL.. Snifter served, more deep copper to the color, web-like, Belgian type lacing, and some musty peat to the aroma.