taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber with a good head. A nice dose of hops hits the aroma and the flavor - light fruit flavors mixed with the malt.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear light amber pour with moderate bubbly cream-color head. Citrus and light piney aroma with hints of caramel malts. Initial taste is a nice mix of sweet malt and citrus hops, but then the flavor just seems to fade into nothingness. The somewhat light mouthfeel and the lack of an appreciable lingering taste makes this one seem really "light". An OK pale ale, but not one of my favorites.
Vir4030 (529) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 Pours a clear reddish medium amber with a huge head. Aroma is a little burned caramel. Flavor is watery burned caramel. Light aroma taster at brownstone. Yellow clear thin head. Little sour flavor sickly shade of green. 6/3/4/2/6 compared with 5/3/4/2/6 from last rating. Glad Iím consistent.
wlajwl (3993) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is yeast, tropical fruit and citrus with an undercurrent of malts. The flavor is tropical, bready malts and a dry, medium bitter finish. There have been very few ales (at least knowingly) that Iíve had that are brewed using Nelson Suavin hops in some way. If this and the other (Anchor) are any indication, these hops definitely help make an ale unique and this one was very good all around.
rougeau13 (2019) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a moderate off-white head and slight lacing. Aroma of herbal, pine and citrus hops, tropical fruit and faint bready malt. The taste is bready, herbal and citrusy. Itís pretty unique in my experience. Light-medium bodied and slightly dry. Refreshing and sessionable, this will be great for the Super Bowl.
rollinsr (384) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - FEB 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light amber with some white head. Aroma is nice piney citrus hops. Taste is an initial hop bite that finishes nice and sweet. very well-rounded Pale Ale for anyone who is looking for something with some nice hop flavor but not a lot of bitterness.
Noneya691981 (6) - Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. Never heard of it til I saw it. Great flavor and the aroma is to die for.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber and pretty clear, decent head and lace. Smell is quite malty, with a little citrus, fruit, and spice. Subdued, but nice. Taste is far more bold than youíd think it would be from the smell. Earthy malts are plentiful, balanced with a bit of citrus, some crispy hops, and maybe just a touch of peppery spice. Body is pretty light and well carbonated, with just a touch of bite. Itís a rather pleasant beer to drink. I like that itís not heavily over the top, with NB instead just producing a solid, tasty APA for this seasonal. I would certainly drink this one again.
wxman (1456) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark golden/orange With a full off white head. Aroma is citrus and peaches. Smooth sweet pale malt flavor along with a little caramel and a mild hop bitterness at the end. Well balanced and easy drinkiní!
BeerBuss (11) - Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím usually hesitant to buy New Belgium because I am regularly underwhelmed. But I refused to spend another $18 on a sixer of Hop Slam, so went the economical route. I found this beer to be a pleasant surprise with a ton of citrus hops on the nose, beautiful brown/orange color, and balanced, crisp mouthfeel. It really is a nice choice for this time of year.