Pours clear into my miniature snifter. A quarter inch of white, soft bubbled foam coats the beer. Retention isn't that good but there is some blotchy lacing to go along with the beers blotchy covering.
Aroma let's you know that it is Belgian. Fruit and spice that are typical with sweetness from what seems to be Belgian candy sugar. Pepper is there from the yeast but the hop profile baffles me.
Wow, different. Those were the words I said out loud after taking my first sip. The hop presence is mostly bitter as I couldn't pick up much flavor or aroma. Spices, specifically pepper, comes through big after a quick burst of sweet. Clove is there to support. The finish is more pepper with a bitterness with the pepper staying into the after taste.
Mild carbonation on a medium bodied beer and a bit dry.
Never had anything like this before. I liked the twist to the style but I couldn't call this much of an IPA but a Belgian with an earthy hoppiness to it. Pepper flavor could be toned down a bit for me. I hope Bryan over at Flossmoor continues to crank out the IPAs, I will be in for everyone. Enjoy!