Vir4030 (571) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear goldish-yellow with a thick head from a bottle. Aroma is alcohol, citrus. Flavor is some roasted alcohol. High Grav Indeed.
AlainG (1615) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Elle est blonde et limpide et garnie d’une mousse dans les règles de l’art et ça persiste et ça laisse un motif à la paroi du verre. Elle sent le houblon. C’est résineux. C’est herbacé. On capte des effluves d’agrumes et de bonbons aux fruits, ou encore, de dessert aux pêches. Ça goûte la gomme de pin, le pamplemousse blanc. Une texture résineuse berce le liquide en bouche et donne des coups d’éperons malgré sa douceur. Elle ne se laisse pas apprivoiser facilement. Sous son apparence de bon élève, elle est capable de donner une claque en arrière de la tête. L’alcool est sournois, tel un cheval sauvage. (680-070613)
sharkbcr (135) - Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit disappointing. Color and head were decent, but was let down with a lower than expected IBU. The peach finish was a pleasant surprise but
I wouldn’t call it an Imperial IPA.
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Man, I really wanted to like this. I’m a big fan of ranger and most of the stuff that NB does, but this is just strange. Complete onion bomb. I never believed it until this beer. maybe I don’t like the mosaic.
johnchabin (3) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in the wrong (pilsner) glass, poured from a bomber.
Aroma: Light floral & pine. Yep, pine.
Appearance: More pale golden than expected, pours clear. Flattened, but probably the glass.
Taste: Strongly pine, typical American hop. More pear/apple than citrus. Bitter in a good way, if not slightly sharp. Lingers.
Palate: Again, bitter finish. Lighter bodied than expected. Dry is not unfair.
Overall: A lighter DIPA, almost quaffable. But I’m a degenerate.
Good beer at a good price. I will buy this again as a potential dinner beer, but not special occasion beer (as with Dale’s Pale Ale or Titan IPA). This beer reminds me how spoiled we are.
drsordr (1674) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 Draft golden. Nose some dank hop, but overwhelming vegetal, like broccoli. Taste bitter hop, some floral. Thankfully the vegetal smell doesn?t carry through the taste. Perhaps a bad keg, a little disappointing for New Belgium. (original rate 2.6)
Rerate. This time bottle pour. Nose no vegetal. Some resin, papaya, and sweeter fruit hop. Taste bitter and sweet up front. Moderate lingering bitter finish. . Much better than the first time.
chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle: Pours light yellow, big fluffy head. Aroma of citrus hops and heavy malt backbone. Taste is balanced with good bitter hop flavor and heavy malt. Too much malt for my preference in the style. A little astringent on the palate, not easy to drink after about 1/2 way through the glass. Pretty good, strong IPA but not the best example of the style.
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus, Herbal, earthy aroma. Citrus/grapefruit, spicy, floral/herbal hop flavors--with lingering sweetness, and a little light caramel and bready malt. An apricot-like flavor in finish. Pretty substantial bitter aftertaste.
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - JUN 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Why the low ratings on this? Its just ranger with a bit more hops and alcohol, it tastes great and is reasonably priced. There is something about being called a double ipa that creates unreasonably high expectations among beer raters. I gaurantee you if this were sold and classified as a standard ipa, it would get much higher ratings and people would agree that it is an improvement on ranger. Of course its not as sophisticated and balanced as the heavywieghts of the style, but did anyone expect that from new belgium? Remember that your paying 8 per six pack and just enjoy and stop comparing to hopslam.
Onionkid (371) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma of hops and orange zest. The taste starts off with a layered hop profile, with some sweetness in the middle and finishes with a nice bitterness. Great IPA, better than their Ranger beer. 8.5% alcohol.