lamas (1425) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Pours a very murky gold/rust color with a thick and foamy off-white head. A floral aroma that features loads of juicy tangerines, grapefruits, honey, and spice. Goes down medium to full-bodied and a bit creamy. The flavor starts with plenty of caramel and a bit of biscuity maltiness. Vanilla and creamy chai tea-like flavors follow. Grapefruits, orange rinds, and a hint of rye at the end. A drying finish that lingers. The perfect amount of warming booziness and spiciness throughout. A very nice surprise.
DocLock (8326) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Frank Smith’. Pours turbid golden dark straw with 3-finger white head. Nose is great; orange marmalade, floral yeast, hops, honey. Tastes dry, very tangeriney, pineapply, hoppy, with florals and spices. Medium palate heft, very complex. This one is fabulous.
jefcon (1459) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a true gold with a nice, tall lacy head. Really rich aromas of bread, tangerine, sandalwood, lilac, rose. Good flavors up front. Lots of bitter floral hops, a nice light caramel malt. But towards the center of the palate, the beer gets really soapy and thin. Finishes a little bit like a cleaning product, before restoring the lilac and herbal notes from the aroma. Too much alcohol, to be sure. Slick and thin.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of hops, grass, citrus, light Belgian yeast, fruit, light tropical fruit, pineapple, and lemon. Poured brown/blond/flaxen in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of hops, fruit, citrus, pineapple, light Belgian yeast, light grass, and some resin. Medium body. Lightly tingly, then dry, slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Hops, fruit, pineapple, and Belgian yeast finish is dry. On the sweet side.
Kinz (3414) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Taco Mac Metropolis. Pale gold, nice head. Aroma is a huge, fresh blast of citrus and pine hops, rather surprising actually. Some Belgian spice notes as well. Flavor matches. Palate is quite light - pale, almost biscuity malt is overwhelmed by hop flavors. Hop accents are not bitter, however, but instead are simply citrusy and a bit of pine. Reminds me a bit of what you get sometimes with a hombrew using Amarillo, with the focus on late additions as opposed to bittering hops up front. Some spicy Belgian yeast notes come through faintly as well. Interesting brew. Never would have guessed the ABV, as it simply doesn’t show.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled poured into tulip glass. I’m surprised by the lower scores of this, its fantastic in my opinion. Only faint aroma of mild sweetness. Nice dark yellow color with good carbonation. The taste is fantastic; honey and guava with great hop balance. A thoroughly refreshing a enjoyable beer. I would love to buy more of this.....
notalush (5217) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle - sexy-looking label - pours a cloudy golden with a thick, lasting head - very hoppy nose, with some pale malt sweetness, some biscuity character - there is a pronounced alcohol character in the back - soft carbonation, weak mouthfeel - the flavor is mostly peppery, spicy hops, with some earthiness and some grassy flavors - a little too sweet and a little too hot - hoppy belgian ales need a crispness and dryness that this beer lacks - the weak malt structure doesn’t provide enough for those hops to hold on to - I was excited about this, considering the quality of their saisons, but this one is lacking.
Ratman197 (10672) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 750 ml bottle poured a hazy golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of orange, biscuit, tangerine, tropical fruit, light pine and light earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, citrus and light straw with a crisp dry finish.
DialSquare (3171) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at cajun cafe in st. pete. Murky yellow pour. Lemony and floral aroma. Crisp citrus hop taste with yeasty vibe. Quick review from phone - but tasty overall.
tastybeer (1830) - Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours golden with a big white head. Flavor is a great balance of dry and sweetness, with apple, citrus, banana notes. Really fantastic Belgian IPA.