jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. I should state up front that one of the most memorable beers for me was the first time I tried DeRanke Bitter XXX, and I’ve been trying to get anything to measure up to that moment as far as a Belgian take on IPA. Interesting to get the West Coast take on the Belgian take on the West Coast IPA.....lovely pour, with a resinous hop aroma. The yeasty "België"element plays pretty well with that, only lacking maybe a spice note to play with the hops a touch better. Still, very well done.....and not even DeRanke has lived up to that first glass experience intro to the style within a style. Such is beer!
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I wanted to dislike this solely because it is an IPA. It’s pretty delicious though. Grapefruit and some inedible yellow flower. I still wouldn’t drink a full bottle on my own though. Maybe when I am grown up I can dig it more.
thirdeye11 (6131) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle best by 8-17-10) clearish bright orange, oily offwhite bubbles. Nose of big sweet florals, Belgian yeast, Candi sugar, hibiscus, and grapefruit. Taste of candied oranges, spicy Ginger, very mild bready tastes, Belgian yeast and grapes. Oily texture with a spicy finish. One of the best stone brews!
Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz Bottle -- Pours burnt orange-amber with a thick creamy off-white head. Aromas of tea, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, peach, apricot, Sichuan pepper, and pine, floral, and resin hops. Yeast and floral presence is much more pronounced that the regular IPA. Nice acidic and tart front end. smoother than its IPA counterpart.
Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is golden straw in color. Nose is complex, featuring citrus and yes, burnt rubberbands. Taste is grapefruit, alcohol and spices. Smooth, slightly bitter finish. Another solid beer from our friends at Stone.
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Spec’s in Houston. Smells like lemondrop candy/citrus. Bright golden yellow with a faint white head. Smooth with light carbonation. Taste is semi-sweet and citrus. Reminds me of lemon pie. Smooth finish. Excellent.
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at The Mondial de la biere in Montréal 2010. The color is honey with a thick off white head and lace. The aroma is of citrus fruits and malt. The taste is a mix of citrus fruits, herbs, and spicies with hops. It has a very pleasing taste in the mouth that last .
reggiedunlop (3697) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a nice slightly hazy golden honey color...reminiscent of some triples...nice creamy, thick white head with nice retention and lacing. aroma has a touch of maltiness followed by nice delicate floral hops...grassy, grapefruity, and spicy...also a hint of sweetness. flavor is somewhat like a triple but less sweet up front and more grapefruity with a hint of spicy hops towards the end...hint of alcohol too. mouthfeel is odd...a little watery at first but then creamy towards the end. finish is gently lingering with a mild waming effect. very nice beer!
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. The aeomas are musk, closet odors with citrus. The mouthfeel is very dry and lightly oily with a bitterness. This was quite interesting. Cheers!
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber (one of the Cali-Belgie bottles). Pours nearly pumpkin orange with a large, frothy beige head that leaves sheets of lacing. Aromas of sweet spruce, orangepeel, coriander, slight Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. Flavor is brown sugar and pine, sugary yeast, and some slight spice notes. The mild bitterness allows nice Belgian notes to come through. Thick, creamy, and slightly warming. Really good, a nice hybrid of two styles.