PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Light colored, well-carbonated. The yeast character in this is lovely, with more funk and berries than spice. Unfortunately the hop character is merely ok, slightly bitter, and not very smooth at that . It is well brewed and at it’s best is a light grassy/berry summer treat, but it just doesn’t go where the american hops can. I never new American hops could pair well with a Belgian yeast, though, until I tried Iron Hill Belgian IPA, Stone’s Cali-Belgique doesn’t do it for me either. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Orange-amber pour with with a tan head. Aroma is a little hoppy. Taste is a little sticky. It has a little dry aftertaste, little floral, a so-so beer/ michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, Belgian yeast, lots of spice, coriander, light peach, citrus, grain, and nectar. Poured amber/orange/gold in color with a medium-sized, off-white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of grains, hops, spice, pepper, light citrus, light fruit, yeast, and some herbs. Light to medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Lightly sweet, medium bitter, hop, Belgian yeast, light fruit, pepper finish is dry. theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Pours copper with a nice white head and a little lace. Aroma is awesome, of hops, citrus and herbs. Smooth flavour, light, nice hop finish, citrus. jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2011
22 oz bottle, pours out a gold copper color with whitish head and an average amount of bubbles. aroma of sourdough, spices, tart acid and a bit of earthy green hops. not overly funk, nor overly dry as i might have expected from something labeled "farmhouse" but it maintains enough IPA character that it doesn’t need to be purely wild. certainly a change of pace from the regular mad hatter IPA, but it’s an enjoyable one and would go nicely with shrimp or thanksgiving turkey.
jcr (2726) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Bomber. Hazy amber body with a large, fluffy off-white head. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit, resin, citrus. Hints of bubblegum, pepper and clove. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation. Lingering bitterness. Taste of grapefruit, floral hops, spice, toasted grain. Peppery. Bitterness mutes most flavors. Interesting beer with the hop bitterness of an IPA and the spiciness of a Belgian ale. Grainy around the edges. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Hazy gold amber, thick frothy beige head. Aroma of banana, hops, caramel. Taste is herbal, bitter vine, green, funky, oregano. Overall bitter and funky, lots of yeast. Good but odd. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2011
A softly steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a more than glass filling, five-finger thick, light tan colored crown of froth; The head slowly subsides with a very varied texture, leaving a structurally sound mesa of a plateau floating in the middle of my glass. The beer is an amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, red tinged, gold-amber hue when held up to the light. The nose smells of spicy Belgian yeast character mixed with fruity American hops; notes of lychee, concentrated apricot, woody pepper, slightly medicinal sweet ginger, touches of children’s aspirin and a big candied citrus zest aromatics. The finish has a toasted, lightly browned cracker maltiness. There is an almost tobacco like character to the medicinal side of the nose.Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2011
The beer is mostly dry and gets drier as it rolls across the palate. There is a firm, but not overwhelming bitterness to this beer and it gets augmented by some spicy yeast phenolics; there is a touch of clove character as well as some pepper spiciness. Up front there is a perceived sweetness from the bright hop character that contributes notes of lychee, tangelo zest, sweet Meyer lemon zest (or a sort of sweet lemon note) and some big floral citrus notes. The body of this beer is fairly light, lighter than the standard Hatter, nicely quaffable.
This is quite a bit more enjoyable than I was expecting. The mix of vibrant hop character and spicy, earthy yeast character works quite well.
Bomber from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, opened 6/17ish/11. Pours a hazy auburn color with a large frothy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of floral and slightly herbal hops, pale malts, and a spicy finish. The taste is earthy, herbal hops, caramel, pith and a tart yeasty finish. Medium bodied. Interesting. Headbanger (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
22oz bottle 8/4/11 ’11 Vintage (Binny’s Downers Grove)-42° in Trappist Glass-Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a nice full slightly off white head. Aroma of yeast, Brett, pine, and citrus. Taste of funk, Belgian, hops, caramel, tartness, and citru. Big carbonation. This medium bodied brew is different but in a good way. I like the funkiness of it.