nuplastikk (5367) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber. Pours a cloudy orange tan color with a big foamy head. Has that aroma of American No Holds Barred Candi Sugar overkill. I suppose the same can be attitude has been used in the hopping. The collision of the two is quite excellent. Rich, sweet, sandy, sugary, hoppy, yeasty, this is a really complex beer. Bitter, piny, sweet, sticky aftertaste. Lots of yeast sediment at the bottom that only adds to the rich creaminess.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a yellow caramel color with a thin, quick settling head. Minimal retention or lacing. Aroma is spicy and floral with notes of honey, ripe fruit, and citrus. Flavor is sweet and malty with spicy, floral and yeast notes. Generally medium body with a slightly sweet, slightly bitter finish.
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Sampled at decaturstevos zapit tasting. Pour a golden yellow with decent white head. Sweet belgian yeast aroma witha hoppy spicy flavor. Interesting blend but just not something that comes across as amazing to me.
Dedollewaitor (15067) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from VinensVerden, Odense. Pours hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head & lacings. Nose is fresh of American hops, pine, citrus & grapefuit but it also has a touch of Belgium yeast & spices like clove & coriander. Quite inviting. Taste is yeast & spices at first before a punchy bitterness kicks in and stays in the mouth for quite some time. Full bodied. Pleasant warmth from alcohol. A nice blend of two classic styles.
blutt59 (6355) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, golden pour with the pulp, good foamy head, aroma of sugary pine, flavor of grapefruit juice and sugar cubes, hoppy finish
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from my brother - Vac. Poured amber with a creamy off-white head that renews with a twirl of the glass and left good lace. Clove spice aroma with a backing of fruits and hops. The clove continues in the flavor with a decent malt and hop mix rounding it out. Medium to full body that is sweet up front and bitter in the end. Very nice hybrid.
Guerde (1259) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, courtesy of stefanje. Pours hazy orange with a thick white head that lasts. The aroma is substantially hoppy, with a lot of citrus such as pineapple and grapefruit. There is also a scent of mint and an underlying banana sweetness, with quick hits of cinnamon as well. This beer smells very similar to another hybrid, the New Glarus Imperial Weizen. The taste is a little bit of a let down, starting with a candi sugar sweetness that switches to peach with hints of vanilla. Spice shows up in the middle which then changes to a lingering bitter grapefruit peel finish. The mouthfeel is medium, and the 9 percent alcohol does not make its presence known. This is pretty good, and a successful marriage between two unique styles.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lemon citrus, banana, and peppery yeast character in the nose with strong floral notes. Hazy deep golden blond body is topped by a generous, foamy, off white head that lasts throughout and sticks to the sides of the glass. Flavour offers a pleasant blend of the yeast character found in the nose along with malt sweetness up front, some floral notes and nutmeg and ginger-like spiciness through the middle with a pronounced bitter finish. Spice and citrus return in the aftertaste to blend well with the lingering bitterness. Alcohol is occasionally perceptible. Dry medium full body with forceful little bubbles that awaken the tongue. Moderate alcohol warming. Very nice. Tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle. Brewery Creek. Dec-08.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a very interesting brew as my first brush with this style. Pours a lovely yellow with a big carbonated head. Smells of spice, very peppery with a little citrus and the tiniest hop aroma. The hops are more buried in the flavor than I would expect, with the predominant flavor being banana with a tiny bit of orange in the back as well. A little more balance would be nice, but I enjoyed this one.
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Lets see how this Belgian IPA compares to others, as I have not been too big of a fan of them. Poured a vivid gold color with a nice large head. Aroma was good with a nice balance. Belgian yeast, wheat, banana, spice, pepper and earthy hops. Possibly some citrus. I found the flavor better than most in the style. The flavors blended together a bit better. Yeasty, somewhat sweet malt presence with peppery and earthy spice. Finish is pretty solid. Probably the best of this trippel IPA genre that I have had.