SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared at City Beer. First of all: stunning looker here. Huge rocky white head with lots of lace and a hazy orange body. Every now and then I think to myself that I donít ever give out "5ís" for appearance, but then a beer this beautiful comes along and reminds me why most good looking beers still only get a "4". The aroma is all kinds of hoppy, spicy, woody, dusty, bready complexity. Just a touch of oak, but it mostly plays into the wild yeast character and boosts the rustic factor. The flavor isnít really sweet but isnít bone dry like you might expect. There was actually more body than I was expecting, and a lot more hops as well. Very high on the hops all the way through, with a big spicy and bitter finish that you donít even notice that clearly over the yeast action. A fantastic and unique beer that pulls in a ton of qualities that i like on their own and gets them into a pretty good balance. Didnít seem quite perfected, but this might have been my new favorite beer with a few tweaks to it.
nickd717 (3394) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from City Beer, shared at City Beer. Pours a brilliant slightly hazy golden color with a large, sticky white head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is very bretty with lemon/citrus notes and not quite as much hop presence as I expected. Flavor is lots of brett and slight funk. Slightly lemony with some mild citrusy hops. Just a tiny bit tart. I found this beer to be similar to New Glarus R&D Golden Ale, with a little cleaner/crisper funk and more hops. Medium bodied and fairly dry and crisp on the palate with a good carbonation level. Extremely drinkable. Overall an excellent Belgian IPA, as Iíd expect from these 2 great breweries.
kmweaver (3143) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, purchased at City Beer during the Midnight Sun Brewing debut during SF Beer Week. Pours anywhere from a clear (beginning of the bottle) to a slightly hazy, orange-copper color; solid off-white head with good retention and persistent, fine-bubbled lacing. Very nicely dry, biscuity brett character in the aroma: light lime notes, mineral and herbal bitterness, nicely integrated; again, very pleasantly dry. The barrel presence on this beer is very slight, for starters; medium-to-full body: a moderate-to-lively level of carbonation; pleasant, soft brett formation (this is going to get sour, letís say that), with lime and biscuity notes; a very dry core, along with juicy citrus and mineral bitterness, perfectly integrated with the brett character; juicy hops, solid brett, nicely dry. Dear breweries: attenuation. This is lovely, and I think the original, non-cloudy pour was even better: Joe T mentioned a similar experience of this beer going from dry to not-so-dry, and I think itís an effect of getting the yeast involved and coating the palate; this seems to have a very finely particulate yeast character (Iím thinking Lost Abbey here). You donít see clumped yeast at the bottom of the bottle, so thatís my guess. Still a damn beautiful beer; just try and get the pour as clear as possible. The barrel contribution here is very slight: some hints of red fruits and very, very mild toastiness. Lasting finish of toasty brett, lime, mineral; not a huge lingering bitterness; nicely dry and refreshing.
brenn79 (1198) - Idaho, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours golden with a thick whiteish head, aroma is strong citrus fruit and yeast. The flavor is different, hoppy belgian beer aged in french oak cab sauv barrels, it definitely creates complexity. I liked this beer and I love experimentation, and this is one tasty brew.
joet (1919) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy brew with dupont yeast dry hopped sromatics heathery.lightly creamy feel.its what iwant to brew myself
AgentSteve (1613) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful bright golden orange pour with a pillowy cream colored head. Full Bret, citrus and honey in the nose and flavor. Lively mouthfeel.
ditmier (1509) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle - Pours clear golden with a large off white head...aroma is fruity and floral hops, dust and lemon peel, some bright clove tucked away, woody....flavour is similarly fruity, grapes and lemon, oaky phenols, very green, dry dirt brettyness and some bitter citrus peel on the finish...interesting stuff...
drewbeerme (3644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from beerandbourbon! pours hazy gold with white head. nose of piney, bretty goodness. flavors piney, grapefruit, dry and bretty, biscuity, dry and refreshing!
skoisirius (1144) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavenly delight!! Grasp the inner thighs of the one most high in the land that brings the sun not as often as it does elsewhere. Yes, the sour is present here in this property, blended parallel with that around it in oak. Strike well upon thy tastebuds...one of the best Iíve enjoyed in a while. Done right!
PilsnerPeter (3019) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Paulís: Muddy deep golden with an off white film of head. Very funky Brux aroma- leathery and rustic qualities mesh cohesively with bright west coast C-hops, quite citrusy. Fluffy dry body. Bretty with cheese rind character. The hops blend well with the rustic yeast. Plenty of bright citrusy west coast hops. A beautiful funky IPA. Fantastic!