deyholla (11602) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2012
Sampled at the brewpub. Pours a hazy gold with a slight amber hue and a thin white head that dissipates completely. Aroma has notes of flora and citrus witha but of light fruit, sweet grains and Belgian yeast. Flavor has grapefruit and citrus up front with sweet fruit, flora, sweet grains and a bit of grapefruit bitterness. 3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Very pungent nose of dry, fruity, sugar-crystalline-coated hops. Pineapple is pungent up front, turning dry and fruity over the middle with a light spicy kick, before mellowing out into a smooth, sweet hop juice. Crisp, tangy and peppery at times, even. Very good. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2007
On tap at Grumpy Troll. IPA rating #100, and a fine choice for it! Poured clear brighter golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweet pale malts and lighter fruits with peppery spices and lemon zest accents.. very nice balance to it. The flavor was spicy with white pepper and a very complimentary yeast.. had an edge to it.. sweet pale malts and lighter fruits again at the core.. very, very tasty with a spicy finish. Creamy carbonation across the middle of the palate with a good spicy contrast.. long-ish finish. This was great! 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle:   Dirty straw, very cloudy, large frothy white head, nice lacing.   This being the bottom of the bottle, otherwise not as cloudy.   Soft floral nose, slightly citrusy, a tad barnish.   Smells more Belgian than IPA for sure.   Better IPA flavors on the tongue, bitter, moderate sweetness, remains dry, with a dull floral and barnish backside.   Very soft overall, and easy to put back.   Blends well, seems to have a good balance.   As it warms the IPA aspect comes out more.   Soft lingering bitterness on the exit, dry, with a dull floral/barnish sweetness.   This one was fairly well done.   Body and mouthfeel are spritzy.   Thanks Bob for the bottle! nuplastikk (6275) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Draft at GT. Hazy golden-orange. Thin non-head. Sugary hop aroma. Bold, full bodied beer, with some sugary grapefruit tones. Solid, steady hops. Dry and refreshing, with a big malt undercurrent. Somewhat watery body, lacks the depth that could make it world class. Pretty drinkable for the ABV, with a sugary cloying finish. Belgian yeast tones add a nice fruity balance.
Skyview (6042) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2007
On draught at the brewpub in Mt Horeb, Wisconsin. Pours a clear golden pale brew with a thick white head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma of fruity bread malt, some sweet pear and apple character with a touch of sugar candy. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with fruity flavors of pear and apples. Finish is sweet, malty and fast mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Not as citrusy as the pale ale and not a typical West Coast IPA. But as a cross-breed brew of Belgian strong ale and an IPA, this is still a refreshing beverage. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Finally, a hopped up Belgian style beer that I liked. The body was medium gold. The character I think must come form the yeast. The aroma has lemon scented cleaner with a little pine, however, it is pleasing. There were also roses and a musky perfume. The taste was grapefruit with some dandelions. There was also a little bit of light bread crust. CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 As far as sweet IPAs are concerned this is very very nice. Never the less it’s a bit too sweet. Pours with a nice rocky head with some lace. Aroma is nice a little fruity and yeasty, some good hop character. I like the flavor but it is pretty sweet and pretty fruity. Tons of coconut and pineapple, some bubblegum, some very good citrus like hops. The pineapple seriously gets in the way of the bitterness though and leaves a little bit to be desired in the flavor department. Never the less the mouthfeel was just slightly sharp and largely full. Alcohol is well hidden. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2007
11/16/2007: Grumpy Troll Belgian-Style IPA is cloudy with a golden color and a frothy beige head. It has a malty nose with pear, apple, and caramel in the flavor. It has a slightly spicy hop finish. The Belgian part of this beer is fine, but I would have liked to see just a bit more hoppiness to it...
Sample (draught) at the Grumpy Troll Brewery, Restaurant and Pizzeria in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Rating #12 for this beer.
On tap at Thirsty Troll Brewfest
This bills itself as an IPA with Belgian influences. I would say that it comes close but it is just a tad more IPA than Belgian. Bell’s Two Hearted might have been the best beer available on the day but this was the best new beer I got to try. It’s going to be around for a few more weeks so head over to Mount Horeb if you can (the upcoming BA Baltic Porter might be a good reason as well).
Aroma / Appearance - The straw colored body was very light even for an IPA. A clean white head floated gracefully on top. Grass, citrus and strong floral notes leave their mark - there is no mistaking that this beer has hops. Candy sugar reveals the Belgian influence, which is complimented by a yeasty foundation.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet tarts and cotton candy fill the mouth on the first sip. Next comes the typical bitterness one expects of an IPA - not too strong but definitely not timid. The mouthfeel is very fluid. It manages to coat every surface of the mouth before fading. A sweet floral aftertaste highlights the experience. I was tempted to just go back for more and stop exploring but the show must go on.