TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz draft at Tribes (Mokena, IL). Pours a very hazy yellowish gold, bright and lively, a small whitish head that dies to a near non-existent head that laces minimally. Aromas are a small amount of a citrus melange, orange and lemon with a touch of zest and light Belgian yeast. Apples, pears settle in faintly, a touch of doughy bread. Initial is citrusy and wheaty, leaning towards big zest and little yeast, quite quaffable almost like a summer brew, no offensive yeast. A light floral hopping towards the backend, a decent doughy bready malt base, the Belgian yeast is light and not distracting. Fairly orange dominant, reminiscent of a well hopped American Wheat. Tasty
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20100218 750ml bottle from Wine World in Abingdon. Hazed golden color with small, quick off-white head. Floral aroma is somewhat medicinal, lighter Belgian yeast, some alcohol. Medium bodied with plenty of refreshing carbonation and a short, resinous bitter finish. The beer tastes mostly like a decent IIPA with a Belgian estery twist. Well attenuated, to me, and after a few sips the alcohol, which is at first annoying, becomes well hidden. I like it well enough, and could probably go on about it a bit, but after the day Iíve had am in no mood to take this or any beer seriously. Actually, Iíd like to take this empty bottle, find the scumbag who hit-and-run on my car, and, well, yeah, you know.
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
first proper beer in nearly 10 days after a crash flu that laid waste to me. aroma is huge lemon and grapefruit hops. appearance is super hazy soft gold with soapy head and great lacing. hops are more restrained in flavor then the nose, still they are at the forefront and the top component of the flavor. backed up by a hit of belgian yeast thats nearly buried (which is what sets this apart from the growing list of íbelgian IPAsí out there). palate is decidedly thin, besides the head there isnt alot of carb going on beneath the surface. iíd wonder what exactly made this belgian if not for the appearance -- the unique and copious head and nearly opaque haziness score some points. still, this nears american territory in many ways, none of the spice or alcohol snap of the belgian golden ales i am fond of.
Madirish76 (40) - Whittier, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle and as described is hazy and unfiltered, golden in color and short lived head. Has a wonderful citrusy hop aroma...Definitely grapefruit. Has a fizzy, yet dry mouthfeel. Very refreshing. Love that Bruery is getting into some hoppy stuff! Wonderful twist on the golden!
BeerFanDan17 (986) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overly hopped Belgian style golden ale... But with a great flavor. Light golden with a short head.
Arayaga2 (1775) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 Hazy apricot colored with a small white head. Aroma is zesty American hops, with lemon and grapefruit. Taste is more dry and pithy than expected, but retains its citrus with firm bitterness and slight drying alcohol and biscuityness in the finish. Not really any Belgian yeast character noted in this relatively hop-forward beer $9/750ml
andyhwcinc (1434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle, conditioned. I was surprised by the amount of yeast sediment at the bottom that filtered in when I poured, not a bad thing just threw me off guard. Aroma is rather floral, taste is very smooth with a bitter finish. Iím tasting grapefruit and banana, with a definite hop presence. Not bad at all!
puggy211 (711) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy golden color, white head. Fruity easters, belgian yeast, slightly spicey with a touch of banana, grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops. I thought it was pretty tasty.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think I served this one too cold, I missed the Belgian Strong Ale and only got a hoppy West coast IPA. Murky in appearance with a medium head. Pretty dam solid flavors of citrus and Hops. Overall a very delicious brew indeed.
brokensail (10783) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: The pour is an incredibly cloudy light golden color with a fingerís worth of white foam on top.
S: Like the previous incarnations, the nose on this beer is pure American hops. A lot of wonderful citrus notes with a slight pine coming into play as well.
T: Whereas the previous versions of this beer had a very distinct yeast character, the "final" version is much more hop-centric. The citrus and bitter pine really come through and are the stars of the show. I like this one much better than the previous batches I tried.
M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
D: The decreased yeast component really bumps this beer up a few notches for me. I find it to be much more enjoyable and the esters and spice donít conflict with the hop character.