lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. Aroma of caramel malts, wheat and some grainy notes. Flavour of caramel malts, grains, floral hops, bubblegum and hay. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a wheaty, citrusy, floral finish. Refreshing.
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from a sixer purchased at Aficionado’s. Clear gold pour with a huge white head. Malty nose with big pepper notes along with Belgian esters and grassy hops. Malty flavor with banana and clove accents and some nice pepperiness before a piney hop finish. Solid Belgian IPA.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at brewpub, golden orange pour, peach & mango heavy, fruity yeastiness, light medicinal notes. solid
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tulip draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a strikingly deep golden pour, a touch of orange, faint haze grows a touch, with a frothy offwhite head that dies to a small level, laces small overall. Nice color. Aromas are a rich melange of hops and yeastiness. Some gentle spice, dry herbal qualities, and fruity esters immediately mix with dry citrusy hops, some florals, growing orange and gentle tropical fruit, lemons, melon. A nice level, but not bursting. Touches of spicy yeast, bread dough, pale malts, and gentle apple and pear esters move in. More Citra enters the fold as it warms a bit more, quite nice. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, offering a healthy fruity essence, citrusy hops and tropical flavors up front. A moderate dryness sticks, cuts through the sweetness from the esters created through the Belgian yeast. Gentle apple, melon, tropical fruit. Lemons, florals, grass, more mango, growing into a fruit vibrant front end. Middle gets fruity, but not sweet as the C hops stay the focal here. Touches of florals and dryness kick in, as the backend offers a moderate dryness, some lingering bready and pale malts, touches of Belgian yeast that offer a gentle herbal quality, some mellow fruity esters, but largely the hops remain the focus. I was a bit skeptical of the brew, thinking it would be far too sweet. However, the hops remain the focus here. The sweetness stays at bay and the yeast doesn’t take over but provides a decent synergy. Quite a lovely beer, coming from someone who spurns a Belgian influence as they become heavy handed quite quickly. Well done.
bytemesis (6950) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours clear orange, medium off white head, good lacing. Aroma is tropical, citrus, light overall. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, watery with citrus and faint Belgian spice. Light body. Not much going on, frankly.
Strykzone (6758) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Very clear and dark golden. Minimal head. Some nice hops hit my nose first. Floral and citrus with honey. Those are tasted with with dry bitterness. Some yeast but just a bit. This is tasty.
drfabulous (6666) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can from Binny’s Champaign. Interesting mix of flavors here: citrus, wit, yeast, hops. Very different and tasty.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Kedzie Brewery, served in Tulip: Golden hue with a small head. The aroma is fruity and slightly dank with a herbal and grassy ester. Biscuity malt and an overwhelming rind-y vapour. The taste has a crisp hoppy bitterness with juicy and earthy notes. Hint of caramel and lot of grainy tones, lightly spicy finish. The mouth feel is a tad thin and soft for the flavor profile. Dry and tannic like finish. A nice enough brew but sort of got that been there, done that feeling while drinking it.
tiong (6487) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen
Pours clear orange with a small head. Aroma of fruity hops, zesty lemon and citrus. Taste of grassy hops, lemon, citrus and malts. Finish is fruity and slightly yeasty. Quite fruity Belgian ale.
BuckeyeBoy (6150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can pours out a burnt orange topped with a sand head. Nose is bubble gum some fruit and a nice belg yeast. Taste is more of the sweetness and a nice yeast touch.