Denver2012 (24) - - FEB 22, 2012
Pours a nice dark amber, you could also say bronze, with a thumbs width white head. The head, though, doesn’t stick around for too long and within a couple minutes (at most) its vanished, leaving behind a spotty coating on the surface with majority of the remains around the edges. Wonderful aroma; initial hit of some sweet but bright lemon rind. Following behind that is the sweet tropical fruits and caramel malt. As it warms, the sweet layer becomes the dominant aroma. I wish the aroma could have been a little bigger and bolder but it is still mighty fine. Flavor is awesome; sweet, tropical fruity, some peach, and a touch of prickly bitterness. A little pepper and hop bitterness lingers. Very nice and well balanced. A medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with a bunch of carbonation. It needs the carbonation, though not sure it needs as much as it has. Not that big a deal though. Overall, I think this beer is pretty much fantastic and my first New Belgium six-pack offering that I have been genuinely pleased with. I tried a bunch of stuff I didn’t care a heck of a lot for (some were decent but average, others just plain no good) but it was all worth it to get to this. Great seasonal, I look forward to drinking a bunch of this during its release. brokensail (16444) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
A light amber color with an off-white head. Lots of citrus aromas to this one. Heavy on the lemon with a bit of grapefruit juice. Some floral and pine notes in the background as well. Lots of toasted bread throughout. Tastes quite heavy on the lemon. There is a bit of orange peel and just a hint of grapefruit. A light bitterness on the palate with a solid bready malt flavor. bpreo (2836) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2012
This was a really tasty Colorado version of the American Pale Ale. In the top 3 of this I have tried. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Good hop expression: grassy guava and lemon zest, which is what you would expect from these hops. Quite hoppy and bitter in balance, with a little biscuit and caramel for balance but a dry and bittern finish. Body is in the lighter side and texture is smooth into a light astringency in the finish. The hops do get a little soapy in the finish, which detracts a little. The dry, doughy yeast character becomes a bit much as well. Can’t say I’m a fan. The hop blend sounded promising, but the rest of the beer needs more roundness and balance to be pleasing. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle pours clear orange with a nice frothy beige head. Aroma is mostly grainy malt, with some caramel and nut, and mild floral/citrus hops. Taste is also more malt forward with a nice citrus hop flavor with little bitterness. A solid beer, but after reading the description, I was expecting a little more hop boldness.
Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Beautiful golden color, frothy head and good lacing. The ricey Sorachi hops are prominent in the nose. Sweet and immensely grainy. I don’t get all this mango, peach and whatnot in the description. It’s grainy and floral. A bit thick and heavy in the mouth for what the flavors are. It’s tastes okay, I just can’t imagine a time where I’d be craving this. It’s flavors are more suited to a lighter and more crisp beer, where this thing is sweet and thick. fidelis83 (2437) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Pours a clear, pale copper with a 2 finger, fluffy, eggshell head. Aroma is big on lemon and sweet orange, a little mango and stone fruit, cereal grain, buttered toast and a hint of caramel. Flavor is slightly sweet cereal grain, and hay up front, mixed citrus zest, spicy, lemon/lime soda, toffee, a little tropical fruit, tree fruit/berry like notes, sweet caramel and bitter citrus and tropical fruit salad to the finish. Palate is somewhat light in body, with a light, but quite sharp carbonation that kicks in immediately and lasts until the (quick) finish. Pretty good overall, a little too lemony for my taste. Even as I read my own review this stuff sounds really good, but somehow it just doesn’t quite come together for me. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2012
12oz New Belgian bottle. Vintage 2012. Clear golden color, long lace from the tall light tan rocky foam. Aroma of peach pie. Tastes of bitter C-note hops. Pine bitterness, along with sweet pale malt. Very light bodied but full flavored from the hearty use of hops. Bitterness lingers a long time on the palate. A sharp Spring Ale.
drjay44 (3707) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Draft at a local. Pours a medium, white head, with some lacing, over a clear amber (SRM 10) body....nose is pine, resin citrus....taste is heavy citrus, pine, resin, grapefruit peel, with a lingering bitter finish.....mouth feel medium, carbonation medium. The hop back bone dominates the malt back bone, but the complexity of the hops makes for an interesting beer. BJCP 7/4/12/4/7 ThirstyMeerkat (3) - - FEB 17, 2012 does not count
Pint glass from tap at Barrelhouse in Atlanta. Excellent aroma and appearance. Just the right amount of hops in the taste. Very good