drywallman (338) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one arrived from the tap at the Barley House a dark amber with almost no head. The malt aroma was straightforward toasty with a little caramel. The resinous hops just balanced and made for smooth drinking. I prefer this style to some of the other New Belgium offerings.
Finhead (1301) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear, sparkling golden pour with a frothy, white head. It has a light citrus aroma along with some wheat. The medium body has an oily texture with lively carbonation. The taste is mildly sweet with somewhat dry finish.
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at St. Louis Microfest 2011. Pours a clear yellow-gold color with a small white head. Aroma of pale malts, straw, grassy hops, citrus peel, lemongrass, and crackers. Flavor of sweet and pale malts, apricot, grassy hops, straw, orange peel, and ginger. Light-bodied, with high carbonation and a dry, crisp mouthfeel. There seem to be a lot of notes in this but it all doesnít amount to much, just a decent summer ale.
unclemike (2455) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a very light golden color, with a small white head. Very straightforward, small amount of biscuit before finishing with a tiny dose of hops. A relatively dry finish overall. I enjoyed it with my dinner, nothing bad about it, just not much to it in general
Hangover (1087) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden in color and even with a slow pour this one has a huge white head. Aroma does indeed have some ginger with a bit of lemony citrus and bisquit. Mouthfeel is ok with medium carbonation and a malty body. Bisquit/bread malts with more of that strange lemon/ginger combo. Finish is a bitter with lingering bisquit. Not feeling it. Another rater mentioned that it had that "fat tireí malt and I get that too... just like magic hat, every beer they make has the same malty characteristics. Not a fan of the bready/lemony/ginger combo but there is only so much you can do with a Blonde Ale.
nearbeer (4026) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at BBM. Clear golden, with a nice little head. Nose of citrus and caramel. Flavor is the same, with a peppery tinge. Slightly larger-than-light body is balanced, lightly tingly and refreshing.
HonkeyBra (3654) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Clear golden pour with a thick white head. Aroma of ginger, leafy hops, and biscuity/toasty fat tire malt. Some citrus in the aroma as well. Flavor has mild citrus hops with typical fat tire malt. Ugh Iím so tired of this malt in these beers. Ginger in the finish. This to me is a jumbling of weird flavors. The citrus and ginger donít go well with the malt profile. Thereís a fair amount of pale malt sweetness too. I feel if they dried this up a bit it might work better. Full mouthfeel. Iím just not digging this too much.
legion242 (2315) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a very pretty solid golden colour. Minimal head with decent lacing. Soft on the palate with a slight citrus twinge. I get no ginger though.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a good beer for siting around the porch on a hot summer day. Light golden in color, nice lacing. Easy on the palate, the ginger at the end makes this beer. Clean dry finish.
notalush (5234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear gold pour - lively carbonation and a moderate ring of creamy lace - semi-tart nose, with notes of apricot, orange, lemon zest, ginger - very refreshing, summery aroma - moderately tingly carbonation - tart up front, with a bit of wheaty flavor and a touch of bitter hops - this is followed quickly by a light sweetness and flavors of lemon and tropical fruits - just a hint of ginger on the tail end, spicing things up for the dry finish - subtle, crisp and refreshing - a nice change of pace from your typical lawnmower beer.