Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Orange hues. Medium head lingers dragging some lace down with it. The smell reminds me of #9. Starts tartly like a sweet and sour tangerine, but then the malt and other grains shine through. Oily mouthfeel mops the flavors around. Dry crispy finish. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2004
Hazy golden amber with no head. The nose is wheaty with malty sweetness. The taste is wattery and wheaty with some sweetness. Interesing and fairly easy to drink. drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
Entirely pleasant and just as uninteresting. Coriander? Maybe just a little hiding in with the rest of the generic spiciness. Maybe I shoulda tried this one AFTER that pale.. :) At the end of the night, this is a decent brew which has got more rhymes than jamaica got mangoes. presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
Almost no head or lacing. Lightly cloudy orange with small floaties. Very subtle peach aroma. Apricot flavour, slightly sour and a dry finish. Medium body with a slight baking soda quality. brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2005 Aroma of citrus, fresh baked bread, and alcohol. Zippy citrus, lemon peel, honey, yeast, and alcohol notes for flavors. Somewhat herbal. They don’t even try to mask the alcohol with this one, which makes this a bit hot (peppery) at the finish. This becomes even more noticable as the beer warms up. Overall, coming from New belgium I just felt a bit disappointed with this offering.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2005
the orange of this beer reminds me more of mars the planet than ’mars’ the month of march-- it’s the stifling looking ruddy dust color of the mons olympus volcano we’ve seen in surface photos of planet. head is nice, though retiring; a brown-rice soft tan, but rather than lacing in an ostentacious way, it shreds like wet toilet paper. aroma is subtly musty, lots of yeast vying with the added lemon verbena, and lesser notes of golden cigarette tobacco, and of plastic diaper pail, but certainly a very clean one. i actually had 2 six packs of this over a couple week period, and while i didn’t dislike it by any means, i can’t say i ever really "got" it. it pushes in the direction of hair of the dog ruth, but doesn’t nearly reach the greatness of ruth-- and blindfolded i’d guess it was a rather dry hefe-wiezen with an unusual bitterness in the finish, like a squeeze of lime was added. has some starchy hay bale and pulpy grapefruit fibers. acidic bitterness, twangy enough to give it perhaps a medium body. one might think it would market better as a summer drink. i dunno, i didn’t really get it. Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 7, 2005
Middle of the road, has the signature bready flavor that lots of New Belgium beers do. Not much depth or originality. Tastes like most of their other ales. Not bad, but I would not seek it out. jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2010 Reviewed 1/4/2010 (Lips of Faith bottle):
Pours a clear light brown yellowish color body, with a big foamy white head, somewhat lasting. Funky sour sweet aroma, fizzy and fruity. Very light fruit, gone as the head dies down. Light sour taste, almost clean aftertaste. Some funkiness and earthiness, in the nose especially. More sour as it warms. Extremely light tasting, very light on the flavor. pinkzambia (2073) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle: Foggy, burnt caramel color with a fluffy, off-white head. I definitely smell the lemon verbena and something else like curdling milk as well as other herbs. The taste isn’t as good as I was hoping for -- aftertaste is kind of like I imagine my little boy’s urine-logged diaper would taste like. I imagine there are other redeeming qualities, pehaps I drank it too cold. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2006
orange aroma. cloudy amber/copper color. Not one of my favorite New Belgium beers but it is a nice change from the usual. easy drink with a dry finish. I think I’ll have another.