GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden yellow pour with a white head. Aroma is soft fuit and yeast. Taste is fruity, apples, yeasty, light and refreshing. It was a little dry at the end. It leaves a nice yeasty aftertaste. Nice lacing.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Several pints at The Federal, Durham. Gotta dig the Little Sumpin’ series overall, firstly. But the yeast strain here seems really to complement the qualities of the base, which is hopped nicely but always a bit more bready than some West Coast IPAs. So that combines nicely to make a BSA, I reckon. Anyways, nice golden pour, lively carbonation. A prickly, ever so slightly slick mouthfeel. Citrus tang, chewy malts, and yeast that’s both dry and tart. Brett is only mild, on par with Wild Devil. Really nice stuff.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz thanks to tbadiuk.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with a small head. Short retention.
Aroma : Notes of honey, yeast and herbs. Rather floral with light caramel and resinous hops.
Taste : Honey, yeast, herbs. Floral and a bit sweet. Nice light bitterness on the finish.
Overall : Nice caramel and sugar while not being heavy at all. Great finish. Nice balance. Tasty and well made. Another great brew by Lagunitas !
mybrainhurts (370) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral bouquet, peach skins, apricots, and fresh wheat aroma. Flavors of citrus fruits, belgian yeast, toffee, and burnt candied sugar. Slightly acidic and a peppery finish. Interesting mix of belgian and wheat style.. however, the ride seems a little bumpy. Eh, is ok.
rader58 (801) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a crystal clear amber / orange. Aroma of citrus, sour apple, bubblegum and spice. Flavor is orange, spicy, caramel, tart and sour. Very flavorful and full of character.
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Appearance is clear, golden with a creamy, medium white head that lasts throughout. Beautiful lacing. Big, citrus hop aroma. Sweet, malty notes in the background. Taste is really balanced for 72 IBUs. Starts off with a caramel sweetness followed by a great citrus and floral hop kick. Caught a slight bubblegum flavor in the middle as it warms. Finishes sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy. Medium body. Lively carbonation. This is a really a fun beer. Is there such a thing as an American West Coast Belgian Strong Ale?
Pailhead (5193) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma is a nice combination of citrus hops, cotton candy, and a touch of banana. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small creamy orange tinged off-white head that leaves behind very nice webbing for lacing. The flavor starts cotton candy, banana, and pineapple. The finish has moderate citrus/grapefruit hops. Dangerously drinkable at almost 9%. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The bottle opens to an orange aroma. Amber pour with a medium head. Flavor is similar to an IPA. First there is tangerine, then orange, then a bitter grapefruit flavor, which is predominate and lingers.
aschafer324 (12) - , Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very floral aroma, sweet hippy flavour but very smoothe. After taste is very sweet and sugary
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on Aug. 31st. Its been in my fridge for over a month so hopefully it hasn’t deteriorated too much. Pours a golden yellow with a solid 3/4 inch of creamy head. Lots of lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation. Looks awesome. Sweet candy malt and sharp, bitter hops on the nose. Smells like a Belgian triple and an imperial IPA (can you say Le Freak). Very smooth, almost creamy texture but not heavy. Lighter bodied than I expected. Very drinkable. The taste is very well balanced. For such a unique beer, there is nothing really overpowering about it but it maintains an appealing complexity. I get hit with the sweet malt and the spicy quality that must come from the yeast. Then the resiny hops come in and linger through the finish but they don’t dominate, they just add an extra dimension to the flavor profile. Okay, I’ll say it: this is a great beer. Very well crafted.