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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
keepersj12 (3062) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Really nice interesting brew. Had it on tap at Hawthornes in Philly. Pours a clear golden with a foamy white head. The aroma has some nice spices and a fruitiness you find in Belgians. The flavor also has the fruit but also has a bit of sourness to it. The hops are quite biting. Very refreshing with a clean dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2011
On draft at Sugar Maple and the brewery. Pours a hazy golden with off-white head. Aroma full of belgian yeast, citrus and spicy hops. Flavor adds the sweet belgian candy notes, then finishes with crisp hops. The ABV is covered well. I’ve really enjoyed this one on several occasions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5864) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Sampled at St. Louis Microfest 2011 - Pours hazy yellow with a white head. The aroma has sweet Belgian tripel banana esters and clove along with some spicy hops. Medium / full body with sharp carbonation. The taste has very sweet tripel maltiness, syrup, fruitiness and in the background are spicy hops and some pine. This was okay, but I was hoping for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4003) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Pour is a peach color with a large white head. Aroma is banana with some sugar and yeast. Flavor is more banana with some spicy hops. Kinda a big alcohol kick toward the end and finishes with some candi sugar. Ok beer and decent for a sample but woulden’t need again as its very light and watery toward the end and the alcohol is there is a big way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Draft at International Tap House-Soulard. Pours a cloudy gold color with a centimeter-thick white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, banana, clove, hops, sweet malts, peach, and apricot. Flavor of tropical fruits, sweet malts, somewhat oily hops, and candi sugar. Medium-bodied, with a bitter mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty interesting DIBA/Belgian Strong Ale hybrid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
On tap at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet. Pours a nice golden color with an average-sized white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a good amount of citrus and flower hops. It’s also a bit spicy. Tame malt in the background. The flavor offers a good deal of floral hops with citrus as the backup. Good hop flavor and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Medium body and slightly dry. Good beer. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-09-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6329) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
This poured a cloudy darker yellow color with a white head. Aroma was some fruity belgian yeasty notes and light bittering hops too. Flavor was sweet and a little fruity, much more of the belgian character comes out than the IPA, more bitter than IPA tasting. Just not a great combo.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3237) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2011
On tap at Mad Mex Robinson. A decent beer but nothing great. Aroma was melon, spices and hops. Pour was a light gold with no head and few rising bubbles. Taste was OK but the beer seems to be like the IIPA is fighting the Belgian yeast rather than working for it. The melon, cantaloupe and bubble gum flavors are a weird contrast to the heavy grapefruit rind bitterness. Nice carbonation round the beer out. I’m not a big fan of adding Belgian yeast to a different style and this is why

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - APR 30, 2011
On tap at champs. Gold with thin white head. Aroma is pineapple. Flavor is pineapple, grapefruit and yeasty funk. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (5309) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2011
On tap. Lemon clear yellow. Scum of pond for a head. Mild sweeter artificial aroma. Big bitter blast that is suspiciously lacking of real hops. Comes across like a cheaper american tripple, heheh. Taste is more bitter than hoppy fer sure. Weird, different and unique. Medicine finish. Not impressed but certainly on style for a strong beldgy immatation.

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