kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy amber, whispy white head, drops of lace, spicy pepery hop aroma with a hint of fruit, light sweet malt flavor, plenty of the spicy hops to balance, nice pepper character, bready yeast character comes through,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange/Brown Color with white Ring. Light Hoppy Aroma. Quite Sweet Beginning...and Ends Bitterly, Czech Hops..Very Sweet Grainy Flavor...Hops Balance Out Sweetness Nicely.. Dry Belgian Yeasty and Hopped Ending. Very Nice IIPA.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a growler on 11/8/06 courtesy of footbalm: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a frothy, nicely-lacing white head. Complex sweet Belgian malty aroma has good bready yeasty presence and spicy Saaz hoppy character. Body starts with a viscous sweet biscuity caramel maltiness and good complex Belgian yeastiness toward a more bitter crisp finish. A very unique and well done brew.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served at cellar temp in a Lucifer goblet, the beer is a clear deep copper with good effervescence, topped by nearly two inches of fluffy off white foam. Okay head retention and lacing. Both were really nice when the beer was first poured, but dwindled considerably later on. Perhaps I drink too slowly? Hah!
Biscuit malt and a pepper-spiced hoppyness in the aroma. The aroma is wonderful from the first sniff to the last sip. Exquisite.
The first taste was quite sweet up front - with caramel malt, honey, and candi sugar - something like a sweet, sweet tripel. The hops come through in the background, though still quite strong. The hops are not intense like an American IPA, but still they generously contribute to the flavor. They are not there merely for balance.
Further sipping, and the beer is much less intensely sweet. Now I taste honey and biscuit, a light pear-like fruitiness, and just a hint of candi sugar. The hops are quite flavorful as well, with tangy citrus (tangerine maybe?) and a hint of peppery spice.
The body is a bit north of medium, the carbonation on the milder side though definately not lacking. Alcohol is pleasantly noticeable.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep gold, with a white head. Aroma is subtle, with fruit, yeast, and hops. Flavor is fruit, malt, hops, and sugar. As others have sadi, it seems more Belgain that a double IPA. Either way, itís very good. Thanks to the hand bottling king, footbalm for this one.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hello Number Nine- Golden color, clear white head. Not alot going on in the aroma, especially for the stye. A little different. I could swear I smell a little belgian in there, but that also might be the lambic I drank before this. Drinking this Iím getting the hops, but that belgian thing is still hanging out. Some grapefruit and citrus in there as well. Interesting....
Nuffield (3988) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden, motionless body, white head. Banana is ringing out for me, I can see pineapple. Sweet, emphatically so, killing any metal that you sometimes get with the Belgian + super hop experiments that have been going on. In fact, I didnít even know what this beer was before I said to my friend (Jazz88), "this seems like one of those Hop-It style Belgian/hop blends"...and then he pointed out that that is exactly what they intended. (on tap at brewpub)
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at the brew pub: Clear lemony yellow. Smallish topping of stark white foam. Keeps a ton of lacing all over the place, again, another 10 oz glass is used well with the filling of this wonderful gem.
Aroma is thick and lemony with sugared candy goodness and yeasty forward dryness. A bit of pineapple and pear make for an interesting share of wiffs among the lemony goodness. Yet, thereís more here then that as a peppery spice and grassy edge keeps poking its way across the aroma each new wiff taken. Quite nice.
Uh - oh, we have a winner here! Damn, and holy crap, pardon my frankness, but wow, this stuff is nearly just like the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA in nearly every way. Taste wise anyways. Lots of delisciously sweet lemon hard and soft candies merging and liquidified together with pineapple, pear, and peach. Tons of biscuity maltishness thats dry, flakey, and pastry-like moist floats around in every sip as does a puff of peppery spice and nutmeg. A pure delight to have roll around and soaked into the memory; and the palate. Lemony sweet in a wonderful candied pastry way.
Feel is pretty full, quite smooth and soft with a delicate touch of pastry dryness and yeasty fluffyness that encompasses a soothing tone of drinkability and attention.
A big time keeper and enjoyablely fulfilling to have a bunch of. Another wonderful brew by Town Hall. I seriously cannot keep up or keep track of all the great beers that keep dawning the glasses there. A thicker, wholesome body and in mouthfeel and some starchyness to the overall appearance in color and this could have been exactly like the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel in a MN brewed brewpub. Mind boggling isnít it...are we sure they just didnít tap a keg of it?
YUM!! Times 9
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to footbalm for hand-bottling this one! The beer pours to a wimpy golden body with a creamy white head. The aroma is sweet candied pineapple and interesting malt/hops. The flavor is sweet pineapple, nice caramel malts, nice Belgian sugars. The palate is sugary with a nice light bitter hoppyness. Almost a little sweet for a IIPA, but quite nice nonetheless.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
amber golden color w/ a thick white head and some nice lacing. soft aroma lots of nice citrus notes and some light tropical fruits and carmels. Great thick palate lightly creamy. Flavor is a little hot in the finish after a tropical fruit flavor hints of strawberry a good amount of carmel and some warm alcohols. very good stuff.