jcr (2208) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy gold body. Large, pillowy off-white head, mostly lasting. Hop aroma of pine, resin, citrus, orange peel, grapefruit with notes of caramel, biscuit, grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter, a bitterness that lingers long into the finish. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. An in-your-face, hopped up IPA that has just enough malts. Nice revolving tastes of sweet orange juice, bitter orange peel and grapefruit with some floral notes in it.The bitterness masks the alcohol, but it shows up in a nice stomach warming. Very well made.
skoisirius (1715) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Egads what is this?! Something of a surprise and a gift from the Rep whilst inside massive amounts of music! Strange, but yes, the NB folks have pulled it off finally. An IPA from those at Fat Tire. Not mind expanding, but I would definitely enjoy this in a 6-pack from time to time!
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2010 Well, well, well. Part of me is smug, part of me proud. Strongly WC in aroma, ample Simcoe. Excited. Some lemon aroma came out later. Yellow gold, great thick white head. Initial white sugar sweetness and that classic biscuit malt is met with oily and smooth cascades, but without the intensity that the aroma (and boasted 70 IBUs) implied. Cantaloupe. Please oh please cut this into grocery store sets. Tasty, light in body, hop presence is still full and lasting. Great in the can too, brighter in hops than I remembered, seems truer to a fresh batch. Excellent.
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma: Nice IPA hops aroma. Not over powering.
Appearance: Golden in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Great hops flavor this was balanced well with the malts and gave a light grapefruit flavor and was very nice to drink.
Palate: Dry IPA finish with a Great Mouthfeel.
Overall: One of the better IPAs I have had in a long time and for a commercial brand this was great.
cmonster (972) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle served in a tulip. Hazy sunlight in color. Large fluffy head. Good lacing. Aroma is fresh and sweet. Resiny citrus and pine hops. Light-medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Grapefruit flavor and a soft bitter finish that lingers. Not much of a malt backbone, but pretty good. 6.5% ABV
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ BBF: Pours an orangey color with an off-white head. Nose is ripe and fresh with a strong amount of citrus and piney hops, right up my ally. The malts are strong in melanoidin and caramel is abound. The flavor is balanced and overflowing with floral dry hopping. A great grapefruity after taste along with the medium body and zesty finish to increase drinkability. This was my fav of the show!
BuckeyeBoy (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Boise Beer Fest Pours out a gold/copper topped with a nice sand head. Aroma was of citrus hops along with some sweet malts. Taste was more of the citrus a little grapefruit peel and a nice balance malt. A tasty IPA.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ BBF - Pours tan with a large off white head...aroma is citrus and hop florals, light...flavour is initially pleasant, moderately bitter and balanced with some malt...finish was a little dirty, old grain and something unpleasant I couldn’t really identify...nice to see some new stuff coming out, and I’d have to try this again to see what was going on...
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ BBF - The rep behind the table said this was so new it was not even out in the market yet, and I had never heard of it, so I was curious. This was really impressive and tasty and I generally despise everything about New Belgium. Citrus and grapefruit nose, with a nice golden amber coloring and the nose matches the palate perfectly. Light and citrusy and a sweet malt compenent makes this one of the finer IPAs that I have had in a long time. I had to use a 2nd token to try this one again.