rollinsr (366) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - AUG 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich amber with a finger of tan head. Aroma is sour citrus hops with some intermittent pine notes. The flavor is surprisingly malty given the lack off malt aroma. The hops tend to melt away as the malt begins to dominate the palate, but then come back as the malt subsides and gives way to a bitter finish. Another solid brew from New Belgium.
tomciccateri (995) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draught at New Belgium Hub at DIA. Pours a clear, deep mahogany color with a lasting tan head. Big hoppy aroma. Medium body with full mouthfeel. Assertive hop bitterness. Even dry/sweet malty flavor balance. Distracting roasted character. Flavors don’t blend well, no synergy.
poisoneddwarf (1676) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle bought at Super 1 in Rathdrum, ID. Pours clear amber with a medium beige head that sticks around; leaves some decorative lace. Aroma is citrusy hoppy, bready, biscuity. Taste is much hoppier than Fat Tire, therefore much better than Fat Tire. It finishes with a lingering unharsh bitterness; it’s also faintly tart in the finish. When I first heard New Belgium came out with a new amber ale, I thought, why? Their flagship is an amber. Does a brewery really need more than one amber ale in their portfolio? After tasting it, it’s obvious it’s as different to Fat Tire as autumn is to spring. I like hoppy ambers. Nice effort.
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Collard and cumin nose, very green. Crystal clear tea colored, medium head. Slight astringency. Tea and grass flavor. Quite similar to Fat Tire, but greener.
unclemattie (4118) - Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours light brown, dark amber. Strong dry hopped aroma. Toasted grain scent with pine scent. Sharp bitter hops, citrus character. (3415)
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR. Pours clear, deep brown-red colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is toffee, light caramel, and toast with a moderately firm, earthy and slightly piney hopping. Touches of orange citrus in there too. Flavor is similar. Some toastiness up front with medium toffees and light caramels with a moderate, earthy and slightly piney, orange hopping. A few resins in the middle before this finishes dry and moderately bitter with a slightly toasty toffee malt backing. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a slightly higher than moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice, hopped-up amber. Well hopped with dry oranges and an earthy, slightly piney bitterness balanced well with a toasty toffee and light caramel. Good one.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark red color. Aroma is primarily a biscuity malt. Nice amount of hops really balances thus out. A really nice beer for this style.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine West Richmond, VA. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a large tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy and peppery hops with toffee malts. The taste is toffee, nutty notes, citrus and herbal hops. Medium bodied.
degbert (1061) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red-brown with a high, cinnamon head. Nose is pine tree with a touch of pomelo. Strong resiny notes on the front of the tongue, shifting to a maple/toffee sweetness before turning dry again. A lot of depth on the palate; finishes rich and clean. I like it.
arminjewell (5995) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the Denver Summer Brew Fest, reddish orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, yeast, some spice, touch of grass and piney hops, hints of citrus as well. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, toffee, some spice notes, hints of orange, some grass, pine notes, finishing fairly bitter and dry.