Travlr (17708) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Taste of Tops. Clear golden, edge head. Aroma of wet grass. Taste is slightly bitter with subtle citrus.
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a light copper color with hints of gold and a nice big white head.
S: The nose offers plenty of toasted biscuit malts with a clean, light, floral hop aroma and a touch of grass. A hint of spice to the beer as well that I’m guessing is from the yeast.
T: A well balanced flavor with some good floral and earthy hops along with a touch of bitterness. The pale malts offer up some biscuit flavor and ties everything together.
M: The body is medium with a nice carbonation that leaves a crisp, dry, refreshing feel on the tongue.
D: New Belgium’s beers are sort of hit or miss for me and blonde ales are not really my favorite, but this was quite enjoyable. I’d happily have this one again.
Oakes (13961) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Why is this 6% - too strong for a hoppy golden ale. Hazy pale tan. The aroma is earthy, musty and slightly cheesy old hops. Slightly fruity with a vague malt character and an emphasis on stale hops. Like they cleaned out last year’s hop leftovers on this brew.
bhensonb (12959) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. Pours orange tinged gold with a three-finger bubbly head that does some ring lacing. Aroma is citrus/floral over very light caramel. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is floral, but with time some malt creeps in. It’s quite hoppy and decently bitter. Flavorful. Tasty. Hoppy.
argo0 (12509) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Large white head, crystal clear apple juice body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, herb/spicy, some pine, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, herb/pine, some bread. Medium body, some stickiness.
Tmoney99 (12410) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from TheOtherDave. Poured cleaqr copper color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium earthy bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
( 12oz bottle, courtesy of ilovedarkbeer ) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of grass, grapefruit, caramel, and florals. Flavor of citrus, pineapple, grass, bready malt, and florals with a moderately bitter finish.
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
The weak link in the New Belgium chain. Not much separates this from a boring, mainstream lager. Some caramel toast and spruce, but not much. Rated 11/2/09
Ratman197 (11772) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear gold with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of bread, pinew, orange, lemon and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of bread, pine, orange, light lemon and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter finish.
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Moon River -on tap – tight foamy retaining white head that laces and gold color. Aroma is lemon zest/pine hops. Taste is earthy/lemon zest/pine hops, medium malt.