Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap (guest)
While this hits the mark it falls just short of the world class category. Whether it is the way that the hops interact with the Belgian yeast or something else it slips a little bit. Regardless it is a fine Belgian double IPA and on any other night would make a good selection.
Aroma / Appearance - The thin white head faded into the amber bronze body. Sparkling with life the nose is a typical rosy Belgian with a hop presence somewhere on that fine line between IPA and Imperial IPA. Semi-tropical it distracted nicely from the pouring rain out the window.
Flavor / Palate - Flowers and dried rose petals cling to the throat. Belgian yeast is wild and untamed. Solid with no huge flaws the only thing it lacks is the ability to capture the imagination. Perhaps the bar was set too high by Lolita. Hopefully this makes more appearances in the future so more people can try it and judge for themselves.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Madisonís as "Minx". Poured near-clear medium orange with a short dusting of white head. The aroma opened with warm fruity sugars, a pinch of oak, and Bretty funk.. vanilla and honey joined in too.. very inviting. The flavor found warm molasses and caramel at the core, with dry white peppery yeast laced throughout.. a little more astringent than the nose indicated.. long, spicy finish with honey supporting a hefty dose of catty bitterness and white spices. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate.. solid feel and flow.. good one!
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber, hazy with a tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeasts, apples, citrus and tropical fruits. Flavor is sweet hoppiness and bitterness. Hints of apple and citrus hops. Overall a pretty good beer. Medium to full bodied beer.
Drake (7846) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on draft at Madisonís in Madison, WI at the GTMW pre-party under the Minx moniker. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of toffee, apples, earthy notes and citrus. The taste is toffee, apple, citrus and earthy hops. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Beer Bistro Invasion. Pours a deep bronze, slightly hazy with stick lacing that fades away. Nose is light caramel, spicy white pepper phenols and some graham crackery notes. There is a fair level of continental hopping. On tasting, there is a strong bitterness across the palate that is pretty nice, but it kind of battles the clove and pepper phenolics, causing them to clash somewhat. Floral hop notes come across, as does a strong sweetness. This just doesnít quite feel right. Needs a bit of work but shows promise.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at Beer Bistro for their Invasion! (Chicago, IL). Pours a hazy darker amber pour, some lighter edges, frothy offwhite head dies to a film and laces small ring, ok lacing. Aromas are a touch of Belgian yeast, apple, and bread dough. Some spice, dry florals and citrus hops, with more bread dough, touches of earthy grass. Telltale Belgian yeast. Initial is more bitter than anticipated, throwing a decent to moderate floral and citrusy melange. Touches of sweet and crisp apples, bread dough, honey, touches of spicy Belgian yeast, florals, grass, cereal grains. A decent beer, a bit sweet with a moderate hopping. Iíd have to believe this isnít the freshest this beer could be. A sufficient hopping more in line with a stronger Belgian, with lingering spice and hops. Not bad, not a big brooding DIPA hop bomb like you might expect though. Some significant sweetness hits the palate but is tempered by a solid hopping of lemons, grass, and florals. Finish leaves lingering hops, spice, and overall a decent dryness with a touch of applecrisp. Not bad.
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6oz sampler again at the tap takeover... with a hazy/lazy orangey copper hue with s wispy solid white skimpy head... Aroma of semi-barleywine-esque faded hop aroma, a little syrupy with richer tangerine and tropcal fruits. More sugary and dated malt influence. Old... Flavors hold up a little better with sweeter malt accents and lighter hop influence. Age has gotten the best of this one. Medium to somewhat full bodied. Gone downhill.
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
was pretty impressed with this guy. was at a festival tonight and ordered a big of it (12oz). actually unlike any belgian ipa iíve had before. the two components (belgian and ipa) were both really understated and well melded. so instead of it being a beer with both yelling at you trying to get your attention, like most belgian ipas, it was just a balanced, drinkity beer
nuplastikk (4091) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Dexters. Brown-orange, filtered? Thin, soapy head. Dry, sugary, hoppy aroma. Thick caramel malt body. Syrupy orange hop tones. Solid bitterness, bet well balanced. Somme brown sugar tones. Quite enjoyable.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour with a tight white head. The nose is soft and the aroma is perfumy. The yeast really comes through. Chewy and a little bit earthy. Softly fruity with a nice sweet hoppiness and assertive bitterness. Minerally and fairly lean. Dry and well-balanced with a lot of nice fruit on the finish. A bit citrusy and tropical. Itís sweeter than the Ryevalry, but still dry. Soft Belgian fruitiness throughout.