cavbeerscout (25) - Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 Very Good Beer, Good For Call of Duty and Gears of War Also Good for watching Swamp People and Eating Popeyes Chicken with Red Beans and Rice
drpimento (2219) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this is a GREAT APA!! Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, billowy, thick, golden tan head and good lace. Color is a very clear orange amber with some nice bubble trails. Aroma is malt, hop, caramel, earth, spent grist, a little fruit and citrus. Flavor’s much like nose, very well balanced with the bitter, sweet, and tang just right. Body is just right for this beer, a few round high points from hop and acid, full mouth. Finish is like flavor, quite short and extremely satisfying yet ready for more. Very well done.
Denver2012 (24) - - FEB 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice dark amber, you could also say bronze, with a thumbs width white head. The head, though, doesn’t stick around for too long and within a couple minutes (at most) its vanished, leaving behind a spotty coating on the surface with majority of the remains around the edges. Wonderful aroma; initial hit of some sweet but bright lemon rind. Following behind that is the sweet tropical fruits and caramel malt. As it warms, the sweet layer becomes the dominant aroma. I wish the aroma could have been a little bigger and bolder but it is still mighty fine. Flavor is awesome; sweet, tropical fruity, some peach, and a touch of prickly bitterness. A little pepper and hop bitterness lingers. Very nice and well balanced. A medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with a bunch of carbonation. It needs the carbonation, though not sure it needs as much as it has. Not that big a deal though. Overall, I think this beer is pretty much fantastic and my first New Belgium six-pack offering that I have been genuinely pleased with. I tried a bunch of stuff I didn’t care a heck of a lot for (some were decent but average, others just plain no good) but it was all worth it to get to this. Great seasonal, I look forward to drinking a bunch of this during its release.
wlajwl (3814) - 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 I’ve 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.
lord_Duckworth (6) - - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Possibly my favorite beer ATM crisp smooth finish with an assortment of delicious flavors that overwhelm ur taste buds. Great beer!!!! Too bad is a seasonal.
IndyBeerSnob (132) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Purchased at Kroger, newest shipment. Poured pint glass. Wow this is a great APA! Aroma is mostly pine and the color is a faded Amber red. No lacing and pours an appetizing foamy head. The taste is one that rivals my favorite APA, 3 Floyd’s Alpha King.. crisp, clean finish and refreshing. A 65 degree day here in Nashville today. Perfect beer for a sign of spring!!
ThirstyMeerkat (3) - - FEB 17, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint glass from tap at Barrelhouse in Atlanta. Excellent aroma and appearance. Just the right amount of hops in the taste. Very good
mikedR (1155) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid pale ale. Beautiful deep copper pour with a perfect white head. What hits you are sublime fruit flavors, giving way to a robust maltiness. A great session pale. No lingering notes, as perhaps befitting of a spring brew.
rangerred (917) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear light brown with just a tiny fizzy head. Ok lacing.
Aroma of biscuity malt along with a little bit of caramel. Some light citrus from the hops as well.
Flavor is quite malty with a lot of biscuit that reminds me of Fat Tire. Some wood in there along with caramel. Some citrus from the hops comes in later with some orange and pineapple. An aggressive bitterness leads to a crisp finish.
This is one impressive beer. I love the maltiness along with the nice bitterness to balance it off. New Belgium really hit a home run with this one.
BeerBuss (11) - Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m 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.