drfabulous (2949) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m drinking this right on the heels of the Mikkeller/Alesmith collaboration and the new Vertical Epic. I have to say, all three are very similar. This one is not as "candy" intense at the Epic, and not as dry as the collaboration, but of a family tree that is not hard to detect. Same yeasts? The yeast here tells all. It masks the IPA so that a blind taste would call this a Tripel. It is a Tripel, a light Tripel. The IPA is very hidden.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Gold pour, somewhat orange, with some white head. Aroma is some banana-like belgian malt, a little biscuity malt, and citrusy hops. Flavor is similar; soft sweetness of the belgian malt, still banana-esque, and nice amount of hopping. Crisp hop finish.
ross (1943) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sean. I am pretty surprised at the low marks on this one, given that it is a really good beer. Pours out a nice golden color with a white head on it. Smells grassy, full of citrus, sweet candy sugar, and fruity too. Taste is sweet and smooth, yet somewhat rich at the same time. Easy to drink, almost sessionable. This is better than Stone IPA is - not sure why its rated low. Really good stuff.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden brown in color with a tiny, white head with barely any lacing. The aroma is of hops, citrus, and mild spices. The Flavor is very hoppy and bitter with notes of apples, spices, and citrus. The texture is syrupy with lively bubbles. Overall I’d say its a strange IPA, it seemed like a hybrid between a belgian strong ale, a heferweizen, and an IPA. slightly mellow for an IPA, but enjoyable nonetheless.
alexanderj (3055) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; nice looking pour. Golden, copper with a medium sized, slightly creamy head. Aroma was definitely of belgian yeast, spice, banana and grapefruit. Something a bit strange about it, but not bad. Definitely hit what they were going for in the flavor profile; alot of belgian yeast and banana up front, some sweetness which gives way to the grassy, citrus hop finish. That being said, despite really liking those two flavor components, they don’t seem to compliment eachother for me. This is probably about as high of a rating I’d give a beer of this kind, so in sum they did a good job.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Amber beer with a whitish head. PNW hop aroma with some underlying spice. Grapefruit, pine, and some summer fruit hop flavor that melds nicely with the yeasty spiciness. Medium body. Lingering hop and yeast. Bitterness is pretty good and doesn’t take it too out of whack for the Belgian influences.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Beverages for Less in Santee. A very nice IPA. Lots of bubbles and a nice head. Flavors of hops and some pine as well. Very drinkable.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hamiltons. Pours wtih a copper body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing left behind. It’s slightly sweet and yeasty wtih an underlying grassy and piney hop note as well as a hint of malt.
Ratman197 (7633) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ City Beer poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting offwhite head. Aromas of fruittiness, yeast, light pine, light carmel and a bit of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, fruittiness,yeast and light pine with a smooth lightly bitter finish.
HopheadHans (803) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at CityBeer. Pours with a copper color and a nice frothy head. Aroams of pine that are intermigled with a slightly bready note. Flavors are very nice: some definite grapefruit and pine and hoppiness with the Belgian yeast giving it a nice smoothness and some bready flavors. Probably more Cali than Belgian but not far off from a Chouffe say.