hotstuff (3912) - Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog rating 12-13-2008 (Bottle shared by jsquire) When poured, this beer has a small white fizzy head, very little lacing, hazy body, and visible carbonation. The aroma consists of hops, grapefruit and citrus. The taste is very hoppy, grapefruit and bitter. The palate is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. I am not a hoppy beer drinker, but I did like this beer with the way the flavors came together. This beer is definitely worthy of a try!
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Rating #48. Light gold pour with a light white head. Really unique aroma, someone mentioned pear, maybe but hard to pin. Hippy flavor, cannot get much else, but good stuff. (1413)
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a hazy golden orange color with a nice white head and nice lacing.
S: The hops are quite grapefruity with only a mild pine. The Belgian yeast does contribute some of the usual fruity esters and aromas that you would expect.
T: The hops are up-front and fruity with just a bit of citrus. The pine comes through a fair amount, which might be a bit surprising. There is also a faint alcohol flavor at times.
M: Medium in body with a low to moderate carbonation. And some alcohol warmth at times.
D: A pretty nice beer, especially for a Belgian IPA which isn’t really my favorite style. I wish the booze was not quite as noticeable, but such is life.
AmEricanbrew (5522) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From last year, bottle thanks to Ira. Clear golden color/ white head. mild piney hop, earthy yeast, pale malt aromas. frothy light mouthfeel. Good spicy, citrus, mild pine hop, pale malt bitter sweet flavors with mild belgian yeast spiciness. Still pretty tasty after two plus years in a bottle.
Tmoney99 (10076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at local gathering. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Complex good brew.
thedm (4886) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from a rating party at JSquires poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a hazy yellow colored body and thick foamy lacing. The aroma was mild malt and mild hop. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of hops. A decent one that I would consider having again.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. First off let me say this beer was over 2 years old when sampled, not the best for an IIPA. Golden pour with a whitish head. Aroma of cereal, spicy Belgian yeast, and some grassy, citrus hops. The flavor is a blend of sweet malt, sour and bitter, there is a slight harshness at the end probably due to the age. The flavor and aroma of the hops are pretty much dead but the bitterness is still there. I think the Belgian yeast has helped to preserve this one. Wish I could have rated this one fresh.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden with some floaties and a nice fluffy head. The aroma is very grassy and herbal with a nice spicy note too. Sweet grainy malt initially with a pleasant spicy. grassy hop bitterness. Some spices as well come in giving it a distinctly Belgian feel. Long earthy bitterness in the finish. Nice.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 3/1/09. 22oz bomber. Hazy with a honey golden hue. Moldy layer of off-white head. Lotta citrus in the nose. Orange notes with a faint wisp of pepper. Medium bodied and much more hop oriented. The yeast character takes a back seat. Faint, trace malts. Then all bitter. Resinous, piney and grapefruity. Good effervescence. Not too much pepper nor coriander. Good brew.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber, thanks to drinkandrive for the bottle! Clear golden with a two finger rocky off-white head, very good retention. A thick sheet of lace followed all the way down my glass. So this beer is over a year old and the hops have held up this well? Lots of citrus hops--lemon and tangerine--with some spicy peppery citrus Belgian yeast. They blend together pretty well so it’s kinda hard to differentiate. There are also some grassy hops, clove, and a bit of honey. Flavor has a slight vegetal hop component--onions?--and a buttload of bitterness. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of an old stale malt character, but ultimately doesn’t detract a whole lot. Dry finish with bitterness at a 7 or so. Tasty beer--wonder how this would’ve tasted a year younger--I usually get mad if DIPA’s have any age on them, but this hid it well.