Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber-orange with a decent head. Curiously fruity nose. Full-bodied. Smooth texture is a plus, but itís slightly cloying in the finish. In general, itís more malt forward than I expected. Big notes of toasted bread, biscuits and sweet, rising bread dough. Hops are citrusy (grapefruit) and jammy, with lesser notes of pine, earth and sweet grass. Has a distinct Belgian IPA quality, as if it were brewed with Belgian yeast (I donít know if it was or not). Overall, itís a very fruity and "round" IPA with uncommon albeit interesting flavors and aromas. When they first started popping up years back, I loved "Belgian IPAs." But for one reason or another, I quickly grew tired of them. So thatís the only thing I donít like about this beer, and itís a personal preference. Other than that, I think itís a solid beer.
tpb3jd (46) - University Place, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery: The headís the first thing you notice: a marshmallowy, creamy head not normally seen on an IPA. The taste intrigues just as much. Itís a mix of Belgian ale tastes and traditional IPA taste, with western bitters and Belgian fruit and cloves. I ask one of the owners about it and he said they used Belgian malts to give it that taste. Really pleasing and intriguing. The inclusion of that malt gives it a more rounded, full flavor. Great stuff from a brewery about 11 months old.
BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: Poured a reddish orange color with good carbonation and a little white cap
S: Plenty of citrus, almost a hint of spice, little booze on the nose
T: Citrus, light banana, cloves a bit of dry bittering, bubblegum feel.
M: I thought the body was pretty on target. Very much a hybrid IPA
O: Not great, not bad, pretty tasty.
msylvanus (3) - USA - NOV 7, 2011 does not count
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Definitely grapefruit and one of the most bitter back of tongue IPAís Iíve ever had. But is that cloves I taste? Interesting, unique, but not my style.