gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely an underrated beer. The taste is dry and bitter yet crisp and refreshing. I?d get it again.
kassner (1354) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at whole foods. Golden clear more hops than Belgium but the alcohol is clean. Not aromatic but nice
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-12-14
Poured from bottle into a tulip glass
Appearance – The beer pours an almost completely clear, deep amber color with a two finger head of just off white color. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a bready smell mixed with some hoppy aromas of a citrus and pine nature. Along with these smells are some sweeter smells of caramel and a bit of orange, which when mixed with a little bit of an earthy hop smell, produce a nicely balanced IPA aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and doughier flavor. The sweeter tastes are a mix of caramel and tangerine with them starting out quite strong and losing some ground as the taste advances to the end. While not too hoppy upfront, some hop flavors begin working their way into the taste as it advances from the start. The hops start almost entirely of a citrus nature, but soon have other flavors of earth and pine mixing in with the earthy hop ending up becoming one of the more potent of the hop flavors toward the end. With a little bit of a cracker taste replacing some of the more doughy flavors, the slight decrease in the sweet, and increase in the hop, one is left with a moderately hopped and smooth malty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Overall the medium body is nice for the mix of the cracker and sweeter flavors of the brew, while not being too thin to support the hop flavors of the brew. The average carbonation likewise was a good compromise for the two sets of hop and sweet flavors, overall creating a very balanced and more refreshing drinker.
Overall – While not a hop powerhouse the beer has a nice blend of flavors and an enjoyable taste as a good Belgian IPA should be in my opinion (we are not looking for hops for the sake of hops here...). Even at 8.5 % abv, it certainly does not have it in the taste, with this brew being on the more easy drinking side.
solidfunk (4135) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some florals and very light citrus but Belgian yeast controls this beer. Pours orange with good head and lacing. Some sugary booze and candied malt. Light sweet finish and some bitterness. Tap at brewpub.
DedicatedToFun (2617) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, amber pour, white head, nose is citrus, lemons, grapefruit, nose is the same, bitter ipa.
Nephilium (1369) - Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Belgian esters are the predominant notes in the aroma, with just subdued hop presence. Pours a clear reddish-amber with a full white head. Bubblegum and caramel are there, but there isn’t as big of a hop presence as I would like in an IPA. This falls more on the sweet side with just a touch of earthiness in the finish.
callmemickey (2868) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colored body with a medium sized off-white head and soapy lacing. Malt forward with caramel, toffee, bread followed by orange, pine, and some earthy hop characteristics. Medium to full bodied, semi-sweet throughout with moderate to lively carbonation and mild bitterness.
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good sized light beige head of fine bubbles with great retention. Moderate maltiness and hops presence. Caramel, oranges, dried leaves and some tobacco. Color is a hazy orangish brown. Crisp flavor with lots of piney hops, dried orange peel, sweet malts and some parsley. Light alcohol presence and warming. Lingering herbal flavors and light maltiness that is a little on the dry side. A pretty good and pretty well balanced IPA.
oOJUXEOo (294) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yards! Nice beer. Aroma of slight funk and malt. Slight hops in there as well. Taste is not overwhelmingly caramel as many are. Nice malt backbone and Belgian funk. Very nice beer.
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DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma - bready and roasty malt, honey,
Appearance - amber body color; liquid is nearly opaque, with huge amounts of nucleation; the head sets up at about 1/6" of an off-white head
Taste - 1st impression is honey and cracker jack caramel; there is a rich malt almost like a honey wheat bread, not my favorite
Palate - body is light; texture is syrupy; the carbonation is average; finish is sweet and malty, and the slight honey roast hangs on the back of the tongue
kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark copper body under a one inch frothy beige head that faded slowly and left lots of delicate lacing. The nose is mix of lightly citrusy and floral hops with a light earthiness. The maltiness is a little heavy with caramel and crystal malt, it doesn’t really fit all that well with a Belgian style beer. The flavor is much more malt driven than anything, the hops are very minimally bitter, and the yeast isn’t all that prominent either. There’s a crystal malt instant iced tea like flavor that really lingers on the finish that really prevents me from liking this too much. A little bit of alcohol flavor, but the residual sweetness tempers it pretty well. Medium bodied and a bit clingy with soft carbonation. This one doesn’t do anything for me at all.