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!
BrownALEx (411) - 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 (5980) - 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 (1613) - 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 (238) - 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. :)
bigguns22 (770) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The brite amber to orange color that is almost perfectly clear is very appealing but it was lacking that great Belgian fluffy head. Aroma is pleasant fill with malty and floral notes. A easy drinking ipa with a nice clean finsh. A beer I could see being a year round go to.
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange pour, small white head. Aroma is spices, lemon, and citrusy hops. Flavor is quite hoppy with some interesting spiciness... but a little off. Not sure why.
Scipio (817) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear red with a white head. Aroma is malty with some spices. Contains bread, a bit of cinnamon, and plenty of banana. The taste is more like an IPA, although it still has a good amount of malt. There is a blend of pine and grapefruit that is lighter, with the bready and banana flavors still noticeable. Aftertaste is pine and banana. Medium bodied, with a smooth, medium texture if that makes any sense. Lighter in carbonation. This one isn’t terribly exciting.
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Sam Adams IPA Hop-ology 12 pack. Amazing deep orange pour with a fluffy white head. Perfect clarity in the glass. Sweet nose of clove, banana and hay. Medium, light mouthfeel. Sweet malt with some grass and fruit. Nice hops finish, not at all overpowering. Dry with a lingering bitterness. Nicely balanced.
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daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright orange/gold pour, white head. Straight up citrus hops, resin and very little malt that I detected. Hoppier than almost any sam beer I have had.