Austin_Ripper (66) - Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like banana, a bit of bubblegum, and citrus fruits. Pours a deep amber, with almost no head. Taste is banana, with a biscuity finish. Very surprised with this beer, very easy to forget that its an 8.5% beer. Easily the best Iowa beer that I have had so far.
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange-gold with scant, white head / Fat, clean nose of malo, citrus, and resin / Medium to full body, malty and fruit but very clean, body stands up well to big alcohol, with good balance and dry finish / Big, clean, elegant flavors of fermented orange, pineapple, mango, honey, and resin / Very nice in this big, steely, style.
Bismarksays (4) - - MAY 19, 2016 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
taste is stightly sweet, with hints of clove and banana, just a touch of pepper. beer hides is high abv almost too well. clarity on this beer is surprisingly good. a world class example.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 Bottle.
A - Hazed dark, white peach color with a slightly smaller than average sized, creamy, smooth, frothy, white head. Average retention leaving a decent lace.
S - A light on the light side with a fair amount of phenol, spicy aroma. Clove, coriander, and mediciny aroma are strongest. Some bready and pilsner malt base. Belgian yeast is providing a lot of the aroma. A touch of fruitiness (especially banana).
T - Like the nose, the flavor is dominated by spice, phenol, and bready/pilsner malt (some graininess as well). The malt flavor provides a lot of the flavor and base. Clove, coriander and phenol flavors pop up throughout with an interesting kick. In the back there is a faint fruity ester flavor but not very strong for the style. Slight alcohol warming at the finish, but well hidden and not harsh at all.
M - Medium body with a good level of carbonation. There is a bit of a kick from the alcohol and carbonation, but is very nice and smooth overall.
D - I’m torn on this one and a lot of the scores could be changed a little without much problem for me. It is a little strong on the phenol/spice and not enough fruitiness but it goes down easy. Alcohol makes a very brief showing, but is very well hidden for 8.5%.
Notes: Like I said, I’m torn. A some points I like it and other times I’m not really digging it. Overall I think it just misses a little on the fruitiness. Good and refreshing beer though, it’s just not something that I really enjoy. It seems like a nice inoffensive BSPA that I think a lot of people will like, but not love.
Ratman197 (13076) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stubby bottle poured a hazy gold with a small lasting creamy white head. Aromas of straw, yeast, clove, melon and pear. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, fruitiness, honey and light spice with a crisp dry lingering fruity honey finish.
CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is very nice for a blonde air. Smells a bit like a peach orchard sitting next to a flower auditorium where everything is watered with beer. :) A little reminiscent of some Belgian Trippels in the nose believe it or not. Tastes of bananas (likely from wheat) with a subtle but substantial for the style hops bite that fades into a sweat banana bread aftertaste. Agree with prior reviews that you can not taste the alcohol here. This tastes like a 4.5%. I would have had no clue it was an 8.5% if I hadn’t read it here.
mjmoen (311) - - DEC 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy gold color with a white head. Careful with this beer as it is 8.5% ABV but it’s hidden very well.
Drake (11576) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of pepsican. Thanks! Pours a hazy almost murky yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma of bready malts with caramel, spice, stone fruits, very faint earth and herbal hops. The taste is sweet bready malts, cinnamon, other spice, caramel, strawberries. pineapple, citrus and stone fruits. Medium bodied, slight bitterness, high carbonation and no heat. Nice beer.
blutt59 (6501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap, cloudy yellow with good white foam , aroma is belgian yeast and soft floral, flavor is nice floral, some yeasty bread notes, soft bodied, refreshing, abv well hidden
beastiefan2k (3499) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love the stubby 12oz bottle that I poured into a smaller Corsendonk goblet glass. Extra point for the cool bottle. The beer is unfiltered with sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Thus, the pour provides a cloudy golden body, cannot see through it but still radiates. Small head does not stick around for long. Aroma is moderate banana and pear esters with some sweet candy and mild dough from the yeast. A bit sweeter than I want it but still within my range of acceptability. I think I get a little bit of pilsner malt in the aroma particularly. Flavor is lower on the sweetness and esters and a bit higher on the doughiness with a little bit of bitterness at the end to round it off. Nice medium body, very drinkable. Sweet aftertaste. Very nice beer especially for the price. On the sweeter side and I would like a bit more carbonation. Underrated on RB.