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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
A beautiful golden crossbreed of a Belgian Tripel and a West Coast IPA. Combining the best attributes of each style in a remarkable way, this beer explodes with spiciness, tropical fruit, and an intense citrus bitterness that will leave you begging for more! Hopped with Warrior, Chinook, Centential, and Cascade hops.

2012 North American Beer Awards Bronze Medal Hybrid Style Beer
2011 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Bronze Medal Belgian Style Strong Specialty Beer
2010 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal American-Belgo Style Ale
2012 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Silver Medal American-Belgo Style Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2011
On tap at the Brickhouse BBQ Beer Spot Great Taste pre-party. Hazy apricot with a thin off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, fruit, mild sugar and citrus. Taste of apricot, orange, citrus, fruity yeast and alcohol. Full bodied and moderately bitter, not bad for a Belgian IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Pours a slightly hazy medium yellow with thin white head. Aroma is definitely tilted towards the Belgian, with light candi sugars, bready, light fruits and a low-medium hop aroma. Hops come through much more in the flavor and bitterness. Lots of light fruits and breadiness. Creamy mouthfeel, maybe some wheat? Overall, very nice, maybe would like to see more IPA than Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3205) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at Brickhouse BBQ - Pours amber with next to no head. Tons of apricot on the nose, with fruity hops and sweet malt. Has some floral hops that lighten the whole thing up. Taste is lots of sweet malt, honey, apricot, grassy hops, with a real sweet finish. Not bad, but it would have been nice if I stuck around long enough to try the barreled version of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at the Brickhouse in Madison, WI. Poured a clean and clear golden yellow. I was under the impression that it was an IPA, but was pleasantly surprised with the somewhat-spiced backbone. Very crisp all-around. I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Draft on tap at Brickhouse (Madison, WI). Pours a well hazed dulled golden pour, a touch of darker amber. Decent loose whitish head sits atop, laces ok. Aromas are a healthy floral and earthy hopping, touches of citrusy lemon, faint clamour of grapefruit. Touches of bread and toffee. A faint touch of yeasty spice. Initial is medium bodied, good healthy hopping with grapefruit, white grape, and lemon. Some florals, grass, toffee, biscuits, and bread. Into the middle shows dry florals, grass, and lingering citrus. Some bread, dry soapy finish. Ok. Fruity Belgian yeast and esters come full circle. Ok Belgian hoppy beer, not too overbearing malt profile and a healthy but not dominant hopping. Solid, but just not a style I get into much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
It is definitely a Belgian IPA that hinges on the yeasty spice and esters rather than the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
On tap. Muted banana and floral aroma that’s a bit disappointing. Sweet banana flavor with graininess and a touch of citrus. Compared to the BA version, I’m disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2011
[Tap] Pours a hazy golden color with a thin head. Nose is of tropical fruits, heavy wet hops and alcohol mixed in with yeast esters. Sweet taste includes lots of sugar and sweet roll notes blended somewhat haphazardly with a harsh hop bitterness. Oily texture. The alcohol content makes itself known in the finish. Call me a party pooper, but I am just not a huge fan of Belgian IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Tried at Savor 2011. Based on my notes, the beer had a nice dark orange appearance and was very well balanced between hop and malt. Wish I could get Nebraska beers around DC.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bth122 (1499) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Draft, 5 oz pour. Gold color, lighter head. Fizzy carbonation. Honey, citrus, pine flavors.

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