dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall, I’ve decided taht I’d much rather have a regular IPA than a Belgian-style, as the bubbly spiciness seems to almost take away from the great hoppiness I want in an IPA, but this one is pretty decent. It has a strong hop finish, as opposed to a Belgian-spice finish.
Fratto (2589) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at J. Gilligan's. light orange pour with a big white head. Aroma is crisp citrus and mushy banana. Taste is bananas and pine with an almost fruity finish.
thetmaxx (732) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the ipa pack. Aroma was pleasant, noble hops and Belgium type aroma comes through. Flavor is nicely balanced with malt and bitterness. Very impressive beer!
jehoesefat (265) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks clear copper, good creamy head.
Not too bitter or sour, a good mixture of flavors to make up this IPA!
Light body, lively carbonation.
dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kinda wheaty, kinda yeasty, kinda hoppy. Interesting experiment but doesn’t do that much for me.
Wolfenkopf (171) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is hoppy, lemony and hints at a strong, sweet floral content. It promises much. The brew is a golden brown that is close to amber. The head is an off-white, sudsy element that settles down after a few minutes, but never disappears. The taste is an unmistakable Belgian wheat with hop mixture that is surprising at first. I simply did not expect it to be right on, but it is. There is a carbonation burn to it, but it is minor. What sticks with you is the aftertaste of the Belgian wheat, which is to be expected. Overall, the palate is treated well. This is a very nicely done Belgian IPA. Good job, gents!
BrownALEx (262) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt orange pour that ends with a nice white head. Smells of yeast, banana and bread. Taste is all of the above along with an earthy hoppiness. Palate is medium bodied that starts slightly sweet and ends with nice bitterness. This beer has rather nice lacing. Overall not a bad beer but I could see myself forgetting about it soon.
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Holy Grail, Epping, NH on 9 March 2013. Standard pint shows a golden color with an orange hue. Think head that had some retention. After it warms I pick out light yeast and a light Fruit. The initial flavor starts with light sweet fruit. Must be the yeast. Secondary, mildly bitter with citrus hops and some mild pepper. Medium in body, oily / slick texture with average carbonation. Overall, not a bad choice on draft but I certainly wouldn’t look for it in a bottle. This brew happened to be my 100th rating in the Standard IPA style!
jhamp9 (1012) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Strong yeasty spicy aroma with hints of citrus. Taste is strong clove with banana, bread, and yeast. Faint citrus in the background. Thin body.
CharmCityCrab (148) - Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wheat bananay hefeweizen taste combined with a light to medium hopped IPA. Enough of both styles in the taste to make it a reasonable example of either with a slight twist. I?ve always liked the way a banana-taste centric hefe reacts with a significant amount of hops on the tongue- to the point where I even had positive feelings toward the old Michelob Hop Hound seasonal (Which didn?t have nearly enough hops). Very smooth and refreshing, would work well as a summer seasonal (Though they?d probably need a new name and labeling aesthetic). Note to Saranac: if you clone this, don?t include actual banana, the banana-*like* taste cones from the wheat. I feel the need to mention this because I once had a Caramel Porter from them that had actual caramel and toffee in it, as though they weren?t aware that the caramel in caramel porter typically refers to a type of barley malt- needless to say, that beer was horrific. The beer this review is about is excellent, though. :)