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 (9874) - 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 (2492) - 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.
hapjydeuce (941) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado San Diego with Katie. A beginning to a long evening of drinking down in North Park. I really like these Belgian-style IPA’s. Hazy yellow color with a fading white head that settles into a light ring. Lots of fresh bubblegum notes in the aroma. A big biscuit yeast base balances out the hops that linger on the back of the tongue. Very interesting character. It has the Cascade-Centennial attitude of regular Stone IPA, but with a cool yeasty twist. Almost like Chouffe Houblon, but more West-Coast with the hops. Finishes nice and easy.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, pale, just barely off-white, initially three finger thick head. The beer is absolutely, brilliantly clear and is a red-tinged, deep copper color that shows a bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is clearly a mix of hops and yeast character; as I pour this brew aromas of spicy clove and fruity hops intermingle. Interesting, yeast derived fruity esters mix with the hops and it can be hard to figure out where one starts and the other ends. Aromas reminiscent of lychee, tropical fruit, peach, tart grapes are each noticeable but seem to fade pretty quickly once my nose gets used to them. The finish has a dusting of biscuit like malt, some crushed cracker aromatics and a lingering, sweet-tart tropical fruit note.
This is served lightly chilled (approximately 58įF / 14.5įC). There is a nice, biting bitterness that becomes more the dominant note as this moves to the lingering finish. Tropical fruit flavors play a big role in the flavor with a mix of lychee, kumquat, pineapple, peach and mango flavors. Yeast derived spiciness that really leans towards clove pairs with the hop bitterness in the finish and really tends to linger on the palate after each sip. A soft, toasty, biscuit-like malt character contributes to the finish as well and serves as a very light foil to the much more dominant hop character. This is nice and light bodied, which is perfect for a dangerously quaffable IPA; there is just enough malt to accentuate the fruit character with a light sweetness and to contribute a touch of body that keeps this from being anywhere near water.
The yeast character really seems to accentuate the fruitiness that is in the hop character. The standard IPA never had such a vibrant fruitiness to it. This in its freshness reminds me a lot of the IPA from stone that I had years ago. I just can’t seem to find a fresh bottle of it that lives up to my early memories of drinking this on tap, this particular beer does have that fresh hoppiness that I miss in the Stone IPA though. This is quite enjoyable and sadly makes me think I need to down grade my rating for Stone IPA as I just can’t seem to get that juicy, vibrant hop character in it anymore. I am clearly a sucker for this beer; this really hits the spot and I like how the secondary, but clearly noticeable, Belgian Yeast character interacts with the hop component here.
Purchase: 22oz Bottle from South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
These Belgian IPAís are all the rage around here, and everyone seems to be doing them. This one is damn tasty, although I have to admit, itís a style that is difficult for me to get into. For some reason, most of the American hoppy Belgian ales taste the same. This actually was similar to the 080808, which I found odd that they released this mere weeks after that release. Personally, I would prefer more hops and less Belgian yeast-flavor, but thatís just me. Maybe a tad too sweet. I definitely prefer the Belgian versions (ie, La Chouffe, Urthel Hop-it), but this is pretty good. As for American versions of this style, I still prefer Le Freak to this.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear orange-gold with a big pillowy white head. Bubble gum, clove, orange peel, and peaches in the aroma. Strange (but good) taste up front. Like a very bitter trippel; more bubblegum and spice, but dry white pepper and pine are right there with it. The beer sweetens as it warms and your palate adjusts. More pine and spicy hops come out and mix well with the Belgian sweetness. Much better than Le Chouffe or one of the other Belgian IPAs.