jimmie65 (305) - Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden-amber pour, minimal head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Bitter, dry. Flavors of caramel and spice.
leo2x4us (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light straw appearance with minimal head. Light beer with little bitterness. Taste like lemon with grapefruit.
OKplus (355) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - A solid 2 finger off-white head rests on top of a brilliant amber hued body. Thick vertical strips of lacing.
S - Huge cracker based malt, sesame seeds, pine nuts, toasted white bread, almonds, and berry fruit.
T - Excellent cracker malt, with notes of toffee, Granny smith apple peels, butterscotch, and caramel. A slight tang of citrus plays with carbonation to add a zesty bite. Citrus blends with hints of pine to add a freshness. Some nuttiness pokes it’s head in. Finishes with a sweet caramel sweetness but has a spicy back to balance everything out.
M - Medium body, perfect carbonation for the style.
The malt is super complex with variations of breads, cracker, and simple caramel to make this beer a standout. The hops play their role but don’t get in the way of the excellent malts. This is a must try if you like ESB’s!...or any beer. I can’t say enough about the malt profile.
Serving type: bottle
Patrickctenchi (1677) - columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-ish amber with a tall, frothy tan head.
Aroma is spiced cola/caramel.
Taste is fruit, pepper, and a nice floral bitter.
Soft, tingly mouthfeel.
hypn0toad (254) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Great appearance and excellent name. I’m starting to think that rate beer should get rid of one of the useless categories.. Aroma? And replace it with name. Spicy smell. Typical mellow new belgian taste. How do they do it? I like this. Not too random. Pretty delicious.
jmohno (831) - Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogony.frothy off white contrasting head.Lacing froth. Very clear beautiful mahogony.
Very hoppy nose clean fresh strong pungent herbal maybe some onion/garlic funk.
Taste is very full bodied smooth creamy with chocolate,mild coffee roast,hoppy herbal but pungent and alot of what I like in hop aroma/flavor. I havent really enjoyed a beer this well in a while,it just has something about it,like alot of their beers that taste great, I really like this one.They did something right here. Very ,very tastey. Wow.Leaves a crapload of thick lacing.Awesome,way to go! Not what I was expecting alough alot of New Belgium beers are fantastic. I love Ranger some people hate it,every time I get it its pure fresh bliss. So, as is..
bs476 (75) - - NOV 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cigar box, mild smoke. Not too bitter. Coke-brown color. Enjoyable but would probably pass up for either a hoppy amber or a smokey stout.
bottomsup7 (3) - - NOV 9, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
strong hop aroma but not overpowering. nice roasty flavor. The after taste is mild considering the toasty taste in the front.
sdnorthrop1 (9) - - NOV 6, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was my favorite seasonal from NB. It seemed to be a perfect mix of an IPA and a winter ale, love this beer. Wish they would bring this beer Back!
JPDurden24 (1081) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color with some definite floral notes and some nice spice character. A nice winter brew.