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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
formerly known at Mischief #3

Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: the beer is a hazy pale golden color, topped with a well retained layer of bone-white carbonation

s: big pale malt body with a full on funky-floral vibe, lots of fresh, young hop aromas compliment rather than compete with the malt and yeast components

m: fully carbonated and smooth with a medium body

t: full pale malt body with lots of fuzzy tropical fruits, delicately rustic yeasts, floral here and there, vibrant hop structure with a great finish

d: no problems here - could take these all night

served in a small St. Bernie chalice at The Hive/Busy Bee, Raleigh

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - la fin du monde tulip

A - pours a cloudy dark golden color with a big white frothy head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - lots of peppery yeast aromas dominate the nose. Some citrus hoppyness as well.

T - light and crisp. Some mild hop bitterness. Some spicy notes. Very complex sort of flavors but nothing is overbearing. Refreshing taste with a long dry finish.

M - medium bodied and higher carb.

D - the nose is a little strong for me but it tastes so delicate and crisp but still packs a lot of flavor. I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bit of haze, coppery gold with a short whitish cap from a gentle pour. Fine bubbles formed a collar that produced some lace. Good head retention. Fruity aroma, nectarine and grapefruit, citrus rind, with a hint of biscuity malt and spice. The flavour was quite fruity up front too, more of the same grapefruit and citrus, but with more of a tropical character than the aroma. Bitterness was solid throughout and lingered in the grassy finish. Caramel sweetness appeared mid-palate and was joined by a bit of alcohol and spice towards the end. Light warmth, creamy carbonation, full bodied. I liked it quite a bit, but it seemed more like a Belgian IPA to me.

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Photo of stimulus
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750mL bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

A: Pours a pale gold with a generous head.

S: Smells of light fruits, perhaps a banana.

T: Bananas are prevalent in this brew, as well as tons of malt and a bit of hops.

M: Smooth yet just a bit carbonated on the way down; a little too thin.

D: No strong taste of alcohol, yet it is there and it hits you hard enough that you probably shouldn't finish the bottle alone in a short period of time.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

13oz weyerbacher tulip glass at Capone's with some very mild chicken wangs. Mischief pours the brightest straw yellow blond that I have seen in a long time, this is a bright looking beer. A frothy sticky head on top that sinks down but leaves a sheet of lace on the glass. Smells include alot of citrus with alot of lemon and some grapefruit. Come to think of it hops take up most of the smell including a floral scent. A small bready malt base and a Belgian yeast strain imparting some odd odors. Taste is a floral IPA with Belgian yeast. The hops take up room with grapefruit and floral notes. Im getting a huge amount of lemon. Some biscuit malt and a candi like vibe going. The feel is lighter than medium and the carb is quite pumped up. While the mouthfeel was great, the flavor just did not come together for me. Im all for this style but there are better ones out there, Belgian and American versions.

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Photo of jmhart
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a bomber from Hop City, Atlanta,GA.

Served in a tulip.

A- Full head with moderate pour, excellent structure and lasts the perfect amount of time leaving a mild ring around the glass. . Brew is a golden-amber, moderately cloudy.

S-Wonderful hints of citrus from aromatic hops, apricots but not overly sweet.

T- Mild hops that stimulate the nose more the tongue, mildly acid with subtle spice, and hints of white grape on the finish.

M- Crisp texture that produces a pleasant bite on the tongue.

D- Wonderful on a warm afternoon or holds up well with a mild dinner, perhaps a pasta or something else with tomatoes. A very smooth brew with mild but appropriate hops

Overall-Recommended to me in lieu of Stone Cali-Belgigue and it was a successful recommendation. I'll buy this again and recommend it as a great Belgian style IPA

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Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy orange copper with a thin bright-white head. This reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Quite floral up front with lighter notes of grapefruit and a spicy yeast kick. Light backing from mildly sweet biscuit malt.

T-Biting spiciness accompanied with a nice hop profile of pine and grapefruit. Sweet biscuit malt in the background attempts to balance things out.

M-Medium bodied quite sharp and crisp. Good lingering spice and bitter kick.

D-Bright and sharp with a pleasant melding of flavours makes this one easy to enjoy. Maybe not quite as hop assertive as I would like but I cannot complain too much. A nicely done brew.

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Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold into a Duvel glass. The head is billowy white like liquid marshmellows and it does not go away.

Smells like strong yeast spice but in a unique kind of way. The peppryness is as pronounced as you'd expect in a beer of this size, but it's balanced. Odd, I know, to have something challenging the white pepper. There is a dry, distinctly American hop profile standing up to the yeast, and it's really quite nice.

Tastes like a beatifically balanced blend between spicy belgian yeast and old school, east coast american hops. Like Yuengling and white pepper with some light citrus nodes sneaking into the backend. And if that doesn't sound good to you, well, you and I have different tastes.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Joe for the bottle.

