RATINGS: 403   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
Pours a murky, dark gold; white head with good lacing. Piney and dank hop aromas dominate but Belgian yeast does come through; slightly musty. Sweet, tropical hops mesh with yeast phenolics and a soft, bitter finish. Full bodied, medium carbonation.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7940) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2016
(Bottle) Hazy amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with orange peel, dried fruit, spicy/perfumy yeast and candied fruit. Malty, fruity taste with orange peel, dried apricots, spicy yeast, dried fruit, perfume, candy sugar and a generous peppery, citric, resiny bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness. A bit boozy and intense to be in perfect harmony, but quite tasty. Nice one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7351) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2016
[Bottle (660ml) shared w/ HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Big Red] Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a small semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Some lacing. Yeasty and hoppy aroma, fruity as well. Flavours the same, yeasty, hoppy and fruity along with an average bitter finish. Alcohol is relatively well hidden. Average bodied. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1702) - HONG KONG - SEP 23, 2016


650 ml bomber bottle at abv 10.5% bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Looks: Cloudy hazy amber honey colour with a layer of dirt-like yeast sediments; One and a quarter finger head with crumpety off-white foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet rich Ale malt, with candied fruits, grapefruits, dark fruits, vanilla, light perfume, orange, strong caramel, toffee, floral nectar, honey, pine, strong resins, strong spices, strong yeast, lemon and grass.

Taste: Mid to strong sweet rich Ale malt, with candied fruits, grapefruits, strong caramel, potent alcohol, liquorices, floral, strong molasses, strong pine, strong resins, strong dark bread, strong yeast, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Full body. Creamy and very oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Very rich Ale maltyness in a thick and smooth background. Solid candied fruits and hoppy but blurry grapefruit dominate. Strong caramel, strong but nice molasses sweetness. Piney and oozy but somehow a step down from most IIPAs, Yeasty as hell, very dry dark bread with strong lemon to round. A bit rough but solid as a rock!

Booze: The 10.5% abv is omnipresent but come across as light and fairly tasty, never harsh or warm at any time. The liquorices is also quite mild. Coupled with fair malty molasses, this make very easy drinking and dangerous!

Hoppiness: Grapefruits, orange, floral nectar, pine, strong resins, lemon and grass in nose and taste. Bitterness is quite strong for a lasting, close to high astringent oozy malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Rich, oozy and very floral bitter to mouth.

Comments: This ones Bel yeast traded the usual banana for candied fruits and some dark fruits to compliment the rich Ale malty IIPA base, which in itself is expressive without being overwhelming in resin ooze and sweetness. With a well-managed booze profile, this one is a nice easy going Belgian IIPA. I bet it will taste even better if there is banana and tropical fruit esters to show up the malt even more!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (3239) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle shared by Colin & Kendra at tasting. Hazy peachy orange, small white head that descends to a wisp. Nice aroma of candied orange, dried apricot, Belgian yeast esters. Flavour - tropical fruit, sweet orange, earl grey tea, grapefruit peel finish. Not too shabby!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hidden_Pooch (518) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 29, 2016
Pours a light, hazy peach colour with massive frothy head. Smells like candied fruit for sure and some peach and orange notes mixed in. Tastes is very complex. Hits you with bubblegum and candied fruit instantly then just as fast changes to sweet peachy, citrus flavours. Has a medium body with quite a dry carbonated finish. Didnt even realize it was 10%. Very unique beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (3043) - SPAIN - JUN 17, 2016
Bottle 65cl. @ The Beer Garden Store, Madrid, Spain. A: Golden orange. T: Malt, yeast, citrusy, fruity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (725) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUN 7, 2016
Clear amber, white head, average retention. Aroma: sweet citrus, grape peel, rotten orange. Taste: bitter and sweet Flavour: bergamot, caramel, toffee, sweet fat cheese, sweet caramel and malty notes. Long zesty-sweet finish with prominent alcohol. Overall impression: Grog with lemon. It seems more like imperial IPA then like belgian-style beer. Not sure what is "belgian" here. Good and not an easy drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsporrer (803) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Pours a clear copper with a thick off white foam. Very light carbonation with plenty of lacing. Semisweet citrus aroma with some notes of toffee and candy corn. Light syrupy texture. Started fairly smooth with a sweet malty taste. Finished with a touch of bitter citrus peel and some warmth. Reminds me of Crunkle Sam. Enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9684) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle. Pours a hazed amber apricot with a medium sized white head. Fruit on the nose, a little bit of sweetness , citrus hops. Medium body warm and boozy, almost a bit of grapefruit and even a hint of the city with a lot of warming alcohol and sticky malt behind. Finishes with a slow grapefruit bitterness and more alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GIJOE (1095) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 12, 2016
Pours an orangey amber with a foamy white head that stays long. Nose is a bit fruity. Notes of citrus and candy. Taste is quite to the bitter side. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Very pleasing, interesting brew.


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