J_man (919) - 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.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden amber with white head. Aroma is earthy spicey hoppy. Mouthful has nice hop front with a bit of spice in the finish. Interesting... Very hoppy with little citrus or pine....
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another good one from new Belgium. it seems to me that this is the colorado-style IPA... a little less bitter and more herbal than the California style. the herbal flavors are subtle and don’t overwhelm the sweet and hoppy flavors upfront
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. copper pour. clean fresh hop aroma. nice body. clean and crisp. this has become one of my favorite six packs. Great drinkability and well crafted.
monkeychugg55 (1023) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 Pours a clear golden amber with a small white head that left a lot of lacing. Very hoppy aroma with pine, citrus, sweet malt, slightly floral and earthy. Solid flavor, light, sweet cereal malt, with a bitter hoppy backend. Well balanced. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a really nice copper body with a tall white head and superb lacing. Perfect appearance in my nice 0.4 liter glass. The aroma is huge grapefruit, citrus, and nectarines, with a light pine. Dash of malt. The flavor is amber malts with some mouthwatering dryness and a nice but light hop. Seems to be more of an amber ale with a marvelous aroma. Really damned fine beer, however. Texture, cleanliness, and how it makes my mouth feel are really nice. This is a damned fine beer.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a a clear gold with a lasting white head that laced a bit. Aroma has a nice pine hop note with a slight undertone of sweet grain. Flavor starts a bit malty with a nice strong hop finish.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dusty dry hoppiness, light grass, lemons and resin in the nose. Cloudy, light amber with decent white head and lots of lacing. Loads of limes in the flavor, lots of hops upfront with little bitterness at the swallow. This beer is very thin, almost like a full pale malt brew. It is very enjoyable, and you can drink it easy. Up the body and yay.