mikem409 (1782) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Bspot. Color is clear gold with nice white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, clove and earth. Taste bitter bubble gum and grass.
TattooJack (246) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Howells & Hood, had a unique smell as I recall, comes off bitter and strong, but once the palate adjusts there is some IPA goodness, a nice eye opener. Strong is what something called The Freak should be and it is.
Brandon1989 (416) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick soapy white head that had great retention and left a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is floral, citrus, some Belgian yeast, and grapefruit. The taste is rather unique because it really does taste like a mixture between an ipa and a Belgian. I pick up pine, hop resin, some citrus, some breadiness, and quite a bit of bitterness. The alcohol is hidden quite well. The mouthfeel is on the medium side and the drinkability is quite high.
mambossa (48) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour from bomber into snifter, hazy deep orange, solid head retention. Aroma is sharp lemony pine and taming melon/pineapple notes. Taste is rich and foresty with high notes of tangerine and melon. Soapiness is off-putting. No "best by" date, possibly an older batch. Have seen it in the local beer shop for quite some time and decided to pick one up on a whim. A very reliable, enjoyable brewery, hope to aquire a fresher one soon. Soapiness borderline headache-inducing on this one. Still nice.
Desverger (3220) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BarleyWine, CPH - golden pour with white head. Fruity and yeasty aroma and taste, grassy and floral hoppy nuances throughout, some light fruity spice towards a dry finish. Decent brew.
TH28 (213) - - FEB 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. No bottle date on label. Appearance: Golden, slight haze, and moderate off white foam head.
Aroma: Belgian yeast aroma dominates, with strong banana, pear, and clove. Also pick up a light grassy, citrus hop aroma. Aroma leans more heavily toward a tripel than IIPA.
Taste: Starts with a soft malt sweetness and fruity clove character of a tripel, then transforms into a really strong hop bitterness that immediately stops the fruitiness. Tastes like two completely seperate beers that came together in one.
Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate to high carbonation.
Finish: Dry with a strong lingering bitterness. Fruity yeast retronasal aroma.
Overall: A robust, strong, bitter ale that is surprisingly easy drinking. Beautiful aroma lends it to the combo of the desired styles. If I could recommend one change it would be to back down the bitterness a few notches to let the yeast shine more in the taste and finish. Once that bitterness kicks in it overrides all the other flavors that make this a great hybrid.
madchemist83 (150) - USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great ipa. Had it with a bunch of others so don’t really recall taste but it was good. Also potent
sir__v (961) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ The Hopping Pig, San Diego - CA. Color: golden clear blond beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: nice malt and caramel notes and well balanced with hops. Notes of caramel and grassy. Fruits as pineapple. Taste: nice caramel domination with roasted malt and hoppy balanced. Well done beer. Notes of pineapple. Aftertaste: malt and caramel with grassy and bitterness.
Artichoke (86) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
You can taste the Belgian malts, but then a California hoppy ipa permeates the finish. Two fingered head, sweet floral and refreshing.
jksipa (487) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at RiRa. Hazy deep amber with a generous white head that leaves tight lace. Prominent citrus and light bread toffee with some pepper. Medium slick mouth with average carbonation and a lingering dry finish.