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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian IPA: It’s not for the masses, it’s for you. Rejecting traditional brewing dogma, the Infidel challenges the notion of beers fitting neatly into established style guidelines. The assertive, citrus hoppiness of an American IPA unites with the traditional spicy notes of a Belgian Pale Ale to create a bold, beautiful, palate-pleasing brew.

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3.2
BrettTaylor (776) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Poured as a taster at local shop. Pours a rich gold with off-white head. Aroma is more IPA than Belgian and the hops are apparent without the spiciness I associate with Belgian ales on the nose. Taste is also mostly IPA, citrus present, and not much spiciness.

3.5
williamstome (1875) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Gold pour, big offwhite head. Hoppy aroma, hoppy flavor with mango notes and a toasty finish.

3.5
stevoj (5033) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Nice take on the IPA style. Belgian yeast plays well with the American hops. Mild hoppy bitterness with a touch of the normal Belgian dried fruit sweetness. Very interesting.

3.7
Sammy (12195) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
Really good IPA, not too much Belgian in the way. Really nice citrus and drinkable, smooth. Capone’s.

3.9
Strykzone (7355) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bomber from Hayduke that we shared via facebook chat. I rolled my bottle and had difficulty loosening the yeast but did manage. The result was a honey gold beer that was quite hazy. An off white head that has good retention and leaves fluffy lacing. An aroma that is full of tropical fruit. The first sip is very hot. That alcohol is not well hidden at all. Later fruit comes through and it is tropical. Candi sugar after that. There are plenty of Belgian notes here with both yeast and sugar. Some dry zest. Bitterness is very moderate. That fruit must be from hops but it almost seems like it is yeast sourced. Balance here is between an IIPA and the Belgian influences and it is amazingly well balanced.

3.6
hayduke (5203) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
This was shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured a cloudy (After a bottle roll) amber-orange with a beige head. Nose of tropical fruit (mango) and some lime. Medium body and some alcohol in the mouth feel Flavor is tropical fruit, again mango with some citrus and spices, such as clove. The finish is bitter sweet. The warmer it gets the more the flavors show up. This is a Belgian IPA according to the description. I generally like this and my only complaint is just a tad too much alcohol burn.

3.7
jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Fresh bottle. Pours deep cloudy orange with little to no head. Aroma is grapefruit and other citrus, clove, fresh bread. Taste is mix of citrus flavors with caramel malt. Sweet and crisp, some spiciness. Little hop up front but not throughout. Interesting beer and an easy drinker.

3.8
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Glimmering body. St able head with a soft aroma of citrus and Belgian malt. Flavor tends to be a little flat at times but overall a nice balanced semi sweet ale.

4
dfearnley (2134) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle to tulip I’ve been saving this one for a while, but being a hoppy beer, I couldn’t keep it too long. Generally I’m one for drinking a beer at room temperature, but lately, I’ve been chilling them, just a bit. Lets see how that plays out. Lots of aroma here, primarily fruits such as lime, grapefruit, plum, and mango and a touch of pepper. Given enough time and some deep inhalations, the belgian yeast breaks through. It’s a cloudy amber with a very long lasting creamy and 1cm thick white cloudy head. Some of the top edges of the head look to be providing some lacing and after drinking down half a glass, that becomes quite apparent. The taste as hoped is quite fruity as well, but theres a slight sourness...mango, apple, lots of grapefruit, balanced with just the right amount of caramel sweetness. After everything else fades, the Belgian yeast starts to shine and I’m left with a yeasty and bitter aftertaste. It’s hard to decide if I want to blast my tastebuds right away with another swig or let the yeast and hop end to subside first. I’d have loved to share this bottle, but I’m happy enough to be able to finish it myself. Wonderful.

4
poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2014
22 oz bottle from Super 1 in Hayden, ID. Aroma is doughy, peppery, Belgian yeast, spicy, dusty, sour berries, earthy. Pours hazy orange with a two finger off-white head with decent retention; leaves some lace. Taste is a rolling conglomeration of sweet, spicy, savory and sour followed by some restrained bitterness in the finish. Body seems a little thinner than it should be, carbonation is relatively light for style. Nice beer.


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