Mischief

$9.99 for the 750 mL bottle from Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA.
Pour is is slightly darker than expected color with some nice looking head and lace. The beer lacks much clarity and is a darkish, honey-orange hue. (The final pour from the bottle into the Duvel tulip gets quite soup-like from the bottle conditioned sediment).
Nose has a significant hop aroma, and the tastes also have quite a hop forward presence. In that respect this beer is horribly mis-categorized as a Belgian Strong Pale and at the very least needs to be called a Belgian IPA. I would go as far as to say that the Belgian characteristics of yeast and candy are sufficiently absent to call this an American IPA. There’s just not much “Belgian” about the taste of this beer at all. In that respect I’m horribly disappointed.
Hops are grassy and “wet” and highly aromatic. No too much bitterness and the beer ends with a sweetish flourish. Some mild grapefruit in the finish and the beer ends with a slight dry note and a bitter aftertaste. Mild burn.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Fine I guess, but Belgian Strong Pale? Absolutely not.

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02/04/2010
Brewery:
The Bruery
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.5 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.5
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