fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper pour with a 2 finger, creamy beige head that has great retention and leaves nice thin sheets of lacing. Tons of belgian yeast character in the aroma, sharp fruity notes, stone fruit, mineral, wet limestone mineral funk, a little banana, fruity, citrus, spice and light pine hops, and toasty, cereal, Pilsener-like malt. As it warms some pine and more spicy hop notes come out in the aroma and, to a lesser extent, the flavor. Flavor starts off with lots of toast, light nutty notes, mineral, spicy hops, light caramel, stone fruit and under ripe apple esters, wet limestone, hints of grass and tea, light vegetal notes, a little caramel and decent citrus to the finish. Palate has a light to medium body, oily entry, lighter, thinner and pretty dry finish, and medium strength, sharp and blanketing carbonation. Good stuff overall, could use a bit more American or Pacific hop influence to really make it great.
Nickls (2316) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Straw yellow orange with a white head. Candy sugar, cotton candy, small citrus and sweet fruits in the aroma. Flavor has slightly more bitterness in the aroma and still too sweet. Lighter to medium body. Iíll take a Raging Bitch sided over this any day.
dmac (5287) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from pineypower. Poured a good looking burnt orange clear body that looks rather flat with an average sized frothy off white head. Aroma is nice and very complex, lots of Belgian yeast, banana, flowers, bread, honey, old caramel, bad oranges. Medium to fuller bodied at first with softer carbonation that actually fades very quickly and seems watery on the end. Flavor is similar to the aroma but not quite as good, notes of Belgian yeast, bubble gum, old bananas, flower petals, old oranges and some earth. Solid beer.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into Samuel Adams pint glass.
Wow -- Iím pretty happy that I chose to save this beer as my last in the Hop-ology pack. Poured from the bottle, it looked exactly how I had pictured it... itís a clear, light amber, sunset yellow color.
The mouth feel and taste are fantastic. This beer is about 170 calories (Relatively low 5.7% ABV) yet is really smooth on the tongue, especially if you let it sit a moment.
And, the taste... one of the better beers Iíve had. My first sip was really bready. A few later, I got some citrus. Near the bottom of my glass, I picked up a bit of bitter, earthy hops. Thereís a little bit of everything in this beer, and itís DAMN good. I donít remember liking Belgian-type beers in the few that Iíve sampled, but this is VERY tasty. I would certainly buy it again ... this was a great way to finish off my Hop-ology pack.
dwyerpg (5422) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall, Iíve decided taht Iíd 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 (2845) - 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 (896) - 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 (359) - 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 (2588) - 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 doesnít do that much for me.
Wolfenkopf (188) - 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!