HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
Cask flight at Ginger Many NYC. Honey colored pour, very srill with no head. Wildly heavy juniper and fresh peppermint oil aroma. Taste is similar but with limon cello, orange zest, and fresh spruce. The lemongrass flavor in this beer makes me think of exotic spices in Thai food and coconut curry dishes. This beer is amazing; I can’t get over how much flavor is packed into this little glass. Slippery mouthfeel with anise lingering long on the palate. This is not a beer for everyone but it’s got WOW factor for sure. DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy canary with 3-finger white head that laces well. Nose is sour mashy malt, spicy candi sugary yeast, citric florals, Tastes complex, dry, funky candi sugary yeasty, spicy, fruity, and floral. There is a huge cmplexity in flavor and nose here. Only beef is a minor bit of cloying flavors late, but this one is great. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
Hazy gold appearance with a small white head and lots of lacing. Spicy aroma with a hint of citrus in the background. Tasted rye bread, spices, pepper, some yeastiness and herbal hops. Well hidden malt backbone. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel. The more the aftertaste lingers, the more interesting it gets. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
A: Pours a golden amber color with less clarity than one would expect from an IPA - it’s more akin to a Belgian tripel than anything. The head is a one finger off white color with mediocre retention/lacing.
S: Very strong Belgian notes come through; coriander, clove, candied sugar, and a touch of funk. As an IPA though, I expect a little more in the way of grapefruit/pine notes, but other than that, I really like how it smells.
T: Notes of bitter grapefruit from the dry hopping are prevalent at first, but after the bitter opening, the Belgian characteristics pull through, with hints of funk, spice, and candied sugar. The finish sees a return of the hoppy notes from the opening, subtly blended with the saison characteristics. Crisp, refreshing, and nicely balanced - not as clinically clean and bitter as Raging Bitch, but pretty much where it needs to be.
M: Given its saison roots, it’s very well carbonated and finishes quite dry - a sensation that works well with its hop profile, without getting overly chalky and astringent. Medium bodied and incredibly easy drinking.
O: Color me impressed. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a solid hybrid of a saison and IPA, and is better balanced than Raging Bitch, too. Recommended. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
Sixer picked up at Rick’s in Alexandria. Served in a Flying Dog goblet.
Pours a clear deep golden color with a nice two-finger head with good retention and some nice lacing on the way down.
The nose carries some nice pepper and spice plus some floral and grassy hops. A touch of citrus there as well. Particularly as it warms, the pepper and spice really dominate. The flavor has a nice hop bitterness up front, followed by nice floral and earthy notes. A touch of spice in the background. Nice and integrated.
Body is medium with just a slight chewiness and a moderate amount of bitterness to the finish. Dry and spicy. Well done. I’ll have to do a side by side with this and Raging Bitch.
SimplySike (1510) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2012
355 ml. Bottle. Poors hazy yellow with white head. Aroma citrus, malt. Taste is really good bitter, sour aftertaste. Nice good beer. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow gold with a creamy white cap of film atop. Within the body you will see rising bubbles and a little bit of suspended yeast.TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2012
Aroma: Mens cologne, fruity yeast,honey.
Taste: Dry malt, spicy fuity yeast and sharp bitter hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with prickly carbonation.
Overall: A very nice farmhouse style ale. Very balanced and flavorful.
On tap at BeerRun. Yellow with a small head. Aroma of straw and hops. Light to medium body with a kinda harsh palate. But interesting.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - APR 5, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 355ml bottle.
Pours a medium straw, white head.
Yeasty, spicy aroma, quite hoppy, malt, grapefruit, spruce, mildly phenolic, earthy, rasin, tangerine.
Dry, medium bodied, mid to high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Yeasty taste, quite spicy, lots of lemon and grapefruit peel, herbal hop notes, malt, caramel, spruce, faintly funky? Odd, but interesting, nice Saison touch to a good IPA.
(2012-03-25) (Re-rate 2013-08-25) QueSeraSera (5) - NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2012 does not count
A pale ale with citra & Saison yeast. Dry, bitter, tropical with a hint of a sour aftertaste (like a good Saison should have) . Color is golden with a ferm white head. Al in al an ipa with a nice twist.