coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a medium-sized white head. Aroma and flavor strike a great balance between funky brett, a touch of sour, some earthy and piney hops, a subtly rich maltiness. Dry finish. Sparkling mouthfeel. Great American version of a classic Belgian pale ale.
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1st pour ----- Start of bottle. Fresh clean pour but no sediment or yeast cakes. Golden orange pour. Transparent. Looks rich but clean. Nose of lemon pepper. Some barn yard and funk on here. Not overwhelming, but that Belgian style presence is felt. Hops are here too but not the stuff of new world IPAs. More pilsner... noble hops. Other spices here too. Some medicinal qualities. Decent but not my favorite. Would prefer a little more bready and creamy yeastiness to mellow out the sharper pepper and hop flavors.
2nd pour- ------- Next pour is with down to the end of the bottle. Sediment on bottom and yeast cakes included. Much preferred this way. The stuff at the bottom manages to add flavor and mellow the other harsher characteristics at the same time. Very nice now. Much better balance. Still not my favorite but hell yeah I’d drink it again.
onceblind (4329) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy rustic copper with a billowy white head. Loads of lace. Aroma is funky and interesting....Brett yeast definitely present, with a rosemary-like herbal hoppiness along with it. Flavor is crisp, dry, brett-y, malty, and hoppy...wow-wee. You start with a bit of pale belgian malt, mixed with a crisp light brett yeastiness, then there’s this very light apple tone, all with a very balancing bitterness thats slightly herbal and fun. Some peppery lemongrass as well. Doughy biscuit malts at the finish. I feel like there’s something different in every sip. Neat.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, late 2011 version sampled Feb 2012: lightly cloudy after the entire bottle is poured into the glass: deep orange amber. Starchy white, foamy head that creates strong lace all around the inside of the glass. Wonderful pale malt and fresh dough aroma...dry and yeasty with hints of strawberry and toast. Funky flavour where the dry Brett layers with the Brady malts and yeast...this a kick ass session beer (abv is a little high for too many per session)...absolutely delightful.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden and cloudy with a thin wispy head. Notes of cantaloupe, mango, sour citrus, and lemongrass. Full bodied, resinous with lush carbonation.
thegreenrooster (3243) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a hazy orange with a large white head. Aroma is citrusy hops with some funk and spice. Flavor is a juicy fruit hop burst with a deffinate Belgian yeast. Finish leaves some corriander and dry earthy malts. This is a deffinate winner of a beer. Different things hit you with each sip and what a plus that this comes in 12oz bottles instead of the the obligatory bomber. Save a few for later and see what happens.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4973) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark amber color with an enormous fluffy orange-white head that rose above the glass and left great lacing. The aroma was dry, floral, piney and perfumey hops. The flavor was bitter and dry with moderate floral, piney and perfumey hops and a light grainy undertone. The finish was long, dry and hoppy. Medium body. Ok.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a big cream head. Spice and yeast aroma with citrus and Brett. Earthy, citrus flavor with yeast and brett. Medium bodied. Brett and earth lingers with light citrus and some spice. Dry finish.
xnicknj (2) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into tulip
Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with some darker orange hues. Thick, fluffy white head bubbles up and retains well, leaving coats of lacing on the glass.
Funky and musty in the nose with some touches of lemon peel. Hints of peppery spice with clove and a faint sweetness.
Somewhat floral up front with some soft earthy hop tones. Touches of fruity esters with a citrusy edge driven by lemon peel. Spicy notes mixed with clove and a straw/biscuit backbone. A bit funky and tart towards the finish, which is a little dry and lingering.
Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a bit prickly and sticky on the palate. This had a nice combo of funky and tart with some other balancing flavors - definitely something I’d drink again.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber gold with a big foamy sudsy white head.
Aroma. Big pungent pineapple brett, grapefruit, grandmas house.Perfumy. Biscuity malt.
Taste: Dry pale malt, super brett forward, huge grapefruit hops. Finishes dry and bitter and bretty.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, spicy lively carbonation. Also juicy at times.
Overall: Amazing. Dry, spicy, hoppy, aromatic as can be. As of this writing, perfectly executed. I think Green Flash’s trademark hopping puts this beer at the top of any attempt at a bretty pale/bretty IPA. Green Flash seems to sugest this beer will develop over time, I can’t keep them long enough to find out.