Dogbrick (7145) - 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 (418) - 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 (11760) - 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 (5380) - 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 (8465) - 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 (5999) - 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
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at recent tasting, by I forget who. This is a solid beer. I don’t know what the ABV is on this bad boy but I’m guessing that it has to be around at least 12 or 13% because I got a lot of alcohol burn in the nose. Almost somewhat of an astringent feeling. After the burn subsided I got aromas of wheat, honey, malts and hops. It’s a vague definition of the taste, but it was pretty much just like the aroma. Needless to say it was a treat to try it.
Frank (2309) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is one of a growing number of IPAs brewed w/ Belgian yeast. In many cases the hops seem to override the yeast--which actually came as surprise to me when I first started tasting these things--but this does have a strong Belgian character which is immediately noticeable. It’s a copper color brew w/ a thin white head and only a few spots of lace. The nose is mostly hops, sort of low key sort of woody or piny aroma, but the Belgian yeast character comes out much more once tasted. It lends a banana-like juiciness which I think clashes a bit w/ the resinous bitterness. The texture, at least, is rather nice, very creamy but still w/ a nice, sharp prickle of carbonation on the tongue. The finish is long w/ a estery fruitiness lingering in the front of the mouth. This is a well-done beer on some fronts but the balance of hops and yeast is not quite there. It’s a noble effort on a style that’s really tricky to do right.