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RATINGS: 1426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Are you a hopinista? Thank our Beer Rangers for inspiring (and begging for) this well-balanced Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook hopped IPA. 70 IBUs


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3214) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 1, 2010
bottle over the course of a 6 pack-my first rating in almost 3 yrs! IM BACK! well, kind of -i think i will just do this once in a while, not as serious as i once was. This beer poured bright orange with a flulfy white head. The nose is subtle and floral/flowery with a little tangerine and pinneaple. I noticed this was a case of a beer that changes taste in a matter of not even 2 weeks. the first bottles i was drinking had much more hop presence in the flavors while 2 weeks later, they were really faint. Palate is soft but highly carbonated (a weekness to this brewer). really short finish of sweet hops-didnt last very long at all. Fresh this stuff is pretty damn good, but it seems to have very little to no shelf life. Decent for a session IPA, but i would take a two hearted over this anyday!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2010
12oz. bottle. Very easy to pick out the hops in the aroma, and in which quantities -- huge grapefruit from the Cascades, a lighter amount of pine from the Chinooks and a touch of floral citrus from the Simcoes, blended with a hint of toasty, honeyish malt sweetness and some faint bubblegum. Clear light copper color with a fine, fading head. Flavor profile is hugely citric, sweet and predominantly hoppy, more grapefruit and bubblegum to be found here, along with touches of watermelon and some very mild malt toast. Mouthfeel is resinous, oily and rather low in effervescence, body is medium. Something about the finish on this reminds me a bit of overripe fruit as it goes down, which is not pleasant, but other than that itís just your basic IPA, really nothing special. Why folks clamored for an IPA from this brewery when itís not their strong suit and thereís such a large amount of them on the market already, I do not know.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Pours a golden caramel color with a foamy white head that lingers for a bit and provides decent lacing. Aroma is resinous hops, sweet caramel, and plenty of grapefruit. Taste is bitter, grapefruit, caramel malt, and pine with spicy hop finish. Nice new offering from New Belgium.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bomber. Pours a rusty copper-amber hue with a finger or so dusting of light, fizzy foam. Aroma is very strongly of resin hops with maybe some floral mixed in, but very dark floral, almost like flower petals that have started to decay. Flavor is dark a roasty/toasty, with an almost walnut quality and even some notes of smoky leather worked in. Very interesting IPA. ABV is apparent in the taste and burn going down, but this beer is well-balanced, and a nice change of pace in the seeminly two-tone world of IPAs.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Crystal clear light copper coloured body with a thick white head and a bunch of bubbles rising from the bottom - very clear for the style. Aroma of a very citrus and piney hop kick with a touch of sweet grapefruit and some mild floral scents. Medium-bodied; Assertive hop bitterness up front with some malt and toffee on the backend with a touch of spice near the end. Aftertaste shows a lot of the hops, more citrus and pine than anything else, but not much in the malt department. Overall, a decent IPA, but nothing great - a bit light on the malt, a bit one-dimensional and non-complex and some thinnish tastes. Nice to try, regardless, since it wonít come over here on the east coast. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Mondo Vino in Denver, Colorado on 12-February-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 28-February-2010.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9357) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours crystal clear gold-orange with a medium, frothy white head, good retention with good lacing. Aroma is medium malt with heavy hops (pine, spruce, resin, citrus) and sweaty yeast, pears, and apricot. Flavor is medium malt with great hop balance, some yeasty notes with fruit. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a spicy texture.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1497) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2010
This is a nice-looking beer... a clean orange-colored brew with a nice off-white head and fractal-esque lacing. The aroma is spicy, hoppy and fresh. It has an extremely clean mouthfeel while hammering out a nice heap of hops with hints of grapefruit and pine. Not what I was expecting. A green finish, and a delicious overall experience. I can see why this rates high. Well done, New Belgium! A perfect amount of hops, a perfectly balanced trio.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
22oz bottle out of a goblet. Crystal clear dark orange color. Aroma smells like the brew kettle after adding some cascades into the pot. You can really smell and taste the cascades in this brew. Decent aroma, decent flavor however it falls a lil flat, also lacking a bit in mouthfeel/body. Decent pick-up for $2.99

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2010
New Belgium makes a good hoppy beer? This is excellent by their standards. Very hoppy. Surprisingly hoppy. Good body, nose and flavor are there. Wish nb would make more good beers more often.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Pours a sparkling yellow-amber with a foamy white head. You might even trick someone into thinking itís a macrobrew from the appearance. That is until they get a whiff of it. The delicious Cascade hop aroma hits you first, but after a bit you can tell there are other buds in there. For all of that, the taste is surprisingly restrained hop-wise, but after that, you realize that this is a really well balanced IPA. Hopheads will still like this, but itís an excellent way to get those unfamiliar with the IPA style to start appreciating it without bashing them over the head with a hop bomb. I would compare this to a less assertive version of Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Great job New Belgium; maybe now weíll get more than just Fat Tire on tap!


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