JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Moderately cloudy amber pour, initially quite a frothy head (bottle was a lilí gusher) but settles into nearly nothing carb-wise. Strongly fruity aroma, sour apple and apricot along with the mildest of funk. Body is a bit watery, fading quickly much like the carbonation. Flavors are bready, occasionally a bit sweet, and plenty of bright, semi-tart fruits.
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a cloudy amber with a thick off white head. Scent is spices with straw. Taste is spicy with lemon and yeast notes.
thegreenrooster (3570) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a orange with a small soapy white head. Aroma is hoppy and spicy. Flavor is a decent enough hop profile with some fruity Belgain yeast to round things out. Probably not the best Belgian IPA Iíve had but this is adequate and tasty.
argo0 (12362) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Large, pillowy off-white head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, spicy, straw/grapefruit, bubblegum. Taste is moderately sweet, spicy/yeast, straw/lemon, some grapefruit. Watery light-medium body, light resin.
Pailhead (5748) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of bubblegum, banana, orange peel, and light citrus hops. It pours a bright transparent amber with a three finger orange tinged off-white head that has excellent retention and leaps lots of soapy lacing behind. The flavor starts with a quick dose of banana and faint bubblegum. The finish has citrus hops, orange peel, and a touch of lemon. Light-medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.
tvmatt (16) - Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. The 5th "Hatter" beer that Iíve had in as-many days, and the only one that I didnít get to enjoy on draft. Pours a hazy light orange with foamy off-white head. Initial aroma is a mild spicy/fruity yeast aroma, but also unusually strong citrus hops for the style. Not as aggressive as other Belgian IPAs that Iíve had, and possibly slightly less well rounded flavor. Spicy yeast and citrus hops are the predominant flavors. This is a fairly smooth-drinking beer, ending with some nice yeasty overtones and sweet malt.
bth122 (1342) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2011 draft, chips@ obx. Poured a straw honey color. Aroma of lots of spice, coriander maybe, honey. Med lite sweetness, lite/med bitter. Finishes drier. Mild ipa. Good stuff.
rerate 9/30: bottle this time. Huge frothy head, held up. Big spicy aroma, honey. Dry finish. Mild on the bitterness. Slight tartness. still good.
jsmerig (1358) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear orange yellow. Aroma of vanilla, oak and flowers. Starts with light malt base and quickly mixes spicy (from the yeast) and floral (from the hops) with the hops winning in the end.
madvike (3105) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Dexterís - Pours amber with a thin off white head. Nose is huge citrusy hops with some light spice. Taste is dry and lightly spicy, without much of the hop presence. A touch of doughy yeast with a light, dry mineral finish. Pretty carbonated, but still pretty smooth.
zizzybalubba (1626) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours dark orange with a thick white head. The aroma is exactly what I expected from the name, a hoppy saison. So far so good. The flavor also meets expectations. Flavors of leather and soap (really much better than it sounds) blended with bitter floral hops. Really quite good and a bit of a surprise. If you like saisons (more saison than IPA) you really should try this interpretation.