nustang70 (12) - USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great-tasting IPA. At 70 IBUs, itís quite hoppy, but very well balanced. Wonderful.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Grapes and Hops in Fayetteville, NC on 09/01/2010. Clear golden amber body with a small creamy white head. Big floral hop aroma with some resiny notes. Sweet floral and citrus hop flavor with light pale malt notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Nice strong hoppy flavor with a lasting finish.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle). Pours clear straw yellow with 1" thick white head. Aroma of grass, pine, resin, floral, also some basement/funk. Quite pungent. Taste is bitter, but there is a subtle, underlying sweetness. Light to medium bodied with oily and somewhat thin body. Carbonation is fizzy on the tongue. Finish is bitter, but pleasingly so. I think New Belgium nailed this one. They definitely got the hop aroma and flavor, but there is a nice grapefruit aspect that balances this beer out quite well at the end and really cuts through the bitterness. I appreciate that finesse because it seems that too many brewers try to blow up your taste buds with IBU. Nice job!
gururyan (714) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 Picked up a fresher batch of Ranger so I had to adjust my initial ratings of it.
Kavu (3775) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden with a medium head. Aroma is fruity hops, flavor is fruits and malts. Quite a lot of hops in the finish. Pretty normal but good ipa.
swanmann (719) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle poured a bright, clear, brassy-orange ale with fluffy off white head, sustained about 3-4 minutes. It smells piney, for sure, and the flavor shouldnít disappoint IPA fans. Itís bracing and hop forward. After it warms just a bit, lovely creamy caramel textures appear. Effective without being outrageous.
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from BevMo. Strong hoppy nose. Smells quite sticky, like sap from a pine tree. Dry pine bitterness. Not overwhelming, but well hopped. A little hint of sweetness, followed by dry bitterness.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light piney aroma. Pours clear golden with mid range head. Some sweetness, drying hop finish. Understated hops, medium body.
woodzgud (25) - USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth and very balanced. Some bitterness but not overbearing, w/fruit, citrus overtones. Iíve not jumped on th New Belgium bandwagon to this point, but this is one of the best IPAs Iíve had - probably should be rated even higher.