nuplastikk (4087) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-tan. Frothy, steady off-white head. Very pleasant peach-tinged hoppy aroma, as advertised. A mellow tropical citrus tone. Fresh and enjoyable, quite clean and easy drinking for the ABV. Big, but certainly not overbearing. Well done,
madaman (1) - - MAR 18, 2013 does not count
1.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pitiful. I know New Belgium is not an IPA company but this is nowhere near an imperial. This is barely an IPA. My nose got wet trying to get an aroma, and had to take several drinks before I actually tasted a hop.i would think an "imperial" would be very strong in both. If you are a hop wuss, this is the beer for you. I tried this on tap.
backdaft (180) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a deep gold in color. Nice 2 finger head leaves substantial lacing. Spicy hop aroma followed by a bitter hop punch. There are notes of sour grapefruit and pine as well. A unique hop profile (for me at least) seems to be the key here. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a dry finish overall. Nice for $4!
Trev (1819) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pour is copper with a thin white head.
aroma is fruity floral, citrus and peaches, caramel, light booziness to it as well.
Flavour is caramel and cardboard maltiness. Quite sweet and a bit sticky on the front end. Hop aroma doesn’t carry through on the palate. muted floral and citrus pith bitterness. bit of medicinal alc in the finish.
emacgee (3796) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2013
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I will preface this with the fact that I have been unable to consume any IPA from New Belgium thus far.
Pours a soft pale blonde, weird flaccid color. One finger of sticky white head. Nose is weird and chemical-y, kind of like mothballs with some hops coming through. Disgusting flavor, cannot even describe/swallow. Tastes like some kind of awful cleaning chemical. Astringent cooked veggies.
Thinker (62) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber brown with a white head, aroma is floral hops, and the taste is smooth, malty and bitter. Very drinkable not to malty or hopy especially 8.5 ABV.
nealm759 (31) - Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a growler.
Pours a Light yellow straw color, very clear, with a finger pure white head.
Smell is earthy, grassy and a little like vodka. Smells more of fruit, mainly watermelon as it oxidates.
Taste is mild fruity, earthy and grassy. Bitter after taste that lingers on the tounge. A little bit of a watermelon and grapefruit flavor. Malt flavor seems a bit covered by the hop flavors (not necessarily a bad thing). A bit of an astringent palate.
Over all not my favorite ipa i have ever had, but pretty good, and very good for New Belgium.
TomDecapolis (4384) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of mixed citrus and a touch of toasted malt. Flavor of grapefruit and other citrus. Aggressive bitterness a bit sweet. Hints of toasted malt.
Zymurgeist2 (824) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at DIA Hub pub. Pours clear copper with pure white head. Floral and earth aroma. Flavor is flowers with full malt backbone and pure bitter finish.
jhamp9 (924) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear gold pour with a white head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma is grass and lemony citrus. Taste is about the same with the addition of some breadiness. Bitterness that lingers a little while. Body is a bit thin.