ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 First sampled at Flying Saucer’s Second Annual Fall Beer Festival in Austin in 2009, this beer didn’t really hit the shelves in Austin until 2010. Pours a bright, glowing but foggy deep orange color with a frothy white head, leaving bubbly lacing that falls fast. Aroma of yeast and light spice with fresh, piney hops... very reminiscent of Stone’s IPA, but with a twist. The flavor also has that same fresh, hoppy character, but also has characteristics of a Belgian (minimally). There are quite a few Belgian pales and IPAs on the market, and many of them tend to lean more in the direction of a yeasty Belgian with only a hint of hips, but this one makes me proud, sticking to its hoppy guns and only giving a hint of that Belgian yeast. Light on the palate, easy finish with a nice, greenly bitter coating on the back of the tongue and light, lingering yeast. Excellent.
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Bottle. Pours a nice orange color. Light white head. Smells of citris and hops. Great beer. Recommended.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear orange, thin foamy white head.
nice mixed aroma of belgian fruit and citrus and pine-y hops.
flavor is fairly mild, orange peel, grass, and candied bitter fruit. long mild bitter finish.
a bit on the thin side, and light carbonation, but good.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
had the stone tastes to it but it also had an unrelenting dryness to it that I liked. It’s yeast tasted banana-ey and clovey, but it was ridiculously crisp. Like, popping taste buds crisp. Great and clean, spirited and lively, but the malt balance seemed gone. Great beer none the less, and an interesting take on a classic.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is just as described: the Stone IPA with Belgian yeast. Nice crispness of the IPA with a little funk of the yeast. A nice variation of a classic.
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 (5646) - 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 (3094) - 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.