RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Muffin Top combines the attributes of a Belgian Tripel with a huge burst of American hops. Intense flavors from the Belgian yeast, reminiscent of candied fruits, mix with the hop bitterness and sweet orange peel to create a unique take on a Belgian-Style ale.

Disclaimer: No muffin tops were harmed in the production of this label.

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3.7
GTAEgeek (2263) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Growler from J.U.G.S. Caramel color, with a big, tan head. The aroma is rye, big caramel and malts, light resinous hops, bananas, and light spiciness. The flavor is sweet and malty, with a pretty hefty hop bitterness. Heavy body, sticky, and chalky and malty. Overall, this is a very strong, very malty, and very hoppy beer. The balance and palate is lacking, unfortunately.

3.7
madmitch76 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
14th February 2013
Hazy deep amber beer with a big fluffy pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth but with fine prickly carbonation. Light creamy malt. Mild minerals. Sweet malt but with a bitterish yeast. Slightly resinous tangerine and orange. Finishes semi dry with a mild peel bitter linger. Comes together quite well. Drinkable.

3.4
drowland (8831) - Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2013
9/16/13. 22oz bottle thanks to Brent! Can’t believe I haven’t had this one. Orange pour with a small khaki head. Loads of orangey citrus on the aroma, candy sugar. Sweet flavor, orange peel, candy sugar, tangerines. Not bad.

2.3
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Orange like a nectarine. A bruised nectarine. Cloudy and muddled; yellow tinted, soapy and lavish head leaves behind great lace and takes forever to sink. Aroma is peppery... Lots of white pepper. Ashy hops, leafy, some minty bubblegum comes through with clove and fruity esters; must be that Belgian yeast. Taste is is minty, clove, phenolic to the core; Belgian yeast shines here. Chunky, gummy wintergreen with some extra pepper on the back. Ashy hop bitterness. A little too phenolic and a touch medicinal on the back end. Relatively low for the size, though. Medium bodied, not quite syrupy but relatively plentiful. Mid-high carbonation. Hope you like your Belgian ales spicy and minty.

3.2
vikingguy (1106) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Cloudy orangish color. Fresh citrus hop aroma. Hops upfront, middle and long bitter finish. Notes of orange and subtle Belgian Malts. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
salvaticas (852) - - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle pours a beautiful golden amber. Very sweet and and fresh aroma. Very good balance, if not without a ton of flavor. Pretty on point belgian ale.

4.1
RichTheVillan (7941) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear honey coloured pour with creamy off white head, fruity and piney hop aroma, quite pine hop forward for a Belgian style, quite sweet oranges, a hint of bitterness, some caramel, really impressed with this.

2.8
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Another in a stretch of IPAs that are overly caramel tasting. Hops are second fiddle behind that and the Belgian notes are a distant third. The balance seems too tilted here.

3.5
milewide (2261) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2013
A quality brew with intense flavor and wonderful unfiltered appearance! But---the alcohol was omnipresent! Belgian yeast and spice flavors were submerged!

4
superspak (5694) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/3/2013. Pours lightly cloudy bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pear, banana, clove, floral, grass, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, banana, clove, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, honey, light caramel, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, light fruit, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, light pine, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial Belgian IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt ,and yeast ester notes; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A very enjoyable offering.


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