hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Hazy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet is bursting-at-the-seams with spicy hops, spicy phenols, lemon zest and bready yeast. Full-bodied and ultra-creamy with modest carbonation. The flavor is heavily bitter and evolves into a lengthy, bitter finish. Bottle courtesy of KickInChalice!
Sammy (8405) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very enjoyable Belgian IPA and something different, hunted from 20 West Wine and Spirits. Pours generous head on light yellow body. Floral hoppy aroma. I liked this because of the spices rather than yeast being emphasized in this style.Smooth mouthfeel, very good drinkability.
jtclockwork (8019) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours apricot gold with white head. Nose/taste of peach, citrus, banana, clove, crystal malts and herbal hops. Medium body. Finishes with citrus and clove spices.
crossovert (7006) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good tropical fruity belgian styled ipa. It is a style that can be hit or miss. This is a very American take on it but it works.
deyholla (6511) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rev’s production brewery grand opening. Pours a hazy gold with a peach/ orange hue and a large white cakey head that lasts throughout the beer and laces thickly. Aroma is perfumey with flora and citrus backed by light grains and Belgian yeast. Flavor has citrus and flora up front with Belgian yeast and sweet grains in the finish.
phaleslu (6286) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by someone...not sure who...thanks, Cincy crew! Pours a hazed gold color with a small eggshell colored head. Aroma of citrus peel (mostly orange and lemon), bready and sweet malts, herbs, and spices. Flavor of orange, floral notes, sweet malts, pine resin. Sweet and bitter, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice Belgian IPA.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Straw, golden hue, slight haze, large frothy white head, nice lacing. Sweet mountain shrub and fauna on the nose. A little fruitiy and berry like. Faint alcohol. Has some slight barnish and barnish notes, like a Saison. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Some apple and pears in there. This one is unique to say the least. It has a soft hop aspect, tiz barnish, musty, some mountain shrubs, a little floral, some fauna, with a bit of earthiness. Its like IPA, with Saison, with Belgian. Moderate body and mouthfeel. This has a lot going on. I finished it before I could completely figure it out. Tasty, different, and worth a try for sure! Thanks Kevin!
arminjewell (6095) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark orange red pour with white head, aroma has notes of grassy, floral, hints of earth, pine, hints of orange peel, grapefruit, hints of white fruit and pear. Taste is a mix of sweet white grape, pear, peach, hints of earth, slight grass, pine, touch of vanilla, nice bitter and dry finish. Like this, well done. Seems weird how different the Pipeworks beers are...
DrSilverworm (6022) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, shared by b3shine. Mostly clear orange / yellow / amber color. Thin off-white head. Decent lace. Good citrusy fruity nose, light belgian yeasty funkiness. Really nice interesting flavor. Maybe it’s the label, but I immediately thought "coastal". Medium-plus body, light smooth carbonation, good spicy finish. Light bitter, more sweet taste. Good spicy hop / yeasty fruity aftertaste. Interesting, tasty stuff.
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle and served in my Ommegang tulip: Pours a clean deep golden hue with a lasting small frothy head and spotty lace. Some small yeast floaties on the final pour. The aroma has notes of piney, herbal, dank, and spicy hops along with biscuit and crystal malts. Moderate Belgium yeast esters of banana and clove too.
The taste is very much what I expected with brash hops countering the sweet malts and the yeasties characteristics. The two seem to work together for the most part, slight alcohol warming and more bold spiciness on the finish. I could do without the dank (onion/garlichop character but unlike the Blood of the Unicorn, it is more a nik-pick that a major issue. Since these were brewed around the same time I am figuring the hop that caused all my issues with BotU is the same one used here. I still would have like to see the hop be brighter and even more citric like what you get from NvsU. I like the sharp and aggressive mouth feel even if a tad chalky and tea-baggy. Overall, it is a very nice brew with a few minor issues for me. I would try it again. DRINK COLD