marcus (6705) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 Shared by bhensonb. Pours hazy golden with a decent bubbly white head and a floral aroma. The flavor is indeed crisp and is of an evergreen nature with puckering bitterness.
bhensonb (11390) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 from Beverages4Less in Santee. Pours hazy dark gold with a foamy white head. Cat pee aroma. Strong. Medium plus body with mild, creamy carbonation. It is really over the top hoppy. Seems like more than 35 IBUs. Really excellent. Resin hop all over.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap a couple times at the brewery two weeks ago, but just got around to opening a bottle this weekend that I picked up then. One of my favorite beers yet from The Bruery, melding a very nice hop character with a nice fruity yeast profile and great drinkability. The hops were so fresh that they were almost too raw on tap, but the bottle let them integrate much more smoothly into the overall flavor profile. Draught samples were downright opaque, but the bottle is just hazy, with a medium sized white head. The aroma has lot of fruity hops with a big orange marmalade and grapefruit character, a touch of pine, and a little malt sweetness. The flavor is almost IPA, but with a nice Belgian yeast fruitiness, light malt sweetness, touch of pine, and a soft bitterness. Medium-light bodied with ample carbonation. The hops have really melded nicely with just a small amount of time in the bottle compared to the uber-fresh stuff out of a keg at the brewery. Very nice beer overall, and one that should be drunk as soon as possible due to the reliance on bursting hop aroma.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one recommended to me by a buddy at my local beer store, glowingly. This definitely lives up to the hype. West coast explains this beer entirely. I donít know what it is about those west coast california IPAs, but they have this bite thatís harsh, clean, spritey, and extremely bitter, and this one does not let down on all of those notes for an instant. Oranges and grapefruits are everywhere, and the beer is clean despite being muddy and chalky looking. The belgianiness is a wonderful addition to the stiff pale ale (8.5 %) hoppiness, adding super dry apple crispness and that super bitter sweetness that you get when you crunch down on a blackberry seed burried in your back teeth, that bitter dry chalky astringently warm taste. This beer was fantastic. My buddy said he recommended it in his shop as beer of the year, and I might have to agree. Pick this up if you can.
illidurit (2168) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy Sam. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a frothy wet white head. Nice citrus hop aroma, grapefruit and orange with banana and apple ester notes. Fruit salad with phenolic spices. Soft fleshy fruit flavor, pears, apples, not so hoppy in flavor but thereís a lingering grassy bitterness. Very drinkable, no alcohol presence. A solid hoppy Belgian pale.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 (Draught, as Mischief #3) Pours a cloud straw body with a tall dense off-white head. Aroma of pineapple, mango, and herbs. Flavor of herbs, grass, brett, yeast, and grapefruit with a dry finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Stone Bistro. Poured a cloudy yellow color. The head was thin, white and left some lace behind. Looked pretty much like a wit. Nice citrusy hop aroma, mostly lime and lemon with a touch of yeasty bread dough and hay. Medium bodied and delicately sweet. Some cereal grain came out at the end. There was mild hop bitterness with masking of the 8.5% alcohol.
argo0 (11595) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Cloudy lemon yellow body with pillowy white head. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy, some grapefruit, light yeast. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple, straw. Medium body, some acidity. Not really getting the Belgian element thatís supposed to be here.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at SD Toronado. Cloudy straw hue with minimal head and sticky lacing. Nose is citrusy lemon with grassy hops and Belgian yeast sweetness. Flavor is gatorade-like lemon flavors up front that transition to slightly tart pear flavor, hints of grassy hop flavors with low bitteness. Light-medium body, prickly carbonation, thinned out texture. Highly carbonated beer with soda-like qualities, easy drinking with low alcohol presence, but I canít shake the Gatorade impression, would never peg this as a strong ale, not a fan of this one.
JohnnyJ (4496) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Stone. 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.