DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from La Bodega.. Pours golden with a fluffy white head and lots of carbonation bubbles...Floral and citrus hops in the nose with some belgian yeast.. Slightly sweet with alot of citrus hops.. Super tasty.. Nice twist on a already solid beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the bistro/brewery in Escondido. Pours a clear, bright orange body with a very dense, creamy and foamy, finger-width, white head that never completely dissipates and leaves a lot of sticky lacing. Aroma of bright and fresh floral hops as well as a dense, earthy pine. Lots of citrus and fruits from the Belgian yeast strain. Some light caramels as well as a bit of pepper. Smells and tastes just like their IPA with a Belgian yeast strain (obviously). The flavor is pretty damn good. The Belgian yeast adds a nice complexity that isn’t found in the IPA. Still has lots of floral and earthy bitterness, but more sweet and smooth fruits. Basically perfect balance. Finishes very dry with a fruity and long earthy lingering taste. Palate is medium bodied, but very easy drinking for such a flavorful beer. Overall, wonderful. Possibly the best Beglian IPA I’ve had. A great variation on their already amazing IPA.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with a big beige head. Aroma of piney hops, yeast and spices. Flavor of pine and grapefruit hops and some spices. Finish is pretty bitter and hoppy. Good.
hayduke (3919) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very interesting and quite likable brew. From a 22 oz bottle it poured a cloudy gold with a big foamy white head and very sticky lacing rings. Nose is citrus hops backed by some spicy notes. Smooth and clean mouthfeel. Flavor is complex with bitterness from the hops mixed with some fruit flavors that I assume come from the yeast. Lightly bitter finish. Very easy to drink.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden yellow with a fluffy head. Aroma is bright and citrusy hops with some sweetness. Taste is very pleasant. Bright, clean, crisp with citrus and faint pine hops. Slightly earthy with a nice body too. Doesn’t linger with any bad flavors.
PKPMarine (37) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried this one from a growler fresh from the brewery. Pours very effervescent and hazy, almost like a weiss beer. The head fades quickly leaving a clear amber color with medium tan head. Spicy hops with some hints of pepper and citrus. Slightly sweet from the fruit notes and the caramel from the malt. I actually like it a little better than the highly rated Stone IPA. The Belgian yeast gives it an interesting depth of flavor that I find rather intriguing.
jimhilt (2478) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit, malts are in the background, lingering bitter aftertaste that won’t go away. Overpriced at $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
20 oz pint @ Rattle n Hum. Refreshing hops and spice initially make the focal of this brew. Then caramel.. Slowly other things creep up that I don’t know if I was entirely happy with. Grows earthy, mild and slightly soapy? Not very belgian, or atleast not integrated entirely well. However, I applaud the concept of it. 3.15
marcus (7809) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This golden ale poured with a massive beige head and a fruity aroma. The flavor is spiced caramel malt with a yeast feeling to it. This is a decent IPA, but it’s a bit too sweet and slightly soapy.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma comes out very fruity, with the yellow stone fruit from the Belgian yeast harmonizing with citrus from the hops. Flavor is very slightly off dry with a lightly astringent hop finish. OK.