JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours very hazy gold-orange, with a healthy, fluffy whit head on top. Aroma is spicy yeast, sweet candy pineapple and pear, nice blending of the traditional tripel notes with the citrusy hops. Taste is sweet and spicy, yeast and candy sugar dominate up front, with a resiny pine bitterness coming through to linger on the palate with the finish, along with just a bit of alcohol bite. Nicely put together beer, not the best of it’s type, but still interesting and quite good.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draught: sat super opaque orange mud with just a ring of suds above. i like muddy beers of late! the yeasty esters and citrusy hops combine nicely to bring gusts of plump apricot winds with earthy, woody accents. yeasty flavors dominate with the citrus hops bringing on a strong grapefruit finish. the body is full, the yeasty phenols strong, and the hops quite bitter, but it all combines quite nicely. could teach stone a lesson here, if stone were capable of listening.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 22 oz - Purchased at Perfect Pour. Hazy orange gold, off white creamy head. Huge aromas of sweet spiced pine and citrus warm to undercurrents of pineapple marmalade. Intense bittersweet pine candy and peach flavors balance on notes of honeyed grapefruit peel and peppery spruce. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. For me, this puts to shame the Stone VE 08. A very well crafted beer from one of my favorites in the West...
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 22, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from The Raleigh Times. Poured a bright neon orange with a heavy sudsy head. Pretty sweet floral smell, although muted. Mouthfeel was sweet and puckerish with some interesting flavours...kinda fruity with an emphasis on apple. Once swallowed, however, the American hops kick in and you are reminded that this is a Green Flash beer. A truly schizophrenic drinking experience. Worth trying but I don’t think I could enjoy these on a regular basis.
NachlamSie (2724) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours cloudy orange with a long lasting head. The aroma = awesome. I think that maybe one of my favorite qualities about these overhopped Belgian ales. So much depth is achieved with hints of clove, banana, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit. The middle ground among the plethora is wide, indeed. I found that the flavor didn’t translate quite as well, but that’s not to say it isn’t a delicious beer. Spicy citrus and pine hit my palate first and are backed by an assertive ester/malt sweetness. A sharp wooden and herbal bitterness is highlighted by citrus. The finish is dry and stinging. This doesn’t have the finesse of a typical big Belgian ale, but rather the strength and boldness of an American ale.
eaglefan538 (2853) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Stateline. The pour was cloudy golden amber, weak initial head for the style, but respectable. The aroma was full Pacific Northwest hops, bananas, apples. In flavor, this thing drank much like a dIPA (had no idea it wasn’t gonna be like a straight up triple, missed the hybrid intent on the label), strong piney and citrus hops jumping out first with some banana fruity esters behind a full bodied bready presence. A pretty nice sipper even for a summer day, spices (pepper/cloves) a bit too lost / faint behind all the hops, but the hops were quite nice. After the Stone VE08, perhaps I’m starting to enjoy these Am-hopped Trips more and more?
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orang pour off white head.. Big pineapple aroma. Creamy mouth-feel lots of fruity esters. Bread, citrus, pine, and slightly funky. Overly sweet finish
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gift from Santa. Thanks!
Pours a decent cheddar orange with a nice head and delicate yet thick lacing. Aroma is a bit unusual, a blend of new plastic and aged sharp cheddar with a touch of sweet grass. Flavor is a hybrid of pine tar, grapefruit, and a touch of butter. Notes of cedar seem to be pointing skyward as well. Nice mouthfeel. Unusual beer for sure, but very tasty.
LinusStick (2814) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now here’s a unique and tasty beer. Aroma was a little weak. Earthy hops with a tad of fruitiness. Pour was a nice bubbly orange with a one finger white head. Taste was just as it is described. Strong earthy hops in the front with just a hint of apple, pear and yeast in the middle. Everything is erased in the end with the strong citrus/grapefruit hops aftertaste that stays on the tonsils and top of the throat for an hour.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, Hamilton’s tavern. starts out belgian, yeasty, candy sugar, ends up dry hoppy. Interesting combination