FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three finger thick, just barely, pale-tan colored head; this prodigious head slowly recedes with some light, layered lacing and a structural mesa in the center of the glass. The beer is a nice gold color with some light amber notes to it, when held up to the light the beershows an almost clear, bright, yellow-gold hue. The aroma has an up-front vibrant hop character that is made earthy and spicy from the yeast and spices used. Specific notes of lychee, tangelo zest, guava, musty black pepper, sweet ginger, a green grassy herbal note, and supporting malt notes of dried hay, wheat like cracker character, and an earthiness that is brought out by the malt, the yeast character and the more base level hop notes.
The beer is served lightly chilled, this accentuates the fizzy carbonation and a phenolic, spicy finish that leans towards peppery and medicinal. This has a solid biting, hop bitterness to it, thought this isn’t overly aggressive, and the phenolics in the finish accentuate the raw, herbal / woody hop notes. The pale malt / wheat contributes a supporting, linger grassy, wheat cracker flavor and perhaps a bit of rounded, rustic white bread character. The beer is fairly dry, which downplays the fruity hop notes, but they are still quite substantial here; lots of ripe citrus zest flavors, floral tropical fruit and peach notes, definite lychee notes, and some kumquat like flavors as well. The finish can be quite sharp, bitter, and astringent between the yeast character, light spice notes, and ample hop character. This has an earthy spiciness to it that also leans towards peppery, as well as a touch ginger like. Touches of higher alcohols provide some heat to the finish. The body of this beer is quite light, especially for a “standard” IPA of this strength, but this lightness makes sense for a Belgian-influenced beer; if it wasn’t for the spicy, alcoholic notes in the finish this would be eminently, and dangerously quaffable. My second pour that came with some yeast, as well as being a bit cooler, is softer, rounder somehow, and with a bit more yeast flavors.
Not bad, in fact quite enjoyable; the hop character and the yeast contributions definitely clash a bit, especially in the finish, but on the whole this beer works.
Daveh (14) - - OCT 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with a subtle hint of citrus. Very nice white frothy head. Clean on the palette.
bytemesis (3020) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a large white head that slowly dissipates with decent lacing. Aroma is citric, coriander, yeast. Taste is about the same plus tangerine. Lightly sweet, medium bitter with a bitter finish that is a mix of hoppiness and orange peel.
KyotoLefty (6185) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Yamaichi. Creamy wheaty nose, sweet orange, honey, vanilla. Deep golden, clear, tall creamy head. Fruity, creamy flavor, nice orange and citrus, good hoppy finish. Very bitter. Light spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Very nice, creamy, tasty. Like it.
fiercepanda (513) - Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazy yellow orange beer with a small white head. The aroma is yeast, citrus, and pine. The flavor is floral, pine, and a large dose of citrus in the finish.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours light orange with thick white head. Aroma of citrus hops and Belgian yeast. Taste of spicy, black pepper. Lemon zest. Big yeast, wheat flavors. Pretty good.
Wittales (624) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 tasting here shaken and not.
Not shakened1st Appear nce was clear light orangish gold with huge creamy lasting white head, lacing throughout pour. Aromas are spicy citrusy hops, belgain funky estery yeasts, slight malts. Taste are orange, lemon, grapefruit, tang with mild sweet malt then, spicey yeasts come to play. Palate was smooth creamy CO2 with meduim body, then average length citrus spicey yeasty finish.
Shaken was hazy orange gold
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Murky deep yellow body, gold highlights. Big, frothy white head, lasting. Aroma of citrus, grass, grapefruit, toasted grain, lemon. Notes of resin. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. The finish is lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The taste starts with lemon, citrus but turns bitter grapefruit and resin in the finish. Bitterness lingers well into the finish. Some notes of a wit beer, but more notes of an IPA, especially resin. Different. Fairly clean. Will take this over IPAs that are heavy on raw hop leaf flavor.
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is slightly hazy yellow with a tall, long lasting white head.
The aroma is musty citrus fruit. Some clove.
The flavor is bitter, tart with some spicy dryness that comes in at the finish.
I think I like white IPAs better than black ones.
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a golden liquid with a slight appearance of haze or white tinting while a thick fluffy head developed up top. Aroma is lively with a funky scent of Belgian yeast while a smell of grassy grains and hay. The flavor is refreshing and brings out an initial taste of sweetness from high quality malts while a pleasant notice of hops keeps my interest, but the highlight of this beer is the yeast. The yeast is funky and different and almost somehow doesn’t make this an IPA but instead a golden Belgian strong ale of some sorts. Definitely enjoyed this one on a warm summer Sunday.