SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22-ouncer. Dark gold, maybe almost orange-wait-who-cares color. Not a whole lot of head going on, but some lasting foam patches (Does that count as head? I guess.). The aroma strikes me with plenty of apple juice and some orange, then lots of spicy, garlicy hops, plus a little doughy yeast. The flavor is like a cleaner belgian strong golden that is pretty sweet for the style, and then a bunch of extra spicy hops are thrown in. I was expecting maybe something similar to the Chouffe IPA, but where that is different but works so effortlessly, this just seems a little awkward and forced. Neither in the Duvel mold or the Ruination mold, this seems stuck in a weird limbo. I can see how this could be amazing in theory, but just doesn’t click for me. Still drinkable and interesting, but a little odd.
pepsican (1464) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
yellow orange with a small white head. Oranges and flower aroma. Similar flavor with spices and earth. Boozy finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange colored, moderate head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is fruity hops, some grass, grain, spice. Medium to full bodied, quite sweet despite what the description said. I liked last years better.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear yellow with abundant carbonation and a thin creamy head. Bready floral, CO2 and peppery spice aroma. It has a hop flavor with distinctly american notes of pine and citrus that are mellow enough to let the yeast and malt flavors shine through. Tasty fruity malt character. Great, light hearted beer.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Golden pour that is clear with almost no carbonation and a frothy white head. Nice American hop aroma with grass and citrus notes predominantly. Pleasant, if not unique, Belgian not of candy and yeast. Very interesting brew. Iíve got to say that in 4 more years, youíve got to believe that this will have none of the current American hop profile. Right now you get nice clean and powerfully present earth and spice (almost pine) but the Belgian golden flavors are also pronounced. Yeasty spice, pepper, green pepper, rubber and booze as it warms. The mouth feel is medium and the finish is dry. With some age, I doubt Iíll like it. Right now, better than HopIt!
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Banana and clove aroma is good on the nose, little malt grain also. Cloudy gold body with white head. Good banana flavor to start with more like a wit or Hefe. Then near the middle a thick malt presence was there that had a wet wheat flavor. Filling beer and alcohol had a medium warming effect. Good brew different from most BSA’s.
badgerben (4529) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Many thanks to Skyview! Light gold color with a medium head. Marshmallow and candi sugar aroma. Strong, grainy taste. Bitter Noble hops, even though it appears they didn’t use any. No yeast flavor at all.
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received 22-oz bomber from Liquid Solutions in Oregon, Pours a semi-clear golden pale brew with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and just barely a ring. Aroma of floral hops, cloves, a touch of banana esters, and a touch of nutmeg. Taste is medium to full bodied, light carbonation with flavors of grassy and floral hops, a touch of candi sugar, banana and cloves. Finish has a mild alcohol warmth with some banana and clove aftertaste. Nice spicy aftertaste made this one stand out.
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, gold beer with a white, disappearing head. Fine carbonation throughout. Aroma is clove and banana. Flavor is grassy, spicy, and a bit sweet. Finish is smooth, a bit bitter and nicely sweet. Very good beer.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Golden straw color, thin white head. Spiced aroma, banana, bubble gum, alcohol, grass in the way back. Tripel. Similar flavor, marked belgian yeast and candi sugar. Ultra small bubbles. A little bit sweet, with a flat, mushy finish.