whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden-amber body with a big, frothy cream-colored head. Rich and warm dark candy sugar and caramel aroma plus alcohol and earthy hops in the background. Flavor has qualities of menthol and plastic plus medium sweet caramel, figs, leather, and furniture polish, and a medium phenolic/bitter finish. Overall the flavor is intense and somewhat medicinal. Strikes me as a hoppy and phenolic dubbel.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of bstill. Pours ruby red and relatively flat. Smells of peppermint, cloves, citrus, cherries. Taste is fruity with nutty undertones. Very smooth and light mouthfeel. This is the second beer I’ve tasted from this brewer and they are definitely high on my radar now.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Whaleman for this...
Appears an orange amber with a fluffy light tan head. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of a decent hop presence that is sweet, along with a malt presence that contains notes of herbs, citrus, vanilla cream, and mild toasted nuts.
Taste is of the same aromas with the same sugary blend that seems to fit together in an interesting mix.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front and fading to the back of the tongue in a medium bodied brew.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Last HWOH. Pours a deep amber with a thin head and ok carbonation. Herbal phenolic, vanilla and hops in the aroma. Moderate sweetness from caramel malts for balance in the flavor and a nice herbal hoppy bitterenss. Citrus, herbal, earthy hops throughout.
TheBeerGod (6197) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - swing-top - at Max’s. Copper with a huge head. Very effervescent! Nose is hoppy and floral with a spice and subtle herbal aroma. Taste is floral and hoppily bitter with more light herbal notes, yeast and dried fruits. Body is bubbly but light-medium overall. Finishes with more bitterness but some stronger fruits and dusty yeast. Light flowery notes as well.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark golden orange colour displays a fat, foamy and regular shaped off-white head. Gently yeasty nose expressive on the herbal, green, woody and sprucey hops. Floral and spicy. I don’t know if they used spices or their yeast strain is just that good, but for a yeast-lover, it joins the realms of the greats, bottle-conditioned IPAs with complex aromas that go beyond hops (hitachino classic, alpine exponential and company). This one mostly focuses on aromatics, the bitterness being restrained, though it’s strikingly dry. Citrus and pine resin grow in importance toward the finish. Fair maltiness supports it all, sweetish and caramelly. Unnoticeable alcohol.
Lubiere (13693) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper gold with a thick off white head. Strong herbal hops, with caramle malt, very organic and pleasant. In mouth, an intense mix between an IPA and a saison, herbal hops (I heard 7 hops) with interesting notes. Rich and complex. Mondial 2006.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 First off, this beer really isn’t an IPA. But it is really good. Pours a rather nice deep orange color with a thick and lastning white head. Solid floral hop aroma with light yeast and perhaps a little allspice. Slightly bitter start gives way to an extremely bitter finish. Definitely a solidly hoppy beer but but in the end it has some earthy notes and a light spiciness that really prevents it from being IPA like. Still, I’m rather impressed with this new wave of extra hoppy European beers. Severely underrated.
***At the time of this rating, this beer was categorized as an IPA.
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a deep copper-orange color witha nice off-white tannish head that sustained itself very nicely. The lacing was the only weak part of the appearance. The aroma was light, some caramel and almost English fruity type notes. The flavor was comparable to a Saison-Biere de Garde blend, noble hops the strongest, nice resinous and citrus bitter factor in there. Caramel malts were present with yeast in the flavor. The very last warmer sip or two did display some alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. Overall, a moderately bodied beer, really nice (almost seemed like a French/Belgian approach to an altbier). (Don’t expect an IPA, but rather a strongly hopped and somewhat yeasty amber biere de garde.)
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, dark-copper/reddish-brown, murky body. Big bubbles. Spicy aroma - much like a Belgain beer woul be rather than an IPA, and it is very enticing. Slightly sweet, caramel notes and hoppy. The hoppiness is somewhat subdued, yet it has a strong, pleasant bitter finish. Very full flavored.