Narnad (1342) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the tap a sexy clear, copper color with a dense, white head. Great lacing from the head on the glass and itís retained quite nicely by the mild carbonation within the brew. Aroma has a strong, bitter hop leaf nose, modest lime and orange citrus note, some presence of a resiny hops, light malt in the background but the hops really rule this brew. Flavor has a very strong hoppy bitter leaf bite up front that fades to a mild orange, strong pine and mild caramel malt middle finishing with a pronounced doughy/biscuit ending. Body was modest and when combined with the carbonation, made for a really crisp and slightly dry beer which melded perfectly with the strong hops. Overall the Chinook and Simcoe in this brew are hard not to detect. Both work very well in providing a strong hops bitterness that works very well with a body crafted perfectly to both carry and deliver the fantastic hop bouquet.
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a golden tan. strong aroma of hops. mild bitterness. funny flavor in finish could not figure what it was. other than that i enjoyed it cause it was free
TheBeerOrg (2136) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with a thin off-white head. Notes of light citrus, resinous melons, jam, bready malt. Medium bodied and resinous with lively carbonation.
Terminus (2892) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle over the course of a 6 pack-my first rating in almost 3 yrs! IM BACK! well, kind of -i think i will just do this once in a while, not as serious as i once was. This beer poured bright orange with a flulfy white head. The nose is subtle and floral/flowery with a little tangerine and pinneaple. I noticed this was a case of a beer that changes taste in a matter of not even 2 weeks. the first bottles i was drinking had much more hop presence in the flavors while 2 weeks later, they were really faint. Palate is soft but highly carbonated (a weekness to this brewer). really short finish of sweet hops-didnt last very long at all. Fresh this stuff is pretty damn good, but it seems to have very little to no shelf life. Decent for a session IPA, but i would take a two hearted over this anyday!
Indra (2476) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. bottle. Very easy to pick out the hops in the aroma, and in which quantities -- huge grapefruit from the Cascades, a lighter amount of pine from the Chinooks and a touch of floral citrus from the Simcoes, blended with a hint of toasty, honeyish malt sweetness and some faint bubblegum. Clear light copper color with a fine, fading head. Flavor profile is hugely citric, sweet and predominantly hoppy, more grapefruit and bubblegum to be found here, along with touches of watermelon and some very mild malt toast. Mouthfeel is resinous, oily and rather low in effervescence, body is medium. Something about the finish on this reminds me a bit of overripe fruit as it goes down, which is not pleasant, but other than that itís just your basic IPA, really nothing special. Why folks clamored for an IPA from this brewery when itís not their strong suit and thereís such a large amount of them on the market already, I do not know.
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 (557) - 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 (3968) - 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 wonít 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 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, 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 (1198) - 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.