brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden caramel color with a foamy white head that lingers for a bit and provides decent lacing. Aroma is resinous hops, sweet caramel, and plenty of grapefruit. Taste is bitter, grapefruit, caramel malt, and pine with spicy hop finish. Nice new offering from New Belgium.
gorditoabd (634) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a rusty copper-amber hue with a finger or so dusting of light, fizzy foam. Aroma is very strongly of resin hops with maybe some floral mixed in, but very dark floral, almost like flower petals that have started to decay. Flavor is dark a roasty/toasty, with an almost walnut quality and even some notes of smoky leather worked in. Very interesting IPA. ABV is apparent in the taste and burn going down, but this beer is well-balanced, and a nice change of pace in the seeminly two-tone world of IPAs.
jgb9348 (5677) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal clear light copper coloured body with a thick white head and a bunch of bubbles rising from the bottom - very clear for the style. Aroma of a very citrus and piney hop kick with a touch of sweet grapefruit and some mild floral scents. Medium-bodied; Assertive hop bitterness up front with some malt and toffee on the backend with a touch of spice near the end. Aftertaste shows a lot of the hops, more citrus and pine than anything else, but not much in the malt department. Overall, a decent IPA, but nothing great - a bit light on the malt, a bit one-dimensional and non-complex and some thinnish tastes. Nice to try, regardless, since it won’t come over here on the east coast. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Mondo Vino in Denver, Colorado on 12-February-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 28-February-2010.
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours crystal clear gold-orange with a medium, frothy white head, good retention with good lacing. Aroma is medium malt with heavy hops (pine, spruce, resin, citrus) and sweaty yeast, pears, and apricot. Flavor is medium malt with great hop balance, some yeasty notes with fruit. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a spicy texture.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice-looking beer... a clean orange-colored brew with a nice off-white head and fractal-esque lacing. The aroma is spicy, hoppy and fresh. It has an extremely clean mouthfeel while hammering out a nice heap of hops with hints of grapefruit and pine. Not what I was expecting. A green finish, and a delicious overall experience. I can see why this rates high. Well done, New Belgium! A perfect amount of hops, a perfectly balanced trio.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle out of a goblet. Crystal clear dark orange color. Aroma smells like the brew kettle after adding some cascades into the pot. You can really smell and taste the cascades in this brew. Decent aroma, decent flavor however it falls a lil flat, also lacking a bit in mouthfeel/body. Decent pick-up for $2.99
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
New Belgium makes a good hoppy beer? This is excellent by their standards. Very hoppy. Surprisingly hoppy. Good body, nose and flavor are there. Wish nb would make more good beers more often.
J_man (924) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a sparkling yellow-amber with a foamy white head. You might even trick someone into thinking it’s a macrobrew from the appearance. That is until they get a whiff of it. The delicious Cascade hop aroma hits you first, but after a bit you can tell there are other buds in there. For all of that, the taste is surprisingly restrained hop-wise, but after that, you realize that this is a really well balanced IPA. Hopheads will still like this, but it’s an excellent way to get those unfamiliar with the IPA style to start appreciating it without bashing them over the head with a hop bomb. I would compare this to a less assertive version of Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Great job New Belgium; maybe now we’ll get more than just Fat Tire on tap!
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle. Large off white head and a golden body. The aroma is mostly grapefruit and pine with some herbal notes. Flavor had very little sweetness with faint malt presence in the background. Finishes mostly bitter and dry. Points for some nice lacing left in the glass. Medium body and on the thin side. Pretty straightforward, moderately bitter stuff. Not bad but not interesting either.
solesaver (15) - chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice IPA out of the bottle. Very nice bold start with a citus tone and firey finish. the bold taste continues through the bottle and doesn’t let up. would enjoy again very soon.