jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottled labeled as Alpha. Hazy orange/amber color with a medium sized off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Grassy, mildly spicy aroma with hints of tropical fruit and some citrusy hops. Biscuity malt flavor with some bitter hops up front and a nice dry clean finish. When I bought a case of this last year the beer was a bit sweeter and more fruity. The year in the bottle seems to have dried the beer up a bit and has become more yeasty and "Belgian-like" than I remember it being. I am glad I waited to rate it because I probably would have given it a low 3ís score last year, and like it much better now.
Rerate 1 hour later. Opened up a second bottle from the same case after enjoying the one earlier tonight. This bottle was more like I remembered it last year. A bit sweeter, with much more fruity esthers coming out, along with some banana and bubblegum. Still tasty, but not as good as the bottle from one hour ago. My rerate reflects the average of the two beers combined.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a mildly hazy burnt copper color. Before the dregs were poured in, it was clear amber. Thereís about one and a half fingers of an eggshell-colored head, having that soapy froth expected from a Belgian-style ale. The lacing left behind is pretty decent.
S: This has plenty of fresh-cut apples, some hints of apricot, and a little pear, as well. The fruitiness here is good, and itís subtly backed by a bready yet spicy yeast note. I even pick up a kiss of hops. While the aroma is íbasicí, thereís no doubt it works quite well.
T: It starts off pretty fruity (apricots, apples, and pears mainly), before itís quickly replaced with bready notes. It finishes pretty spicy, as well: the black pepper and herbs I pick up slightly reminds me of a saison. But make no mistake, this isnít a saison. No real complaints apart from the lack of depth.
M: Any Belgian ale worth its weight in ghost chilies should always finish dry and somewhat fizzy - in laymanís terms, it should feel like itís evaporating off the tongue. This one does that. However, it seems to rely too much on the powerful carbonation doing that job, as once that goes, its residue sticks around on the tongue a bit more than it should.
O: Another solid offering from Weyerbacher. They hit the basics bang on, but there isnít quite enough ízingí to make this a stellar example of the style. Still, Iíd drink it again.
Underdogs88 (39) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber appearance. Slight haze with particulate matter dispersed throughout the beer. A nice sized white head with good head retention and lacing. Moderate citrus notes on the aroma. Flavor has citrus notes upfront with moderate pepper notes on the end with hints of bubblegum. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is medium dry. The carbonation is medium. Overall, it's an easy drinking beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
arkurzynski (1369) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber pour. Nose of yeast spice and fruit esters with bitter pine and a weird smoke-like aspect. Flavor is fruity malt, Belgian candy, deep toasted malt, biscuit, and finishes with a deep, dry, pine bitterness. Lingering pine and fruit. Okay but a tad odd.
beerbrains (22) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: a mixture of hay malt with a slight underlying floral
Appearance: amber, hazy, white foam, frothy head
Taste: Odd mixture of medium sweetness with a salty finish
Palate: thin feel, medium body, lightly bitter, long finish
Overall: a pale ale that is an odd mixture of malt and hops. The hop taste really comes out at the finish, lasts long, and gets a little salty
halfonit (1117) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden/amber color with a quickly dissapating thick white head. Aroma is of esters, yeast, clove, slight malt, and slight grain. Medium bodied. Flavor is of malts, hops, slight yeast and clove, with a hint of grapefruit. Leaves a yeast and hop finish. Itís surprising how it smells like a Belgian, yet tastes like an American Pale Ale. Good job.
Streak (15) - - JAN 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overall not a bad beer, but nothing out of the ordinary. Color in was nice and formed a nice head.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Suckas! :-)
harrymel (1434) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Unknown bottle date.
Poured to NB globe.
A: Pours a hazy amber ale with a persistent, peanut colored, three finger head. The residue sticks to the glass - tacky. Good looker.
S: Yeasty nose. Grain, simple earthy hops. Hints of tea. Maybe a hint of banana. Very simple and straitforward.
T: Very metallic. Bitter with charred grain flavors.
M: Medium body with very high carbonation. Leaves little reminiscence of its presence.
D: Forgettable. Worth a try. Nice as an extra.
Serving type: bottle
snoworsummer (1464) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours clear copper with a creamy off white head. Tastes like grapefruit, resin, hops, musky. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like light hops, light citrus, and light musk.
sonnycheeba (2929) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery. Pours clear amber with thick, creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal and cookie malts, light caramel, floral notes, candy sugar and light citrus. Flavor is a good balance of bready malts and fresh floral and grassy hops with some citrus esters and faint toast; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
olr1984 (835) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to Jeff. Pours a hazy orange with a tan head. Belgian yeast and citrus hop taste.