TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Johnny Brendas. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of great Belgian yeast spicy and hoppy notes, citrusy American hops and breadt malt. Flavor
of perfume, floral, citrusy, fruity belgian yeast.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled as "Belgian Style IPA". Poured hazy straw golden with lively rising carbonation and a sticky cap of white head. The aroma picked up peppery clove and sweet banana notes with backing of vanilla and bready character.. fresh earth and floral notes emerged as it warmed up, with catty hops and oak right on the back.. there was A LOT going on here, and I dug it. The flavor found a lot more of the same.. lightly sour lemon rind, orange zest, and oak opened, with banana sweetness settling onto the core.. very assertive spicy yeast, floral and catty bitterness, plus alcohol warmth on the back end and through the finish.. fresh hops and bright yeast left a long impression. Medium-bodied and very well carbonated on the palate.. assertive and engaging with a whole bunch of different stuff coming together well. I’ll gladly have another!
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Capone’s. Does not have the Scratch series number on the label, but says "Belgian Style IPA". Pours a hazy golden orange with a big white pillowy head. Aroma has tons of citrusy hops, oranges, grapefruit, a hint of herbal sweetness and some yeast. Taste starts off with lots of citrusy hops, oranges and grapefruit. Pleasant hoppy bitterness starts of gentle, but blossoms as the citrus fades. Very dry, some yeast flavors in there as well. Lots of carbonation, but it works. Hoppy bitterness fades away cleanly in the finish, the last thing I taste is a bit of grapefruit peel. Hands down the best Troegs beer I’ve ever had. If they were shooting for Orval, they nailed it. They’d have to be fools to not add this to their regular lineup, as long as they can replicate it.
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Hoppy floral aroma with some light pale malty notes and a light belgian yeasty notes. The flavor has some more piney notes, with floral hops also, a light malty sweetness and belgian yeasty notes. Nice.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy yellow/orange with nice fluffy white head, aroma is mostly citrus hops with a touch of the belgian yeast of banana and bubblegum. Taste is hoppy citrus with orange peel, grapefruit, and a touch of grassiness leading into the belgian yeast characters of banana, clove, and slight earth that finish a bit sweet but mostly bitter. Nice and balanced brew.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Complex aroma of hops, Belgian yeast, light oak, slight coriander, slight Brett, and slight citrus. Poured yellow/gold/amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Very nice looking head. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of Belgian yeast, hops, light oak, slight vanilla, slight tropical fruit, slight Brett, slight white wine, slight bubblegum, and a hint of citrus. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Lively carbonation. Hops, Belgian yeast, slight oak, and slight citrus finish is dry.
Slipstream (2423) - USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 The label on the bottle called this the Scratch Series Belgian Style IPA. Big, rocky head on a gold body. Dry, sharp IPA that is lightly sour. Citrus, grapefruit, and a little peppery flavor. It seems more American than Belgian. Good brew, and thanks to Adrian for sharing a bottle of it.
DocLock (9686) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stealth sample at Frank Smith Beerapalooza 2010. Pours turbid gold with clingy white head. Nose is pale malt, funky yeast, hopcitrus. Tastes smooth, complex, with a nice Belgoan candi sugary malt matched by a solid hop backed citric profile. Very well done, and I think we may have discovered Troeg’s next regular offering, which I hope they call Candy Samples (and I applaud those who get the inside joke there).
kmantler (10) - USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at max’s in baltimore during american craft beer week. Good beer if you like barley wine beer. Smooth and not overpowering like many barleywines.
Nejhleader (1431) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cracked open a bottle to have foam oozing out the top, a cloudy yellow color, pours an bit of a foamy head. bit of a citrus hop aroma. Taste is complex. BItter hops, bit of spicy yeast, chewy body, dry aftertaste. Interesting brew.