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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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A citrusy and refreshing Belgian-style pale ale hopped with Cascade, Citra, and whole Crystal hops for massive aromas and flavors! Fermented with our Belgian Wit yeast for an extra dose of complexity, this one is very drinkable and extremely aromatic.

Per Wil Turner, this is a second runnings beer from Institutionalized Barleywine’s runoff.

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4.2
jeffbigD (134) - - APR 16, 2015
Pours clear amber with little head. Smooth blend of grains and hops. Nice fruit notes that make it a solid brew.

4.2
MaltsterMash (31) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Beautiful hoppy aroma yet still getting the Belgian wit yeast of the peppery/lemony smell. Appearance is slightly hazy with a yellow/golden color. Average/low head retention. Medium carbonation, heavier body than most pale ales. Hops linger but not overpowering. A nice balance between the complex yeast and the hops. A very enjoyable beer. Usually skeptical with a hop forward Belgian style ale. This was well made.

4.1
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Fruity with strong hops. Has a strong bite from the hops but the aftertaste hits the citrus notes. Lemon and grapefruit. Belgian yeast not as noticeable, more similar to a citrusy IPA.

4.1
ccex (1390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2017 22 oz bottle pours a clear reddish orange with small white head and some lacing. Smells like an IPA with citrus, piney, and floral hops up front. Aroma is the same with the hops dominating. There are hints of melon, honeysuckle, orange and lemon without very much in the way of malts or yeast. Body is medium. Tastes on the sweet side at first with a nice bitter finish. Very enjoyable, but it didn’t make me say Wow. Worth trying again....Several years later, this has become my regular go-to beer whenever it’s in season. It helps that Bud Powell’s "Un Poco Loco" is a favorite, and that I got to meet the brewer who is on the can, but what’s important is the overall, balanced excellence of this beer. When I haven’t had one for a while, I say "wow" having forgotten the last pleasure.

4.1
rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2013
bottle. golden orange with two finger head. About as good as a Belgian pale can be, which is pretty damn good. Awesome flavor. highly recommended.

4.1
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Gold with big, foamy, white head, good legs / Perfumey nose of bologna, citrus, weed, / Medium to full body, fat with soft carbonation, dry, nice balance with some astringency and bitter finish / Flavors of straw, bologna, resin, vague citrus, flower petal / A nice, dry, golden pale.

4.1
zgaier (1968) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Pours a golden orange with a white head and nice aroma of fruits, citrus, and peach. Taste is well balanced, nice hoppy, citrus, peach notes with malt, caramel, and light spice leading to a dry, fruity finish. Very drinkable, tasty pale ale

4.1
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Pours a nice copper brown. Nose and taste are a nice blend of Cascade, Citra and Crystal. Great nose, great taste, highly crushable and addictive! Great beer

4.1
muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2017
12 ounce can from Valli Produce in Rockford, IL, consumed a little too cold from a Duvel glass. Pours a bright, slightly oily gold-amber with a huge glass-filling bubbly white meringue head that decays very slowly and laces thickly...gorgeous fruity-herbal nose, mangos soaked in tarragon and thyme, with a bit of that Wit bubblegum and baking spice character, a bit of banana, a hint of coriander, intoxicating and almost perfume-like...on the tongue a lovely balance is noted immediately, a reasonably strong sweetness appears but the yeasty undertones and the light but forceful citrusy hops alongside a nice bit of burnt and toasty malt gives this an interesting and somewhat unexpected complexity; there’s also a touch of German wheat character here, and if there’s a flaw it’s that on the finish the bitterness is a bit acrid and unpleasant at first, though this largely dissipates when you let it warm to near room temp. The carbonation is strong and tingly, and the body is quite full, hefty even, but just misses out on having a bloating feeling and isn’t in the least syrupy. This has become one of my go-to beers over the past few weeks and I’m on about my 4th six-pack; easily the best beer I’ve had from this brewery so far and one of the best everyday-drinking Beligan styled ales available here.

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NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Draft at Belgian Fest. Glad I had a chance to finally try this one. Nose is huge hops, really fresh and citrusy, tropical fruit from the Citra. Light Belgian yeast, tart note. Some noted pepper notes and grain. On tasting, medium-high bitterness, clean and deep. Nice malt balance and fruity hops. Tropical qualities are really nice. Great stuff.


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