Penrose Fractal / Belgian IPA
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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With mango and piney notes on the nose, this Belgian IPA has a strong citrusy hop bitterness up front that finishes with a dank, resinous flavor youíre looking for in an IPA.

This entry includes I, II, III, and IV thus far.

Awktoberfest's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Awktoberfest (333) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2014
III...really really enjoyable hop aroma. Just so appealing. That really sat the table for this beer. It has a nice sweet hop taste with that Belgian kick then a late bitterness hit that stuck on mouth. Definitely benifited from a little glass time just chilling. Good. I'd like a steady supply of hoppy saisons and ipa/pales from Tom up there. Mmmmmmm ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5031) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2015
Tap at Penrose. Hazy golden orange body. Big foamy off-white head. Pleasant mango-citrus in the aroma. Quite a well balanced Belgian IPA, with enough hops to balance out the big yeast tones. Pretty much everything you could want for the style, but lacks any traits that really throw it over the top. Grounded. Fruity depth. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2015
On tap at the Penrose 1st Anniversary Party (Geneva, IL). Pours a deep amber hazy hue, a good darker body with cakey offwhite head atop. A nice thicker layer with good retention and lacing. Soapy thick head atop sticks around, laces well. Aromas are bitter and hoppy, nice floral kick, citrus rind and earth meet bready malts, earth, gentle fruity ester and earth meet some pear, earth, spicy Belgian yeast. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, firmer soap and florals provide a medium bitterness, earth, some bready malts and earth. Touches of florals, rind and bitterness meet some bread, gentle fruity ester. Some gentle kisses of sweeter dough, fruit and bready malts, cereal elements show life. Bitter florals and citrus rind make a return. That Belgian yeasty life brings home the bacon in the middle, spicy and fruity, some gentle toastiness and bitter qualities roll into a more bitter hop driven backend and finish. Touches of bread, bitter earthy hops and gentle sweetness, lingering fruit, firm florals, jabs of citrus. Overall, I think this has a touch more body and sweetness than Iím looking for and Iím just not into the whole Belgian thing that creates that... All that being said the hop element here comes rushing back in time to make this a pretty nice beer overall that flows in a very distinct way. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (1998) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2015
At the Daily. Piney, but not very Belgiany. A odd after taste with the hops a bit bitter melon? Overall OK. Serving: Tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2902) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2015
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and dispensed to a Czech-pils glass showing a clear, orangey gold color, with a frothy layer of off white head foam, and nice cling to the curtains & spots of lacing. The nose was initially, lightly dank, then uplifted with notes of pine, citrus as grapefruit & orange, and mango. The esters continued as the taste provided fair carbonation in a medium body, with moderate earth & rind bitterness that started to weigh a little heavy on the palate toward the finish. Not a lot of Belgian influence, imo, but decently flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raoul_duke (166) - - JAN 11, 2015
Nice foamy white head. Golden and straw appearance. Lots of carbonation. Nice hop flavor with citrus and spice on the end. A bit of a funk on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christpuncher (1850) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Starts fruity and ends hoppy and bitter. You can really taste the belgium yeasts in this one. Not my style of beer. Pours cloudy orange in color. Had our of a bottle at home. Smells like belgium yeast. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ataraxia (413) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Fairly clear, deep copper color with a frothy off-white head. A bit of pine, some floral tones, but heavy on the caramel malt. Bitter, malty, lively carb, somewhat oily, and medium-bodied. Long lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (9072) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2014
355ml bottle. Light golden pour. Quite mild on the ipa front with minerals, some grain, nice spice, and a finishing citrus/pine. It doesnít go over the op, it is rather subtle, but it is drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jh773 (230) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2014 Gold, reddish orange, small head. Smell is rich, earthy, warm citrus. Yeast, matzo, some citrus peel, some butter/toffee. Dry, slightly astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4367) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Binnyís South Loop location. Cloudy pale straw color with thin head in my snifter. Aroma is mild fruity Belgian yeast and a slightly floral hop undertone, pleasurable. Taste is an extension of the aroma.

The yeast and hops are at a great level of balance. The fruitiness from the yeast hits the tongue upfront with the hops showing a strong presence in the finish. Lightly grassy and mildly lingering pine notes. The body is in the medium range with a yeasty chewiness. No date on the bottle but itís clear to me this is on the fresh side. Should be killer on draft!

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