harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 0z bomber pours golden nice white head. Smell the belgian yeast hints of fruit. bannana. candi sugar. some citrus. finishes spicy with touch of bitterness. I like belgians love ipas this one was just ok.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden-copper with fluffy head. Aroma of candied sugar, Belgian yeast, orange peel, slight hop bitterness, mango, and pineapple. Flavor is somewhat spicy, somewhat yeasty, somewhat hoppy- like a a less fantastic hobblen chouffe. Nice bit of bitterness at the end with some great floral notes. I feel as though the hops cut through the yeastiness, and they compete rather than complement each other. Not a bad beer by any means, just not quite as good as the chouffe version. Creamy palate with lively carbonation.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber, no date. Aroma of fruity Belgian banana yeast and candi sugar, with a good dose of citrus and tropical fruit hops behind. A tinge of alcohol is noted. Clear caramel orange with a small off-white head, fading to a tattered film and thin ring. Flavor is a little more spicy with some alcohol, though the Belgian and American characteristics otherwise are about the same as the aroma, the the caramel malts turn a little flat, and there’s a little grassiness to the hops toward the finish, which is dry with bitterness around a 4-5. Low carbonation with a medium body. Pretty good beer--this hybrid style is rockin’ when they’re on.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear light amber with medium, creamy white head with lace. Yeasty, sweeter aroma with nice hop presence, very spicey. Medium sweet, spice, medium bitterness, pine, cascade citrus, frutiness, yeast. Medium body with active carbonation and creaminess. This is the closest thing to pipedream I have ever had. And I thought we were so unique...
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tastes like the regular ipa but with a unique belgian twist. I prefer this to the regular ipa. The slight spiciness makes it more interesting.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a good amount of head. Nice spicy/hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.
RichardGretton (4407) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a strong head. The aroma is very well hopped and dry, and the flavour is vinous, and hopped with a sweet and then heavily dry finish. Overall a good beer.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
i really liked this as im a big belgian, and ipa fan. this brew is very well balanced with a soft hop bite pushed through with that sweet belgian sugar. sweet malts cap this great drink off. get your hands on it if you can
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with a two finger off white head. Nose and flavor are sweet citrus and yeast. Lively on the palate.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour yields a vibrant clear golden color, highly burnished shiny copper. Small swirly foam head clears quick, leaving a nice layer of lacing.
Aroma is dominated by a heavy sticky candy sweetness. Some smooth floral notes in the background, but dominant aroma is a saccharin-sweet candy aspect.
Flavor luckily improves on the nose. Peppery spice phenol kick starts things off and stays. Prominent hop character does not blend well- sharp citric hops and peppery phenols clash, creating a fair amount of harshness. Not overpowering, but definitely noticeable. Certainly does not blend well either with the heavily sweet malty base.
Drinkable, but certainly not an outstanding example of a hoppy belgian pale.