mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color and body remind me of a light Belgian Golden Ale, with fine clariity. There’s hops and faint salts in the aroma. Beer succeeds in maintaining modest Belgian yeast character and moderate IPA hop taste (Simcoe?), but doesn’t stand out as either nor does it seem like a breakthrough innovation.
hayduke (3464) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 I put this one up on Ratebeer as an IPA (there are no Belgian IPAs) because they called it a Belgian IPA on the board at the brewpub. But to me it seemed like a Belgian Tripple I brought it home Saturday (the 19th) in a growler and only got around to drinking it over the last could nights (with some help of course. I will contact RR and see if they think the type should be something else. Contact made. According to RR this is a Belgian Ale.
Call it what you want, it was pretty good. The color was a rich gold with a moderate white head and sticky lacing. Nose is very yeasty with banana, grapefruit, and there are hints of spices in there as well. Mouthfeel is excellent as are many RR brews, with moderate carbonation. Flavor is slightly sweet and as befits something called an
IPA there is quite a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Overall an interesting brew that was easy to drink, and I am glad I brought home a growler.
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of hops in this belgian drink. Belgian notes dominate with a big estery, yeasty component with some pear and banana. Almost cloyingly sweet with belgian sugar sappiness. Hop profile is omnipresent with a grassy and peppery that suits the drink well.
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
<i>On tap at the brewpub.</i> Served in a tulip, filled to the point that there was little room for head. Clear dark golden with 1/4 finger off-white head, fading a a thick ring and thin film. Hoppy up front with piny hops and grapefruit. Belgiany yeast, bananas, and some spicy pepper round out the aroma. Flavor has the same hop profile and Belgian notes with some lightly sweet candi sugar. It did turn slightly grassy a ways through the glass. Finish was semi-dry with bitterness peaking around a 5-6. Burps pine and a hint of plastic. Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Very good beer--the girlfriend liked it quite a bit as well. Will grab a growler next time I’m at the brewpub to rerate at home--my schnoz didn’t seem at it’s best when I was there earlier tonight.