OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
APPEARANCE: A beautiful bright orange beer, with a beautiful white foamy head.
AROMA: A noticeably hoppy scent, citrusy Ė grapefruity or lemony Ė with a slight yeasty, spicy note.
FLAVOR: The hop smell comes through in a hoppy California IPA sort of way. Very citrusy hops, very little malt or sweetness, which I expected from the ďBelgiqueĒ side. The
PALATE: Medium-bodied, balanced but hoppy. As it got to room temp in the glass the malt seemed to start to peak its head in, and it finished nicely. It was just creamy and complex, as I would expect from a Belgian, but just thin enough that I could take a few down like an IPA.
NOTES: The only regret I have surrounding this beer is that I only picked up one bottle. There wasnít anything I didnít like about this. I could get into some trouble if I had a keg of this laying around. Iím not a hugely crazy Belgian fan, truth be told I havenít made it a point to really try a whole lot of Belgians, but this was just IPA enough that I could put more that a few down and be happy. I think I usually find the Belgians to be too rich for my taste, but this was more of a medium body and just rich enough that it was a joy to drink.
Sevenlee (1538) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange colour with a white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, yeasty and mild hops. Taste is moderate sweet leading to a nicely balanced hop finish.
bigda83 (368) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slighly hazy golden yellow with a huge foamy white head that lefts tons of lacing. Aroma was pleasant with citrus hops, pine, and a mild dankness. Flavor was pine, bitter grapefruit, and the belgian yeast was present. Iím not big on that Belgian yeast taste in general, but paired together with the Stone IPA this actually worked well. I was surprised and thought it was solid and unique. The body was medium with a thin texture. Might have been over-carbed. Bitter and dry to finish.
varanid99 (641) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden pour with a tight white head. Funky yeasty aroma up front, some fruity, lemony, spiciness underneath. Taste is oranges and lemons, stone fruit, spice, yeasty, pepper, quite dry, with medium bitterness. Pretty damn good.
Andrus86 (142) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
TAP. Poured clear straw to gold with minimal white head. Sweet apricot & honey on the nose. Sweet honey & lemon flavour up front, sweet malts in the middle with a hoppy/bitter yet crisp finish.... Sticky mouth feeling after the mouthful? Sourced Pourhouse Dunsborough
angelkostvo (832) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yellow colour, white head. Aroma of belgium yeast, peach, lemon and spices. Taste is medium bitter, flavour of belgium yeast esters, a bit peppery, dry finish. Thin body, slick texture, soft to average carbonation. Interesting combination of styles.
Ericular (768) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear gold with lasting thin foam of head and OK lacing. Aroma is lots of ham, a little banana and clove. Taste is funky ripe fruits, some peppery spice, and a bit of yeast. Ends with a growing bitterness. Iím on the fence a little with this, but mostly leaning towards the wrong side of the fence. Palate is decent with some lively carbonation, but in the end this is a forced marriage of two styles that donít complement each other - in this case, anyway. Not a good IPA, not a good Belgian - so where does that leave us?
floydian1 (1136) - FNQ, Australia, - MAY 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (650ml) from Oak Barrel, Sydney. Bright golden appearance with a foamy white head that reduces to a stable collar providing a sudsy lace. Nose has Belgian yeasts and soft peppery spices together with malt grains and orangey citrus. Flavour is bittersweet with a dryish citrusy peppery finish. Palate is medium bodied and oily with a medium carbonation. Nothing like the usual hop monsters from Stone Brewing but still very pleasant and drinkable.
jackafholmes (601) - - MAY 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from brewdog bar, Sheffield. Clear yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma is banana and clove, dusky woody hops. Taste is sweet and bitter, a bit too sweet for me. Medium carbonation and nice medium body with oil.
bpreo (1982) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was created with a really interesting idea. A Belgian and a California style IPA brewed together.
Shark_Pants (399) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden colour with a nice small foamy white head. The funky, earthy belgian yeast is front and centre in the aroma - straw, cloves, coriander, along with honey sweetness, bubblegum and dried apricots. The belgian yeast dominates the taste as well with its earthy and funky tones, before the IPA notes come out of hiding - honey, pine, citrus. Finishes quite bitter. Fairly light bodied, making it very drinkable. The belgian twist really works in this beer and I actually prefer it to their standard IPA.