Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This "Belgian IPA" is very tasty and slightly unusual beer. It has definite, hoppy IPA traits with light Belgian hcaracter and hitns of a strong, hoppy maibock.
Itís amber with a small-medium, off-white head that shrinks veryslowly to a thin, lasting top. It has pretty good lace.
The aroma is muted and weak, mostly musty grapes with a bit of citrus.
The taste is excellent, nice and bready with hints of toasted cracker, grapes, hints of raisin and buttery caramel, a hint of herbs and pine, plus citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit. It starts sweetish then gradually morphs to a slightly bitter, mostly citrusy, finish. It holds up well.
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of strong orange, slight grapefruit and esters, notablely pears. Light body, light orange color. Really strong grapefruit flavor, orange, toast, and apples. Dry finish, lingeringly bitter. This really seems like one of their IPA passed off as a Belgian, maybe with a Abbey yeast strain.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright rich orange hue, good clarity, off-white head sustains, fair lacing. Aroma is sweet bubblegum and yeast, mild citrus and pine resin, slight bread. Taste is moderate hop bitterness, moderate hop flavor of resin and grapefruit, some grass and chalk, moderate grainy malts, sweet Belgian sugar, finishes dry. Medium full-bodied, smooth texture, moderate-high carbonation. An easy-drinking and flavorful Belgian with significant hop flavor and bitterness.
nickd717 (3623) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 Thatís what Iím talking about! One of the best "Belgian IPAs" out there. Perfect blend of the two styles. On tap at Russian River. Golden color with a tiny bit of haze, white head. Aroma is yeast, light fruits, banana, earth, and piney hops. Yeasty with banana, candi sugar, caramel malt, and a healthy dose of hops. Medium-bodied. Hell yeah.
DSG (8324) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(10/28/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Clear golden color. Aroma of fruits, hops, some earthy notes, yeast and soap notes. Sweetish flavor with some malt, bread, caramel, fruits and a bitter hoppy finish with some spicy notes. Medium-bodied.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like smarties, skittles, and sweet tarts, golden lightly cloudy body, perfect balance of bright and candy-like hop oils and malty / belgian yeast flavors, candy like all of the way around, chews like taffy, strawberries
marcus (7438) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado SF. This copper ale poured with a thin off-white head and a barnyard aroma. There is a musty caramel malt flavor complemented by masterful hopping that produces a sharp bitterness at the finish. This brew becomes more interesting as the glass empties.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear golden with a white head. Sweet fruity and Belgian yeast aroma and taste with citrus notes
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma is significant flowery, citrusy hops. The power of the hops does not reach American IPA levels, but it is certainly potent. Underneath the hops is an estery-ness of Belgian yeast origin, though the hops win the overall balance. Taste is hoppy, fruity, with semi-strong bitterness. Iím really not huge into this style of beer, I prefer a clean yeast profile with my hoppy beers but this is pretty good nonetheless. As a great brewer of both Belgian styles and hoppy beers, Russian River seems to the premier brewery to tackle this style and they pull it off well. Still the style is just not to my preference.
Nik925 (770) - USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like Damnation but with a hint of metal. Two distinct layers of hop flavor. A fine beer but not as good as Cali-Bengue and a few others in this Belgian-IPA class. Also, not as good as Russian River IPA or Damnation, both of which this beer reminds you of.