nickd717 (3637) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2009, while waiting in the insane New Glarus line. Clear golden-orange in color with a somewhat fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and floral hops, good but somewhat unpronounced for an IPA that is meant to be West coast style. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and pale malt, light fruit, and citrusy/floral hops that lend more bitterness relative to aroma/flavor than a West coast style IPA should have. Just a touch of yeast present. I see this is meant to be a Belgian IPA. Think it fell a bit short on the Belgian aspects. Body and carbonation are medium.
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from the tap at the 2010 GTMW. Poured a near clear gold with a near white head that dissipated lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of pine hops with a hint of citrus but a bit one note. Flavor was more complex with pine to citrus with a bit of spice and grain coming out in the finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft, pours a golden body with a full white head. Nice hop tones in the aroma, citrus, fruit and a sweeter honey tone. Dusty earth tones a fruit sweetness and a sticky warming. Feels to sweet and boozy despite the fragrant hop tones.
LinusStick (3000) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Beerman6686 (5320) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
drowland (6824) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
adnielsen (10068) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ brewpub. Golden appearance with a white head. Upfront fruity esters in the nose with notes of banana, citrus fruits, and apricot. A little boozy, fruit forward, a little piney hoppy flavor. Lots of citrus fruits which is nice but the booze is a little out of control. The barrel aged version has a more mellow alcohol note.
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is interesting... the sweetness of the Belgian style contrasts well with the bitterness of the IPA. The sweetness shows up first, then the hoppiness comes through on the back end. Pours golden and cloudy with a large head.
b3shine (6570) - Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle to taster (shared by alexsdad06). Looks good for the style; a fairly transparent burnt orange with off-white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; hoppy and spicy with a bit of tartness. Tastes like it smells, but less balanced. Average (at best) on the palate. Alright, but odd.
jcnielsen (2584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap at Nebraska Brewing Co. Pours a hazy golden color with white head. Belgian yeasty, clove, spicy, citrusy, and hoppy flavors. A little different than the barrel aged version. A little boozy, I like the barrel aged version a lot better.