Poured into a Bruery tulip, the beer looks great. It's got an opaque, golden lion fur color with a perfect white head. The retention stays throughout, and leaves thick sheets of lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is moderatley hoppy, with only a small amount of Belgian influence. It's got a delicate floral hop nose with a little bit of citrusy fruit. The yeast contributes only a small amount of Belgian style fruitiness.

The taste has a little bit more Belgian influence than the nose. It's got a full, fruity Belgian yeast flavor with tropical fruits, melon, and some spice. The hops come in with a light bitterness on the finish, just enough to make it distinctly American. The finish gets a little "messy" with bitterness, a little bit of it coming from yeasty harshness. I'm thinking too B vitamin flavors from the yeast. There is also a bit of a buttery flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp but with a substantial feeling in the middle. Carbonation is moderate for the style. I liked this beer but I would rather drink a plain Belgian Pale Ale. Glad I got to try it though, and I enjoyed the 750.

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Photo of babaracas
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with fluffy white head, settled to an inch and turned the whole side of the glass white with thick lace. Tons of yeast sediment.... and there it goes, a delayed gusher. The second glass is just plain murky. Smell: very musty, sweet pale malt, spicy, floral, cantaloupe, orange. Taste: pineapple core, orange citrus, a little sugared grapefruit, spicy. It's quite hoppy. Sweet pale and sugar, a little funk and pear at the end of the sip. Medium bodied, somewhat fluffy feel, with a dry finish. I was excited to try this, then not so excited after the pour, but it ended up being very tasty. But I'm not sure you can call this a BSPA with all of the American hops in here... it doesn't exactly fit the description on the label either, bottle conditioning can be fun.

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Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a bright golden color, really good transparancy, tons of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Three fingers of fluffy white head rest on top and are unwilling to give it up and fall to the surface. When it finally does, light lacing is left behind on the glass.

S - Crisp and hoppy, very grassy, some citrus and a bit spicy in aroma. Some light breadlike malt in the background. Topped off by a light, fruity, Belgian-ness too. Smells good and very much in character for the style, but is also a bit too subtle to be ideal for me.

T - Fresh hoppy taste...mildly bitter, but lots of hop flavor especially grassy and citrusy flavors. Just a minor hint of Belgian fruity, yeasty, mildly spicy character behind the hops. Gives a well rounded hoppy but slightly fruity, sweet. Sweetness is light and behind the scenes, just creeping out around the edges. Malt is bready and fits with the yeastiness here too. Just a bit of alcohol fills in the flavor gaps. The Belgian character is light and to me is just about "right" here. A crisp and refreshing beer on a beautiful spring day.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation too. Carbonation might be a bit on the light side for style, but still works here. A touch of alcohol is noticeable on the inhale and gives a slight warmth to the feel. Goes down smoothly and slides over the tongue easily...a bit slick in feel.

D - Exceptionally easy drinking Belgian strong pale ale. Alcohol is noticeable but restrained...lots of complex hop character, good malt in the background and just enough Belgian-ness. The Bruery gets plenty of hype, but for me anyway, they pretty much hit the mark with very few exceptions. This is another great one, I'm very happy to have readily available to me. Thanks Patrick!

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Photo of kels
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg for expanding their Bruery selection. Eager to try this one now that the weather is getting nice and warm.

Pours a a hazy apricot shade with somewhat visible light carbonation bubbles running throughout. 2 fingers of fluffy, bubbly, creamy off-white head fade and retain at a solid 1 finger, leaving tremendous amounts of thick, bubbly lacing sheeting the sides of the glass.

Smell is really mouthwatering. Hints of light citrus malts and sweet, juicy peach pair with a crisp, dry, powdery malt. Nice and light and fragrant, and more characteristic of IPAs and APAs I've enjoyed than Belgian Strong Pales.

Refreshing, full flavors are well-complemented by bright, robust carbonation. Definite juicy fruity flavors of tart, bitter citrus and sweet, sticky apricots dominate the palate. The malts are really crisp and dry, keeping the overall feel and taste light. There's a really interesting dimension of spiciness to the beer that is most present in the aftertaste. It is pleasantly peppery, adding a surprising bite to the overall experience. A touch of the alcohol is detectable in the aftertaste as well, and can be felt warming the throat into the stomach. Beer leaves a sticky coating throughout the palate, and the flavors hang around with it for quite awhile. A strange plasticy taste arises with a belch (very feminine I know), but I didn't catch it so much beforehand in the taste.

Very tasty, highly drinkable and interesting beer. Always nice to get something pleasantly unexpected in a new beer experience. Would recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Into the tulip it goes! Typical very carbonated Bruery blonde, kick-ass retention and great lacing.

