argo0 (12862) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Huge beige head atop hazy amber body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, Bretty/sour cherry/oak, some earthy/grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, citrus, Brett, caramel, some earth, tobacco, wood. Light-medium body, light acidity. Needless to say, the Brett completely changes the character of Hop Devil, and while I’m a big fan of the original, no complaints on this one either.
badgerben (4779) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold color with a medium head. Aroma of citrusy hops and brett. The hop flavor turns decidedly spicy with some pine lingering around. Strong horsey and bretty notes. The way the two styles play together is interesting. I’m not sure I’d drink many more of these, but I’d say it made for a good detour.
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours tan with a grey head. slightly hairy nose with a bit of lemonlike citrus. not a bad beer to have when you have spent an entire useful day huddling in your cave of a house and hiding from the world. nice edge to the flavor, almost dry, but the flavors are hard to pin down. some light pineapple flavors. some banana in the finish, just a light old blanket note over everything,
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CheersMate (1335) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. 750ml bottle. Nice fluffy head. Brown in color with a slight orange hue. Nice looking ale. Sour apple aroma. Hard aroma to pickup at first, but once the beer warms it becomes easier, and more pleasant. Very carbonated beer; this obviously (for me) has some negative effects on the palate. Nice Victory Hop Devil IPA bittering hop at the end. Definitely taste the brett. Sweet apple/brett with a bittering hop finish. This flavor is an interesting one that I enjoy. I am usually not a fan of the sour beers. Not overly yeasty. As the beer warms the brett comes out like crazy, and the bitterness is right there along with it. Pretty good brew. Surprised I found this one.
drjay44 (3275) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. bottle. Shared with Gabe. Pours a tan head of long duration, with nice lacing, over a golden orange, (SRM15) slightly cloudy body.....nose of light grapefruit, loads barnyard mustiness, grassy tones ...taste is initially malty sweet then a pleasant light sour and finishing hop bitterness....mouth feel is medium, carbonation low. I have not tasted enough Brett based brews to adequately comment on this attempt.
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, Roadhouse in Boston. Appears opaque amber-orange with a small creamy head. Aroma is barnyard funk and soft flowers. But I was lookin’ HARD to find those hoppy flowers. Palate is very thick with soft carbonation, surprising given Hopdevil’s much more balanced mouthfeel. Flavor starts mildly sweet, muted by funk and indescript fruits. Hops are really only showing through in the slightly bitter finish. But not enough to be interesting. I am not sure what happened here: how can Hopdevil plus Brett be anything but heaven? This blend by Victory just never comes together here, wallowing in a muddy flavors and textures.
darkguardian (729) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle courtesy of Kevin. I really dug this one. Pours a hazy amber with a foamy long lasting head. Nose is big on horseblanket, fruity belgian yeast and orange peel. Flavor is fairly yeast forward for an IPA with some bready caramel notes up front with some moderate brett funk and nice citrus and orange peel hop flavors. Finishes bitter and earthy tempered by some fruity sweetness. I wasn’t expecting this to be as good as it was. Very tasty indeed.
jcwattsrugger (11903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle-pours a foamy off white head and hazy amber color. Aroma is yeasty, citrus zest, musty grain/medium malt-caramel, perfumy. Taste is yeasty, musty grain/medium malt-caramel/bready, perfumy/citrus/spicy/herbal hops. First thing that hits is the carbonation. Further into the pint, carbonation is aggressive. Nice beer, but for me a bit disjointed.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Premier. Orange/amber body, huge fluffy white head. Nose is pineappley brett, caramel & smarties, floral & fruity hops. A really odd combination but it works to create a wonderful saison-esque thing. Flavor is musty/pineappley brett, some citrusy hops, a bunch of bitterness. Slightly metallic in the finish. Odd, but for the most part it works - perhaps a bit too bitter. This is WAY better in bottle than on tap, where I pegged it around a 3.0
after4ever (7361) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brouwer’s Cafe’s Sourfest. Pours a murky, nearly opaque dark brown. Dense, creamy tan head that lasts and lasts. Sharp spicy, blood orange/tangerine hop nose with a touch of light hay-like wet grass funk and a tiny hint of tartness. Creamy medium body with tons of carbonation. Mostly blood orange, tangerine, and light funky tartness on the mid-palate. Mild, brief, sweet/sour finish. Very nice, drinkable stuff--refreshing.