FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Nice dark amber/copper color with an average sized frothy, creamy, soapy white head. Great retention that settles into a thick, sticky and creamy head.
S - Well balanced hops and malt with a mix of spicy floral hops and hits of some citrus and pine. Definitely has a Belgian malt/yeast character to it. Aroma has shows off the aspects of the 3 countries well.
T - Similar to the nose with a very good mix of some orange and pine hops with some floral hops, and a Belgian yeast and candi sugar taste. In the background there is some pale malt and some caramel taste. Definitely has a nice Belgian taste that lingers a bit at the end. Moderate bitterness. You can taste flavors from all 3 countries, although the British flavors are a bit weaker than the other two.
M - Moderate body with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Good, solid body, but nothing outstanding.
D - Good mix of flavors with a nice balance of bitter and sweet and plenty of flavors to keep this interesting and make me want more.
Notes: Really a good beer, especially for a new brewery. Very good example of a Belgian IPA with distinct flavors from all three countries coming out well. Definitely would recommend this.
wlajwl (2984) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely has the dry piney hop bite to it that a good IPA has, but also has a nice maltiness that balances it. One of the few IPAs that can be described as malty and not have it make it seem like it needs more hops in it, very good IPA overall.
boozedude (1085) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice candy sugar aroma...pours rusty..not much head.... Love the taste.. Good hopps...will definatly get this again
joshmcg000 (208) - Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is intense piney hops with alot of spiceyness. Taste is slightly sweet, great balance beween hops and malts. Some floral some pine, medium body, easy to drink. On the malt side it has some english tofee taste. Excellent texture. A really good IPA I could drink all night.
TomDecapolis (4231) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly hazy copper with a foamy white head that left sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma of orange hard candy, lots of fruity notes, tropical fruits and melons. The malt, belgian yeast and hops come together really nicely in the nose. Flavor of lightly toasted and caramel malt, lots of citrusy and fruit hop character, belgian yeast is a nice touch. Candi sugar helps dry it out. I was expecting a malt bomb and this was not that. Well done!
CanIHave4Beers (2512) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange color with a good head retention and plenty of lace. The aroma is a great fruity oarnge and fresh hop with some of that fruity British maltiness. The flavor is awesome with lots of fruity hops, some pineapple, some orange and a mild bit of grapefruit. There is a nice herbal character as well with a bright maltines shining throguh while maintaining a fairly dry character. Really tasty stuff.
jkwikkel (1) - Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2010 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy orange/brown with a ton of fluffy tan head.
Smells of piney hops with a hint of sweet malt.
Starts sweet/malty then the hop presence builds quickly.
Finishes clean, aftertaste fades quickly.
zdk (1758) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by murphym45 (originally from pepsican, I believe) - very solid IPA. Aroma is soft lavender and floral perfume, which gave me the distinct impression of soap or detergent (but not in a bad way). Body is sweet caramel, well carbonated. smooth, tasty fresh & refreshing. Generous hops, piney and floral, but not overpowering. If this got around more, it could be a classic, IMO.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Cloudy, somewhat dark orange-amber with moderate off-white head.
Aroma: Fairly tart, with grapefruit, pine, banana and some earthy & herbal hops.
Taste: Strong bitter and tart grapefruit reigns supreme. Somewhat funky and musty from the Belgian yeast. Malts are quite bready. Firm bitterness at the finish, which has quite a bit of pine.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.
Overall: A more than solid Belgian IPA, which has some nice English IPA components in addition to the expected American hops. The beer may be a little too yeasty, as I learned you really do need to leave the sediment in the bottle (which is almost the last 2 ounces), or it takes over. A little amateur and homebrewish, but very tasty nonetheless.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from a bottle like red stripe, kind of like a medicine bottle.
nice caramel colored brew, not dark brown, but a light brown in color. a small clump of white frothy foam lays on top. disipates relatively quick.
I smell english and belgian pale malts imediately followed by some piney hop with some peppery spice. this smells a lot like a belgian IPA with use of American hops. there is a floral boquet hidden in this beer underneath the heavy aromas. I guessed there was belgian yeast and malts used in this and the label confirmed.
the first sip tells me my nose made no mistake. I get the pungent earthy flavors of english pale malts with some biscuit qualiies and a sweetness from the belgian pale malts. There is a ton of bitterness on the finish. The hops lend a nice pineyness and as it warmed more and i got through the glass i hit more and more citrus notes, orange rind.
This is a nice hybrid 3 country india pale ale. If any of the three countries get left out it would be the english part, it represents but not as much as the belgian malt and yeast qualities and the american hop qualities. nicely done, very complex and full of flavors.
I dig this beer!
I ate this with some Tachos and it blended nicely! (nachos that use tator tots instead of tortilla chips) :)