mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear golden body with a thin, bubbly white head. Aroma is citrusy and sweet. Flavor is malty, along the lines of a DIPA but without the overwhelming hops (though, they’re present, too). An excellent finishing bitterness lingers for a bit. Overall, a very complex, interesting, and tasty beer.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy golden with large white head. nose of some floral and citrus hops with some estery yeast components. low carbonation for style. firm bitterness before the above hops and some esters that leads to a somewhat muted overall flavor. a strange brew, because it is not a golden strong ale with increased hops, but an ipa with trappist yeast and I just dont think it works as a style, though this is finely made
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Spinoza’s. Bright and light golden with a soft top. The aroma is nice -- rich with fragrant esthers. Creamy and delicious with a kick of piney varnish. Big drink in a light body. (#4023, 11/29/2010)
GranvilleTim (1767) - 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 (815) - 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 (5438) - Plymouth, 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.