mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crisp amber/good with an off white head. Nose is fresh citrus, florals, light fruit. Very easy on the palate, very light hops, florals, great finish.
rangerred (891) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap.
Pours a clear light gold with a great head and head retention. Plenty of lacing as the drink progresses.
The aroma is very weak and disappointing. There is a minty and overripe fruit character that I donít really care for and it is just very one dimensional and shallow.
The flavor is a bit better but not much. More mintyness along with some overripe tropical fruit. Biscuit and that signature New Belgium taste that I assume is from the yeast. Moderate bitterness with a sticky finish.
Overall, I am not impressed at all with this effort. I donít care for the hop character and it is too sweet. Ranger is a much better beer.
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small draft at the Glendale Yard House with Rhino and Sarah for a kid-free evening. really pleasant DIPA: lots of fruity hops with grapefruit and pineapple flavors plus a little resin. Good malt backbone for balance. Very easy drinking and very enjoyable.
Koskela (270) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beautiful aroma of hops kisses my nose...mmmmm.. The beer smells great and as i poured it i noticed it poured like a light bodied brew. I was expecting a thick brew. Its a nice crystal clear golden ipa with a good white foamy head. It is light bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. The first taste is sweet and bitter. Then the hop flavor and bitterness come in the aftertaste. For 8.5 percent it does not taste that way. The bitterness hide the alcohol well. Its a good brew.
BeerBreakfast (15) - Castle Rock, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This just a hopped up IPA...not much more. Anyone can toss a ton of hops in there and crank up the IBUís...this needs something more.
PorterPounder (5344) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Augusta, Ga - Toast Wine and Beverage - 12 oz bottle. Pours a medium copper with a sticky white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Fresh fragrant aroma with some strong spruce accents, some cherry notes. Flavor is full bodied and bold with plenty of sticky hop oriented citrus bitterness, a bit of nuttiness, some caramel, and some back end booziness. Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it. Pretty solid.
PeterBeerDude (2) - USA - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2013 --I had another last night and it wasnít SO bad. Maybe I ate something beforehand that was making my taste buds go crazy. Iím sorry New Belgium- Rampant is ok, but Ranger is better. ---
**This was bad.. After taste is bad. I canít even describe it. I can hardly believe the positive comments about this brew. Metallic after taste. Iím a New Belgium fan, but dang do they have misses. I know the beer is temperature sensitive.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Clear golden amber with a spotty white head and some lacing. Aroma of bready malt and lots of herbal tea with a bit of citrus. Flavor is very bitter with a doughy taste and light alcohol heat. Medium body with soft carbonation. Interesting hop character in this one, very bitter and lots of herbal aroma.
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Canít comment on appearance, as I drank it right from the bottle while in a cab in Vegas. Aroma (from the neck) is thick vegetal hops, like a steamy coniferous forest. On the palate this holds true, with an oily piney hoppy character with an odd perfumey presence in the finish. It didnít quite ruin it for me, but did seem intrusive. It was edging on the annoying "bath powder" note I was finding in many of Phillipsí beers not long ago, but not quite that unpleasant (and the base beer was much better too, so maybe this comparison is moot). I have more bottles that I brought home, so I look forward to trying this again with a more critical mindset.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber gold with a frothy cap of white that retains throughout the session.
Aroma: A nice bouquet of skunky citrusy hops. Some pineapple and Ďgrandma perfumeyí yeast.
Taste: Dry malt, spicy yeast. Grapefruit and pineapple. Layers of subtle hops: some herbal spicy hop notes, and some juicy grapefruit hops. Finishes earthy with a rather quick duration.
Mouthfeel: Pretty dry, full bodied, prickly carbonation.
Overall: My gut reaction was this isnít what Iím looking for in a Double IPA, then as I drank the second half of the bottle, I began to appreciate the beer for what it is, and how this is a great intro to Double IPAs type of beer. Itís clean, dry and it doesnít bombard you with caramel malt. Itís very drinkable, just missing the bitterness most hop heads look for in a beer that has IPA in the name.