djd07 (14463) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2012
On tap at Flying Saucer 12th Anniversary. Pours a cloudy orange gold with large frothy white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is strong floral hops and pine. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet fruit hop and honey with light bitter finish. Alcohol present But not overpowering a good IIIPA from New Belgium. ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Poured from the bomber it has a light orange color with a medium head. There is a huge aroma of floral notes and a definite herbs. Slight hint of pine. First thing I notice is the creaminess in the taste. There is some caramel and citrus in the taste. There is also some biscuit or doughiness. Great beer. RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 45°. Color is bright gold with a very slight haze. carbonation is good with a small white head. Aroma is a big hop scent with lots of pine and citrus. Medium body with a light crisp mouth feel. Flavor is overpowered by big pine resin, then a bit of citrus and somewhere in the back is just a hint of malt. The pine hangs in the after taste with a mild bitterness. Overall I do not like it, the pine just dominates and overwhelms the flavor. The only redeeming factor is the 9% ABV. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22 oz. bomber. Pours a hazed orange color with a medium white head with lots of lacing. Aroma had me worried at first because I got that same Fat Tire malt wiff when I opened the bottle. It appears to be that malt profile, however they’ve done themselves the favor by dumping hops on it. This is probably what they should have done with Ranger. I get a nice strong citrus and pine note, with bits of herbal hops. Flavor follows the same route: tons of bitter hops hiding the inferior malt profile. I don’t know why New Belgium is obsessed with their signature malt as it only detracts from their beers. Fat Tire is what it is: a gateway to craft beer and nothing more. The body is somewhat syrupy, decent carbonation. I get a bit of alcohol towards the finish. I would say this is a good concept but a average execution. Overall, it’s a bit above meh. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Dank and fruity nose, lighter fruits, big piney dank, citrus is there, pale malt, a bit of sugars are there. Pours golden orange, nice head and lace. Flavors of dank up front, citrus in the middle, softer sweeter fruits as well, orange, peach, big danky hop finish. Residual sugars, a touch of alcohol, pale malt. Agressive and strong. Pretty solid.
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
From bottle at Red Carpet. Clear golden pour with white head. Aroma is chopped onion and tropical dank fruits. Taste is somewhat sweet, hoppy, and malty. Has all the characteristics of many different types of IPAs I enjoy combined. Pretty damn good especially for the price. daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Draft at Urge Gastropub in San Diego ($4 for half pint). Pours a clear straw-orange hue with one finger of off-white foam. Aroma is wet pione forest, juicy tropical fruit, dank hops, light booze, and hints of honey caramel. Yes, I also get interesting notes of chopped garlic and perhaps onion in the nose that some of the other raters here found. Flavor of very fresh hops, mostly of tropical fruit (pineapple and passionfruit mainly along with a bit of mango) but also with a considerable amount of resiny pine needles and grapefruit as well. There is a little bit of the "onion" in the finish too, but it is actually pleasant. Some sweet caramel comes in at the end, mitigating the bitterness and providing balance, but this is still a big hop bomb. But amazingly, this actually finishes almost equal parts bitter and sweet. The alcohol is mostly well concealed as well. I am one of the fortunate residents of San Diego, and I have been enjoying Alpine beers for a number of years now (one of the "heroes" I suppose). I am really happy that New Belgium now makes it possible for much of the rest of the country to at least sample what the hop masters of Alpine are capable of. This is a great DIPA...up there with Alpine’s Pure Hoppiness but not quite to the level of their Exponential Hoppiness, in my opinion. (54, 722) Beerjunkie15 (55) - Romeoville, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Overall pretty good IPA. orangey in color and white head. Citrusy in taste. Boozy upfront. Once it warms up it goes down a lot easier
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
What happened here with these amazing hops listed on the bottle, because none of them shine through. Sugar bomb, centennial seems to dominate but tastes more like cotton candy, big acidic citrus, under attenuated, very biscuity, some great flavors here but very convoluted with the sweetness and whatever else. Had no idea it was 9% so well done there. notalush (5873) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Medium gold with a light haze - soapy lace - pine and cedar hit the notes first, followed by sweet tropical notes and citrus zest - texture is a little oily - medium-low, soft carbonation - flavor is pretty straightforward - zesty, peppery hops - strong bitterness that is held in check fairly well by the sweeter notes of peach and tropical fruit - piney hop character late - alcohol is masked well, aside from a bit of warmth in the finish, and it mostly just accentuates the spicy hops in the finish - it’s nothing terribly complex, but it has nice hop aromatics and is balanced and enjoyable for the style.