bubbleflubber (1853) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden-amber into the glass, with a thin cap that leaves soapy lace. The nose is of fresh pine needles.... some floral notes... very nice. The flavors are crisp, dry and bitter, highly effervescent of fresh and resinous pine, with a slight hint of biscuit in there for linear continuity. The finish is dry and lingering... pine, pine, pine... and young fresh pine at that. There is a light, zesty mouthfeel with a lively texture through active carbonation levels. Nice IPA, and a West Coast take on the style that I gladly accept.
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head. Really nice lacing around the glass that sticks. Aroma of hops is instant along with citrus and floral smells. Flavor of hops and citrus. This is really good!
IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Pantani dated Jul 10 09. Nose of light pine, caramel, and citrus; wish it was fresher! Clear yellow gold with a medium pale yellow head. Flavor is fairly bitter and piney.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle dated 09 July 10: Pours a transparent bright golden with a full-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty pale malts and fairly fresh resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and light crystal malty sweetness with some assertive citrusy bittering and flavor hop notes before a drier, crisp bittersweet finish. A well-balanced and very drinkable IPA.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense sweet resiny nose, a littel bit of pepper. Medium amber color, large fluffy white head. Mellow caramel sweetness, steady bitterness, very well balanced. Big carbonation, medium body, soft mouthfeel, fruity floral finish. Very tasty beer, flavors are nicely balanced, not too overwhelming, a bit pretty.
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz beer. Pours a pretty golden orange color with a thin white head with light lacing. Strong, smelly, delicious herbal resin hop aroma. Flavor is a bit of a disappointment after such a great aroma, but still quite good. Light up front tapering into a woody, earthy, bitter resin flavor of hops at the end. A bit of a grassy finish as well. Better than expected (Iím not a big fan of New Belgium) but could have been better.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good to taste a hoppy selection from New Belgium. Havenít liked much theyíve done, except for Mighty Arrow, which is slightly more full-bodied than this. I found the Ranger to be resiny and thin in taste for an IPA. More bitter than average. Lighter in color than most IPAís too. Creative packaging but honestly just average for an IPA.
Headbanger (3386) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 2/22/10 (Binnyís Naperville)-Pours 42į in Shaker. Pours a clear medium golden with a decent sized white head. Aroma of hops, spruce, and fruit. Taste of hops, fruit, malt, caramel, and peppery spices. This medium bodied brew is not bad. Nicely balanced and quite drinkable.
travita (4150) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. The smell is sort of peppery, fruits, caramel, hops. The look is golden in color, clear, and white head. The taste is bitter, spicy, pepper, fruits, and caramel.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2010 //re-rating from the bottle. Itís even better than what I wrote below, which was based on a draft pour. From the bottle (and a very fresh one at that), it pours a light transparent amber. The fruity cascade-style nose is apparent and enticing. I would call this this almost the perfect session IPA with 6.5% alcohol, not evident at all, and perfectly masked by bitterness and an amazingly balanced, and light, overall feel. I will be buying much, much, more of this and possibly investing in the company. My new favorite daily drinker by a longshot. Initial rating based on a draft pour follows. //On draft at Houston Flying Saucer. Pours beautiful transparent amber with small white head. I wasnít expecting much because Iím generally not a huge fan of New Belgiumís typical brews. I was pleasantly surprised with a fruity, hoppy, spruce nose followed by a caramel malt sweetness, and a nice rounded out bitter finish. The caramel seems a bit fake to me, but otherwise, I could drink this one all day. A good session IPA if you like a bit more sweet malt than usual.