Madirish76 (42) - 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!
Arayaga2 (1886) - 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 (1622) - 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. I’m tasting grapefruit and banana, with a definite hop presence. Not bad at all!
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Courtesy of and split with James for my birthday. Pours hay yellow golden with a modest off-white head. Aroma of yeast, grapes, lemon zest, sweet malts and wheat. Medium to full bodied with a crisp. tart mouthfeel. Easy-going, smooth finish. Very good Belgian strong.
puggy211 (712) - 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.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dull gold color with some white head. Aroma is light fruit, belgian yeast, and crisp floral and citrus hops. Slightly sweet / fruity up front, but the back and finish are dry, crisp, and herbal / hoppy. Pretty nice warm-weather beer.
brokensail (12519) - 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 finger’s 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 don’t conflict with the hop character.
satan165 (1020) - 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 ’belgian IPAs’ out there). palate is decidedly thin, besides the head there isnt alot of carb going on beneath the surface. i’d 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.
BeerFanDan17 (1029) - 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.