MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] shared by timbeer. Pours a bright hazy gold with a large, fluffy beige head. Aroma is loaded with yeasty esters - clove, banana, but the lack of hops is a little odd. Somewhat grassy. Flavor is initially a bit like rubber cement, and the alcohol promotes that perception quite a bit. As I drink it that fades away into lots of yeastiness, cloves, and spices along with a significant amount of hop bitterness. I wonder if this is an older bottle, because this represents more of a tripel than an IPA. However it maintains the IPA bitterness. Nice rich mouthfeel and well carbonated. Had a lot of potential, but I’d like to try a fresher bottle of this to get a bit more of that hop aroma and flavor.
Nik925 (742) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amazing wall of hops battling on the tongue with some Belgian yeast funkiness. While both elements seem like they could be great beers, only Stone has been able to pull of this Beglain IPA combo. Wished for better, but about as expected.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bomber, with thanks to stefanje for the great bonus! Pours a hazy golden with a large foamy white head, great retention and lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus, a hint of perfume, and some nice spicy belgian yeast. Flavor is more of the same, but a little more citrus hops bite with spicy yeast more out front, with a lingering grapefruit peel on the finish. Nice stuff and GF pulls off the style combination well. Thanks again Stefan!
zach8270 (3209) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Cloudy amber color with a big and thick white head that makes great lacing. Aroma is very interesting. A lot of floral hops and citrus mixed with that distinctive Belgian yeast aroma. Rather spicy. The flavor is very spicy and yeasty at the beginning that blends well with a floral and citrusy hop bite. The bitterness lingers for a long time and transcends into a sweet and fruity middle and a very bitter floral finish. Tons of bitterness throughout. Quite interesting, but definitely reminded me of a strong IPA.
bellmyer (41) - EAST MOLINE, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a cloudy orange with a nice white head that hangs out for awhile. Nose is full of hops. Smells like a double IPA with yeast in it. Good smell. At first taste it is sweet and hoppy. Maybe a little too sweet. Then at the end you get a sour and bitter taste followed by a little warming from the 9% ABV. Good lacing. Final verdict is that it is more of an IPA or a double IPA. A very interesting brew that you should at least try once.
douglas88 (5553) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared thanks to footbalm. Pours a cloudy apricot color with a tiny head. The aroma is sweet citrus, yeast, some spices and rich malts. The flavor is interesting; sweet citrus hops, some light bitterness in the finish, yeast, some sweet malts also. Closer to an IPA than anything else. Nice. An interesting mix of goodness.
Sammy (8092) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good melange of West COast IPA and Belgian. Aroma is hoppy, and complex. Taste is above average mouthfeel, almost full mouthfeel. Taste is satisfying: Controlled hoppiness, with yeast notes.
GardenGabe (136) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big nose with the unfortunate overtone of that sour stall beer smell which plagues most drinking establishments. Not that is is unpleasant but not the best association. Once you get past that it smells of spicy cloves with earth overtone and some slight flower sent.
A golden amber pour with an amazing creamy head, it looks light a pale yellow pillowy cloud. Slow to settle leaving prodigious lacing. The first sip seemed too sweet (clear taste of candy sugar) but that initial sweetness soon gives way to the hops. Some citrus some flower but the bitter is a little to out of balance. I am inclined to say too much but I think that it is a good amount just not a perfect balance. Soft but full mouth feel I like the combination to come through a little more but short of that this is damn good. Really a fabulous beer.
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of MaltOMeal. Pour is cloudy hazy orange, reddish with a one inch off white head that falls pretty quick. Some patchy lacing. Aroma of resin citrus hops, toasted bread malt and faint spicy yeastiness. Taste is bitter hops immediately, followed by citrus peel sweetness, then the malt leading to a honey sweet drying finish, followed by another touch of bitterness. There is a grassy, straw flavor to the long finish. Flavorful beer, with quite a bit going on. Palate starts medium, but thins out towards its very dry finish. Hint of alcohol in the warming aftertaste. This was nice, but not terribly refined. Thanks for sending this my way Bill.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color with a big beige head. Aroma of piney hops, yeast, spices and some banana. Flavor of piney hops, sweet malts and a little fruit.