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 (2157) - 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 (11972) - 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 (11568) - 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 (4400) - 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.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soft floral hop aroma. Pours yellow to gold and bubbly initially. The closer you get to the bottom of the bottle the yeastier and murkier it gets. One of my favorite Bruery offerings. Hoppy flavors dominate but do not overpower. No Belgian yeast flavors. Good introduction to Bruery beers
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at The Bruery Reserve Society Initiation party . Pours murky yellow with a tight white head. Aroma- canned grapefruit juice, spices. Refreshing, malty and hoppy but not like an IPA. Like a more hoppy version of Duvel. Very hoppy, lingering finish.
nickd717 (3561) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation. Pours hazy yellow with a lasting white head and some good lacing. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty with floral hops and tropical fruit notes. Maybe a little brett. Flavor is excellent, smooth and wheaty with some interesting yeast flavors, pineapple, and a citrusy and floral hop finish. Smooth and creamy on the palate, medium-bodied. A great beer overall.