elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, unknown date but should be fairly fresh. Served at around 40-45F.
Pours clear golden amber with a three finger white head that leaves lots of spotty lacing and holds a small cap.
Pungent hop aroma. Dank and resinous, onion, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit rind, pine, mint, floral, grassy, leafy, whole lotta everything there, decent caramel malt backbone as well.
Flavor is hop resins, caramel, grapefruit rind, apricot, onion, pine, mint, hefty caramel malt backbone, finishes somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter, decent bit of solvent alcohol as well.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, oily, moderate to good carbonation.
Good, but wouldn’t call it Super. Pungent hops, but a good bit of sweet malt and alcohol as well. Trying to drink this quickly as I think the sweetness and booze would get to be too much if it warmed.
Drake (7840) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal and spicy hops with some resin and faint pale malts. The taste is intensly hoppy... as I was hoping... with spicy, peppery, herbal, citrus and resin notes. Some caramel malts also. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, very low heat. Nice beer.
nearbeer (3374) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Cloudy, pear-grapefruit rind color with a lasting disc of cream. Big nose of grapefruit, caramel and evergreen resin. Tastes of dank herb, grapefruit zest, resin, caramel, and earthy beeswax. Light-medium body is soft and dry, with light carbonation. Dangerously drinkable, with no trace of the 9%.
djd07 (2766) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Flying Saucer 12th Anniversary. Pours a cloudy orange gold with large frothy white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is strong floral hops and pine. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet fruit hop and honey with light bitter finish. Alcohol present But not overpowering a good IIIPA from New Belgium.
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the bomber it has a light orange color with a medium head. There is a huge aroma of floral notes and a definite herbs. Slight hint of pine. First thing I notice is the creaminess in the taste. There is some caramel and citrus in the taste. There is also some biscuit or doughiness. Great beer.
RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2012
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 45°. Color is bright gold with a very slight haze. carbonation is good with a small white head. Aroma is a big hop scent with lots of pine and citrus. Medium body with a light crisp mouth feel. Flavor is overpowered by big pine resin, then a bit of citrus and somewhere in the back is just a hint of malt. The pine hangs in the after taste with a mild bitterness. Overall I do not like it, the pine just dominates and overwhelms the flavor. The only redeeming factor is the 9% ABV.
HonkeyBra (3060) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bomber. Pours a hazed orange color with a medium white head with lots of lacing. Aroma had me worried at first because I got that same Fat Tire malt wiff when I opened the bottle. It appears to be that malt profile, however they’ve done themselves the favor by dumping hops on it. This is probably what they should have done with Ranger. I get a nice strong citrus and pine note, with bits of herbal hops. Flavor follows the same route: tons of bitter hops hiding the inferior malt profile. I don’t know why New Belgium is obsessed with their signature malt as it only detracts from their beers. Fat Tire is what it is: a gateway to craft beer and nothing more. The body is somewhat syrupy, decent carbonation. I get a bit of alcohol towards the finish. I would say this is a good concept but a average execution. Overall, it’s a bit above meh.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dank and fruity nose, lighter fruits, big piney dank, citrus is there, pale malt, a bit of sugars are there. Pours golden orange, nice head and lace. Flavors of dank up front, citrus in the middle, softer sweeter fruits as well, orange, peach, big danky hop finish. Residual sugars, a touch of alcohol, pale malt. Agressive and strong. Pretty solid.
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle at Red Carpet. Clear golden pour with white head. Aroma is chopped onion and tropical dank fruits. Taste is somewhat sweet, hoppy, and malty. Has all the characteristics of many different types of IPAs I enjoy combined. Pretty damn good especially for the price.
daleharshman (848) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Urge Gastropub in San Diego ($4 for half pint). Pours a clear straw-orange hue with one finger of off-white foam. Aroma is wet pione forest, juicy tropical fruit, dank hops, light booze, and hints of honey caramel. Yes, I also get interesting notes of chopped garlic and perhaps onion in the nose that some of the other raters here found. Flavor of very fresh hops, mostly of tropical fruit (pineapple and passionfruit mainly along with a bit of mango) but also with a considerable amount of resiny pine needles and grapefruit as well. There is a little bit of the "onion" in the finish too, but it is actually pleasant. Some sweet caramel comes in at the end, mitigating the bitterness and providing balance, but this is still a big hop bomb. But amazingly, this actually finishes almost equal parts bitter and sweet. The alcohol is mostly well concealed as well. I am one of the fortunate residents of San Diego, and I have been enjoying Alpine beers for a number of years now (one of the "heroes" I suppose). I am really happy that New Belgium now makes it possible for much of the rest of the country to at least sample what the hop masters of Alpine are capable of. This is a great DIPA...up there with Alpine’s Pure Hoppiness but not quite to the level of their Exponential Hoppiness, in my opinion. (54, 722)