sjdevel (12) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very cloudy, but a very interesting tan/orange color. This beer is very bubbly coming from a 22 oz bottle with a 3 finger head (medium pour). The head retention is phenomenal with loads of bubbles rushing up to replenish the supply.
Nice punch of citrus and pine hops at first. Slight tart fruit hints. Buttery, savory, and caramel malt smelling.
Hop bitterness is substantial at first but is fairly short-lived. Sweet malt, caramel, and butter flavors quickly come in. There is then some tart fruit flavors (apple / mango), and citrus, that push to the front. This brew dries out a bit, but overall, remains sweet and syrupy throughout.
Medium+ feel. It seems to occupy a lot of space in the mouth as it remains fizzy and never really dies down. A bit on the thick side for style and quite oily.
Very aromatic and flavorful. This seems like a more savory and fruity version of a double IPA. There doesn’t seem to be much evidence of "Belgian" other than some orange undertones. There are no real spice/coriander taste or Belgian yeast tang.
snoworsummer (4303) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brewer’s Republic. Pours clear golden amber with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like floral hops, fruity, grapefruit hops, and citrus fruit. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like floral hops, resin, grapefruit, and citrus hops.
George999 (339) - Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the tap, the pour is cloudy dark burnt orange in color with a think cream head that dissipates slowly, the aroma is fruity with Belgian notes, the taste is citrus hops and Belgian, and the finish is peppery and the mouthfeel is full.
haddon90 (1603) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy, dark golden color with a frothy white head. Strong, yeasty aroma with hops and citrus as well. Belgiany taste with a citrus finish. Hops lingering. Pretty interesting brew. But I like it.
TH28 (337) - - NOV 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is clear light golden, with a small, thick bubbled head that diss appeared immediately. Aroma is dominated by fruity Belgian yeast. For a double IPA the hop aroma is almost nonexistent, with a slight grapefruit and resin. Taste is a light malt that gives way to a strong, tart grapefruit taste, with hints of apple and pear from the yeast. Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation and a slight solventy alcohol. Finishes with a strong lingering bitterness and grapefruit flavor. Subpar version of what it’s supposed to be. Not sure how this is 130 IBU. Tastes like 60 max.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit), with notes of sour apple, bile, bubble gum, cotton candy, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Another poorly made beer from River North. This pretty much ends my exploration of them. I was lured into thinking they’d had across-the-board improvements since 2012, but only Avarice, Quandary, and Tripel are decent (plus the two anniversary one-offs)...everything else is still scoring in the 2s for me, sadly. Maybe in two more years they’ll get the remaining problems solved; sure hope so.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2014
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bomber into tulip. Light cloudy orange with thin ecru foam. Yeast-driven aromas evoke bubblegum, banana and cantaloupe, blue curacao, and the talc/rubber smell of latex balloons. Super malty, a dizzying vomitfest of cloying tropical fruit, cigar ash and tire store... with a backdrop of steak turing iridescent and slimy. Boozy. Citrusy hop bitterness, but not all that more hoppy than a tripel. Unsettling texture, it felt like hair in my mouth. Seriously, HAIR! Pithy and plasticy aftertaste. IMO, banana and cataloupe are two of the least attractive Belgian flavor profiles, and probably the worst flavors to throw a ton of hops at. Everything about this beer seemed amateurish, cheap and haphazard. Unbelievably bad.
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A hazed, sunny amber body supports a frothy smooth, two inch white head slowly falling to a thick, frothy ring and island with leopard lace and erratic peninsulas all around
Integrated aromatics and flavors of juicy pineapple, white pepper, bright grass, grapefruit, dusty lush floral, peaches, and dried mango accents, all booming over a silky smooth, drying medium body with restrained tickling carbonation leading to an extended, equally flavorful residual with a light, building tact
22oz bottle from launch day in KC, served at 45º and warming into Orrefors Beer Taster
slowrunner77 (9226) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely a Belgian leaning Belgian IPA...more yeasty and fruity than hoppy, though there is ample hops and bittering. Very dry and earthy with fruity blasts from both the yeast and the citrusy hops. A little funk, too. Very nice
Iphonephan (5677) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the brewery. Pours a hazy copper with an off white head. Fruity nose. Flavors of orange and pineapple with a big malt backbone. Bitter finish.