JaffaHawk23 (71) - Broomfield(via Iowa City), Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this the summer of í09 at a beer festival near Loveland, CO but kinda forgot about it. Had many very good brews that day. Anyway, I finally see it at the local store and had to give it a second look. With my love for IPAís this did not disappoint. Itís not the best in CO but it does the trick in a second if your looking for hops. Not a lot of complexity to the taste. Some floral hints that give way to a nice hops bite. The overall appearance of this beer leaves a bit to be desired but the aroma and the flavor more than make up for it. Thanks New Belgium for finally coming out with an IPA that will stand up to the other CO IPAís.
doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Pours medium amber with a bubbly, but steady head. Almost no carbonation to see. Smells of nicely balanced hops and florally malt. Tastes about the same; lots of hops with nice floral undertones. A decent one to be sure.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a surprisingly clear red/amber, with a thin white head that quickly reduces to naught, spotty lacing at best. Nose is very fresh, grassy, juicy citrus, pine, sweet malt, very well put together. Palate is bracingly bitter, accented by appropriate malt and nice citrus, floral, and grass undertones. A mighty tasty everyday IPA.
drewbeerme (3808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours clear golden with white head. Nose of grass, cat box, tangerine, and earth. Flavors are dry with pleasent easy going bitterness throughout, simcoe is easy to pick out, grassy and resiney notes with a very mild sweet toffee malt finish. This is dry and tasty, a surprise ipa from new belgium, now I wonder if theyíll do ranger with a Belgian yeast strain (and brett)?
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Itís about time they came out with an IPA!!! Even if they stuck with that distinctive odd yeast strain that flavors most of their beers. Had it at the AZ Strong Beer Festival on 2/13, and then found it at Total Wines a week later. I have to give it to their Beer Rangers in attendance. They were VERY into their products, much more so than other brewery reps at the event...Back to the beer. Pours a super clear golden color with a nice head that fades rather quickly . Aroma is hoppy, but also reminiscent of their other beers.... Something universal about the aroma/flavor of NB beers that I can pick out a mile away after the years of drinking I continue to put under my belt... Taste is citrusy, and crisp. Not as complex as one would hope... Itís kind of simple and more mainstream.. Not too bad, but it wonít be in my regular rotation.... Of course, this is bottle one of 6, so I could change my mind...
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good beer, and good aroma, but the earthy flavor is not what I look for in an IPA. That being said if you lean more towards the grassy and earthy semi dry IPAís this would be an average and easy drinking one.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours light gold with orange and yellow highlights and a thin white head. The aroma is earthy with light citrus notes - nice and hoppy with some notes of honey sweet malts. Flavor starts bittersweet with dry toasted bready malts, subtle honey, and piney earthy hop flavors. The finish has a neutral firm bitterness with light earthiness, caramel malt, and evergreen tips with a light mintiness. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a slippery texture and frothy suds. Overall, a welcome surprise - a tasty IPA.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: February 05, 2010
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark gold, frothy white head, drippy lace
Aroma: big spicy and floral hop aroma, dry pale malt, just a hint of sweetness
Flavor: dry malt flavor, lots of hops, light bitterness, earthyness, light growing sweetness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Beaver (1159) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle, dated 7/9/10 (best by?). Pours a clear light yellow orange with a frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is biscuity malts with some spicy piney fruity hops that are slightly stinky.
The flavor is some biscuity malts with a decent amount of hops - peppery, floral and slightly fruity. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low but sharp carbonation.
Overall, an OK IPA - itís nice to see one from NB. Itís pretty mild in terms of alcohol and bitterness. I really donít care for the biscuit notes in many of New Belgiumís beers. Iím not really digging the hop flavors either. More fruitiness or resin would be good for me.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz capped bottle (best before 09JUL10, sampled late FEB 2010): beautiful red copper body with a steady stream of tiny bubbles...they are mesmerizing...rising quite a bit slower than an average beer...these bubbles seem to float while doing a slow ballad dance. Strong, tight bubbled ivory head leaves a thick, almost complete lace along all inside glass surfaces. Simcoe hops are strongest in the aroma with Cascade undertones along with bubble-gum and pine...creamy texture and mouthfeel with a great bitterness. Finish is barky and slightly sugary. This seems to be selling right next to and for the same price as fat tire...I would buy this every time instead. Nice, solid beer.