yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant surprise from New Belgium!
Pours a very bright pale copper to dark golden hue with generous rocky head that laces oh so well throughout the pint.
Nose has a pleasant orangey citrus character with some citrusy candies in the background. Flavors on the palate aren’t overwhelming, but that’s a refreshing change - plenty of pine, some orange, and toasty malt to round it out. Finish is prickly orange with pine. Easy drinking.
SODAK14 (277) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
OK, this is my last rating for an IPA. After many tastings I have just not acquired a palate for this type beer...honestly I’d rather have an Old Mil Light. Oh well, I’ll leave this segmant for you IPA lovers. :)
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler fill at CBX. Pours a clear, light copper with a fluffy white head. Aroma is more piney and a bit of citrus. The piney resin comes through in the taste and leaves a medium "pop" as I call the bitterness of IPAs.It has a light body and leaves your mouth feeling refreshed. I would say this is an average to slightly above average IPA.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Dark burntgilld color with a medium sized white head that has good retention. Clarity is good. The aroma is piney and a touch pungent and herbal, bright, slightly fruity leanin toward grapefruit, and has a touch of grainy, bready malt. The hops are quite fresh in the nose overall, though they aren’t exactly my favorite qualities. Pretty dry and bitter flavor with lots of citrus and apricot, touch of weed, and just a clean and lightly doughy malt character. Not really any caramel. Medium bodied with slightly agressive carbonation. Solid stuff, though the malt is a touch lacking and the hops aren’t my favorite blend.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really awesome brew from NB: Pours a cloudy orange colour with a frothy white head. Typical in that sense. Hops all around the nose. Fresh and fruity with tropical citrus fruits. Beautiful and robust. firm and astringent, yet smooth and clear all the way through. Beatuifuly balanaced beer. really love this one."
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Suttree. Pours a golden caramel color with a lumpy white head that sticks in spots but mostly fades. Aroma is resinous hops, sweet caramel, bitter. Taste is sticky, caramel malt, light biting crystal malt, resin, pine, spicy hop bitter finish.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled February 6th, 2010
A healthy pour into my New Belgium Goblet produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a rich copper hue that shows bright, almost metallic copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit zest, tangelos, some kumquat, a big lychee note and a touch of pine and herbal notes. These last two only lightly accenting the nose. There is just a hint of crystal malt sweetness and toasted cracker grain character noticeable, but only just so. This is solidly hoppy, but doesn’t have that over the top hop character that the most aggressive examples of the style have.
A bit too cold, which accentuates the clean, biting bitterness and a pine needle flavor there are also notes of juniper, and a medicinal sort of hop note. The ample hop fruitiness is still noticeable, but I definitely need to let this warm up just a touch. A quick stint in the microwave makes this chilled beer a bit fizzier, and a lot fruitier tasting. The beer is quite quaffable, definitely has the lightness that a good IPA should have. Even with the warming, the flavor is not as fruit-forward as the nose; notes of bergamot, tangelo and some softer lychee still play a prominent role.
This is a nice example of an IPA. For those who prefer herbal, pine and bitter notes then this is the beer for you. I think I like a bit more fruit in my hop balance though & I don’t think I will be replacing my easy hop fix of Sierra Nevada Torpedo with this beer.
Ctech (7) - Oxford, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head fades quickly with your standard gold appearance. Great hop flavor with a bitter after taste. Citrus & pine aroma. Great IPA & I’m glad I got it at Kroger in their ’pick six’ deal they have!
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden hue. Nice hoppy aroma with some lingering bitterness on the finish. A middle of the pack solid IPA.
JaffaHawk23 (71) - Broomfield(via Iowa City), Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this the summer of ’09 at a beer festival near Loveland, CO but kinda forgot about it. Had many very good brews that day. Anyway, I finally see it at the local store and had to give it a second look. With my love for IPA’s this did not disappoint. It’s not the best in CO but it does the trick in a second if your looking for hops. Not a lot of complexity to the taste. Some floral hints that give way to a nice hops bite. The overall appearance of this beer leaves a bit to be desired but the aroma and the flavor more than make up for it. Thanks New Belgium for finally coming out with an IPA that will stand up to the other CO IPA’s.