If you can get past the name and the somewhat questionable label, you’ll come to discover why you’re instructed not to judge a book by its cover. This Belgian style IPA is packed with loads of American hops that kick up aromas of tart grapefruit, pungent pine and orange zest—but with a musky, spicy twist imparted by the Belgian yeast. Noticeable malt sweetness ensures you’re not simply bombed with bitterness, and that yeast again rears its head in the taste with faint hints of clove and cinnamon. Belgian-style IPAs made in America can be a hit or miss style, but this one is a winner. The name might be questionable, but the taste certainly isn’t. It’s on draft right now at the Belgian Café.
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