BeerandBlues2 (9586) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a large, frothy light tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus, and earthy hops, light caramel and toast malt, nutty notes, dates and plums. Flavor is malt forward with medium hops and bitterness, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
arojewski (49) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep reddish with moderate head. Slightly malty without being too bitter. Thin but noticeable lacing. Decent autumn brew.
oddaroma (139) - Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber or brown, not red. Tan head that is gone halfway through. Grapefruit, bread, and grain hit the nose first. The taste is initially malty with hops on the back end. Thin bodied. Caramel and biscuity mixed with a weak IPA. It seems that the guys at New Belgium mixed a fat tire with an original hoptober. The results are pretty good.
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a clear dark copper with a small dirty white head, and great lacing.
smell is of roasted malt, caramel, plenty of hop notes, and some spice.
taste is a tad watery, spice, hops, roasted malt, a little bit of cocoa comes out in the back, and some pine. ends bitter and a little dry.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Big citrus / pine hop nose with some bread notes. Sweet grainy malt body with bright citrus and dank hop bitterness. Sweet and bitter finish. An amped up hoppy fat tire.
Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a tasty and drinkable amber ale, like Fat Tire, but with more flavor. Pours a dark red with large, lingering head. Slightly hoppy finish. Citrus hops, sweet caramel and coffee, toasted malts, bread.
HughConway (784) - Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear red-brown (garnet) with a thick white head. Aroma of floral hops, taste is malt, crisp finish. Not bad.
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice reddish copper ale with a nice thin creamy mocha head. In aroma, nice pungent hops with nice caramel malt with rye grains, nice citrus notes, resinous well done. In mouth, smooth grainy malt with nice floral hops, roasty and nice. On tap at New Belgium Hub at DIA, August 7 2012.
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crimson red, thin lacing. A little basement, musky aroma; woodsy. Smooth palate, malty but with some bitterness on the finish. Woodsy, earthy flavors with an herbal/spice note on the back palate. Quite a nice showing for New Belgium.
rangerred (914) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark ruby with a thick one finger tan head. Wonderful head retention.
Aroma is a bouquet of piny hops with a touch of caramel and roasted malt. Very tiny bit of chocolate.
The flavor has lots of hops up front but that transitions nicely into some subdued caramel and toffee. There is some toasted malt along with chocolate/coffee but it is very subtle and becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Bitterness is on the moderate side with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Overall, a really good fall seasonal in my opinion. It is something unique and is really quite drinkable. Definitely worth picking up.