hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks!
Very hazy, deep golden ale. The frothy, off-white head lasts forever.
Very nice aroma! Buttery and lightly alcoholic with notes of caramel and overripe apples.
The flavor is astringent and of warm alcohol, citrus fruit, overripe apples and caramel. This one becomes more tart as it warms.
Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Dry, bitter, grassy finish.
World class brew! Underrated!
AirForceHops (2367) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle that I purchased @ Nikki’s Liquors, Providence, R.I. for $3.99. Cloudy amber with spotty lace in the snifter. Nose is copious amounts of English malts and Belgian yeast. A very different aroma. Flavor starts with pale malt paired with some yeasty/earthy notes. Decent yeast presence throughout. A nice warming alcohol burn is found after the sip without having any alcohol taste. No date of any kind on the label, so it’s hard to know how long this sat on the self at Nikki’s. Moderate carbonation, giving the texture a smooth and creamy feel. Honestly, if you let the ABV mellow on this brew it can be an enjoyable sipper. I liked it.
arone12 (894) - Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden color with a white foamy head. Some yeasty aromas with a slight zing of coriander. Not as flavorful as I would like.
MadRobin (1397) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 12 ounce bottle.
Translucent, hazy, bright gold orange with only an ivory film for a head and fair lacing.
Aroma of caramel malts, yeast fruit and spice.
Taste is fruity (apricots and oranges mainly) and fairly sweet with yeast and light malt flavors and a slightly tart citric finish. Not bad.
Medium body and very strong carbonation. Silky mouthfeel mixed with a tingling, carbonation bite.
Hides its alcohol well. Improves as it warms.
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FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
My wife brought this one back from a trip to Rochester. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy apricot-amber color with a medium sized creamy yellow-white head that left good lacing. The aroma was sour and tangy with faint vague fruits. The flavor was bready and sweet with notes of honey, sourdough, faint vague herbs and a buttery undertone. The finish was medium length tangy bread and butter. Moderately full bodied. Disappointing.
fmccormi (21) - Syracuse, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a pry-off 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.
Appearance (4/5): deep, hazy orange, moderate head (~1 finger), almost no lacing
Smell (7/10): a little of that meaty Belgian yeastiness, a little sweet, definitely biscuity, with just a light bit of grassy hops
Taste (8/10): I do enjoy that “meaty” Belgian yeast character (always been the best word to describe it, for me – tastes alive). There’s a lightly medicinal aftertaste, which doesn’t detract too much for me, but it’s an interesting combo. The English hops, maybe? The alcohol shows its face, but very subtly – doesn’t taste like 10%. Very bright, bready character with that smoothly bitter (definitely not biting) aftertaste, wedded by the Belgian yeast. As it warms, it gets even creamier and breadier. The grassiness of the English hops become more pronounced, too, and now I’m sure that’s where the smoothly bitter finish comes from.
Mouthfeel (4/5): very moderate carbonation, making it smooth and just a bit creamy – pretty nice and light for something as strong as this
Overall (16/20): Generally enjoy this beer quite a bit! It may not be the truest to its style, but I enjoy this plenty and am quite glad I tried it. It’s nice and round, with two faces: Belgian body with English hops.
This is a very interesting beer, definitely worth trying if you’re open to this kind of cross-over style. I love the fact that Middle Ages decided to interpret a tripel in an English sort of way. And it’s pretty smooth for something so strong – did a double take after seeing it was 10% or so. Check this beer out, enjoyable and very interesting.
Ron (2186) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle bought at the brewery. Thin head, lacing. Glowing orange body. Aroma is a lot of strong alcohols. Taste has a big alcohol burn as expected. Some candied sweetness as well. Finish reveals some hops. A burner. Good buzz though.
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a slight hazy orange. Smells of butterscotch and sweet bread malt. Taste has orange, scones, dried fruit, white sugar, caramel. Just some hints in the back of the yeast character.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of zdk9) Pours a hazy golden body with a spare white head. Aroma of candi sugar, toasted grain, pear skin, and cardboard. Flavor of candi sugar, earth, and grass with mild bitterness in the finish.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to zdk9) clearish gold with soapy edge bubbles. Nose of honey, Belgian yeast, and corn flakes. Taste of spicy yeast, honey. Decent tripel.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, thanks to zdk9, godlen color with no foam, aroma is nice hoppy bright fruits, flavor is not up to par with aroma , much more bland, papery