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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Belgian-inspired Pale with tropical fruit, clove, and resiney aroma. Heady carb and medium body with sweet malt and Belgian candy sugar middle. Finishes dry with an aggressive, yet balanced, hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5004) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Sampled at esbls.n clear and bubbly. A big iff white head. Honey and softvfruit in the nose. Honey flavor, too. Bitter citrus. West coast with a twist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Draft on tap at the brewery (Geneva, I’ll). Pours a nice deeper amber hue, a bit darker with decent haziness. Frothy whitish head atop is a firmer layer, nice stick around and lacing overall. Aromas are a bit dry and hoppy, nice zippy Belgian yeast element, crisp bready malts. Florals meet jabs of generic citrus rind, grass and some herbal hop character. Initial is lighter end of the fold in body with some decent dry and bitter hops jabs. Florals and earth meet a touch of sweeter bready body into the middle. A touch carmelized, gentle citrus and florals meet a jab of citrus. A bit piney, earthy and bitter into the backend. That’s weeter middle is a touch firmer, some fruit and carmelized malt elements strike slowly. Nothing overdone but definitely there. Finish is a bit dry, prickly bitter hops are earthy with florals, gentle pine, a bit of almost minty cool bitterness, herbal with pine, a bit of powder. Nice. The sweeter middle throws me for a bit of a loop, some touches of fruit, mellow Belgian yeast as we press on. The hop character is dry, earthy and clean but lacking some character. It compliments the beer well though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a deep gold body that has copper hues and supports a thin off white head. The aroma offers up yeasty Belgian spices and various light skinned fruity esters that have a banana, apple and a sliver of green bell pepper like fruity hoppiness. The taste starts with nice hoppiness that’s even with hop flavor and hop bitterness that picks up herbal, grassy and vegetable like fruity notes (what?). It then gets into yeasty Belgian spices mixed with fruity notes. This is a nice hoppy brew where the hoppiness is more forward than the Belgian yeasty spice notes and that works for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle and served in my Penrose snifter: While you can still get the Belgian yeast characteristics there is a nice resiny and citric hop tone to both the nose and palate. Lively fizzy carbonation adds to the drinkability ... Damn near sessionable Yummy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4565) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 12oz bottle. Pours a hazy muted orange-tan with a big, steady, foamy vanilla head. Pleasant citrus tinged Belgian yeast aroma. A pretty solid BPA, approaching BIPA. Captures the style well...at least for an American Belgian Pale Ale. The hops are pronounced and have some nice depth, from tropical to pine. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3362) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2014
12oz bottle. Never got around to trying this on tap yet so picked up a 4pack... Pours a haze orangey brown hue and topped with a fluffy white head... Aroma immediately hits with Belgian yeast phenols, clovey and bananas, and accentuated with a fair amount of citrus. Tropical fruits seem absent for the most part which I was looking forward to most. A touch of herbal ness on the backend...flavors are more of the same: Belgian yeast, citrus, pale bready malts and a form bitterness throughout. Hops come more to the forefront in the flavor and that bitterness lingers on. Lighter than medium bodied, easy drinking, with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christpuncher (1241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Slightly fruity pale ale. More like a belgium trippel this one is not my favorite style. Pours deep orange in color and has a bitter finish. Ha at home. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (2929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2014
I would call this Belgian IPA, probably. It is not quite as strong as a typical IPA but the flavor profile is the same. It is a nice clear beer, w/ a foamy head that leaves behind a bunch of lace on the side of the glass. The nose on this is excellent: vibrant, fruity and expressive. There is a good dose of clovey spice to go along w/ the grapefruit and mandarin hop character and it really fits together quite well. The flavor profile is about the same. It is just a little sweet which along w/ fine carbonation helps lend it a juicy character. Generally for this kind of thing I prefer low bitterness to allow the yeast to shine but this has quite a firm resinous, earthy bitterness to it and it still works because it is done in such a way that it highlights the grapefruit aromas. It finishes w/ a touch of honey-like floral sweetness and some lingering bitterness. I have not heard of this new Illinois brewer until I saw their bottles on store shelves but based on this I am definitely excited to try more. It is a nice and not over-the-top twist on the standard flagship hoppy pale ale that most breweries tend to have in their roster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2807) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Draft at Standard Market. Slightly hazy amber color under a thin. lacy head. Citrsuy hop nose. Taste is very hop forward, with a strong bitterness more like an Anchor Steam. Bitter aftertaste with just a hint of grapefruit at the back of the palate. The lighter alcohol lets it go down nice and easy, and leave just a hint of Belgian aromatic pale malts at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1831) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2014
12oz pour at ACRE. Hazy dark straw brownish pour with off-white head. The aroma is bready, citric, and the flavor is bready malt mixed with some citrus and spicy notes. Medium palate.

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