KCBrown (20) - Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2010
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The smell is a bit strong for an IPA, it taste good for itís type, but has a bitter lingering effect that is a turn off.
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Appearance is a deep golden color with an inch of milky white head. Aroma is pine, mango and resinous hops. Flavor begins with bright floral hops and orange citrus along with toasted malt sweetness, sour grapefruit and bitter notes. It finishes toasty and slightly boozy with a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little creamy with a fair amount of hop bitterness and dryness throughout. Hop profile is relatively mild in comparison to some other American IPAs but the overall flavor is very light, refreshing and drinkable.
ORHomebrew (1) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2010 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid IPA from the famous Belgian emulators. Not as good as several other beers in this series, but light and crisp nonetheless. If you want light and crisp.medium body, lightly bitter,
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden clear yellow with a small white head, not unlike a lager. Small amount of carbonation and a little bit of lacing. Aromas a floral hops, bread, pine, and grass. The taste is bitter pine hops, dirt, and citrus. Really good and really surprising.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente, I thought that this was a nicely balanced and tasty IPA. Good hop flavor with malt in the background.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, purchased from Bottle Barn. Pours a deep, clear, golden-yellow color; lightly effervescent; creamy white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing; attractive pour. Lots of citrus and grapefruit hoppiness in the aroma, the Simcoe contributes some foresty pine character; juicy, light resins, no yeast character and a pleasantly nondescript (maybe some orange notes) malt character at the core of things; just a very pleasant and hoppy aroma on this, non-astringent and reasonably fresh (despite the fact that I should have picked this up weeks ago!). Medium body; thereís something a little funny about this beer, and I canít decide whether itís just a slightly cheesy hop character or a touch of DMS or diacetyl; itís really slight and inoffensive, but just a touch off the beaten path; otherwise, thereís just a generous, piney and citrusy hop character throughout here: minimal astringency, chewy and dense, touches of resin and approaching a wet-hop feel; the core is just a light showing of crystal malt (seemingly) and an orange-tinged note; not intensely dry, but on the dry side of things at least, and this follows through in the finish; a very enjoyable, drinkable IPA. Lasting finish of citrus and grapefruit-tinged bitterness; a touch of sugar, but mostly dry.
Onionkid (376) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Tried this from the íFolly Packí variety pack and was pleasantly surprised! My first try with this beer I was a bit overwhelmed with just how much it tasted like straight grapefruit juice to me, but after trying a few more Iíve warmed up to it a bit. A very strong citrus flavor, mostly of grapefruit but I think I can taste other citrus flavors like peach and orange peel in there too. Iím not usually a fan of IPAs but this one has a very strong, distinct flavor to it that Iíd be hard pressed to call íbadí so much as just not necessarily in line with what I personally like. A bitter bite that Iíd associate with an IPA. Definitely the most íriskyí of all the beers in the variety pack, leaving a pretty solid impression. I think Iíd much prefer this beer on a warm summer day lounging by the pool, reading a book. 6.5% alcohol.
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.