csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It worked New Belgium! I bought a mixed twelve pack pretty much just to get this beer. The Wit, Fat Tire, and 1554 worked out just fine for watching my Jayhawks advance into the final 4 and into to the championship game. I think I even had a couple left over to start the game that earned KU itís first championship in 20 years. On to the beer...Served fairly cold into a shaker glass. Floral and earthy aroma along with a touch of citrus and a mild, but present, malt backing. Light copper color with a two fingered head. Taste is earthy, spicy, and floral hops, with a sharp bite to them, and a biscuty, malty backing. Seems to me like a highly hopped English pale ale, I actually donít mind the hop selection and I enjoy the malt base, which is malty, but not sweet. This is a nicely balanced beer and one that I find easy to drink.
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a crystal clear amber with a loose, fluffy, off-white head that leaves a sticky web of lace all the way down the glass. Light, sweet malt with a solid balance of citric and earthy hop notes. Light to medium-bodied and slick with a dry and mildly bitter finish. The flavor is like a blend of an APA and a British pale ale: mildly sweet and clean malt (crystal?) with a nice citric and earthy hop backing. Well made and quite quaffable, this is a solid session beer. It will be interesting to see if they decide to release this in sixers vs. having to buy the NG Folly Pack. If they do, Iíd buy it again.
legion242 (2099) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasently suprised by this. A very nice, mmild and restrained Pale that was light on the hops, like I would normally like. Nice.
patrick767 (3397) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at the brewery - Pours clear orange with a thin head. The caramel malt and citrus hop aroma is very good and leads nicely into the well balanced flavor. It has a slightly dry finish, is medium bodied and is certainly easy to drink. it wonít blow you away, but itís an enjoyable quaff.
ENT (2) - USA - APR 3, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I tried this beer in a New Belgium sample 12 pack and i have to say that i was impressed. the immediate taste is very hoppy and spicy. Dark golden color with a small light whitish head.
robforbes (2048) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 old rating: 6/3/6/4/14 - 3.3.
pours a clear pale orange with a medium size egg shell head, and good lacing.
smell at first is sour, then citrus, grass, hint of caramel, some floral, and finally malt.
taste of pine, malt, caramel, citrus, roasted nuts, a hop or two, ends dry with a little bitterness to it, piny aftertaste.
overall easy to drink, taste is okay.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous aroma - lots of cascade and some pale maltiness too. Appearance-wise itís very attractive. Light copper with a bountiful white head. I enjoy the taste quite a bit - more spiciness than i anticipated (not a bad thing at all). Body is lighter than expected too - making for a pretty easy drinking pale. Very pleasant all around and Iím really really excited that NB is making this! (fwiw, Iíve met arrow a few years ago, such a sweet dog).
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Clear, dull orange appearance. Lively aroma of mandarin oranges, grapefruit, crystal malt; tropical and bready with only a soft sweetened tea character. Pale, biscuity, and fruity flavor; quiet pineapple, banana, and guava sweetness. A bit needly and herbal in a general way, cutting the bright fruitiness with the right touch of earthy bitterness. Palate crisp, medium, soft, and slightly watery; lots of doughy honey malt in a giving and pleasant finish. Not a unique offering by any means, but very drinkable and pretty spot on for this style.
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
4oz Taster - Spring Beer & Wine Festival - Portland, OR
Aroma Ė Light pale malt aroma very light with hops. Light Citrus.
Appearance Ė Golden color, Nice light head and clear.
Flavor Ė A easy drinking pale ale. The light malt where nice and balanced with the hops.
Palate Ė Good Mouthfeel, nice texture with a dry finish.
Overall Ė A nice easy drinking pale ale.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2008 Bottle - I was under the impression that NB was pushing the craft brew envelope, am I wrong? This was a forgettable pale that would have gone down the drain had I not been at my folks house and needed a bit of medication...this should be classified as Pale Light...