hayduke (4420) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This 750 corked and caged bottle was shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. Poured a rich amber color with a gigantic long lasting beige head that was amazingly rocky and left very pronounced lacing rings. The nose is floral hops, Belgian yeast, and some spice. Medium in body with a great mouthfeel. The flavor lets you know at once this is a Belgian IPA, not a US one, and shows fruit, flowers, and spices along with some brett. Some light bitterness in the finish. Really enjoyable and good from first to last drop.
Strykzone (6173) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 from Hayduke. We had this via a facebook chat. It took some sleuthing from Ron to determine this was the Strubbe IPA despite no mention of "sour" mentioned on the label. A darker hue for an IPA and a huge beige rocky head that just does not leave. It is repleneshed by a steady stream of bubbles floating up. Not a lot of aroma but some floral and caramel. The first taste says this is nothing like a typical West coast IPA. The hops are much more subtle and are floral. Caramel is fairly mild. Some bret is noted along with a mintiness that I never could quite identify. It is long lasting in the after taste. Belgian yeast is nice. This is not all that sour but bret is tasted. Just a little bitterness and it is spicy as in rye. I like this beer and found the 750 to be a nice sized serving. In the finish some sourness did come and it was not really one I liked. It was not enough to seriously detract, though. I liked this beer and had fun with it. Lots of subtleties that so many American IPAs lack.
biirusaikou (2201) - - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful pale cloudy body. Nice peach aroma, caramel malt taste with some sour aftertaste, a little bitterness, alcohol. Not really living up to early expectations from visual and nose.
shoulderbroken (3320) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Watering Hole. Rusty red colour, small golden head. Aroma is bizarrely raw potatoes. Touch of fruitiness and a murmur of funk. Taste is creamy with bit of sourness. Quite different. Bread in background too. Some cherry in there too and a bit of wood. Very soft on mouth. Bit of bubblegum towards end. Quite a surprising one. Pretty nice.
KyotoLefty (8718) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at 1020. This is what it is called in Japan, at least. Slightly acidic nose, with peaches, orange, spice. Dark red with a big pillowy head. Flavor is of big stewed fruit compote with spices. Rather strong astringency. Interesting and fun, though strange, and neither a typical Belgian sour beer nor anything resembling an IPA.