Headbanger (2748) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 2/22/10 (Binnyís Naperville)-Pours 42į in Shaker. Pours a clear medium golden with a decent sized white head. Aroma of hops, spruce, and fruit. Taste of hops, fruit, malt, caramel, and peppery spices. This medium bodied brew is not bad. Nicely balanced and quite drinkable.
travita (3501) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. The smell is sort of peppery, fruits, caramel, hops. The look is golden in color, clear, and white head. The taste is bitter, spicy, pepper, fruits, and caramel.
carboloader (639) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2010 //re-rating from the bottle. Itís even better than what I wrote below, which was based on a draft pour. From the bottle (and a very fresh one at that), it pours a light transparent amber. The fruity cascade-style nose is apparent and enticing. I would call this this almost the perfect session IPA with 6.5% alcohol, not evident at all, and perfectly masked by bitterness and an amazingly balanced, and light, overall feel. I will be buying much, much, more of this and possibly investing in the company. My new favorite daily drinker by a longshot. Initial rating based on a draft pour follows. //On draft at Houston Flying Saucer. Pours beautiful transparent amber with small white head. I wasnít expecting much because Iím generally not a huge fan of New Belgiumís typical brews. I was pleasantly surprised with a fruity, hoppy, spruce nose followed by a caramel malt sweetness, and a nice rounded out bitter finish. The caramel seems a bit fake to me, but otherwise, I could drink this one all day. A good session IPA if you like a bit more sweet malt than usual.
Fratto (2446) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Gingerman in Fort Worth. Amber pour with a white head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with hops. Taste has a faint sweetness, but mostly bitter vegetables. A little thin with a watery feel. Finish is nice, though.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Taco Mac. Bright golden amber with a gluey head. Nice citrus aroma. This drinks with a full floral sweetness, viscuous and rich. Not too strong, but very full flavor. (#3851, 2/22/2010)
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad "little" IPA.Pours a light golden yellow color with a weak head..(hahaha)Taste is cool and crisp with a nice grapefruit/pine hop finish.This is not a killer IPA but I might drink this beer summertime poolside.....
Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear dark yellow to light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of celery and garlic.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Vegetal, citric, thin, watery, one-dimensional.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant surprise from New Belgium!
Pours a very bright pale copper to dark golden hue with generous rocky head that laces oh so well throughout the pint.
Nose has a pleasant orangey citrus character with some citrusy candies in the background. Flavors on the palate arenít overwhelming, but thatís a refreshing change - plenty of pine, some orange, and toasty malt to round it out. Finish is prickly orange with pine. Easy drinking.
SODAK14 (258) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
OK, this is my last rating for an IPA. After many tastings I have just not acquired a palate for this type beer...honestly Iíd rather have an Old Mil Light. Oh well, Iíll leave this segmant for you IPA lovers. :)
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler fill at CBX. Pours a clear, light copper with a fluffy white head. Aroma is more piney and a bit of citrus. The piney resin comes through in the taste and leaves a medium "pop" as I call the bitterness of IPAs.It has a light body and leaves your mouth feeling refreshed. I would say this is an average to slightly above average IPA.