jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden with protein blobs floating about. Beautiful stark white dense cappucino consistency head. Interesting flavors and aromas. Very yeasty at first then a good dose of floral hops. The aroma develops into a biscuity hoppy pilsener-esque aroma as it warms. Lively mouthfeel. It is really good but a bit chaotic and disjoint.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Goldena coloured with a thick creamy white head. Aroma of orange peels, cloves, honey and light herbal hops. In mouth, a bit of hops, not overwhelming as expected, with crisp malt, orange peels, lemon and coriander. Medium to rich bodied offering. On tap at Moan and Dove, Feb. 10, 2006.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Tylerís in Durham, NC. Slightly hazy, golden color with bubbly white head that laced the glass. Smells of potato chips, grape candy, yeast, and alcohol. Tart up front with mild hop bitterness. Grape candy, alcohol, and pear flavors with some spicy hop undertones. The only detractor is a strange metallic note at the end.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Sampled on draft at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium in Pittsburgh this beer poured a medium golden color with a large fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing. The aroma is lightly spicy and has moderately strong floral and fruity hops. The feel is mildly dry and the body is thin. There are moderate floral hops with a peppery spiciness on the finish that really lingers on the palate.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-A veil of head rests over the hazy golden straw.
-Doughy, creamy yeast and banana fruitiness surge in the aroma.
-Pine, spicy hops are well-blended with the comfortable malts and bready yeast.
-The tight carbonation performs well, proffering most flavors with competence.
What if you dig deeper?
-The hoppiness in the aroma is pretty light for a beer of that name.
-Citrusy hoppiness and hay toastiness offer pleasant comfort.
-Medium grassy hop bitterness carries on into the finale.
-Fun for a Belgian Strong, with no pretention of seriousness.
On tap at Publick House Brookline.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden color, that while light, has some depth to its color. I add this as the last few pale lagers I have had lacked both color and depth. Full creamy white frosting on the top of a full three fingers of foam with a lacing that surrounds the glass even as the center of the head towers above the rim. One just does not get a brew that looks this good that often and the score is easily justified. Lager light dry yeast aromas mix with some dried flowers and a somewhat worty scent. While not charmed by the nose, the appearance is far beyond anything of late. I could just stare at this and be happy. I take a slurp of foam and the hops resins abound. LIght sweet malt start with a almond and light honey middle and finish. Herbal hops, of rosemary and chives start the linger and are also met with honey malt and bread dough. An interesting experiment, that like some other IIPAs Iíve had has a hard time pulling everything together in balance and harmony. There are times in the linger where I swear I just walked into the hops room of the brewery. The hops linger long and quite tastefully on the tongue. This does have one attribute that many do not in that it has scads of hops flavors and not just a little flavor and IBUs of bitterness. A little tweaking of the hops schedule in this one and there is a killer Belgian Strong IIPA to be had.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Urthel Hop-It bombers had been sitting on the shelves of my local package store for a few weeks, until I could no longer resist the urge to pick one up. The silk screen printed information on the bottle did a very good job of describing the origins of this beer as well having the ingredients. The uncorking went without any mishaps, and the beer came out very pale and hazy. A bit paler than Duvel, and without that gigantic head. The head on this one was small, but the lacing it left behind was quite nice. The smell was not overly hoppy, but the hops were more clearly evident than almost any other Belgian Pale Ale. The hops present were spicy, and low in aromatics, which allowed the malt to also come through.
The hops were more in charge in the taste, with a distinct bitterness typical of Continental European hops. There was also a citric tinge to the bitterness. While hops were the first thing I detected, the signature lemon-pepper zest of Belgian yeast was just as much a flavor driver. The pale Pilsner malts stayed mostly dormant in the taste, and the 9.5% ABV was hidden masterfully. Body was very light and airy, and it was easy to imbibe this refreshing brew. What would have been on the ships rounding the Cape of Good Hope on the way to Bombay, had there been a Belgian colony there.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
smooth belgium style ipa. Creamy straw color. Thick head that overflows the glass. Nice hops and smooth dry finish
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy yellow body with medium white bubbly head. Hop, clove, spice aroma. Flavor is light citrus, hop. Medium palate and dry finish.
BeerandBlues2 (8450) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours golden straw with a frothy head that diminishes somewhat, creamy lacing. Aroma is light fruit (peach, pear) and yeast (dough), malt (hay, meal, cereal) with notes of banana. Malty, yeasty, mildly sweet, moderately acidic flavor, with a medium, lasting bitterness. Light bodied and creamy feel that ends dry.