Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear bright golden color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hop, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
Pours a slightly hazed deep golden with amber highlights, one-finger white head, thick lacing from the 750ml. bottle into a wine glass: A deliciously hopped nose- pine, caramel, floral, grassy, but predominantly citrus (orange, lime). Other notable aromas- honeydew, clove, and pepper. Flavors are nice, but somewhat disappointing compared to the hoppy bouquet. Tastes of stale grapefruit, clove, light cracked pepper, alcohol, and basic rinds. It’s like you expect an IPA taste, but then surprised with barnyard yeast, lemon, and more citrus that tempts you into wanting hops even more. Drinkability: Powerful nose, ok flavor. Pairing: Seared tuna over baked pear, sauteed spinach, and cognac cream. Rebuy: No. #413 on 19042010, DG. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2010
The pour is a translucent, gold color with a full, creamy, brilliant white head which settles to a creamy/frothy layer and leaves lots of sporadic, Belgian lace. The nose is odd and faint but still pleasant; some resins, lots of cotton candy, light spicy alcohols, some citrus, and dusty yeast. The flavor is similar with plenty of cotton candy, dry pine notes, some citrus, dusty yeast, and light grains. The palate is nice with a nearly lively carbonation, a velvety mouthfeel, and a medium to full body. The finish is crisp and dry but not overly so with candy notes, dry pine, and some light citrus. What an odd beer with completely different aspects interacting together. The sugar notes were a bit over the top and the hops were fairly insignificant for a hoppy beer. Actually a fairly drinkable beer even if it was a bit lacking in some areas. Not the best from the brewery but not bad. kahns (4) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2010 does not count
Appearance: Poured into a New Belgium snifter. Pure white cramy 1/2 inch head. Light orange in color. Killer lacing.
Smell: Citrus, caramel, pinecone, dried apricot
Taste: Citrusy hops, extremely faint anise, very small yeast sourness at finish but overall citrus bitterness. Beautiful.
Mouthfeel: Dry, creamy bottle conditioned carbonation, effervescent on the tongue. Creamy foam on the cheeks at the finish. Piney citrus sticks with you.
Overall: A lovely hybrid of a Belgian golden ale and an American IPA. A match make in beer heaven.
Purchased at Kahns for $9.99
jcr (2692) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 750 ml. Hazy, golden body. Minimal white head mostly diminishing. Nice aroma of caramel, bread, toasted grain, fruits, floral hops, grass, citrus and lemon. The flavor is moderately sweet to lightly sweet and lightly acidic. It finishes moderately bitter, moderately sweet and lightly to moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture turning slightly sticky, average carbonation. At first sip, the combination of acidity, hops and sweet fruits didn’t seem to work together. But halfway through, I changed my mind. By the time I finished, I wanted more. Somewhat pilsner like, but tart with floral notes with ipa bitterness. This is a beer that doesn’t wow you with a big aroma or big flavor, yet it all comes together. Dry, crisp finish. Excellent.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2010
750ml bottle capped. Pours a slightly hazy golden in color with a snow white head which is comprised mainly of large bubbles. Not nearly as impressive as the Duvel and La Fin I had earlier. Really hoppy nose for the style, almost IPA like hoppiness with pine sap and bubblegum. Big turn off for me. not much else here, not interesteing at all. Body is light and not in a good way. Slightly oily. Again with hops, bitter hops. I can not believe this is so highly rated. Wow. I was impressed with their Orchard White but this is jusst shit compared to others in the style. WTF? jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2010
750ml caged&corked bottle. Pours gold with slight haze and thick white head. The aroma is very floral with some notes of "Belgian" esters and touch of pilsner malt. Flavor starts with an excellent biscuity malt character, some lightly yeasty soft fruit, and lots of flowers - floral hops with touch of spice and even softer touch of earthiness. Dry finish with moderate balancing bitterness, continuing big floral hop flavor, and dry toasty bready malts. Mouthfeel is richly carbonated with a medium body. Overall, an excellent hoppy golden ale - quite good. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2010
Bottle purchased at friendly mini-mart in Lakewood. Very fresh fruity floral aroma on this beer. Flavor is almost lemony sweet. This comes with a very clean simple mouthfeel. It isn’t bogged down with too much sugary malt texture, it goes right for the tongue with a good bit of citrus taste. forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2010
cloudy golden with a nice white head. grassy, herbal, citrusy, spicy notes, along with some belgian yeast phenols. taste is tangy from the belgian yeast, along side of an ample amount of citrusy, peppery hop flavors Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
Had from both tap and bottle, but more often on tap, including yesterday. Pours a golden yellow/orange with a good, thick head. Slight lacing with a wonderful hop aroma. Smells of fruit, pine, and grapefruit. Tastes like any good Golden Ale should - hoppy, hint of malts, big citrus with a fizzy, carbonated mouthfeel. Finishes dry and refreshing. Wonderful, tasty goodness.