Roymullins (28) - - OCT 15, 2017 KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The pour was a hazy medium golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white pillowy head that had great retention, finally reducing to a large cap with excellent sticky foamy lacing.
The aroma was of a grain malt, pine and citrus hops and a soapy Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit), apple, banana, a bit of clove and a mild alcohol tinge.
The taste was lightly bitter with a slight malty fruity sweetness and a touch of banana at first, but quickly became decently hoppy and a tad yeasty with a hint of citrus and a bitter spicy finish. The flavor lasted a good while with a bitter yeasty taste left to linger on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just above light in body and dry in texture with a medium carbonation.
Overall a good mix of a Belgian Ale and an IPA, giving this brew a nice smooth drinkability...
I don't like Belgian beers- too sweet and sappy... and New Belgium has gone downhill over the past decade (used to love Fat Tire but it has changed.) A friend gave this to me since he doesn't like Belgian-yeast beers either so I tried it- this one is actually pretty good. Still a little sweet but there are enough hops in it to almost balance it. I probably won't buy it but if it is free it is drinkable. BillWyce (1104) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Pours clear amber with a touch of orange and a 1-finger white head. Citrus fruit aroma mixed with an earthy note. Maybe a touch of tropical fruit too. Body is medium-to-full with a dry finish. Flavor shows notes from various types of hops: first pine, then tropical fruit, followed by grapefruit. This is no "hop bomb" though, as all of those notes are nicely restrained with an underlying earthy note from the Belgian yeast. beerme31 (705) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours cleara copper-golden with medium off-white head. Aroma of spices and orange citrus. Taste is medium sweetness. Finish is a little soft, but hops do come through with the belgian yeast. Good overall. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear pale gold body with a small fizzy white head. The nose is slightly sweet and fruity malt with a nice light floral hoppiness. The flavor is delicate and light with a nice sweet pale maltiness. Gentle bitterness and a floral hop finish. Light bodied and just a bit clingy with soft fizzy carbonation. Good stuff. Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Sample at the Asheville brewery. Clear golden color with a medium ivory white head that dissipates steadily to a film. Stringy lacing. Fruity yeast, hops and malt in the nose. Medium body with flavors of Belgian yeast, citrusy hops and malt. The finish is moderately bitter and fruity with a hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.
ZacM612 (804) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Clear, deep golden with a lacing white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, citrusy hops, and a little spice. Taste is spicy with a citrus finish. Not bad. Lowe1983 (1634) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2016
Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma is pine and floral hops with some belgian yeast and banana. Flavor is interesting. The Belgian yeast comes out strong up front but finishes bitter with the pine and floral hops. Never really had anything quite like it. aracauna (3683) - Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Really nice take on this style. Nice Belgian yeast aromas and good hop profile. ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is hop driven. The taste matches the nose. A solid beer. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA: Belgian IPA
AROMA: Orange citrus is the prominent note; slight floral or candy scent. An odd, difficult-to-identify aroma (fusel alcohol?) is also present. 8/12
APPEARANCE: Bright copper/flame orange; mostly clear body with CO2 visible. Moderate, brite white froth. Good lacing. 3/3
FLAVOR: Light spicy taste at first - mild clove and peppery phenols from Belgian yeast. Base malt is generic pale; fairly clean and unsweetened. American hops impart orange citrus flavor on the finish with candy flavor as well. Fairly strong, dry bitterness is tolerable. No alcohol taste. 16/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Soft texture and smooth finish. No alcohol warmth. Hops linger momentarily but are not astringent. 5/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Good combination of base AIPA recipe and Belgian yeast character. It’d be awesome if not for that off aroma. 8/10
TOTAL SCORE: 40/50