Austin_Ripper (66) - Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Smells like banana, a bit of bubblegum, and citrus fruits. Pours a deep amber, with almost no head. Taste is banana, with a biscuity finish. Very surprised with this beer, very easy to forget that its an 8.5% beer. Easily the best Iowa beer that I have had so far. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Orange-gold with scant, white head / Fat, clean nose of malo, citrus, and resin / Medium to full body, malty and fruit but very clean, body stands up well to big alcohol, with good balance and dry finish / Big, clean, elegant flavors of fermented orange, pineapple, mango, honey, and resin / Very nice in this big, steely, style. Bismarksays (4) - - MAY 19, 2016 does not count
taste is stightly sweet, with hints of clove and banana, just a touch of pepper. beer hides is high abv almost too well. clarity on this beer is surprisingly good. a world class example. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2011
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 Bottle.
A - Hazed dark, white peach color with a slightly smaller than average sized, creamy, smooth, frothy, white head. Average retention leaving a decent lace.
S - A light on the light side with a fair amount of phenol, spicy aroma. Clove, coriander, and mediciny aroma are strongest. Some bready and pilsner malt base. Belgian yeast is providing a lot of the aroma. A touch of fruitiness (especially banana).
T - Like the nose, the flavor is dominated by spice, phenol, and bready/pilsner malt (some graininess as well). The malt flavor provides a lot of the flavor and base. Clove, coriander and phenol flavors pop up throughout with an interesting kick. In the back there is a faint fruity ester flavor but not very strong for the style. Slight alcohol warming at the finish, but well hidden and not harsh at all.
M - Medium body with a good level of carbonation. There is a bit of a kick from the alcohol and carbonation, but is very nice and smooth overall.
D - I’m torn on this one and a lot of the scores could be changed a little without much problem for me. It is a little strong on the phenol/spice and not enough fruitiness but it goes down easy. Alcohol makes a very brief showing, but is very well hidden for 8.5%.
Notes: Like I said, I’m torn. A some points I like it and other times I’m not really digging it. Overall I think it just misses a little on the fruitiness. Good and refreshing beer though, it’s just not something that I really enjoy. It seems like a nice inoffensive BSPA that I think a lot of people will like, but not love.