mensch (280) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an amazing showcase of hops. The aroma melds citrus, apricots, pineapple and spruce with the promise of sweet carmel malt. It never follows through on that promise; the unrelenting bitterness that replaces it is a multilayered hop experience. This beer gets back to IIPA’s origins, hop bomb. They don’t need to take the alcohol any higher than its 8.5%, because there’s not supposed to be any "balance." An exemplar of the style with hops that Vinnie hadn’t dreamed of when he started down this road.
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice mass-produced big IPA. Dark golden color. Aroma is peachy and piney. The taste is very dank and very sweet, with lots of peach and malt. A little much for me, but not too heavy considering the abv. Good stuff.
thefederalist (297) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Pours clear golden with a medium head that dininishes quickly and doesn’t leave as much lacing as I’d like. Aroma is pure grass, very thick and hop-forward. The taste is slightly sweet, moderately bitter, slightly salty. The mouthfeel is a tad too thin and there are some phenolic notes in the finish. A little rough around the edges for NB.
Jlkerley (4) - Vienna, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2015 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of the better mass-produced IPA's that I've tasted. Definitely a good choice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
sebletitje (7498) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bought @ Leuven Beer Innovation.
Dorée-orangée léger, col fin blanc crémeux.
Arôme offre un profond bouquet houblonné oscillant sur le résineux, renfermé, fruité et herbacé.
Palais offre un profil malté pâle caramel qui se fait présent alternant un côté résineux avec une petite douceur fruitée de pêche. Retrouve un léger fini pin, malt cara pâle avec une note herbacée et pointe herbacée sur la fin.
Thechasm442 (400) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. The beer pours a hazy straw colored yellow with a thin white head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is floral hops up front, with lemon, orange candy, and something somewhat off putting, I just can’t put my finger on it. It’s very sour. Taste is a slight improvement. Tons of pine, grapefruit, and sour lemons. The only problem is, it doesn’t transition to anything. There is no malt backbone to speak of, and it’s a very one dimensional beer. Mouthfeel is average density and it’s somewhat sticky. Mild booze presence. I wonder if my bottle was bad, despite it being fairly fresh. This beer was a let down.
Zwiebel88 (586) - GERMANY - MAY 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gelblich, leuchtend. In der Nase Honig, Kiefernnadeln, minimale Säure. AM gaumen direkt bitter, recht trocken, harzig, etwas dünn, ok.
Hamirubi (298) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15cl sample from bottle at the Leuven Innovation Beer Festival (25 V 2015). Amber, orange-brown coloured hazy brew with hopped flavours. The beer is a bit hazy, with a small collar on top. Lovely citrus to lemon taste with dry bitter finish. A lovely medium bodied IPA, for sure. Note to myself: try this again - the beer notes were on the brink of getting nonsensical.
shigadeyo (3246) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2015 Aroma of peach and toffee with herbal undertones. Clear golden color, frothy off white head, smooth carbonation. Flavor is much like the aroma and bottle description: herbal with hints of peach, stone fruits, light caramelization; moderate bitterness overall. Alcohol is hidden, but catches up with you quickly! Medium body, calm and smooth texture. Very balanced and really easy to drink at 8.5% ABV!
CopterScott (199) - Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
golden color with a thin white head. aroma is pine hops with some fruit. flavor is pine and citrus hops with some malt.
mfhennig (127) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2015
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another beer that doesn’t have to stop to change colors. Piney citrus aroma, maybe a hint of malt. Better flavor than Ranger, not as bitter.
Next time I see a New Belgium brew in the store, I’ll leave it there.