mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Bistro. Pours a cloudy gold orange, with a medium white head. Smells pretty spicy, some cinnamon, yeast, and mild hops, all are evident as I dig a bit deeper. The flavor was a really intersting blend of hops and spice. Kind of like a peppery bitterness. The hops made a strong finish though as I got a good dose of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty unique bevy of things going on here. I would call this attempt pretty successful, I enjoyed it.
illidurit (2007) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone Bistro during RBSG 08. Opaque orange color with a wet white head. Sheets of lacing. Nose is strong tropical fruit, primarily mango with some grapefruit. Flavor is yeasty with a less intense mango note. Really interesting hop flavors but not very much bitterness. Also some clove spiciness. Dry medium finish, smooth mouthfeel.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy blood-orange juice color underneath a bright white head. Nose is primarily yeasty but with a somewhat nice dry tangering backing. Flavors were yeasty but not overly so thank god. The beer is significantly bitter and i think it somewhat works until the astringent ending.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Stone Bistro for RBSG. Pours hazy orange amber with a white head. Aroma of orange and juicy fruit gum. Light to medium bodied with a nice refreshing texture. Initial flavor of pale belgian wheat malts with a nice amount sweetness. Mid palate is clovey with a hint of white pepper. Finish is yeasty and dry. I dig it.
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens. Pours cloudy orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet belgian yeast, orange citrus, banana, and hops. Flavor is spicy, hoppy, citrusy and subtle banana. Finishes with a nice hoppy kick. Great for a hot summer day.
LordBeamish (144) - Boozetown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer followed a Brooklyn Victory Wit a the Gramercy Tavern in NYC so the overhopped bitterness of an IPA really stood out to me....pours a nice orangish colour with a decent white head.....the bitterness of this beer stood out largely because I had already drank two pints with citrus overtones....however, some fruity tastes were present in this beer...perhaps banana.....overall, Iím just not sure if the bitterness was balanced out by the other flavourings.
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Stone. Poured hazy deeper golden with a nice initial cap of white head.. my glass was murky but its predecessor was quite clear. The aroma was rich and very estery with bananas, cloves, and black pepper leading the way.. toffee and lighter fruits backed it up.. really heavy on the yeast. The flavor was thick and yeasty again with bananas and cloves rockiní it.. citrus and pine hoppage rose with warmth, and that bitterness was quite high by the end.. even more yeasty esters in the aftertaste. A bit thicker than it shouldíve been on the palate with a lot of yeast.. spicy, too.
SCBrew (31) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. I should have know it would be flat when it took 20 minutes to fill the growler. Something must have been wrong that day. Pours hazy gold with no head. Sweet belgian aroma of spice and banana. MInimal bitterness and hop aroma. Tastes like a nice Belgian Golden Ale rather than a belgian IPA. Looking forward to a carbonated sample.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Pours golden orange/yellow with a fluffy white head, decent retention, good lace. Smells yeasty and of banana and some citrus. I am going to respectfully disagree with WeeHeavySD in that this beer is not nearly bitter enough/at all. Tastes bready and yeasty with some sweet citrus and just a bit of grassy hoppiness. Medium body, smooth carbonation.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bistro today. Pours cloudy golden with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet and yeasty. Taste was way too bitter for a proper belgian styled ipa, it was not balanced well in my opinion, way too much upfront bitterness to be palatable.