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 (18) - 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 (390) - 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.
poisoneddwarf (2272) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer #3 in tonightís vertical IPA tasting. 12 oz bottle into shaker. The aroma here is piney hops, but itís not an explosion of them like the other two beers (21st Amendment and Caldera). Those two beers were representative of the area where I live (the Pacific Northwest) like no other. The aroma here is out of touch and doesnít overtake the senses like the other two. It does open up after it warms a bit--I just upgraded my aroma score from 6 to 7. Has more of a malt aroma than the Caldera, much more like the 21st Amendment. Appearance is golden, but not hazy like the other two. Head and lacing arenít as good, either. Taste is similar to Caldera, being not as impressive as 21st Amendmentís IPA, but itís the most citrusy tasting of the three. Carbonation for this beer is more to my liking than the other two, being that thereís more of it. Much smoother. Overall, I think itís a fine IPA, but it ranks third in this vertical tasting. 21st Amendment has the upper edge on all three here. Wow, that was some good geeky fun there.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at New Belgium bar in Denver Airport. Pours gold orange with a foamy off-white head. Incredibly floral aroma. Lots of floral hops, crisp, some spice, some citrus peel.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Flying Saucer Houston.
Pours a nice cheddar amber with a nose of crisp grapefruit hops. Flavor is crisp and tart grapefruit, orange peel, all with a pine finish. Average mouthfeel. Tasty.
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great IPA all around - one of the best features that you canít rate is quality over price and if that was a rating stat, this brew would be out of the ballpark! Iíve been a big fan of IPAís for many years and this beer is on par with Rogue and Stone in terms of quality and character. Hoppy and malty - rich caramel balanced by citrus and pine. Starts and finishes with a bite - just like a good IPA should!!!