Mittenator (453) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (from backlog). Pours medium gold with a medium head. Big floral, hops, citrus and pine aromas. Wish the taste was as big. Just average.
TH28 (20) - - MAR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is a crystal clear golden color, with thick white foam cap. Aroma is great with the esters and clove of the Belgian yeast combining with the earthy pine and citrus of the hops. Taste is sweet malt almost instantly backed up with a strong hop bite. Taste isnít as complex as I had hoped after smelling the great aroma. The hop bitterness tends to overpower the malt and isnít as well balanced as other IPAs. Bitterness lingers on the palate long after swallowing. Still very drinkable and love the aroma, but was expecting more on the tongue.
beastmaster (90) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pour have me a bunch of head. Big sticky bubbles. Color looks like the color of a light peach out apricot. Very clear. Smells like citrusy cascade hops. I?m drinking this beer 20 after its drunk date and its still is pretty fresh (amazed). Definitely a well balanced ipa not too bitter, light and refreshing. I want to try a fresh one for comparison.
OKplus (355) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours a copper apricot color with a moundy head that forms a big Island as well as nice collar.
S - Evergreen needles, citrus-orange peel, lime and some kiwi. Hints of clean pale malt cut through the hops.
T - Grapefruit and spruce are evenly tied right out of the gate. That pretty much dominates except for some lime. The clean malt adds to the collective crispness of the beer. Aftertaste is of orange peel citrus. Mouthfeel has nice peppery bitterness with moderate carbonation.
This is a focused IPA. The malt takes a back seat to the evergreen herbal hops.
Serving type: bottle
Alextricity (177) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Filtered. Golden/amber in color. A nice frothy head that lasts from beginning to end, and the lacing is very nice.
Smell: Itís been awhile since Iíve had an IPA. Itís nice to be back. Huge hops on the nose, and itís not shy of letting you know the style. Thereís a trace of malts in there as well, but itís a lot of piney, resinous hops in the aroma.
Taste/feel: Meh. Disappointed ... it doesnít taste bad, but it just tastes pretty pedestrian and "safe" as far as an IPA is concerned. Thereís nothing unique about it. Thereís nothing that I havenít tasted in other IPAs. Yes, it has that nice hop taste. It has a relatively good balance (though itís definitely hop heavier than other IPAs Iíve had), and itís not bad at all.
Rangerís an above average beer, but I can name a good number of IPAs I prefer to it. Two Hearted, Racer 5, and Torpedo are a few.
Velkyal (263) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 22oz bomber. Pours a rich amber, topped with a healthy inch or so of white head. The aroma is exactly what I expected, grapefruit, pine resin, touch of catís piddle, blah, blah, blah. Tastewise, up front and smack you around hop bite, with the classic citrus and pine flavours and a slight caramel/toffee note in the background. Medium bodied. Yup itís an American IPA, not my bag baby, not my bag.
Hoppyfarts69 (2) - Rockville, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yeah, yeah, yeahói know New Belgium is becoming clichť. But that doesnít stop me from enjoying one of the boldest IPAs to ever grace my palate! Starting off light and refreshing, this beer finishes off strong, bold and hoppy. This is my go-to beer.
jkwalking05 (2356) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow in color with a small white head. Aroma is of lemon, light grass, pine and pepper. Taste is of pine, grass, caramel and citrus.
tonyth1965 (30) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Donít have a lot of exposure to IPAs, but I do like this beer. Nice pour, though I typically prefer something a little darker. Dark golden color, good soapy head dissipates to a thin film that lingers all the way to the bottom of the glass, lots of lacing. Aroma is citrus and floral. Hops definitely dominates the flavor, but there is a hint of malt sweetness that works for me. I taste definite grapefruit, as I do with Red Chair, maybe itís the Cascade hops? Overall, very good. Be careful if youíre driving, 6.5 ABV sneaks up on you quick.
Darwenus (383) - Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clean, crisp, light (IMHO) IPA that I enjoyed a lot. Itís a very clear, golden color with an average head and a lot of lace. The aroma is not strong. The flavor has a medium malt with a citrus and pine hop character that dominates from the beginning to the end of the sip, and there is a decent amount of carbonation, a full mouthfeel and strong aftertaste. The price is low for the quality, and Iíll buy this again.