BeerandBlues2 (10073) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Falling Rock Tap House, GABF 2008. Pours sparkling dark yellow with a large, frothy, white head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw, meal), average hops (flowers, herbs, grass), heavy yeast (dough, sweat, horse blanket) with notes of banana and ginger. Medium bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours typical IPA orange. Interesting mix of belgian and IPA style. Slight pine character. Scales tips slightly in the belgian favor. Unique, though not amazing.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Transparent, brassy gold colored pour with a frothy head of white. Bubble gum yeast aromas combine with a bit of a grainy, malt huskiness. Some herbal, earthy hops add some freshness to the nose, but the gummy yeast characters dominate. Medium light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, malty texture. Flavors of bready malt and bubble gum yeast up front on the palate with a mild doughy sweetness. Plenty of herbal hops dry up the finish with a smidgen of grapefruit zest qualities. A pleasant bitterness lingers in the finish. Quite good overall; this is how I had envisioned the 08 vertical epic tasting, but this is much better. The Belgian yeast characters come through strong, and I find the bubble gum notes work well with the hops, which, suprisingly, aren’t overdone. Nice, clean execution and enjoyable, refreshing flavors.
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale pours a very clean,crisp golden raisin color with a small head. Taste is of nice citrus hops, with a nice touch of spice,and mild candy sugar. nice medium body and very intresting flavor. Very nice!!!
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Taverner. Pours brilliant golden with white head. Mild citrus hop aroma with a touch of spice and sugar. Citrus hops with Belgian yeast spice and just a touch of sweetness. Oily. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry finish. Real easy to drink. Quite tasty.
TheEpeeist (3400) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Clear olive amber with a lacy white cap. Nose is yeast, basil, banana and grass. Spicy and exotic. Medium body, resin and custard with a tang. Taste is peppery pink grapefruit, lemon zest, green banana and mint. Quite interesting but heavy for an IPA.
ChazMania (656) - Pasadena, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 300th rating!! Bomber poured into pint glass. Crisp aroma, with slightly sweet Belgian spice. Very clear pale yellow color. Good hopped up Belgian I PA. Worth buying worth drinking.
10-20-08: Upgraded to 3.9- added .2 to impression. Dang, I like this beer and could drink alot of it.
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Fills my trappist glass with a fine layering of head that has a short life span which then leads to a bare naked 24K gold ale just waiting to be had. There are light scents of Belgian yeast and spices but in a mild moderation that is too faint to rant about. The flavor is crisp and strong of alcohol with note worthy signs of hops and undeniable Belgian spiced yeast true to its origins.
Bartzilla (551) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good. Basically, exactly what I expected. Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast. Nice. Should be a mainstay on the shelves. I know I’d drink the living hell out of it. Not going to blow your socks off, but if you like Stone’s IPA and you like that Belgian yeast flavor, then WTF? Here you go.
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Are we sure this is not the Vertical 08 rebottled? They are pretty similar IMO, EXCEPT that this seemed a little hoppier. This is a really hoppy bitter beer and the aromas are strong hops with the fruity Belgian yeast esters in the backgroud, a nice mixture, hops dominate... appearance is a clear amber with a small head that settles to a layer of medium sized bubbles... lacing abounds... flavors; once again the citric acidy hops and spiciness dominate with some of the sweetened fruits in the background, finish is bitter... my overall impression is that there are better versions of the IPA Belgian beers but this one will not disappoint in the end.... just wish they had this in the 6 pack 12oz bottles, 22oz was about 6oz too much to get down.