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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   IBU: 130   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Belgian-Style Double IPA (100ish IBU, 9.0% ABV)


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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rburrell89 (10) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2013
By far my favorite beer from this brewery. Nice orange tint with a strong fruit nose. Good carbonation and full bodied. If you’re a Belgian style fan then this is a must try.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TH28 (150) - - NOV 8, 2014
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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle. 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.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2014
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (321) - Kansas, USA - SEP 18, 2014
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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2014
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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3652) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2014
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
waolsen (1360) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2014
bottle. deep copper pour with thick moraine head. big citrus hop aroma. spicy on the lips. nicely hopped. a bit boozy. belly warmer. citrus, spiced and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Draft. Orange, hazy pour. Aroma is grass, sugar, orange zest, grass, slightly dank hops. Taste is pretty sweet, but with a slight malt cereal balance and pleasant bitterness. Bit of booze burn. Easy drinking, but hits you fast and hard.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awterry (2) - highlands ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2014 does not count
Bomber. Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a white head. aroma is malt, citrus, and slight hops. Flavor is citrus, pepper, yeast and fruit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwatson44 (7) - longmont, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2014 does not count
22oz bottle pored into Belgian tulip glass. Starts with an aroma of pleasant Belgian esters complimented with just enough hops. Earthy backbone with just enough bitterness as well as a small hint of citrus. Noticeable heat from alcohol but not out of balance at all.


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