Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden brown in color with a tiny, white head with barely any lacing. The aroma is of hops, citrus, and mild spices. The Flavor is very hoppy and bitter with notes of apples, spices, and citrus. The texture is syrupy with lively bubbles. Overall I’d say its a strange IPA, it seemed like a hybrid between a belgian strong ale, a heferweizen, and an IPA. slightly mellow for an IPA, but enjoyable nonetheless.
alexanderj (3298) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; nice looking pour. Golden, copper with a medium sized, slightly creamy head. Aroma was definitely of belgian yeast, spice, banana and grapefruit. Something a bit strange about it, but not bad. Definitely hit what they were going for in the flavor profile; alot of belgian yeast and banana up front, some sweetness which gives way to the grassy, citrus hop finish. That being said, despite really liking those two flavor components, they don’t seem to compliment eachother for me. This is probably about as high of a rating I’d give a beer of this kind, so in sum they did a good job.
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Amber beer with a whitish head. PNW hop aroma with some underlying spice. Grapefruit, pine, and some summer fruit hop flavor that melds nicely with the yeasty spiciness. Medium body. Lingering hop and yeast. Bitterness is pretty good and doesn’t take it too out of whack for the Belgian influences.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Beverages for Less in Santee. A very nice IPA. Lots of bubbles and a nice head. Flavors of hops and some pine as well. Very drinkable.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hamiltons. Pours wtih a copper body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing left behind. It’s slightly sweet and yeasty wtih an underlying grassy and piney hop note as well as a hint of malt.
Ratman197 (9522) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ City Beer poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting offwhite head. Aromas of fruittiness, yeast, light pine, light carmel and a bit of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, fruittiness,yeast and light pine with a smooth lightly bitter finish.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at CityBeer. Pours with a copper color and a nice frothy head. Aroams of pine that are intermigled with a slightly bready note. Flavors are very nice: some definite grapefruit and pine and hoppiness with the Belgian yeast giving it a nice smoothness and some bready flavors. Probably more Cali than Belgian but not far off from a Chouffe say.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Nose is buttery with citrus notes and a mild spiciness. Clear gold with active carbonation up to a thin white head. Flavor is magnificently balanced hop bitterness and yeast spiciness with a mildly sweet finish. Settles into a good spicy buttery flavor, balancing both intended elements of the beer. Drinks easy with a full-bodied palate.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very impressed with this brew on at SD Toronado. Like it’s labeled, very CA and Belg. Big dose of pine resin / sap. Hops are nice and the mid doens’t go so belgium aged hop sweet but still has a hint of it and the great texture. Would this possibly age?? Complex nose and maybe the carbination was a bit high? Nice complexity and mission accomplished as it felt 50/50 CA and Belg.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Bottle from Casa De Oro Liquor. Medium amber in color. On the orange side. Fairly dry smelling peppery hoppiness with good amount of yeastiness in the nose as well. Peppery hops up front, followed by a smoothness from the Belgian Yeast. Has a little clove and banana. Finish is fairly bitter. Solid brew.