theisti (3414) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Tower Tavern in Kansas City, Missouri - I had the first shaker pint off of a fresh keg. Pour is mostly clear darker golden orange with a nicely formed one inch light tan head. Aroma is fresh grassy earthy hops, some pine notes, touch of sweet tropical fruits and a very dank character. Fresh nose. Taste is the nose, big on the hop of grassy pine, earth, and the dankness. The body also has some nice toasted caramel malt to balance everything up. The finish is very dry. Palate is thin to medium bodied, active carbonation and the dry finish. The earth and mineral of the hops are quite lasting in the aftertaste. Easy drinking beer, quite nice.
obguthr (4419) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brewvival: DMSed aroma of cauliflower. Clear amber, medium head. Dry marigold flavor with a pine finish. It tasted slightly infected, but I appreciate the intent.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Translucent orange, frothy head. Quite piney, dank aroma, resinous and weighty but not cudgel-level. Slightly sweetish malt presence. Flavor is sweetish with some toasty, even slightly roasty malts before moving onto the brighter citric hops. Woody yet fruity hops flavors interdigitated with sweet, lightly toasty malts. Simple, but appealing. Has a lot of the hops presence I like without being an 8% abv beast, but I find the sweetness/toastiness a little out of place.
AmEricanbrew (6211) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark golden color/ beige head. Pungent ganja smoke, grassy hop aromas. medium body. Flavor is lots of bittering hops, with some mild ganja bud, on a semi dry pale malt base. wish the flavor lived up to the smell.....not bad though
RSRIZZO (1881) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker glass at 41°. Color is a bright clear gold with good carbonation and a tight white head. Aroma is a big fresh floral hop scent. It has a lighter medium body that goes down with a creamy crisp feel. Finish comes in with a clean hoppy flavor, a touch of grain then a bold bright bitterness. In the after taste the bitterness holds on with a grassy hop taste. This is a well done IPA.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was creamy, two fingers high and off white with good retention and lacing. Attractive aroma that included the likes of earthy & citrusy hops, pale malt and a hint of vanilla. Light to medium bodied and dryish with moderate bitterness. There was a bit of chalk in the mouth. I tasted hop mostly. Citrus, grass, and dried leaves. The malt backbone was ample with notes of subdued graham and caramel. Lingering bitterness.
joet (2347) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the best ,most accessible IPAs on the market. Lighter bodied and not cloyingly sweet or tacky in feel, this avoids the most basic and common errors in IPAs today. The initial aromas are wonderful Simcoey/CCC, however some skunk becomes prominent later on. Not sure where that came from. This was packaged in brown glass. Definitely some strong skunk going on here though. Still a remarkable and delicious IPA that’s not afraid to be very bitter.
anwegmann (17) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good IPA. Has a deep, sustained taste that stays with you. Bold, hoppy, very nice. Doesn’t tickle as much as others I’ve tried. Tastes more like a full pale ale than a true IPA, a la Dale’s Pale Ale (which is extraordinary). Color is a bit light for an IPA, which is kind of misleading. Overall, extremely well done. Much, much better than New Blegium’s seasonal pale ale.
TheShark (18) - Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Wonderful aroma, great appearance, smooth taste - overall a fantastic IPA beer by New Belgium!
pinkzambia (1615) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Kahootz: Clear copper color with no head. This is a well-made basic IPA with a good hop presence and the average bitter aftertaste one is looking for in this style. Aroma is grassy, hay and grapefruit rinds. Pretty good, exceeded my expectations.