FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, pale gold color that shows a brighter version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells herbal, a touch straw like, with a hint of citrus, some light pine sap notes, and, in the finish, an almost buttery, concentrated sweet grain maltiness that even leans a touch towards toffee somehow.
Chewy, with a pale malt character up front that is not overly sweet, quickly though the hop character kicks in and provides a biting, spicy, floral, and herbal hop character that lingers on the palate. There is perhaps a hint of citrus character to the flavor, and the finish has a solid, grain bread flavor to it that lingers along with a light bitterness and some herbal hop notes. The malt and hop balance in the flavor are quite a bit more balanced than it was in the nose, but the hop character is still the dominant note. The malt provides a solid, chewy, cracker like grain character, a touch of dried straw, and a rounded bread flavor. The body is chewy, and textured without being heavy.
This is a bit nicer than I might have been expecting, but on the other hand, as long as it was hoppy it should have been good. Definitely an enjoyable beer
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. On the cheap side for NB bombers, so why not? Bright, clear golden pour with a brimming carbonation. Dry noble hops in the nose are appealing on a hot day. Medium bodied, playful carbonation. Some bready notes in the taste, but mostly leafy, dry, and fairly inviting overall. Not much complexity to it, but enjoyable on its own terms.
beerproject (129) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent hop aroma and very clean characteristic lager flavor, which works well with some more hop flavor. I actually enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I was going to.
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden-bronze body with silky, foamy head. Nose is pert, crisp, and balanced between Euro-hop and maltyness. The body starts of malty, then some Euro-hoppyness unfurls, and then the grainy backbone rises again. Rye vein throughout. Nicely melded medley of hop and grain ingredients.
jcnielsen (2443) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with white head. Nice strong noble hop aroma with some earthy, straw also in the aroma. Hop forward flavor, with notes of grassy, hoppy, earthy, grainy flavors. Nice hoppy lager, you don’t typically get hoppy beers with noble hops.
Braudog (5966) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nice, bright golden pour, crystal clear and still, yet presenting a bountiful head of pure-white foam. The aroma is sharp and seductive, hinting at a nicely hopped brew. Indeed, this drinks like a super-powered version of the best, hoppiest pilsners of southern Germany and the Czech republic, but with an added plus of a big heavy mouthfeel. Good, good stuff, an excellent lager made for the hop-snobs. (#5067, 6/23/2013)
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of herbs, grass, grain, earth, bread, and citrus. Flavor of grain, citrus, rye, honey, and caramel.
smaynard6000 (718) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft at O’Niell’s. Yellow in color with small frothy off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is heavily lemon and citrus. Medium bodied with slick texture and soft carbonation. Light sweet and moderately bitter, mostly bitter in the finish.
kdm1984 (780) - Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Golden appearance with a terrific, fluffy, tightly-bubbled head that lingers for quite some time. Crisp, light, hoppy, bready, and slightly peppery aroma - very inviting. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel; a light hoppiness and fresh bread taste with just a hint of spiciness. This is really, really good - flavorful and exceptionally refreshing. New Belgium can really be all over the place, but this is truly a great beer.
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours bright lemonade yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is light honey, citrus, and an earthy hop. The taste is light and crisp with a great hop flavor and decent sweetness. Finish is ever so slightly bitter. This is a lager??? It’s light a really good light IPA.