kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, purchased from Bottle Barn. Pours a deep, clear, golden-yellow color; lightly effervescent; creamy white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing; attractive pour. Lots of citrus and grapefruit hoppiness in the aroma, the Simcoe contributes some foresty pine character; juicy, light resins, no yeast character and a pleasantly nondescript (maybe some orange notes) malt character at the core of things; just a very pleasant and hoppy aroma on this, non-astringent and reasonably fresh (despite the fact that I should have picked this up weeks ago!). Medium body; thereís something a little funny about this beer, and I canít decide whether itís just a slightly cheesy hop character or a touch of DMS or diacetyl; itís really slight and inoffensive, but just a touch off the beaten path; otherwise, thereís just a generous, piney and citrusy hop character throughout here: minimal astringency, chewy and dense, touches of resin and approaching a wet-hop feel; the core is just a light showing of crystal malt (seemingly) and an orange-tinged note; not intensely dry, but on the dry side of things at least, and this follows through in the finish; a very enjoyable, drinkable IPA. Lasting finish of citrus and grapefruit-tinged bitterness; a touch of sugar, but mostly dry.
Onionkid (371) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Tried this from the íFolly Packí variety pack and was pleasantly surprised! My first try with this beer I was a bit overwhelmed with just how much it tasted like straight grapefruit juice to me, but after trying a few more Iíve warmed up to it a bit. A very strong citrus flavor, mostly of grapefruit but I think I can taste other citrus flavors like peach and orange peel in there too. Iím not usually a fan of IPAs but this one has a very strong, distinct flavor to it that Iíd be hard pressed to call íbadí so much as just not necessarily in line with what I personally like. A bitter bite that Iíd associate with an IPA. Definitely the most íriskyí of all the beers in the variety pack, leaving a pretty solid impression. I think Iíd much prefer this beer on a warm summer day lounging by the pool, reading a book. 6.5% alcohol.
maxa9 (27) - , Washington, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Are you kidding me? Tasted on tap last week in the lounge at the fantastic Pacific Dunes golf course in Bandon, OR. I was expecting "Fat Ranger", like all New Belgium offerings. But I was shocked. This is a sick beer! And very sessionable. I lingered on the balcony and had three. Uh, not that I know what weed smells like....but any self-respecting ganj-head could sniff this grassy beast for some time. The taste, palate, etc. is solid. but this oneís mostly about an aroma. Looking for more!
MrMugs (30) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I seem to like (not love) most of New Belgiumís offerings. I like this one a little more than most others.
There is a great floral, almost grassy aroma. Just enough bitterness to get your attention. My only negative is there is a bit too much fizzy in the end for my taste.
beardedjack (3) - Utah, USA - APR 7, 2010 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Ahh new belgium! i know the brewery is really trendy but this beer is a american IPA perfected! a perfect balance of crisp aromatic hops and sweet malt.
ajd413 (17) - Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Something seems very off-flavored in the finish and leaves me with a very unpleasant taste in my mouth. Need something good to wash away the bad taste
mybrainhurts (374) - North Dakota, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh aroma of fruity, citrus hops. Prickly pine, toffee, and light buttered biscut flavors. Oily, bitter and clean finish. A little thin in body. Overall, would be good for a spring BBQ.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from piggly wiggly in hilton head. pours a very light, clear, gold with a thin, white head and light lacing. aroma is very nice with bright, fresh citrus notes of orange, lemon, and white grapefruit with light, sweet, floral notes and a hint of grass. flavor is tasty as well with juicy citrus, pine resins, and a touch of herbal, spicy, grass with a hint of balancing caramel malts. palate is a bit on the watery side with solid carbonation and a light, bitter, citrusy finish. overall, a decent ipa.
poisoneddwarf (1931) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer #3 in tonightís vertical IPA tasting. 12 oz bottle into shaker. The aroma here is piney hops, but itís not an explosion of them like the other two beers (21st Amendment and Caldera). Those two beers were representative of the area where I live (the Pacific Northwest) like no other. The aroma here is out of touch and doesnít overtake the senses like the other two. It does open up after it warms a bit--I just upgraded my aroma score from 6 to 7. Has more of a malt aroma than the Caldera, much more like the 21st Amendment. Appearance is golden, but not hazy like the other two. Head and lacing arenít as good, either. Taste is similar to Caldera, being not as impressive as 21st Amendmentís IPA, but itís the most citrusy tasting of the three. Carbonation for this beer is more to my liking than the other two, being that thereís more of it. Much smoother. Overall, I think itís a fine IPA, but it ranks third in this vertical tasting. 21st Amendment has the upper edge on all three here. Wow, that was some good geeky fun there.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at New Belgium bar in Denver Airport. Pours gold orange with a foamy off-white head. Incredibly floral aroma. Lots of floral hops, crisp, some spice, some citrus peel.