elpresidente19 (30) - Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent aroma, mild grapefruit and a little pine. It pored a grainy yellow with a decent white head. taste, what taste? The beer starts off piney and a little floral, and then turns metallic. Sorry, but new belgium should stick to belgian beers...
kassner (1397) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am happy that New Belgium made finally a hop centered beer. It is OK, not complex with emphasis on astringent hops with not much floral character. Bottles on Bald Head Island. Golden color and a little head and lacing
fraternie (884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a medium head and a copper body. Pleasing aromas of grapefruit and pine are complemented by lifted hops on the nose. Dominant hop presence on the palate gives way to more subtly integrated grapefruit, and medium caramel malt and bread elements. Finishes long and hopped up, with a bit of a metallic note.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle purchased at BevMo Long Beach.
Nice hoppy aroma, not so overpowering that the malt is masked. Pours a golden yellow with a white head. Taste-wise the hops are very present but they strike a very nice balance with the malt. There’s a bit of an earthy finish with the hops that I particularly enjoyed. Not as hop-heavy as many West Coast offerings, but, as in this case, thats not always a bad thing. Nice carbonation and body. Overall a very enjoyable session IPA. I was worried this beer would be under-hopped, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a very well-balanced IPA, and definitely recommend this one.
beerspotting (3) - Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2010 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a standard great Colorado IPA. Just a super sessionable option for the lovers of Maharaja.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From Point Roberts (WA) Marketplace. Poured a nice clear body of clear copper beneath a creamy whiate head. Aroma was deliciously hopped as was the taste. Damned good to drink, and it finished as expected - good!
cornfed (16) - Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
While this is a better beer than I was expecting, overall it is still average. New Belgium made it hoppier than I was expecting as I had it pegged as another Alaskan IPA(barely a pale ale in my opinion). It has a pretty good nose on it but that is the only thing above-average about it. This beer will do in a pinch but there are many other standard, 6-7% / 60-70ibu beers I would rather drink
hero12 (181) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours golden with a small white head and decent lacing. Crisp pine aroma and subtle citrus hints. Bitter taste, obviously, hops aside, there are hints of lemon and orange peel. Medium carbonation and body, not as sticky as other ipa’s. Fat Tire has been so over rated lately that I almost didn’t try this.
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a variety pack. Pours to a very clear amber with a rocky cream head. Nose is piney hop resin, very pleasant. It has a very crisp bitterness and a very full, crystal malty profile. I may be tasting some fruity esters? This is a very good every-day IPA.
BBB63 (6358) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Golden hue with a lasting small head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of grapefruit and light dank resiny hop esters, some clove and pepper, light biscuity malt and some mineral water. The taste is acidic hop bitters with a light spicy finish with just a background of some hop, pretty much one-note and simplistic complexity. The Simcoe and Cascade hops shine but there is a minor astrengent tone that got a tad annoying. The mouth feel is lively enough and mostly refreshing. It is a solid IPA nothing more, nothing less.