Ernest (6231) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2013
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle (BB Mar 2014).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is light to medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain), lightly hoppy (resin), with notes of Silly Putty / plastic, mold, concrete, toulene.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, very unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Seriously? What the hell. I am absolutely perplexed by NB’s direction anymore. Even if you ignore the fact that, once again, they’ve created a "winter" seasonal that has none of the qualities one would expect from winter beers (sweet, rich, possibly spiced, boozy/warming, etc.), they have created a so-called White IPA with virtually zero aromatic elements of EITHER style. Almost no hops in the nose, and I couldn’t find any witbier spices. Now maybe "White" IPA means something totally different to the Salazars (the picture of snow on the label?), but even the IPA aromatics are all but missing. Worse, though, instead of smelling like nothing, the odors it *does* have smell like a mess of chemicals...imagine walking through a glue factory. And the dirty aftertaste confirms that my nose is correct...it actually made me wince from the resemblance to drinking solvents or modeling glue. I’m beyond perplexed, honestly...what am I supposed to do with this? How can anyone, especially NB, make something this terrible and apparently not even realize it? And nope, it ain’t the glass, ’cause I used the same one (with a good rinse in between, of course) that I used for the Wasatch white IPA review. Truly amazing.
arminjewell (6217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy golden pour with white head, aroma brought bubblegum, white fruit, hints of peach into some slight wheat, grass, touch of earth, slight pine, orange in there, hints of biscuit. Taste is a mix of biscuit, bread, touch of orange, peach, slight spice into bubblegum, touch of grain, finishing sweet.
after4ever (6140) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at SB. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a loose white head that sticks around, leaving plenty of webby lace. Big spicy nose, lots of coriander and clove and white pepper. Mild fruity counterpoint. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Nice tangy sweetness played off against white pepper and light wit spice esters on the mid palate, with a finish that gets progressively cloudier and stickier as the pint goes on. Not too bad overall.
drowland (6061) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11/26/13. On tap at Barley’s, downtown Asheville. Hazy orange pour with a small off-white head. Mild aroma, plenty of hops, citrus and a little dank, hints of spice. Nice mild flavor, citrus combination from the IPA aspect and the witbier aspect, mild spice. Not bad.
blutt59 (6020) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, yellow pour with white foam, aroma is cheese rind and citrus, delicate floral and citrus flavors, bittering finish
swoopjones (5922) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Avenue Pub, New Orleans. Enjoyable IPA, medium mouthfeel, solid bitterness, citrus hops. Very drinkable. Liked this
AmEricanbrew (5850) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@ New Belgium Hub DIA. Clear golden color with white head. Nice tropical fruit, pale malt aromas. Tropical fruit, spicy hop flavors with some pale malt sweetness---nicely drying bitter finish---good.
SudsMcDuff (5844) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12ounce bottle .. . wanna meet? .. . pours a mild gold .. . strong foam, light lacing .. . orange peel in the sun, pine, and tangerine .. . mild mouth .. . solid beer for the most part .. . . i love the dentist, i’m almost down to no teeth at all!!
Braudog (5750) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice looking, light golden color with a big bright white head that clings to the glass quite impressively. There’s a light citric aroma. The beer drinks with a very even-keeled balance of acidity and smooth, light malt. Very drinkable. (#5321, 11/10/2013)
Mora2000 (5727) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Draught House. Yellow pour with a white head. The aroma and flavor are basic IPA. I get some citrus and pine notes with a hint of biscuit malt and a low amount of bitterness. Basic, but enjoyable.