DrnkMcDermott (2881) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Monk’s Pub. Puffy Belgian head. Body is a quite cloudy gold. English IPA smell, rather low-key against its warm maltiness. First taste shows its creamy texture, like it might have come from nitro. Low level of carbonation. Hop bitterness is up front, but still not too strong. As I go further down, though, the hops pick up speed. Some yeast taste too, especially toward the finish.
superspak (3238) - Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, batch # M151. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light banana, coriander, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/pine hops, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light banana, coriander, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, light pine, light banana, coriander, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/pine hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/pine hops, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
raoul_duke (155) - - MAY 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very foamy. Smells of coriander with a lot of Belgian notes. Tons of carbonation. Nice spice to it. Good not great. Would drink again.
ARH (777) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. The aroma is floral with sweet citrus, banana, toffee, a light cinnamon and brown sugar spice blend, and even a hint of nuts. The beer appears oily and deep brown-red / mahogany hue with only a very thin white head disappears completely and leaves a clean glass. The beer is a medium high sweet up front that mellows, and turns over to a medium bitter late. The texture is syrupy and flat. The medium body is made up of floral and honey notes on the palate, with a light, roasted hint and finishes with a toasty brown sugar. The aftertaste is cloying and sugary with an almost clean resin quality and a late, bitter grapefruit peel note.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Lighter orange pour with about an inch of dense foam head. Notes of tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, Belgian yeast and floral hops in the aroma. Flavors include dough, sweet grains, apricot, peach, citrus peel and a nice dose of grassy and floral hops. Moderate levels of bitterness. Medium in body. A pretty solid beer.
Strykzone (5391) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a European looking 16.09 ounce bottle. A huge golden tinted head that has good retention and leaves a thick layer of lacing. The beer under it is hazed golden and some carbonation can be seen floating up. The aroma is noted from a distance and is full of fruit that include stone fruit, citrus, and tropical varieties. The flavor brings that complex fruit, too. Underlying all of that is some pink grapefruit with the accompanying bitterness. Malts are background only. There is some yeast and floral notes. Just a little earth in the finish. A unique take on a classic. This is such an easy beer to drink. It could be dangerous.
rumproasts (3774) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap. golden with one finger head. sweet with quite a bit of belgian influence. estery. medium hops, perhaps a bit understated for an IPA, but it works well here.
charule (1524) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Formentos. Poured light hazy yellow orange with thick beige head. Aroma slight banana malts. Light carb med bod. Taste similar to aroma. Easy sipping.
Ferris (7070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Sweet flowery hops. Frothy white head with a cloudy gold head. Earthy slightly vegative hops and light sweetness and some yeasty notes. Lots of flowery and sweet estery notes. Interesting and nice.
decaturstevo (5396) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazed orange pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is resiny hops and what I think is Belgian yeast. Flavor is a sweet malt start with an ok bitter finish. A bit of nice complexity added from the yeast I think. Medium bodied and a touch fizzy. still solid
nuplastikk (4971) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Unfiltered orange-tan-amber body. Steady foamy off-white head. Dry zesty yeast tones, not far removed from a quality Saison. Nice herbal, grassy, dry hoppiness. Great mouthfeel, captures a real Belgian effervescence. A really tasty beer, not quite as juicy of a hop profile as I was hoping for, but still better than most BIPAs. Mild hairspray tones.