3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
alright, new belgium, you finally have something here. the nose and flavor are clean, the hops arenít over done and nothing is too far out of balance except the Munich / pale malt honey / corn syrup character is a little strong (and sweet). the body suffers because of this; itís watery and "twangy" and limp, but still holds up well enough with the medium hop acidity. while clean, the nose is pretty simple, itís lightly sulfury with some dish soap / perfume esters (and some times a chlorine note), but these are all at a level low enough to work. yeast seems clean and absent is the husky harshness in most of their beers (including their pale lager). so overall, itís sweet but not too sweet, the hops aromatics and bitterness seem on-level, and the carbonation is low enough to allow the chewy Munich malt melanoidins to shine. it evens looks good, clear gold with fine-bubbled thick lacing. Iím surprised.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewvival Trip Beer 96. Draft at Brewvival. Pours a clear copper color with a large frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy and herbal hops, caramel malts. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, herbal hops. Medium bodied.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured clear, bright golden with a nice cap of white head. The aroma picked up fresh grapefruit and juicy floral notes over sweet, toasted bread and a little vanilla supported.. clean and well-balanced. The flavor found chewy bready notes and a kiss of honey at the core, with fresh citrus and grassy bitterness around.. peppery warmth rolled in toward and through the finish.. very tasty stuff! Medium-bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. loved the balance.. I could drink a lot of this!
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at New Belgium Hub at DIA. Pours a deep bronze color with a medium fluffy bone white head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of biscuit malt, hops and citrus. The finish is malty up front with an earthy hops aftertaste. Decent overall.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden beer with a whitish head. Mineral and light spice aroma with light grain. Mineral and bready malt flavor with light citrus. Medium bodied. Mineral and bready malts linger with citrus.
blutt59 (5868) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, clear golden with fluffy white foam, aroma is steely hops, great bitter marshmallow and lemon flavors, really nice beer
Ernest (5863) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grass, resin, herbs).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
A very Americanized (and simple) hop nose, but thankfully no off notes. Good balance in the mouth too. Overall much better than anyone could expect...it isnít husky, soapy, or loaded with DMS.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at sb. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head. Nitrogenous nose with bread crusts and dark caramel as.well. Creamy medium body with wooly carb. Caramel and a whiff of nitrogen on the mid palate. Mildly malty rye finish.
drowland (5680) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled during CBC 2013. Golden copper pour with a small khaki head. Plain malty aroma, bready, a touch of spice, light caramel. Light flavor, malty, some caramel and bread. Not bad.
crossovert (5627) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitting this against a Capital Jacked. It is a gorgeous-looking brew, but perhaps to perfect-looking. It is a clear, brilliant gold with a frohty white head that lingers forever. They went kind of off the beaten path with the malt bill which includes rye and the hops including fuggles. Hallertauer hops seem to dominate. You can tell from the orangey marmelade scent that is highest in this one. There is definitely some earthiness and sweet breadiness form the fuggles and rye that develops as it breathes and warms. The flavor is actually quite tasty. Very much like a euro-ipa. Hallertauer and perle seem to dominate with spiciness but also that delicate citrus aspect. it has a medium to low bitterness which is a pleasant noble type herbal bitterness. There is a bit of sweetness on the palate and it is a bit thin in mouthfeel but a delicious beer and relatively inexpensive.