Whoa. I haven't taken a sip yet and I can tell this isn't your father's Belgian Strong Pale. This is a hell of a hoppy beer...some DIPAs don't even smell this hoppy. It's dank, citrusy American hop dominating the nose. If I strain, I can pick out some slight bubblegum.

Ah, OK - it tastes more Belgian than it smells, with some plastic notes in the finish, but the hops hit first, and hard, with juicy citrus up front quickly fading to an ashy, piney bitterness with stonefruit overtones. To me this crosses past the Belgian IPA and into American IPA territory and then some. Tasty, yes, but I would actually like to see a little more Cali-Belgique balance (pun intended), so I'll deduct a half-point from the 4.5 I was considering giving for taste.

Feel is excellent, plenty of soft carbonation and resinous body that goes right down.

I thought I'd be drinking this a little more quickly than I am. The hop intensity here forces me to slow down more than I ordinarily would with a Belgian blonde. Still, decent to good drinkability. Share-able, but I'll undoubtedly finish the 750.

Notes: If I had been rating this purely to style, the rating would have to be a lot lower, as it's not "Belgian" enough to be a BSPA. It seems to me to be a good unfiltered, bottle conditioned American IPA. With some little Belgian characteristics. The last pour with the dregs adds more bitterness and an even smoother mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is awesome with a lot of citrus hop character. The flavor is Belgian yeast, pepper and orange and grapefruit hops. For a Belgian-styled beer, this has a ton of hop character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best hoppy Belgian beers I have tried.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy yellow into my snifter.

Nose of the beer sort-a smelled like a light lemon pine-sol (cleaning solution)

Strong white head that hung out for quite some time on the glass.

Taste was fantastic! This is probably my favorite beer from The Bruery. It is smooth, sweet, and citrusy without being annoying. Perfect summer beer! Down side is that it is a limited offering, I hope its around a bit longer or becomes a seasonal.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow/goldenrod color that produced a good brilliant white head that left webs of lacing behind.

(S)- Bits of lemon & biscuits with a potent wet pine & lime.

(T)- Dry & biscuit-like up front with a flurry of lemon & lime citrus. A big pine bitterness at the end with more dryness. Hints of mango here & there.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Balanced to a point; the hop level really throws its weight around, but not to the point where it feels more than a pale ale.

(D)- An interesting combination in a beer. Golden, yet hopped almost to IPA standards. Crisp & refreshing. A fun beer to enjoy for spring.

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Photo of Axic10
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass, as per the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden yellow with about three fingers of foam that over time settles down to about one, leaving some nice lacing while settling.

Smell: WOw. Pineapple, malt and beglian yeast. I could smell this all day.

Taste: Pineapple is the driving force in this. Sugar, slight citrusy hop flavors and a nice yeast finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Such an amazing beer. This is by far my favorite beer from the Bruery. I'm so glad I have access to it locally. I will be buying a lot more of this.

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Bruery

Poured a golden color into tulip glass. Smell of fruits and slight hint of hops. Taste is a mellow hoppy flavor. Nice mouthfeel that doesn't overwhelm. Good drinkability that is nice to the palate. Overall, I good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I was expecting more hoppiness but the mellow IPA taste has a good mouthfeel to it.

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Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A darker shade of amber with a light and respectable head. Lacing is good and clarity shows jsut a touch of chill haze.

Smell has hops all over it with a pine forest being the signature. A nice bit of honey rounds it out. A bit of Belgian yeast give a touch of funk and some tropical fruitiness. A light malt presence.

Taste has a tripel like malt signature with honey but the hops are straight outta SoCal. This is not quite a BIPA But all the players are there in lower case letters with a crisp refreshing lightness to what is a heavy hitting brew. Dry and bitter is the finish with a clean grapefruit and hop oil French kiss in the mouth. The yeast and bread are there just way in the back to provide a platform.

Feel is nicely carbonated with an unexpected lightness. A light effervescence on the tongue.

Pretty easy to have several of these as the hop profile makes it a dry throat friend.

This is a real winner from the guys out west. It's not quite a Belgian IPA but for those of us who like 'em this is an excellent slightly subdued take on the style.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I've had the pleasure of having this beer on two occasions and I just love it. The combination of fresh floral hops and Belgian characteristics is a fantastic combination. The aroma is seriously unreal.

This is the first beer I enjoyed in my new Chimay chalice. I think it was perfectly suited for the style and aroma. Decanted the beer and there was a fluffy finger of head that formed atop a slightly hazy yellow/orange color. Leaning towards yellow. Later in the pour the beer became considerably more cloudy. Sticky, light spider web lacing left behind.

