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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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An "American style" IPA fermented with a belgian abbey yeast.
This amber colored ale features a hybrid mix of flavors. We began with a recipe we often brew for an Americam IPA and shook things up by fermenting the wort with a Belgian Abbey yeast. The end product is full of American hoppiness and Belgian spices.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours a deep red. Aroma is grass and hops. Flavor is significantly hoppy but also has some notes of a Belgian yeast. Nice mix of the two regional styles (American IPA and Belgian Abbey) it is looking to combine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3267) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2010
On cask at the brewpub. Pours a slightly hazed reddish amber with a very thin linen white head that lingered through the first quarter of the glass and left nearly complete window pane lace. Pleasant aroma of fruity Belgian yeast with a bit of spice and evergreens. The flavor is very similar with the same fruity Belgian yeast with a bit of spiciness to it along with evergreens. Moderate bitterness at the finish with an acerbic (right word?) bitterness that rises briefly at the swallow and almost as quickly subsides.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Tap @ JH. Clear very deep chestnut brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has notes of tangerines and a dirty hop. Light caramel malt underneath. Sweet dull malt flavor. Dull hops but earthy and citrus. Light to medium bodied. Fairly bitter very long finish. Very dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
On tap at JH. Pours amber with a small white head. Aroma of citrus hops, yeast, and sweet melon rind. The flavor really captures the IPA-turned-Belgian notes. Sweet melon and yeasty notes with a bitter hoppy finish. This is an interesting reverse Belgian-IPA and I haven’t had a beer quite like this before. It really is an IPA with some sweet Belgian notes. Overall it was nothing great, but it was interesting and enjoyable. 7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Tap at JH. Aroma of grassy and floral hops with a French baguette malt base with light spice notes from the yeast. Flavor the same, a crisp hoppy feel with that spice twist from the yeast. Interesting and pretty tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at the brewpub on 9/14/07: Pours a clear copper amber with a clingy-lacing white head. Aroma of toasty slightly nutty caramel malt and bready yeast with a hint of bananas. Starts fairly full with nice caramel sweetness, resiny bittering hops and mild warmth toward a doughy bittersweet finish. An interesting brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8189) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
Deep amber beer, white head. Aroma is nicely spicy. Earthy/spicy hops and a fresh spicy yeasty aroma. Some nice clove and candi spiciness. Lean but slightly toasted malts. Flavour is well hopped but still nicely balanced. The yeast is quite expressive and integrates well with the choice of hops. Dry finish. Quite enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 Cask pour into pint glass @ the brewpub. The cask makes a big and sticky head of course. The color is clear dark amber. Aroma is hops, not sticky or resin-y, of earthy-orange and light pine. The taste is the same with some faint yeast sweetness (and that’s as Belgian as it gets here). Not bitter at all, body is on the heavy side of light. Lower carbonation from the cask. Very quaffable and leaves a sweet hop aftertaste. It’s nice to get a hoppy beer that is not in your face bitter or overly aromatic. But I am also a bit tired of getting nothing but hoppy beers from this brewer.6/3/6/3/14

Rerate: on tap, much better. Aroma is light sweet hops, some faint honey syrupy-like hops. Taste has a medium-light bitterness to off-set the mild hop sweetness of tropical fruits. Faintly bready malts. Very quaffable and thirst quenching. Definitely better than the cask version. And I guess I am not so tired of the hoppy beers when they are made well.7/3/7/3/15

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2007
[cask] This brewer has made "belgian style" IPAs before, with quite good results, so I was excited to try this one - sadly, it didn’t turn out too well - light amber, cloudy beer with a lasting, soapy head - the aroma is quite distinctly belgian, with a light fruitiness, strong yeasty notes, and touches of brown sugar - not a lot of hops present - the flavor is an odd combination and abbey dubbel, bready, british maltiness,and dry, assertive american hop bitterness - the fruitiness the belgian yeast imparts, which one would imagine would work well, actually fights with the bready malt and hops for your palate’s attention, rather than integrating itself (these guys just can’t get along) - the tongue is left confused - an american and a belgian sit next to each other in a bar, and instead of buying each other rounds and singing songs together, they wind up beating the piss out of each other.


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