swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample at GLBN beer beacon tasting, blind tasting @ Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY. Pretty good for style. Nice Belgian yeastiness, decent btterness. iight funk, mustiness, fruity belgian yeastiness, coconut. Tasty & nice from SA
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/02/2011: Samuel Adams Category 23 LongShot Friar Hop Ale... Aroma: Fresh white grapes on the vine; sugary bread and doughy yeast; dried hops, herbs, and spices. Appearance: Golden color with a deep hue and clean complexion; a single pillar of carbonation in the little of the glass; lasting, dense head of ivory-colored foam; nice lacing effects. Flavor: Belgian spiciness and crisp, dry Pils-like malt in the flavor; nicely balanced - not too sweet and not too bitter or spicy; golden raisins in the middle and then dried lemon zest in the slightly herbal and mildly hoppy finish; a bit of alcohol venting through the nose in the finish as the beer warms. Palate: Medium-full; body weight to the body; smooth and slightly creamy on the palate; a bit sticky on the lips. Overall: Pretty good, but a bit underwhelming; I was hoping for more; this is a decent Belgian IPA, but not my favorite example or style.
12 fl. oz. bottle (9.0% ALC./VOL.; Enjoy Before SEP 2011) from Rempke Biggís in Harrison, Ohio. Rating #230 for this beer.
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours a clear amber with 1 finger off-white frothy head. Big sheets of lacing on this one.
S - Bready malt, spicy yeast, peppery alcohol vapors, sweet citrus and various fruit aromas.
T - Sweet malt backed quickly by a shot of lemony grassy hops. Fruity yeast-candied pears and apples. Some hay notes mixed in. Finishes sweet and spicy drying out at the very end.
M - Full bodied, lively carbonation.
Not bad. Pretty good all around and does a great job of hiding the 9% ABV. A very nice looking beer.
Serving type: bottle
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
8th June 2011
Hazy amber beer, tiny white head. Light semi dry palate. Sweetish malt, a little tea and subtle banana and bubblegum. Light spice. Finishes dry and mildly bitter. Messy!
chinchill (1013) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a clear amber. The aroma says "Belgian", although the odd fruity aroma from yeast is largely absent. Predominantly spicy (*coriander) with hints of citrus and a notable toasted malt.
T - light some actual Belgians, this beer is a bit too heavily spiced for my preferences. Also has sweet caramel and citrusy hop, but not as hoppy as expected from an IPA; better to think of this as a Belgian pale ale. Rich flavor throughout tasting, becoming less sweet and more bitter as one goes from initial taste to the finish. Medium body and medium/light carbonation.
O - good beer, but significantly less appealing than another similarly hoppy Belgian sampled recently: Ommegang BPA.
JoePeesie (848) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of BBB 63 pours a reddish brown with an off white head. The nose and taste nice are sweet. Nice use of Belgian yeast on the backend overall very good beer. Itís a bit bozzy but thatís part of the appeal.
burg326 (2747) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle pours an orange amber color, aromas of spicy yeast, bananas, candi sugar, light citrus hops and light coriander. Flavors are the same as aromas, has the addition of some light caramel.
doublebock (487) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange-copper color with thin white head. Light hoppy and yeasty aroma with some coriander. Creamy texture with honey and orange peel. Noticeable but ligh malt character for a Belgian Ale
Nikiel (829) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle with Carla. Pours a hazy gold/amber with off-white foam. Smells sweet of belgian yeast, alcohol and lemongrass. Tastes nicely bitter with a sweet backing of candi sugar, lemon, wheat, caramel, and maybe some coriander.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Originally reviewed: 5/2/11. Second of the lot that Iím trying. Poured into a chalice. Pours a dark cloudy orange with a thin white head on top. The nose is spicy, full of yeast, with a cut of orange zest on the finish. Not as floral or citrusy as Iíd like. The mouth is decent. Alcohol level makes this one a bit heavier; carbonation level is bordering high. Typical for the style. The flavors are quite underwhelming. The melding of these two styles is bland at best. Neither aspect comes forward with much force. Plenty of yeast character, but not a lot of spiciness to back it up. And the "IPA-ness" of this beer is weak as well. Bitterness is low-to-absent, citrus/floral flavors are muted. I expected something to standout in this beer. Itís not well-balanced, but neither do either of the two main characteristics standout. I wanted to like it, but I really donít care for it much.
Camons (4494) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Timbers, Denver. Thanks to Aaron for this one. Pours golden with a offwhite head. Aroma of melt, belgian yeast, apples, light hoppy. Taste is sweet malty, belgian yeast, caramel, toast, spicy, citrusly hops. Medium body, lively carbonation, hints of alcohol. 070312