The name refers to the European river that flows north from France, through the center of Belgium, before draining into the North Sea in the Netherlands. Made with Pilsner, Wheat, CaraHell, Acidulated, and Crystal malts that harmonize in a medium bodied, copper-colored ale enhanced by a soft, silky mouth-feel. It’s the yeast that provides the slightly “funky” character that sets this IPA aside. Employing the same yeast strain as the Bumper Crop Saison, but fermented at a higher temperature, this Belgian IPA has a slightly more aggressive yeast character, that has both fruit and spice character. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and strawberry come through as the beer warms. Sterling, Columbus, and Centennial hops provide the herbal, citrus, and fruity character of a typical North American IPA. These flavors seemingly both compliment and contrast one another in this complex flavor profile. The Bottom Line: A complex, spicy, medium bodied Belgian IPA with a copper hue.
LilBeerDoctor (3512) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a slightly cloudy orange-brown with a white head. Aroma of piney, citrusy hops and lots of piney resin. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, corn, citrus, pine, peachy hops, earthy notes, and Belgian yeast. Reminds me of Sixpoint Sweet Action. A very tasty Belgian IPA.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep orange with a fizzy white head. Citrus caramel and light grass aroma and taste with a sweet bread finish and a crisp bitterness lingering on the back end.
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