GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden with a decent head and lacing. Aromas of spicy malt. Medium nectar with ample residual effers. Basically this beer is competing for the Hopsenjoor/Houblon slot but it doesn’t compete. I like the Green Flash Le Freak better than this. Cali is mild in comparison yet does yield a sword of hop bittering that never lets up. It doesn’t allow the malt flavors to reach into the palate walls rendering this a bit unbalanced. Theres a defined Belgian Tripel disposition yet mild and forgetful. My haunch is that this needs to age for a year. that will allow the malt side of the spectrum to show better as the hops fade away. Only time will tell. I personally don’t like to wait for a beer to get better, especially when theres only a bottle left and no more coming.
chyldking (14) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Deep Ellum. Slightly hazy straw, fine sticky head. Aroma is IPA with a hint of something else behind the hops. Fruit, with a touch of leather and must. Tastes like IPA at first, hops up front with spruce and flowers, as that fades a pleasant belgian blend of banana and earth. Really nice. Have a bottle at home I’m looking forward to as well.
boto (2172) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bomber: This one poured a hazy, orange tinged golden yellow. There was a small white head onit that left some lacing. Nice aroma. Lots of pine with some citrus hops in the background, but not overpowering. The taste is quite good also. Somewhat bitter, with some pine and a lesser amount of citrus. The malts are nicely balanced here, and there is a bit of a Belgian breadiness to it also. There is pretty much no residual sweetness, though.
madmitch76 (23973) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 10th October 2008. GABF. Clear amber beer. Dry crisp palate. Fruity - distinct banana. Champagene crisp finish. 3.
16th March 2009
Slightly hazy amber beer, good white head. Palate is medium soft with a semi dry finish. Wonderfully integrated hops that are very well behaved without being wimpy. Grapefruit, sweet orange and pineapple followed by a minty coolness. Very smooth delightful IPA.
doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours a nice orange color with a minimal head that doesn’t stick around. Smells florally and fruity with a hint of citrus and hops. Taste is strong in hops as a Stone IPA would be, but with, again, fruity and flowery undertones. Medium carbonation with a decently smooth mouth feel. Got this one 2-3 weeks back and was waiting to open it. So worth it.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Clear deep golden pour , thin creamy white head , some lacing . Aroma of yeast and a slight hint of citrus hop . Flavor is sweet and yeasty with a late citrus/pine bittering that finishes dry . Medium bodied , low carbonation . Different but very good .
FROTHINGSLOSH (7449) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a vibrant apricot color with a small white head that faded quickly. the aroma was sugary and lightly tart but overall lacking. the flavor was surprisingly dry with a table sugar element, moderate fruity hops, pine and a tart undertone. The finish was long, sugary and tangy with a lingering off flavor that was difficult to specify. Fairly full bodied. Uninspired.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a clear light bronze color, with a nice beige head. The aroma is distinctively Belgian, which is very pleasant. This beer isn’t too bitter or malty, it’s just perfect imo. Overall the benchmark in this style of beers and my favorite beer from Stone Brewing Co.
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong hoppy nose, but this brew isnt overly hopped up. I love IPA’s and felt this was a very nice drinkable beer.
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Winking Lizard. Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head. The aroma is hop-heavy with a touch of yeast; fruity, piney, resiny, and grassy. The flavor is quite complex: the hops hit first with their citrus and pine flavors, and then a subtle sweetness from the yeast. A little maltiness would have been nice to balance it out. Unique, but not quite amazing.