FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Sheffields in Chicago. Pours a light golden with a creamy white head. Aroma is spicy and some fruits underly the hops. Also some sugary candy sweetness. Flavor is much the same lots of floral and spices, a lot of candi sugar sweetness. The Belgian yeast is noticeable but doesn’t improve much on the IPA flavor, just kind of mixes up the whole thing. Medium body and a soft but fizzy carbonation. The Belgian IPA is always a touchy style and this one is so so
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at O’Briens. Arrives a clear honey amber with a small wht head that leaves curtains of lace. Aroma is fruity, bready and floral hops. Flavor is nice, bready malts, lots of interesting yeasts, with spice, summer fruits and herb characteristics. Flavor is rich, fruity with spice and interesting floral notes. Med to full body, really gentlensmooth careb
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 7/17/2010. This India Pale Ale pours an orange gold color from a 22 oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, floral and citrusy hops. A medium bodied India Pale Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, touch of clove and some orange peel. The hops are citrusy, grapefruity and floral. Bright yeasts. Lots of hop flavor without going over the top. Lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, dry and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
angrypirate06 (1374) - Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark golden pour with medium foamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is quite estery, some clove, banana, little bit of smokiness. Flavor is peppery, bubble gum, clove, roasty malts. There’s that malt that I get from New Belgium a lot (1554, fat tire, et al) that tastes like goldfish crackers. Not necessarily bad, just a malt profile I get almost exclusively from NB
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a sparkling clear, golden color with a moderately full, white, creamy, frothy head which is mostly lasting and leaves tight and sporadic lace. The nose is interesting... floral, herbal, spicy, orange peel, light cooked corn, yeasty esters, cotton candy, and orange peel; seven only for complexity. The flavor carries all the same flavors but less sweet, light cooked corn, floral, herbal, orange peel, estery, and light spice. The bitterness was moderate and delicate. The palate is delicate, nearly lively, less than medium, and velvety but somewhat watery. The finish is a medium bitterness, some floral/herbal hops still there, light citrus peel, and some almost resinous notes (finally). What I don’t like is the fact that a local brewery which I really like put together a beer with five hop varietals which I really like, and came up with a beer that is marginal at best. I am a bit tired of American breweries adding Belgian yeast to their beers to make it ’unique’ or ’complex’ because, it never makes a better beet and more often than not, you get a cooked corn note. Conversely, Belgian brewing companies have done only marginally better adding American hops to their beers. A very good brewery but another failed Belgian-American experiment. I hope this trend will soon fade away...
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting commercial description. Bottle. Pours with a brilliant harvest golden body and a barely off-white head. Aroma of floral, tropical fruits, light phenols and belgian yeast esters, herbal, spicy, bread, marrow, candi, fennel, apricot and tangerine peel. Taste is dry and grainy with a decent amount of hop bitterness and a long and estery finish. Some banana, tropical fruit. Sort of smoothie-esque flavor. Long duration. The hop flavor is mostly in the finish, leaving the front end oddly bitter and grainy. Lively bubbles, dry finish. You can tell it is decently high in ABV for an IPA.
gorditoabd (606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a light golden amber. Little head and what there is fades fast. Aroma is of apples and cinnamon. Taste is of bitter pine and grapefruit, along with some banana flavors. This beer is complex, so much si that there is even some bubblegum in the flavor. Is it really and IPA? Not in the classic sense. It’s not overly bitter or biting. Full points for originality, but a few deducted for lack of identity. Still, I like this brew. A nice blend of hops and flavors. Interesting and innovative.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber. Notalush’s review is pretty spot on. This isn’t nearly as good as Ranger or Hoptober, unfortunately. Pours a clear glowing orange golden with a fine dense white frothy head. Aroma is spicy herbal, stinky, sage is pretty close, hint of esters, subtle alcohol, light caramel sweetness. Flavor is fairly dry, herbal, light biscuit sweetness, very herbal, earthy dirty, touch of rubber, phenol, off-dry, light bubble-gum, just a tad vegetal. Med/light bodied, nice fizzy carbonation.
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber - pours a clear light copper with a thick, soapy lace - nose is lots of grassy and citrusy hops, mango and orange, hints of herbs (sage) - nothing very belgian about the nose aside from very faint estery notes - smells decent none-the-less - moderate carbonation and a fairly light body for the abv - flavor is medium bitter earthy hops, medium sweet citrus, light herbal notes - subdued but noticeable esters and very mild phenols - finish is a bit astringent and fusel-ish - there are many better examples of this style.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a clear golden brass color with a nice sea foam white head, some light lacing. Nose is spice, belgian yeast and floral hops. Yeasty on the palate with medium hop bitterness. Light metallics in the finish.