KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as hoppy as I’d hope for this mixture almalgamation of a beer.
Lots of pears, bananas, belgium yeast spices, like a lot of lots.
Good not great.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle.Pours a pale orange with a thin white head.Nose is banana and yeast.Taste is heavy banana and a finish of sharp hop bitterness.Fairly simple yet decent belgian ipa...
Strykzone (4836) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear golden with a hint of copper. Almost no carbonation is visible. A small thin watery white head. By the nose I would guess this as a hefe with clove, spices. The flavor brings out nice hop notes. Interesting spices, floral notes, thick caramel, citrus bitterness, yeast. This is perfectly balanced with spices, hop notes, and caramel. A very well done IPA and the Belgian yeast aspect enhances.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUL 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber into pint glass. Pours orangeish with a small white head. Aroma was sweet and spicy much like that of a saison. Mouth feel was moderate with high carbonation. Taste much like an esb. Very odd IPA aroma of a saison, taste of an esb, not much hop presence.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours gold with white head. The aroma is on the grassy herbal floral side with spicy yeast esters. Flavors balance a sweet toffee malts dry yeasty finish with floral and spicy mild. Healthy fresh hop bitterness in there too making it overall refreshing and worthy. The price point on this is right, while it borders more on Belgian ale or more a truer Belgian ipa rather than an American ipa with Belgian yeast.
Nikiel (875) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A decently hoppy beer that takes several flavors from different hops to give it a nice aroma and slightly sweet bitterness. Nothing too special about this one except maybe the combination of hops.
raphael (873) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flowery/piny hop aroma with an almost peach behind it with distant honey. Clear darker yellow with persistent white head. Bubbly and light in the mouth. The hops are clearly in front but the belgian aspects of sugar and phenol aren’t far behind. Great job of balance as well as matching the hop flavors with the yeast—not an easy task. Even the finish keeps the balance.
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice copper color with a sticky white head. Aroma is american hops, belgian yeasts, citrus, esthers. Flavor is grassy floral citrusy juicy hops, belgian yeasts, pepper and spices and bitterness in the finish. Not a bad take on the whole Belgian IPA style.
bhensonb (10808) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Holiday Wine. Pours light copper with a 3 finger foamy off-white head. Aroma is rather spicey hoppy. Flavor is rather spicey hoppy. This is pretty good stuff - really Belgian. The hop is rather floral. Rather. Rather. Finish is floral/spice/bitter with a sweet caramel touch. Quite nice. Rather.
cmonster (966) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber served in a tulip. Pours clear light orange with a large, fluffy off-white head. Good retention and sticky lacing. Nose shows bubblegum, lemon, and fruity esters. The Belgian yeast component become more pronounced upon warming. Mild sweet flavor. A palate is powered by acidic citrus. Minimal malts. Medium-light body, lively carbonation, and a grapefruity bitter, sticky, very dry finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden. I enjoy this style but this is one case where the classic New Belgian base malt (which I don’t typically care for) could have added balance. More Belgian than Indian.