SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2009
growler - poured straight from the bright tank - thanks ron!! hazy dark brown with orange tints; fizzy off-white head; fuzzy, yeasty, malty with lemons and slight citrus hops; some candy sugars and nice yeasty spice; IPA kind of takes a back seat; dry and tasty; IMO it’s all about the yeast in this brew boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Tap @ Belmont Station... Poured burnt orange with a white head, nice lacing. Lots of malt with the musky-ish aroma. Lots of carbonation with the sizzle-y palate. The Belgian style definitely had prominence over the IPA aspect to me. Yeasty, sweet malt notes with a tiny bit of floral, hop bitterness. However, the IPA aspect caused it to lack the ester and clove notes you’d expect from the Belgian yeast. Finished with the Malt big time. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 The second time I had this on tap was much different, not the crisp dry saison-like beer that I had previously. This had a stronger apricot flavor and had more hop presence the the first one.
Orange pour with a soft white head. Citrus hop nose, like tangerine and grapefruit. Soft spiciness to it, not a whole lot of esters. The sweetness up front has a quick caramel, but mostly a fruity malt sweetness that work really well with the hops. The finish was the most interesting, showing a soft sourness, the tap version had a bit less then the version I had at the brewery. Almost like an over hopped saison. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Growler--thanks SuzyGreenberg (and Ron, Art, and Curtis, of course). Slightly hazy medium amber with huge thick fluffy white head. Interesting. Nutty, apricotty nose. Creamy medium body. Tangy orange and apricot wrapped around a little floral/nutty note on top of a sweet malty mid-palate. Mild sweet finish. This definitely gets the prize for stretching the boundaries of the IPA as much as anyone else has lately, while still maintaining respect for the style and introducing new elements in tasteful, coherent ways. It’s not quite my favorite IPA for sessioning, but it’s the coolest and most creative IPA I’ve had in a while.