Severian (42) - Saint Charles, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2011 Bottle. Pours copper/golden with white head. Smell is pine, grass, fruits. Taste is much of the same -pine, grass, a bit of fruit. Not balanced enough IMO. Bitter, dry finish. All hops and nothing else to balance it. I love a hoppy beer, but I just don’t dig this. Moderate carbonation. Surprisingly refreshing, a summer brew for sure, but it lacks balance.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear gold with a small white head. Nose is floral, citrus and some toasted malt. Crisp citrus hop flavor and very refreshing.
Hopsinator (1) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great aroma, looks like a light lager with head, opens the taste buds and leaves a great malty flavor that forces you to savor before your next sip. Overall, I love this beer. Now to stop gabbing and have another!
SPDickerman (1192) - Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear amber brown with a white head. Smells greatly of hops, very floral. Tastes very bitter, three hop varieties. On the heavier end of light-bodied with a slick texture and average mouth carbonation, the Ranger IPA finishes less bitter than expected but still quite pleasant in the IPA style.
chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden copper, with a thin white head, gradual CO2 release and nice lacing. Aroma is spruce and citrus hop dominated. Palate is thin, smooth and bubbly on the finish. Taste is a nice hoppy profile with a slightly bitter finish.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Wow. That was a lot of hops. Not enough balance. It was all hops and not much malt. Not one of my favorites. Extremely hoppy. A little too bitter;
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a sparkling, clear, light, orangey copper with an average to large, off-white head that mostly diminished but kept a thin sheet throughout and left good lacing. The aroma had light caramel malt; very slight cookie; moderate to heavy, pine, resin, grapefruit and orange hops; apricot and some slight notes of rubber. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was sweet and rather bitter with an average duration. There was light caramel, then tons of pine, resin and citrus hops and then a little more caramel. The light to medium body was slightly syrupy and then a little dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic finish.
RobertDale (5526) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a light golden orange with a nice long lasting head. Nice lacing. Aroma of piney hops, florals and citrus. Tastes of hops and more hops. Some bitterness and some citrus. Not much malt balance. Nice IPA.
malrubius (2611) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce six pack from Albertson’s Scottsdale, AZ. Very pale golden with lasting fluffy white head. Great citrusy floral aroma. Mild peach apricot fruitiness with nice dry floral citrusy bitter finish. Highly attenuated into a nice medium-light extremely refreshing effervescent body. Really excellent.
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours light amber with a tall rocky head, it has a really strong piney hop aroma. The flavor is crisp with good hop/malt balance, slight sweetness and low bitterness. The palate is a solid body with very little hop bite. Overall a good flavor and balance, nice hop character without being overwhelming.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: orange with a nice off-white head which fades with little blotches splattered about the sides of my glass. Puddles of foam laze about the top of her orangey depths. Swirls with more foam and somehow doesn’t faze the already settle clumps one little bit.
Nose: cup your hands around freshly picked hop cones, stick your nose deep inside, and inhale: that is the first impression I get from this beer. Next come pineapples sweetness with tropics carried by a warm summer breeze right behind her. Sticky sweet hop resins. Clean, light, and tropical; mango and papaya, too.
Palate: the tropics have landed in my glass. Soft, bready, sweet up front with hops in the back and finish: whole cones and leaves. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, and papaya surrender their juicy insides while their skin dries my palate with supple bitterness before bringing me back for more. A rather straightforward palate. As she warms, the back swallow and finish dedicate themselves wholly to the goodness of hops. Sweet breads underneath. A wisp of spice here and there but nothing truly tangible.
Final Thoughts: a wonderfully tropical inspired IPA from New Belgium I was more than happy to taste. A Belgian inspired IPA; I can only guess that her dominant flavors came from a Belgian yeast strain since she carried with aplomb that atypical yeasty doughy bready fruity tropical nature one can find in many of the golden hued Belgian brews out there. Suffice to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.