rederic (3210) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, clean honey gold color, witha fluffy white head, with a nice floral tropical fruit, citrus, leafy hoppy nose, with some fruity, faint spicy belgian yeast, tangerine, orange, lemon, grapefruit rind, pear, subtle lemon candyish lollipop accents, and a light honeyed pale, pilsener,toasted malt, faint sweet lemon marmalade, subtle panettone cake dough note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth fruity, spicy, citrusy belgian yeast, zesty lemon, grapefruit, lime, green grapefruit rind, flowery tropical fruit, citrus, leafy, grassy, piney hoppy character, with some faint lemon marmalade, toasted, bread, pale, pilsener malt, crackery, lemon pie crust flavours, leading towards a warming spicy, fruity yeastiness, zesty, spritzy lemon, grapefruit fruitiness, lingering leafy, tropical fruit, citrus hop bitterness finish.
tightslice (439) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is yeasty breads, hops and some spiced gum. Flavor is what the bottle says... a Belgian / West Coast IPA hybrid, just couldn’t get into it.
MarkoR (687) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange colour with nice thick white head with good retention. Aroma is floral, citrus. Taste is citrus, grapefruit, hops, some bread. Very good beer.
TET (2117) - FINLAND - MAR 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark yellow, slightly reddish beer, a head is medium and blond. Aroma is interesting, strong sweet fruits and some tropical notes, overally the fruitness is turning to almost fruit candies, mandarin, spices. Taste has fruits, mandarin, grapefruits, spices, some caramel malts and quite strong hoppyness dries the end. Almost full bodied, refreshning carbonation. Intresting beer, the complex fruits are results from hops and yeast, then mixed with spices and bitterness. Very good beer.
mikem409 (1849) - 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 (280) - 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 (437) - 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 (93) - 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 (3969) - 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 (254) - - 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.