alearchist (11) - Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 22 into Heretic glassware..View: I don’t know how they do it at New Belgium but..i’ve already had the Ranger ipa in the past, and to me that was the clearest ipa i’d seen at that point and once again they’ve done it. This beer for being an 8.5% abv double ipa, is amazingly clear. Aroma: lots of orange/citrus. Taste: tons of citrus upfront with some pear in the back..nice example but i’d rather drink the Ranger. Still a great dipa.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, straw gold pour with a 2 finger, creamy, off white head. Aroma of very fresh, spicy, citrus and floral hops, nice toast and caramel, stone/berry fruit and hints of tropical fruit. The flavor ditches much of the fruitiness initially, lots of spiciness, some husky grain, sweet cereal, toast and light caramel, then the sweet caramel, crystal malt and fruity hops come in, lots of citrus, some woody pine, a little stone and berry fruit, and some passion fruit. Finishes a little more pine-ish with some crystal malt sweetness and burnt sugar. Medium body, syrupy feel and light, but blanketing and sharp carbonation. Pretty good overall, but it clashes all over the place, too much sweetness and bitterness in the same place at the same time.
strap (691) - Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light on the color, heavy on the hops...slight sweetness, strong hops. Well balanced for the style. Best of the New Belgium lineup
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Huhzubendah (3327) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Generous gift from Dr. Humbard. Thank you sir.
Served in my New Belgium globe.
The beer is yellowish with a mild haze. An aggressive pour yields nearly two inches of pure white head. The aroma brings pine, alcohol, hops. Booze presence in both the scent and flavor. Too brash for my liking. Pine and alcohol with perhaps a bit of citrus. A slow sipper. The finish leaves booze, biscuits, crackers, and a hint of caramel malt on the palate. I finished the 12 oz., but this is not a repeat for me.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber uncaps with a loud chuff. The first careful pour fills my glass with two-thirds fluff atop pale orange ale (a spectacle which encores with the seconds glass, as well). Large bubbles in warpdrive effect create Swiss cheese pockets in the foam. Grapefruit, musty hopsack, seawater, boiled peanuts, pencil shavings, molasses and tomato juice nose. Tamarind and dried apricot fruity taste with briary-jammy notes, phenolic/minerally, leafy, sourdough, nuances of rosemary, lychee, celery seed and bell pepper, maybe even granulated onion... ending with a pithy bitter edge. Pretty much screams fast, hot fermentation and oxidation at some point. Drier and thinner bodied than most DIPAs, which is the only positive. Smokey-chalky finish with potent ethanol sting; pleasantly bitter aftertaste but with a parsley and powdered milk flavor. Overall an extremely rough and unappealing beer; so many, many things wrong.
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured clear, lighter orangey-golden with a tall, creamy, sticky khaki head.. looked great! The aroma picked up fresh grass, citrus, and floral hoppage over sweet honey-kissed caramel and biscuity malts.. well-balanced. The flavor found bitter, resiny peach and perfumy hops throughout, with caramel and biscuity malts supporting.. dried out on the finish, leaving bitter stonefruit and perfumey notes. Medium-bodied with a good feel/flow through the palate.. engaging and enjoyable.
hayduke (4435) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this at an esbls tasting at Strykzones place in Wood Rive, IL. Pours dark fuzzy gold with a creamy and long lasting off-white head. Nose is mostly citrus hops. Medium plus in body, and smooth in the mouth. Flavor is caramel malts with heavy citrus hops and a long dry bitter finish. Very well done.
Jerm719 (148) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2013 2nd rating ... Malty, mild syrup. Piney, resinous hops, weak finish.. Boring, malty ipa .. Nice abv, but not enough hops to balance.... Weak. :( this should have been a seasonal .. For cats who know nothing about beer n gonna get hammered on a 6 pack running bout $9.99....
airrick2003 (846) - Louisiana, USA - APR 27, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: a crystal clear bronze color, very thick off white dense head, head laces nicely and retains like no other Aroma: grass, bread, piney, fruit, citrus, lemon, smell is pretty strong and very satisfying Taste: some malt up front, bread, some lemon citrus, bitter on the finish Palate: moderate to low c02 level, has a medium to heavy body, leaves a pretty strong bitter aftertaste Overall: delicious, the malt and hops compliment each other very nicely, would like to see some more pronounced hop flavor up front if anything ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ColovianTrader (464) - - APR 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge amounts of caramel blended nicely with citrus peels and toffee. Hints of cinnamon. Nice grapefruit bitterness. The beer is ultimately hurt as it warms and tastes a bit metallic, but still drinkable.