jredmond (7142) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of max. Awesome Belgian. Citrus notes with fruit dominate throughout. Light spice and yeast in the aroma.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. solid Belgian IPA, citrusy hops, fruity yeastiness. medium bodied, solid flavor. Impressive beers so far from Pipeworks
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the Revolution Brewery Grand Opening Party (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich glowing golden orange hue, healthy haze and glow preach some nice dulled glow. A big cakey whitish head atop laces well, sticks around pretty big overall. Aromas are mellow yeast and touches of white pepper, gentle mellow pear and apple, richer touches of citrus, mellow spicy yeast. Bready malts, dough, and gentle earthy hops move into a spicy cidery element. Initial is medium bodied, a bit lighter with growing carbonation, mellow sweetness of apples, touches of spice, white peppercorns, and lemon peel. Touches of mellow grass, florals, and doughhy sweetness. Light bodied and refreshing, despite some firmer yeast based flavors. Touches of sweetness, bread, mellow citrus into the middle with a spicy, Belgian yeast accented finish which dries up a bit more. Pretty solid well hopped Belgian. Interesting flavors, good balance. Not my favorite style though.
5000 (6599) - 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!
BBB63 (6507) - 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
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A very sweet, quite spicy and generously fruity-hoppy golden Belgian Ale. Chaotic beer of low drinkability. Fail.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed when around 2 or 3 months of age. Bottle from cetherid, thanks Chris.
The look: Cloudy bright golden body topped by a medium white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is musky, spicy, hoppy, cantaloupes, citrus fruits. Intriguing but not necessarily inviting aroma. In mouth the beer feels thick but the lively carbonation makes for a decent mouthfeel. Taste didn’t win me over. High sweetness sensation surprises and seems to come out of nowhere and isn’t accompanied by the richness I want from a sweet beer. Spiciness is a bit too much for its own good. Sweet peach juice, cantaloupes, and sweet apricots juice swimming in ginger and other spices. Strong Belgian yeast presence. Very hoppy but the hopping is not harmonious with the rest of the beer. This is a class of a bunch of stuff, total chaos, a bomber that was hard to finish. The mix of flavors spices, sweetness and hops bitterness in this beer go together like hot sunny days, leather car seats and nudism.
drfabulous (5882) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce from West Lakeview in Chicago. Alcohol for sure on nose and in aroma. Tropical fruit in taste. Kind of a mix of Double IPA and West Coast IPA with tropic based hops. Maybe some sweetness from yeast, but I’m not getting a real yeasty beer.
thedm (5367) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy with a frothy top medium to large sized white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a uncarbonated hazy dark orange colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was floral. The mild citrus mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish malty aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of softly acidic wheat sweet floral and hops. A decent one but not one that I would consider drinking again.
jkwood04 (5165) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours cloudy golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of citrusy and floral hops, a little bit of light fruit and spiciness from the yeast, some light malts, and light dough. Flavor about the same. Average texture. A good Belgian IPA, but something on the finish is slightly weird.
PhillyCraft (5115) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at James’ place for his Jan tasting. Hazy orange golden pour. Aromas and taste of citrus rind, belgian yeasts, and some spicy hops. I am not a fan of belgian ipas but this one was somewhat enjoyable from what I remember. Cheers.