brenn79 (1332) - Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours golden with average head and above average lacing, the aroma is outstanding, there is more hops in the nose of this beer than most Double IPAís. The flavor is sweet citrus and spruce, and goes down very smooth. I canít praise this beer enough, I thought I was going into a good beer, but instead it turned out to be one of New Belgiumís best.
drjay44 (2339) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 12 oz. bottle. Pours a white tiny bubbled head of good duration, with attractive lacing, over a clear, light amber (SRM 7) body....nose is pine, resin, citrus, grass....taste early is light malt (toffee) then to citrus/pine/resin, finishing with grass....mouth feel is slightly light, carbonation makes for a creamy flavor explosion. This is a slightly different American type IPA in that the lighter hop characteristics come out. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
beernbourbon (1213) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pour is clear copper with small white head. Aroma is citrus hop dominated with a subtle malt backbone and a light bubblegum character. Really a great aroma. Flavor is also dominated by citrus hop with a nice balancing sweetness from the malt. Very tasty, crisp, and refreshing. Very solid IPA.
DrinkEmUpJones (1055) - Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma of this beer is that of lemon and fresh cut grass. It has a cloudy golden white pour and is very herbal on the palate. The beer finishes with a rather sour taste. Overall, I have had plenty of better IPAs.
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Taco Mac downtown. Surprised they had this considering I read somewhere it wouldnít be distributed here. Light orange appearance with a fluffy head that lasts quite some time. Nice resinous pine and citrus hop aroma. Quite an aromatic brew. More pine than citrus, in terms of hop aroma. Although, the orange juice citrus aroma is very distinct (this is also followed in the flavor, but it is much more subtle). Fairly pleasing aroma. Nice use of bittering hops. Nice full pine flavor. I donít consider this a refreshing IPA, as I do Two Hearted. Verging on being a IIPA, in my mind at least. Very heavy hop flavor. That pine bittering hop is insane. This is a very underrated brew if you ask me. Honestly, I donít get the low scores. That pine resin flavor is simply fantastic. Maybe the low scores are due to those who enjoyed this out of the bottler rather than on tap.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/2/10 notes: on tap. OK, so this wasnít actually that bad. And I have to admit, the label and glassware that NB is churning out for this release is pretty cool. Color is a nice amber-orange hue, and the head retention is solid. Aroma has grassy, floral notes primarily, certainly not as pungent as most good WC IPAs though. Flavor shows a big floral hop character, not all too much malt backing it up; hoppy but thin. Finish is mildly bitter, and crisp. Simple, but for a brewery that Iím sure will pump this beer out, a success to have in the market.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden color with a large sticky white head. Aroma is herbal green hops, malt. Flavor is green wet hops, and malt. Kind of a strange green chewing into a wet plan hoppiness like you get with wet hop beers.
blink13 (8) - Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2010 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light citrus and flora hop aroma. Very light amber color with a thin soapy white head. Medium bitterness with a light body, lively carbonation and a short finish.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 Draft. Clear glowing golden orange. Aroma is clean strong green hops, simcoe, biscuit. Flavor is same, green, clean malts, very drinkable.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. pours an average deep golden / light orange with a 1 finger white head.... fades down to a nice soapy layer of head... big citrus and floral hop aromas... there is a very nice sweet hop quality on the nose... this one stands out from other IPAs so far... medium to full body with a boat load of bitterness up front... really grabs the tongue... much more light floral and citrus than binding stickiness. really clean and bitter... more citrus notes throughout with a solid fresh bitter ending. Thank you Beer Rangers!