GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Draft at the brewpub. Advertised as 50 IBU’s. Poured a clear light orange color. Head was white and reduced to a thin film. There was some lace on the glass at the end. Citrus dominated aroma with distinct flower blossom and fruity candy accents that held their own. Sweet and fruity on the tongue. Not quite cloyingly sweet, but close. There wasn’t a great deal of hop bitterness. Tasted of orange marmalade with notes of pear and pineapple. There was also a bit of clove. Unfortunately I also detected a touch of soy that was out of place. With the exception of the occasional oddity, this was a pretty good beer. cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2012
On tap at the brewpub, pours a hazy light golden with a thin whtie head, there is a slight hop presence in the aromas with a little bit of citrus and yeast, the flavor is a ton of citrus on the front end but the yeast kind of overpowers everything else, there is a strange sweetness in the middle of the brew that I can’t put my finger on, not terrible but nothing I would go out of my way to have again. arkurzynski (2427) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2012
Hazy amber. Aroma of light yeasty spice, fruit esters, and light floral hopping. Flavor is light sweet Belgian candy and fruity malt and finishes with a solid pine and grapefruit hop bitterness. Some residual, somewhat dry. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Clear amber body. Spicy pear aroma and soft pale malt. The flavor really opens up into clean fruity esters. This is the main component over a caramelly base and a balancing hop bitterness. More of a Belgian hoppy amber but still very good. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2009
22oz bottle. 9.4% ABV. Purchased a couple weeks ago at a liquor store in Mt Horeb, no idea how old the bottle is. Honey, candy, citrus in the nose with a white pepper spiciness. Hazy golden color with a smallish head. Flavors of light fruits (pear), orange peel, black pepper and warming alcohol with a lingering bitterness at the end. I would not have guessed this beer is 9.4%. Very drinkable.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2007
This beer is branded as a "Belgian IPA," which automatically prompts comparisons to the Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel, and I found this offering from Grumpy Troll to be substantially better. This beer is a great collision of hops and spice; both are present in a pleasing but not over-whelming quantities, and the best parts of both styles are emergent in the flavor of this beer.
Thanks to SurlySober for picking up this growler from Mount Horeb and splitting it with me. Color is a slightly hazy but still very bright dark golden color with decent head, even after two days in the growler. Aroma is predominantly sweet and citrus-y hoppiness, nicely balanced with some tripel-y citrus notes and cloviness. Flavor is a bit peppery and fruity, with nice merging of the fruitiness of the two styles; the tripel has some nice full-fruitiness to it, which is augmented by the sweet citrusiness of the hops. Mouthfeel was a bit sticky, but not overpowering or unexpected. I found this beer to be rather drinkable for a 9% ABV, which surreptitiously snuck into the beer without me noticing. Very good and highly recommended. Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2009
On tap at the brewpub, and called BIPA, pours clear, has a floral hop aroma. It’s smooth, malty thick but not undrinkable, it’s a pretty good IPA. Still not my favorite GT selection, but I’d get it again. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2008
On tap, visit over the holidays. I remember thinking while I was drinking/rating that this wasn’t the most memorable beer of the sampler and the few others I enjoyed, but it was clearly well crafted and enjoyable. The first impressions struck me as more ale-like then Belgian, with a grassy, hoppy, citrusy nose and first taste. Finish gets funkier with a bit of spice and orange zest. As a whole I perceived it more pale ale/ipaish than Belgian, but certainly it was enjoyable. I wouldn’t have guessed 9 ABV, felt more like 7. A solid beer.