kidmartinek (4385) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apricot colored with a 2.5 inch dirty white head. Nose is delicious but mellow belgian yeast, citrus, grapfruit, banana, and hops. Flavor is mellow sweet belgian ale with a grapefruit like summit hop finish. Slow burn. Mild lacing. A treat of a brew if you can afford it. Mixes the best of both styles well.
acearl (469) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Different and a little dry to bitter aftertaste seemingly from the yeast. Hybrid, interesting idea, more of a trippel as far as clove and spicey. I really didnít get the IPA characteristice. Worth trying again but $12 for a 22oz bomber, there are better values out there.
argo0 (12854) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Medium off-white head atop a murky amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, yeast, clove, some grapefruit, pineapple. Taste is medium sweet, yeast, grapefruit, some clove, light pineapple. Dusky, fairly dry finish. Medium body, fairly smooth.
Maria (10205) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is unclear, dark orange with a creamy head. The aroma has notes of hops, flower, fruit and yeast. The flavour has sweetness and notes of citrus, spice, clove, yeast, fruit and it has a dry bitterness in the finish with hints of spice.
DocLock (9349) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Dr. Capone, PH.D. of Brewology. Pours turbid deep golden orangy with 3-fingers of creamy off-white head. Nose is spicy florals, hops, citrus, candi sugar, malt, slight funk. Tastes dry, floral, hoppy, spicy yeasty, with candi sugar, mild funk. Palate is very rich, very complex, bone dry but teeming with intertwined flavors. I dare say this one would stand up to the finest Belgians in a blind taste test, and Iím willing to put this theory to the test if someone sets up a blind USA vs. Belgium Abbey Tripel tasting. Iíll even chip in handsomely for the beer, although Iíll need a place to crash.
jrob21 (3333) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Get more IPA than Belgian here with a stingingly bitter citrus finish. Color is dark orange, pretty clear, and a lasting short white head. There is a decent sweetness alerting you to the fact this guy is pretty high powered. Bubblegum hop aroma is nice. Upfront malt and yeast flavor, some caramel mid palate, and then that bitter hop finish. Pretty nice but Iíve had better examples of this style recently.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 bomber from grape and gourmet. pours a beautiful bright orange/amber, slightly cloudy, with a thick, bubbly white head and great lacing. i truly love the aroma of this brew. scents of big, sweet floral hops, cloves, cinnamon, brown banana, lemon rind, a touch of pine, black pepper, and coriander. flavor is one of a kind. starts off with big, fresh citrus hops, banana, rose petals, belgian yeast, coriander, and vanilla backed with slightly toasted, light malts, cinnamon, and a touch of alcohol. palate is medium bodied, very smooth, slightly creamy with high carbonation. leaves a very nice bitter, citrusy/sweet aftertaste. overall, one of the best american/belgian IPAís iíve tasted.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle: Pours to an opaque, cloudy medium amber colored body with a medium eggshell colored head that lasts the entire length of drinking the beer (in my case about 20min/glass). The aroma is fruity esters of banana, clove, and peach skin, some sweet light malts, and hints of earthy & flowery hops. The taste is flowery hops and sweet bready malt up front, followed by some more intense spicy & pine bitter hops, a peppery alcohol burn, with some light lemon notes and a hint of sweet, lightly caramelized malt hiding in the background. The finish shows strong retronasal hop scents of grapefruit rind and pine, with residual sweetness in the mouth, almost covered up by the lingering bitterness from the hops. The body on this beer is perfect - medium bodied, medium carbonation, both of which combine with the unfiltered nature of the beer to create a silky, velvety & creamy mouthfeel, while still receiving crispness from the tiny carbonation bubbles created from bottle conditioning. Although the mouthfeel is perfect, Iím not sure I like the blending of these two styles as the hops tends to drown out some of the other flavors.
Palidor19 (3136) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
funky decent aroma,l taste is harsh with wild hop flavors. the malts give a flavor of an IPA the mouth feel is wild and scrubbing.
nick76 (4363) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and grass. Itís also got fruit and malt. The appearance is hazy gold with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma and rather bitter. The palate is thin but smooth. Overall itís decent but a little to astringent.