Challenge yourself to try something new. Go climb a rock, for example . . . or try this challenging Belgian IPA which marries the spiciness of Belgian yeast with Apollo, Cascade and Mt. Hood Hops.
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours clear copper and a good attempt at getting a head of foam while pouring failed. The aroma has a large amount of Belgian spicy notes, kind of pepper and yeastiness and moves into sort of earthy sweet malts in the background. Unique aroma. The taste is up front Belgian spicy notes, pepperiness and yeast. Behind those notes are modest levels of spicy hops, a mild black licorice sense and then sweet to earthy maltiness to sweet apple and pear esteriness. Interesting hop pairing for a Belgian yeast strain. The spicy to black licorice combined with the various Belgian spicy notes is . . . interesting. I get lingering mouth coating black licorice that hangs on for a long time.
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