BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fruity, hoppy aroma with a little yeast. Definitely one of the better belgian style IPAs. The flavor was a bit thick on the malt and definitely caramely . Not bad at all.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Keg Liquors. The aroma is spicy floral notes, tropical fruit, banana, Belgian yeast. This pours an amber-orange color with just an ultra thin head developing. Crisp bitter hop flavor; a bit candy-like, with plenty of sweet tropical fruit to go with some caramel, clove, and Belgian yeast. A slight buttery note in the finish is the only negative but it’s hidden well by the bitterness and sweet tropical fruit. While I’m on that, the bittersweet tropical fruit; orange peel, coriander, grapefruit, really stand out here and the Belgian character compliments. The bitterness is quite dry which works well because otherwise it might be too sweet. I’ve never been a big advocate of the Belgian IPA, and am still not, but I thought this was very well done. As a side note, this was far more bitter and spicy than the Bitter Woman IPA I had from them recently.
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle shared by JaBier. Pours a cloudy reddish-amber color with a medium rocky off-white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of yeast, cloves and fruit. Medium body with flavors of fresh fruit, yeast, cloves and grain. The finish is citrusy with a sweet spice aftertaste that lingers. Decent overall.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle: Diacetyl, caramel, malt, slight honey, slight vegetables, slight herbs, and some yeast. Poured amber in color with a small, creamy, off-white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer as well as around the edges. Lightly cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of diacetyl, grass, light hops, caramel, and some malt. Medium body. Lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Diacetyl, caramel, grass, and hop finish is sticky. I am sure a fresher bottle would have been better.
screigh (494) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper orange color. Small off white head but it did last and provide some lacing. No much aroma than some yeast and a smell I always associate with Belgian beers. Has some bitterness, not overpowering. I get hints of orange, hops and "Belgian". Seems a bit creamy too. I little too little IPA and a little too much Belgian for me.
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Crystal clear orange. Smells yeasty, pale biscuit malt, floral, slight orange. Tastes hoppy, bitter, floral, pepper, orange.
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, toasted grain, yeast, and caramel. Flavor of pineapple, nuts, caramel, light pepper, and Belgian yeast.
Nice touch by Tyranena of adding thirdeye11 in a cheesehead hat and monk robe on the bottle.
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle with my face on it once again) clear orange with few white bubbles. Nose of citrus hops, Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. Taste of pine, citrus rind oil, Belgian yeast, soft but abundant carbonation.
hopscotch (9963) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… South Florida Throwdown 2010… Clear golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The nose is a morphing of resin and tropical fruit lupulin with a predictable Belgian clove phenol. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor is bitter and clove-laden with an intermingling of fuzzy and tropical fruits. Finishes sandpapery, lightly bitter and dry with a kiss of butter. Thanks to Dstructo for the sample!
blutt59 (6141) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, amber orange color with creamy head, aroma of green apple, sweet and sour sauce, bitter, flavor is sour pineapples, yeast, caramel, hops