FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Quite clear and crisp looking copper color. Pretty large, rocky, foamy, sticky, soapy white head. Good retention leaving a sticky, foamy layer of lace.
S - A lot of fruity/citrus hops with grapefruit, mango, orange, and a touch of tropical fruitiness. Some lemony and spicy aromas as well. Some pale malt in the background. A hint of resin/pine aroma, but citrus dominates the nose.
T - Similar to the nose, but with a bit less citrus and a bit more herbal hop flavors. Citrus hops are still strong and pretty dominant. Some pale malt in the background and a buttery flavors. Fairly bitter tasting and it lingers.
M - Medium body with just above average carbonation. Kind of crisp and zesty feel.
D - Pretty drinkable IPA with a pretty bitter taste that lingers. Good body and a nice taste, but nothing outstanding.
Notes: A good IPA, but nothing outstanding. Good amount of citrus with some pine and herbal flavors in the taste. Fairly bitter tasting IPA. Enjoyable, but nothing world beating.
OzarkElmo (303) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mostly clear light amber with moderate head and good lacing. Pine, floral, citrus on the nose. Well balanced and lighter on the malt, which is fine with me in an IPA. Good dry finish. Good offering from New Belgium.
keepersj12 (2786) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear yellow with a creamy lasting head. Citrus and pine and some spring flowers, grass, I don’t know. Flavor is quite balanced with a sweetness up front and a very nice hop bitterness to follow. Very nice after taste.
degbert (1225) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Strong floral and resinous nose. Pours a dark gold with a huge head that just sits there and does not go away. A lot of citrus on the palate; strong lime and grapefruit leads into a touch of malt then closes with an astringent bitterness. Good feel on the tongue. Nice.
noid1985 (99) - Broadview, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 12oz bottle.....havent had any IPAs but this a great tasting one with the citrus notes
nustang70 (12) - USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great-tasting IPA. At 70 IBUs, it’s quite hoppy, but very well balanced. Wonderful.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Grapes and Hops in Fayetteville, NC on 09/01/2010. Clear golden amber body with a small creamy white head. Big floral hop aroma with some resiny notes. Sweet floral and citrus hop flavor with light pale malt notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Nice strong hoppy flavor with a lasting finish.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle). Pours clear straw yellow with 1" thick white head. Aroma of grass, pine, resin, floral, also some basement/funk. Quite pungent. Taste is bitter, but there is a subtle, underlying sweetness. Light to medium bodied with oily and somewhat thin body. Carbonation is fizzy on the tongue. Finish is bitter, but pleasingly so. I think New Belgium nailed this one. They definitely got the hop aroma and flavor, but there is a nice grapefruit aspect that balances this beer out quite well at the end and really cuts through the bitterness. I appreciate that finesse because it seems that too many brewers try to blow up your taste buds with IBU. Nice job!
gururyan (636) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 Picked up a fresher batch of Ranger so I had to adjust my initial ratings of it.