nuplastikk (6630) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Filtered yellow tan, thin white head. Dry and toasty, with lots of tropical hop tones. Lemon-lime tone. Highly refreshing and clean. Great beer. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2011
I loved this session ale (so to speak). It reminds me very closely of a beer I brew. Can’t beat that Nelson Sauvin juiciness. So happy we have that hop! dinkle50 (1591) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Super pine smell. Pale in the glass. No head and very low carbonation. Pine flavor and very much like licking a pin tree. Lots of Hoppy resin. This was ok, but I’ve had better in this style. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy, brighter pale gold colored body with a thin, frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is really nice. Lots of juicy pineapples with some florals and a really pleasant Belgian yeastiness. Some pines and florals along with a light banana ester and a touch of spiced tropical fruits. Flavor is pretty solid as well. Lots of juicy citrus pineapples with some grapefruit-lemons up front before some Belgian yeast esters and fruitiness comes in. Good amount of pines with a light floral spicing. Gets a bit grainy in the middle before the bitterness gets a bit sharper and this finishes a tad bit sweet with lots of citrus and a solid mix of Belgian yeast. Dry with a moderate bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light body with a light carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice Belgian Pale Ale. Lots of fresh, juicy citruses with a nice floral and piney hop aspect along with a solid, balancing, lightly spiced Belgian yeast. Could be a bit crisper on the carbonation, but I liked this one. User29624 (1687) - - SEP 5, 2011
On tap @ Rev. Pours cloudy gold with a white head. Aroma of citrus, slight pine, and Belgian yeast. Good flavor, but just a touch thin. Really well done.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Growler from the brewery. Pours a hazy light golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is very fresh citric, lemon rind, grassy and a touch of tropical fruit, a little spice and just a bit of grain. Flavor is also very fresh, nice hoppy grassy note, a bit floral, lots of the citric fruits and belgian yeast as it comes to a sweet, fruity tropical finish. Medium body and a softish carbonation. Delicious, very fresh and refreshing, the hops taste great TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Sampled on tap at Goose’s Belgian Fest (Chicago, IL). Pours a well hazed straw yellow hue, a bigger frothy brighter white head that dies to a thicker layer, laces ok, stays decent sized. Aromas are a wonderful blast of the Nelson Sauvin. White grapes, florals, grass, and lemons. Some stronger grapefruit, good solid bitter and dry nose. A touch of yeasty spice with some bread dough, touches of fruity esters. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied offering a good solid dry bitter hopping up front. White grape, grass, lemons, grapefruit. Nice, moving into a dry and brady middle, some fruity esters, touches of tropical fruit, light spicy yeast. As the beer warms, the impressive hopping falls off noticeable. Getting a bit sweeter and more fruity. Finish is decent dryness, lingering citrus and earthy hops with spicy yeast, mellow bread, dough, touch of vanilla. Nice BPA with a great nose, beer itself is solid. Not bad. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - AUG 25, 2011
On tap at the brewpub.drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Pours a cloudy, pale-straw-gold/yellow with thin, wispy, nearly non-existent head. Aroma emits a huge juicy citrus burst of lemon, grapefruit, and orange, followed by grassy, mild hops and a faint whiff of ginger. Flavor starts out pretty much as the aroma goes, with a mild dose of light grain to go along with it, giving one a first impression that is is an easy-sipping mow-the-lawn summer beer. But the hop bitterness becomes increasingly more assertive as it warms, to the point that it completely transforms the beer from lawnmower-quaffing to take-it-easy-or-your-face-will-pucker-for-life hop bitterness. That said, the juicy citrus and light sugary malt always keeps it balanced and in check. Eventually the hops produce a dank, almost musty flavor that I also pick up in Ahtanum-hopped beers; slightly off-putting. Medium body, tingly carbonated palate. Interesting, mostly works, not quite all there.
Draft at rev, pours hazy pale golden with white head. Nose is loaded with pineapple juice, while grapefruit, grass, mold and a mild spicy phenolic yeast play undertones. Flavors are rather sweet up front, big grassy and pineapples come through strong that are met head on with that phenolic white pepper yeast character. Thin body. Something seems off here, I think it’s mostly the belgian yeast not really jiving with Nelson hops as they never really compliment each other and the yeast seems to have gotten too greedy. Perhaps if they would have gone for a full Belgian ipa the hopping could have stood up better. Such a shame cuz I love Nelson and a good hoppy Belgian beer. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Draft at Revolution. Pours a murky blonde, heavily hazed though not horrible to look at. Persistent white head that leaves a sticky lace. Nose is very fruity with pineapple and a bit of catty gooseberry. On taste, has an understated sweetness and very fruity. Candied pineapple and a stony bitterness that persists. The yeast character is quite subdued with some white pepper phenolics. Solid beer for sure.