phaleslu (7185) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from my fiance’s aunt from Madison. This is my first beer from a brewer I’ve been wanting to try for a long time now. Pours a mostly clear dark orange-amber color with a small off-white head that doesn’t last long or leave any lacing. Aroma of floral hops, caramel malts, Belgian yeast, mild spices, banana, and sweet bread. Flavor of caramel malts, Belgian yeast, leafy hops, tea, banana, apples, and some spices. Light-medium bodied, with above-average carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Neither the Belgian characteristics nor the hoppy or bitter IPA characteristics are dominating. In a way, I wouldn’t have minded seeing one emerge more to make this thing really pop, but as it stands it’s a well-balanced take on this style.
deyholla (7534) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with a friend. Poured a clear amber gold with a gray head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a nice light citrus note that melded nicely with a smooth floral note and a bit of a light grain backing. Flavor was similar with some light grain notes in the start with a combination of growing citrus and floral notes in to the finish.
cbfobes (2618) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft from brewery, pours clear with whtie head, aroma is spicey and malty, flavor is nearly overwhelming with spices and alcohol, decent but nothing special.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of motortoddhead. Pours copper with a white head. Smells of perfume, floral notes, hay, grassy. Tastes of pepper, perfumy, dry malt, grassy, some funky hints. Enjoyable.
undsioux7 (832) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber with redish and copper tints. Thich off white almost brown head. Aroma is belgian yeast, sweet malts, floral and pine hops. Taste is resiny hops, lots of bready malts and a touch of spicy yeast. The hops are in the background producing mostly citrus nots. Full mouthfeel. Not bad, but a bit thick and resiny for me.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Frankenbrew.
Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber with lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom and feeding a small thick white head that recedes slowly and leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is dominated by the Belgian yeast with subtle fruity esters and light spiciness mixed in. There is an earthy hop aroma, grassy even. The interesting thing is the alcohol burn that I noticed - really boozy smell.
The taste is spicy with belgian yeast and lots of crisp bready malts. The floral hops are present and leave a bitter, dry finish.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied - sticky with hops and spicy and dry at the same time.
This is a solid Belgian IPA but not all that drinkable for the style and drinks pretty heavy. The hops take a back seat to the toasted character, spicy yeast and alcohol.
portableparty (2000) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is copper in color with a quick little head that dissapears. Aroma is citrus and pine with a strong yeast finish. Taste is big yeast and malt which than finishes bitter pine. Palate medium feel with a dry gritty finish. Solid brew.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Once again, this bottle was courtesy of the self proclaimed ’Zork’. Pours a golden amber color with medium off-white head. Aroma of yeast, cloves and spices. Flavour of citrus, caramel hops, yeast and spice. I don’t recall this being bitter as the name suggests.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Binny’s on Marcey. Pours a clear amber with soft head. Nose is fresh hops and then the phenols of the Belgian yeast jump in. Some light toffee as well. On taste, the hops are forward. So is the crystal malt, providing a caramelly bread note with some roastiness. Odd example of the style, but drinkable.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent deep bronze copper with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Has a sweet biscuity malty nose with a fresh grapefruity hop character and a touch of clove. Starts with good fullness and a light biscuity malty sweetness with some floral resiny citrusy hop flavor and bitterness before a clean bittersweet finish with some lingering clove and doughy Belgian yeastiness. A pretty true to style and drinkable Belgian IPA.