eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from SL a week or two after having this at a SL rep tasting (but no rating). Quite nice, glad the IPA was the primary style here with the Belgian character in the background. Primarily the Stone IPA (a fav of mine) with some Belgian yeasts and breadiness in the background and a brighter fruity aspect perhaps. A good brew, but somewhat of a rebadge if you were looking for a new creation, as it’s not really that (perhaps that’s a good thing!).
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Light hoppy, grapefruit aroma. Somewhat lacking. Surprising malty sweetness that reminds me more of a double. By itself, a pretty good beer, but can’t compare to the Stone IPA or Ruination.
obguthr (5581) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy grapefruit, banana, and pear aroma with a slight mustiness. Hazy golden, medium yellow head, nice lacing. Banana, pear, and pine needle flavor with copious amounts of the latter. Resinous mouthfeel at first that improves upon warming. Not a strong beer, but the IBUs seem to be off the charts.
tgncc (3090) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is citrus hops, yeasty, slightly fruity, and a small component of pungent basement aromas. Nice overall. The appearance is a nice orange-yellow, mostly opaque, white head. The flavor is a surprise; citrus hops, grapefruit, bread, yeast, slightly sour, like a sour orange candy. The finish is strong citrus hop bitterness, lingering, astringent. Medium mouthfeel, even slightly on the thin side. Not my usual cup of tea, but a unique, interesting and enjoyable beer none the less.
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Didn’t love it. Nope. Two great tastes that don’t taste great together. I actually kind of of suffered through this. Had a weird, astringent, sour bitterness that I did not enjoy. Watched Watchmen while drinking this.
jbender (23) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grapefruit dominates the aroma...pours out with a medium white head. Clear golden appearance. Citrus fruit taste along with american hops...can’t put my finger on the specific one...but def one of the northwestern hops. The belgian yeast adds a fruity complex....I’m not sure that the IPA blends well with it. While its interesting, I don’t think that its my style.
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Clear gold body with a frothy white head, mostly diminishing. The aroma is hoppy with resin, grapefruit and sweet oranges along with notes of toasted grain, alcohol and with slight hints of spice, dust, lacquer, soap. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. It finishes ligtly sweet, moderately acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture and mild carbonation. It’s ashame that the hops overpower whatever characteristics the Belgian yeast is trying to give this beer. Still, the hops are good with the orange/grapefruit flavors lingering for some time. I expected the mouthfeel to be more substantial or at least the caronbation to provide crispness to the watery texture which it doesn’t.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours out golden oarnge with a frothy white head about 2 fingers thick. strong citrus and pine aroma with a yeasty, foresty aroma after a good rain. it is malty across the tonuge underneath the pungent hop taste. aftertaste is bitter and lingers on in the back of the palate. good lacing in the glass and a great beer from the masters of Stone Brew.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
POurs a hazy yellow. Nose is spices, yeast, toasted malt, and pine and citrus hops. Flavor is an odd mixture of belgian yeast spice, clove and citrus hops. Bitterness stands out an clashes with the Yeast. I have yet to try a Belgian IPA that I like.
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold with a good head. The aroma is a nice meld of American hops and yeasty fruit. The mouthfeel is soft and the flavor is best described as soft as well. The hops are far from harsh, but are obvious. The malt is nicely balanced with the bitterness and fruit. A very drinkable beer.