umich03jm (2307) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Null. Clear light gold pour with a small ring of head. Great lacing on the glass. Cool aroma. A mix of Belgian aspects (bubblegum, banana, peppercorn) with musty wet grass, pineapple, and grapefruit. Tastes very balanced, more so than most Belgian IPAs. Moderately bitter. Moderate bubblegum, moderate wet grass, lemon peel, peppercorns, and cedar wood. Nice oiliness in the mouthfeel too. I liked this way more than I expected to. North Peak is brewing some good beers now.
superspak (2996) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/31/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light banana, pepper, clove, pine, herbal, floral, grass, biscuit, light honey, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/pine hops, and light-moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light banana, pepper, clove, pine, herbal, floral, grass, biscuit, light honey, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, light banana/bubblegum, pepper, clove, pine, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/pine hops, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great yeast/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with very smooth, crisp, sticky, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/pine hops, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
patrick767 (3689) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle - hazy light orange, large off-white head dispersing to a lingering one finger foam ring. Rich grapefruit hop aroma. It’s a bitter, bubbly brew. It smells really good, but it has a flat, sort of cardboard character in an otherwise decent flavor. Old bottle?
JStax (3344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a refrigerated stubby bottle. Pours. A hazy amber color with an enormous, glass filling head of foam. Some yeast floating in the beer. The aroma is dry and sweet candi sugar and esters. Taste is mildly bitter with a semisweet yeasty note to it. Fizzy on the tongue. Nice.
Schulte (19) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burly is not a typical IPA in my opinion. A soft pine aroma really made this beer start off different than other IPA’s. The taste is not anywhere near bitter as other IPA’s that I enjoy. I would reccomend this beer for someone who is not familiar with IPA’s someone starting out.
keepersj12 (2814) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a huge head that covers the glass and the table the glass is sitting on. The aroma has a nice bit of Belgian spice, a bit of root beer and some rye bread. The flavor follows. Quite nice after taste that lingers. Good beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Stubs from Belmont Party Supply, Dayton. Pretty average BIPA, definitely on the dry and yeasty side, not quite enough floral hops to counter-balance the one-dimensional flavors. But on the plus side, it’s a dimension I enjoy.
rumproasts (3498) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep copper. minimal head. nice belgian aroma. interesting how the spiciness mellows out the hops. this is a smooth drinking ipa. very tasty.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap at Buckeye 18Apr2012, its a nice looking IPA, more golden than I expected, though I ordered this not knowing it was a belgo IPA, nose is slightly hoppy but not enough to pique my interest, taste is some mild hops with the bubblegum flavor from the yeast coming through later, not bad, not great
BrownALEx (300) - Portland, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours out a cloudy burnt orange with a huge white head. The smell lets you know this beer was brewed with a belgian yeast strain. The taste also, belgian for sure. Alcohol is apparent on the back end of a drink. After two or more your ears feel warm. Very good beer, will seek this next year as well.