The aroma may be the best part of this beer, not to take away from the flavor. A totally unexpected burst of fresh floral hops with plenty of citrus character. Bright and lively with some light malt and candied sugar in the background. These just provide a base for the hop aroma. Only every once in a while I get a bread tone. Fairly complex. As always the last pour with the sediment is great and with a prickle of white pepper.

Flavor is also fantastic. This is a very hop focused beer. Plenty of Belgian notes from the yeast, candied sugar, some burnt rubber. But the floral hops come to life in your mouth and the lingering bitterness is a great combination of hops and yeast notes.

While the body is light, the mouth feel is bright and lively.

I am pretty upset that this is listed as a "brewed once" offering. Patrick needs to reconsider this. Great beer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml to Chimay goblet at about 45 degrees.

Very faint yellow color out of the bottle, yielding a short, eggshell-white head, over top of a cloudy golden body with an ass-ton of carbonation flowing up. Tons of lacing.

Aroma starts with un-ripened pineapple, followed by some forest and slightly musty quality.

Pillowy in the mouth, with a light tart fruit quality - orange and pineapple, with a touch of grapefruit. Carbonation brings a tightness to the mouthfeel, but it doesn't distract.

Overall drinkability is quite nice - I'd recommend pairing it up with some sharp, tangy cheese, as this could easily be classified as a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of billab914
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a beautiful 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Stemware. Poured a cloudy light orange with a big fluffy two finger white head. The head lasted pretty well into drinking it and left some very good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a good amount of floral hoppiness to it with some citrus and tropical fruit coming through. There is some hints of some malt and Belgian yeast but the hops really steal the show. The taste is hoppy and citrusy up front with a dry bitter finish shat shows some hints of the Belgian yeast.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very nice drinking beer. It tasted more along the lines of a Belgian IPA then a strong pale but that was fine with me since the hops were delicious.

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Photo of femALEist
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and 8.5%. It poured a deep pee yellow and was a bit cloudy. It had a good thick head on it as well. It smells like American hops- pineapple, grapefruit, pine and it tasted like hops- citrus, pine. It had a slightly sweet and light flavor and finished dry- the alcohol is well hidden in this one.

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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. Nice beer, somewhere between a BIPA and a Belgian Strong Ale.

Good looking beer. Hazy yellow gold with a big white head. Lots of lacing.

Yeasty, honey-ish, floral aroma. There's a lot going on in the aroma. The malt smells of honey and sugar cane, the hops are sweet and floral, and the yeast is earthy and dry. Very good combination.

The flavor starts sweet and fades to a yeasty dryness. Good Belgian character. Mild hop bite. A bit of a off-note from the grain but not bad.

The yeast makes the mouthfeel a bit funny. It's a bit much. Still, a good, interesting Belgian-style beer from The Bruery.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


As a side note I'm really digging the pinkish and black label which comes across shiny and really sleek. Today I reached for my Victory Golden Monkey snifter to enjoy this sneaky ale, to which I popped the cap and got a nice long hissing sound. I gave the beer a gentle titled pour making sure to not disturb the yeast cake on the bottle. The beer poured a hazy orange yellow color which falls something between a tangerine and a banana. As my final check I gave it a slight swirl and got a light lacing on the glass and proceeded to hold it up to the sunlight and I'm not getting any penetrating rays.


OK so the label says " Belgian inspired hoppy ale" but all I'm pulling off the nose is pure IPA. This beer has huge whaffs of citrus, floral hops that are just bursting through my glass. I almost seem to be pulling something peachy in there too, along with the classic Belgian triple yeast aroma.


Hops Ahoy ! Like the aroma the initial taste is a sunburst of west coast bright hops. But don't let this fool you this is certainly no IPA. With a candy sugar sweetness that comes typical in most triples this beer wants to confuse the hell out of your taste buds. I'm picking up a fair amount of dryness in the finish which makes it even more enjoyable. Did I mention that the alcohol is very well hidden here ? I'm telling you not a ounce of burn... which could get dangerous, because I'm finishing off the bottle as we speak and I'm still craving another glass. If a Belgian triple had a bastard child with a west coast IPA this is what would come out, and since we are on the cusp of two seasons I really feel this beer is perfect for the weather which is a little chilly ( Belgian beer) but still warm enough to make you dream of summer (IPA).


Like I mentioned above, what a perfect beer for a perfect Sunday. After this I'm ready to go dig out my shorts and get ready for beer festival season. As far as drinkability goes, I'm going to rate it based off your hop tolerance because its loaded with them. But the same time this doesn't kill your taste buds with the bitterness because the candy sugar and yeast moderate it very well. So if you want to step out of the normal IPA and enjoy triples go for it because this is an amazing hybrid beer which I hope to drink plenty more of. At $14 bucks a bottle I feel its a solid purchase compared to the quality, quantity and ABV.

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