arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden clear yellow with a small white head, not unlike a lager. Small amount of carbonation and a little bit of lacing. Aromas a floral hops, bread, pine, and grass. The taste is bitter pine hops, dirt, and citrus. Really good and really surprising.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente, I thought that this was a nicely balanced and tasty IPA. Good hop flavor with malt in the background.
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 (375) - 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.