Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Thirsty Troll Brewfest
This bills itself as an IPA with Belgian influences. I would say that it comes close but it is just a tad more IPA than Belgian. Bellís Two Hearted might have been the best beer available on the day but this was the best new beer I got to try. Itís going to be around for a few more weeks so head over to Mount Horeb if you can (the upcoming BA Baltic Porter might be a good reason as well).
Aroma / Appearance - The straw colored body was very light even for an IPA. A clean white head floated gracefully on top. Grass, citrus and strong floral notes leave their mark - there is no mistaking that this beer has hops. Candy sugar reveals the Belgian influence, which is complimented by a yeasty foundation.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet tarts and cotton candy fill the mouth on the first sip. Next comes the typical bitterness one expects of an IPA - not too strong but definitely not timid. The mouthfeel is very fluid. It manages to coat every surface of the mouth before fading. A sweet floral aftertaste highlights the experience. I was tempted to just go back for more and stop exploring but the show must go on.
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub, pours a hazy light golden with a thin whtie head, there is a slight hop presence in the aromas with a little bit of citrus and yeast, the flavor is a ton of citrus on the front end but the yeast kind of overpowers everything else, there is a strange sweetness in the middle of the brew that I canít put my finger on, not terrible but nothing I would go out of my way to have again.
arkurzynski (2250) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber. Aroma of light yeasty spice, fruit esters, and light floral hopping. Flavor is light sweet Belgian candy and fruity malt and finishes with a solid pine and grapefruit hop bitterness. Some residual, somewhat dry.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber body. Spicy pear aroma and soft pale malt. The flavor really opens up into clean fruity esters. This is the main component over a caramelly base and a balancing hop bitterness. More of a Belgian hoppy amber but still very good.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. 9.4% ABV. Purchased a couple weeks ago at a liquor store in Mt Horeb, no idea how old the bottle is. Honey, candy, citrus in the nose with a white pepper spiciness. Hazy golden color with a smallish head. Flavors of light fruits (pear), orange peel, black pepper and warming alcohol with a lingering bitterness at the end. I would not have guessed this beer is 9.4%. Very drinkable.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is branded as a "Belgian IPA," which automatically prompts comparisons to the Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel, and I found this offering from Grumpy Troll to be substantially better. This beer is a great collision of hops and spice; both are present in a pleasing but not over-whelming quantities, and the best parts of both styles are emergent in the flavor of this beer.
Thanks to SurlySober for picking up this growler from Mount Horeb and splitting it with me. Color is a slightly hazy but still very bright dark golden color with decent head, even after two days in the growler. Aroma is predominantly sweet and citrus-y hoppiness, nicely balanced with some tripel-y citrus notes and cloviness. Flavor is a bit peppery and fruity, with nice merging of the fruitiness of the two styles; the tripel has some nice full-fruitiness to it, which is augmented by the sweet citrusiness of the hops. Mouthfeel was a bit sticky, but not overpowering or unexpected. I found this beer to be rather drinkable for a 9% ABV, which surreptitiously snuck into the beer without me noticing. Very good and highly recommended.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub, and called BIPA, pours clear, has a floral hop aroma. Itís smooth, malty thick but not undrinkable, itís a pretty good IPA. Still not my favorite GT selection, but Iíd get it again.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, visit over the holidays. I remember thinking while I was drinking/rating that this wasnít the most memorable beer of the sampler and the few others I enjoyed, but it was clearly well crafted and enjoyable. The first impressions struck me as more ale-like then Belgian, with a grassy, hoppy, citrusy nose and first taste. Finish gets funkier with a bit of spice and orange zest. As a whole I perceived it more pale ale/ipaish than Belgian, but certainly it was enjoyable. I wouldnít have guessed 9 ABV, felt more like 7. A solid beer.