highibus (682) - Vail, Arizona, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful amber hued color with fluffy white head that lasts well. Nice aroma of spicy hops which I was not expecting from a Pale. Medium sweetness in the nose as well. The flavor is so interesting because that big hop aroma does not translate into flavor, other sweetness and different hop flavor blend nicely together. This is the most interesting pale ale I have ever had. Definitely different. I would be sure to try it again!
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Yeah they finally broke the mold at New Belgium...Too Bad. If you don’t want to do it then don’t. Do us all a favor and leave it to the rest. No one’s going to appreciate picking you’re beer because "I’ve never tried that one" only to be completely let down. Ok for the beer... Smelled alright. Taste of hops and that same old NB profile combined. They took no risk and it IS obvious. I almost said meh not THAT bad but then the finish came. Yeah it’s like sucking on a bar of Dove. The End.
Ernest (5864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin / floor cleaner), with a light note of soap.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Eccchhhh...I might use this to clean my kitchen tiles, judging from the aroma, but that’s about it. Unpleasant.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some hoppy aroma notes. Flavor is pretty nice. Not too much bite, but sith some nutty characters. Pretty decent stuff.
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Honey copper color and a puffy white head. Soft floral scents and a tweak of bready bitterness. Big carbonation and light medium body. The hops are light easy on the tongue. A bit of a flat under dry finish with out the rush of bitterness from hops.
BeerandBlues2 (8444) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at New Belgium. Pours clear amber with an average, fizzy, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, grain), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (sweat) with notes of apple and pear. Medium bodied, oily and gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap. copper pour with thin head. mild earthy hops, citrus, herbal aroma. moderate hops, grases, nice subtle sweet malts. well balanced and an easy drinker.
sethdude (674) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear-gold, thin head and some lacing. Aroma is big pine needle and mild citrus. Flavor does not live up to the nose, but is good nonetheless. The odd NBB yeast flavor is not evident, and the malts are overwhelmed by the hops. As dry-hopped APAs go, this one is good, but there are better.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge pine, citrus, and pineapple nose. Deep gold and orange. Great balance. The levels of of hops play through until the finish--almost like an IPA. This is really a good beer and a solid Pale Ale.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
fresh oily nw hop aroma in good apa quantity, honey as well. clear gold, full strong head began at 4 fingers and settled to a thin covering with good lacing. clean quick burst of hops and honey, then its gone with some metal in the finish.