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96
style
RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(Previously known as Hop God) A beautiful golden crossbreed of a Belgian Tripel and a West Coast IPA. Combining the best attributes of each style in a remarkable way, this beer explodes with spiciness, tropical fruit, and an intense citrus bitterness that will leave you begging for more! Hopped with Warrior, Chinook, Centential, and Cascade hops.

2010 World Beer Cup – Bronze Medal – American-Belgo Style Ale
2011 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition– Bronze Medal – Belgian Style Strong Specialty Beer
2012 North American Beer Awards– Bronze Medal – Hybrid Style Beer
2012 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition – Silver Medal – American-Belgo Style Ale
2015 San Diego International Beer – Silver Medal – Hybrid Belgian-Style Ale

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3.6
ryanfolty (2545) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2012
January 9, 2012 tap at Saucer. Hazy yellow orange pour with some head and lacing. Aroma is hoppy, citrus and fruity. Taste is pretty much spot on with aroma but throw in a little spice to finish.

4.1
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Aroma is grass, wheat, earthy, caramel and dark fruit. Taste is very sour, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, bittersweet. Nice lacing. Clean mouth feel. Very good.

3.5
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2012
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. Quite an opaque, borderline murky dark orange pour. Looks gritty, sludgy, and almost sedimental. The beer is generally more appetizing than this first impression, though, and it starts off with an appealing ripe nose of yeast, abundant dry hops, and citrus rind. Smooth mouthfeel, almost no heat from the abv. Taste is big and buttery from the Chard, which complements the yeast quite well, and the dry hops provide a pleasant contrast in the taste, along with a moderately spicy finish. I’ve certainly had better beers in this general style, but this one was solid.

4.8
docskalski (13) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
I went and had a growler filled with Hop God at a local grocery store, with no previous knowledge of the brew, and wow, quite a pleasant surprise I must say. A bountiful citrus and complex hop aroma is noted up front, followed by visualization of a crystal clear amber pour with an expected two finger head. Taste is overtly malty and sweet with a smooth hop finish, noting bold notes of tempered red fruit, typical of Belgian yeasts yet perfectly complementing the grain bill which I assume included the infamous Special B malt. Palate is thick and reminiscent of an imperial stout, which is always a plus with a crystal clear IPA like this (in my book). Pleasantly surprising. Overall, worth the price and I will definitely buy more. This may even out compete Surly Furious in my book.

3.6
bodegajohn (4) - LaCrosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2011 does not count
Pours a brilliant orange / amber with nice filled that falls into some lingering lace. Nose is citrus and sour. Taste is similar to the nose: sour start, fading into a ever so slight bitter finish that lingers on the tongue. The well masked alcohol makes this one dangerously good!

3.7
kcdrew (5) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2011 does not count
I think it is a bit overrated for the name. Pretty good beer. Tried it on tap a few times.

3.8
Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Tap at The Bridge-St Louis-Pours bright orange with a lovely soapy white head with nice lacing and just looks great overall. Nose is nuts! phenols, honey, sweet citrus with some lite alcohol heat. Definatley there but not over bearing. robust flavors of sweet phenolic belgian yeast qualities with big bitter/resinous hops, especially on the finish. Wow a really crazy beer here not alot of alcohol heat on the flavors masked more by the robust hops. This beer almost becomes plastic tasting. The bitterness goes on for a long time. This isnt really the most balanced beer out there however, its a very challenging and unique twist to this saturated style.

3.9
nuplastikk (6254) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Tap at Dexters. Hazy orange tan. Big, creamy, off-white head. Fruity taste and aroma, some citrus, maybe even guava melon. Sugary malt depth, maybe some candi sugar or Belgian yeast notes. Not overly astringent, smooth melon tones, tropical. A pretty good Belgian IPA, would have benefited from a little more lively carbonation. Guave, honey, toasted malt. Well done.

3.7
theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Several samples at the 2011 KC Strong Ale Festival. Pour is a clouded golden yellow with a smallish off white head. Aroma is big floral hop, clove yeast, and a nice tannin mineral element. Taste combines the elements of the nose, floral hops and clove yeast up front, some resin carries the finish to the dry tannic finish. Palate is medium t heavy bodied, with a decent amount of alcohol in the finish. This had an interesting intentional (I assume)roughness to it.

3.9
halfonit (1364) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Pours a hazy deep gold color. Aroma is of hops, bark, citrus, a little earthiness, and grass. Flavor is similar with a slight sweetness that comes through in the back end. That might be Belgian yeast I taste. Overall this isn’t too bad.


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