Frank (3095) - 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.
mar (4967) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to blutt59. amber, cream head. hops, yeast, citrus, and spices. nice palate, belgian yeast, spices, dried fruits, and hops on the end.
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, yeast and some citrus hop notes. The flavor is toffee, brown sugar, caramel, Belgian yeast, orange citrus and medium hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice hoppy Belgian ale.
smith4498 (3114) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade with phaleslu. Pours clear copper color with thin off white head. Aromas of citrus hops and doughy Belgian yeast. Moderately bitter citrus hop flavor with some bready malts. Medium body with average carbonation. A nice Belgian style IPA. Thanks Peter.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber with a thin beige head, minimal lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, orange, dough and spice. Taste of strong Belgian yeast, pepper, orange and a touch of sweet malt. Some ripe fruit in there as well. Finishes up a touch sour and a touch bitter with fruit/spicy yeast, something about it is just off. The IPA seems to have sat this one out for the most part.
vyvvy (4178) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to phaleslu for passing this one my way. Pours golden / amber with a moderate sized beige head. The aroma is malty and creamy with earthy Belgian yeast, lots of caramel and light spicy hops. Medium balanced body with somewhat soft carbonation. The flavor starts with smooth caramelly malt, good amount of yeastiness, cream and spicy hops. The finish has some citrus & piny hops along with the other traits mentioned. Milder on the hops that expected, but this is still very nice.
benpickens (420) - Camarillo, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, orange-gold which a white frothy head and nice lacing. Biscuity, honey, and spicy clove aromas. Bitter with a nice finish. Like a juicy La Fin Du Monde with a hop hit. Awesome.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper amber with thin frothy tan head. Aroma is bready with vanilla caramel and biscuits. Body is creamy but light with quite a bit of carbonation.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Dan Journal #405. Tasted 9/21/10. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a dark golden hue. Spotty off-white head. Aromas of perfumy and floral yeasts. Medium to full bodied with a big bitterness mixed with the Belgian spicy yeast character. Medium malt roast and a subtle spiciness. Tangy and bitter grapefruit nuance. Dry finish. Quite nice!
daknole (9609) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a white head. Yeast, apples, earthy hops and some alcohol in the nose. Flavor starts yeasty and fruity. Finishes with some light bitterness. Very nice.