j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this during the Backwoods Brewdown up at Hill Farmstead. Pours a hazed orange with a thin white head. Fuzzy hops, citrus. Musk. Long papery musk. Dry and fuzzy, pretty good.
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours deep gold with white head. The aroma is hoppy with grapefruit mixing with sweet malts and mild Belgian yeastiness. This is a nice hoppy citrus brew with Belgian yeast spices sort of as an undertone. By midway a solid hoppy goodness persists with the Belgian yeast notes only assisting and staying out of the way of the nice hoppy flavors.
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle Tampa xmas gathering.
pours orange/haze, white head.
aroma and flavor, nice hoppy citrus nose, noticeable Belgian yeast meshing rather well with the American style IPA. Good balance with the malt character.
Cletus (6331) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber with a generous sustained head. Smells of candied citrus, metallic, soapy, floral, some hay, some hints of pepper. Tastes resiny and funky with a citrussy kick and a dry finish. Enjoyable.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
In short: A buttery problematic ale that doesn’t feel IPA or even Belgian
How: On Cask at Flatbread, Burlington, VM
The look: Partly cloudy amber body topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: Nose is not very hoppy with some fruity and vegetable notes. Body is lifeless with a slimy body and an overly soft carbonation (even by cask standards). Taste is oily, extra ripe citrus, some butterscotch, wet leather, yeast, cooked vegetables, tropical fruits juice. Granted the Cask is probably not the right vehicle for a Belgian beer hopped like an American IPA. But this was a mess and I don’t want to try the bottle. I hope the bottled version is better because this cask had so many problems that even with two popsicle sticks, a paperclip and a stapler McGuyver could never fix it.
Thorpe429 (5007) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to SFLPunk for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a snifter.
Pours a somewhat-hazy light copper color. No head. A hard pour didn’t really yield anything at all. A few swirls got a very thin collar, but that quickly faded too.
The nose brings some light caramel and bread notes plus some faint earthy hops. Light citrus and a moderate yeast presence. The hops stand out a bit more in the flavor, but are mostly muddled in with the Belgian yeast. Light spice and pepper plus a modest bitterness in the finish. Light body and good carbonation. Nothing other than the appearance is too flawed, but it doesn’t quite come together and nothing is in this beer’s showcase.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of light Belgian yeast, hops, and slight caramel malt. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium to large-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, off-white/beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, light pine, light resin, light grass, caramel malt, light herbs, and Belgian yeast. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Hops, Belgian yeast, resin, light grass, light caramel malt finish is lightly dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
gunnar (4875) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Pours light hazy caramel orange with a huge creamy beige head. Aroma of typical "Belgian yeasts", citrus and caramel. Taste is nice hoppy bitterness, pine and citrus all the way, a big surprise this beer, and a good one.
Sigmund (4830) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. Amber colour, big to moderate off-white head. Hoppy aroma and flavour (Columbus hops), the flavour also has spicy notes with hints of Belgian ale yeast, otherwise this is a fairly standard American IPA (which is not a bad thing).
markwise (4347) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks jcwattsrugger for the share. Pours hazy brown-yellow with a white head. Nose is citrus, Belgian character, honey, and caramel. Flavor is similar with a lively, balanced carbonation, and bitterness combined with fruit. Nice combo and a pretty good Belgian IPA.