Cavie (4760) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Dark yellow color. Strong smell of hops and faint hints of honey, which it said was brewed with. Taste is light on the hops, with the honey providing for a very nice finish. Probably one of the best pale ales I have ever had. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2009
Had this one bottled, from Binny’s in St. Charles, Illinois. Bright and clear golden yellow pour with a nice, thick eggshell white head, a nice and floral nose with hints of bready maltiness, complexity in the flavor, certainly citrusy hops, orange and lemon peel, bread continues throughout, a hint of caramel sweetness and some candi sugar, and finishes with a nice, dry piney note. Reaffirming my love of the APA and of New Belgium Brewing Co. Shag (3027) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2009
This poured a dark golden color with a white head. The aroma contains some pine as well as oranges and grapefruit. A definite floral presence there. The flavor is rather bitter with some pine, oranges, grapefruits, and lemons. The finish is rather dry. Color me impressed this was a very well done APA! FlacoAlto (4213) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Best By July 2009; Sampled March 2009poisoneddwarf (2599) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 22, 2010
A solid pour yields a three finger thick, lightly tanned head that has some staying power as well as leaving some nice lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The beer is a clear, light copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, deep gold, copper hued color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus hops, a backdrop of caramelized grain and some toasty pale malt aromatics. The hops make me think of bright fruit notes of apricot, ripe tangelo, lychee and other tropical fruit notes as well as candied citrus peel. The aroma is quite vibrant and alive, and is really quite nice.
My tongue is greeted by a biting hop bitterness that continues on into a long finish, though the bitterness is pretty well balanced for a Pale Ale. As the beer flows across my tongue bright fruit notes of lychee, tangelo zest and peach also tend to linger on the tongue, but they are cut by an herbal, almost menthol like hop flavor as well. The malt plays a secondary role here, but provides a hop boosting like sweetness, a nice texture and body to carry the hops, as well as some cracker like grain to help dry out the finish. This is light and refreshing, yet with enough body to carry the hops.
The first time I had this I remember the aroma being really nice but the flavor not really delivering, this was caused by me serving the beer too cold (which really killed the fruity hop flavors). This time I served it at a more appropriate temperature and I have been rewarded with a really tasty brew. This is my kind of pale ale (though I would likely enjoy this more if it was boosted all around into IPA territory) and is in fact a great representation of the style.
Sample from 12 oz bottle into English pint. Pours golden with a centimeter head and sticky lacing. Aroma is all piney hops. Nice. Taste is very different than your average pale. It’s hoppy, yet biscuity like Fat Tire. Kind of citrusy. Could be bigger bodied--this beer’s only flaw. One of the most interesting straight pales I’ve ever had.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2010
shared bottle... pours a deep golden with a nice creamy white head which lasts.... big deep piney hop aromas with some malt... medium body with a solid caramel / honey malt base and a smooth butter hop presence... nice clean and bitter finish. solid APA. Onslow (1512) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Pour form a 12oz bottle. Medium amber bodied ale with a thin but persistent off white head. Fine aroma dominated by aromatic hops. Excellent flavor with mellow malitness offset with a complex but pronounced hoppiness. Relatively light in body but with active carbonation to create a satisfying palate. Fine, fine brew, more complex than many a straight pale ale.. wlajwl (6941) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Label true to its word that it has a hint of honey. Slightly resinous hops that gives a dry edge, not that thick but still very balanced in that the bitterness doesn’t overpower it. dwyerpg (6285) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Some hoppy aroma notes. Flavor is pretty nice. Not too much bite, but sith some nutty characters. Pretty decent stuff. alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Gorgeous aroma - lots of cascade and some pale maltiness too. Appearance-wise it’s very attractive. Light copper with a bountiful white head. I enjoy the taste quite a bit - more spiciness than i anticipated (not a bad thing at all). Body is lighter than expected too - making for a pretty easy drinking pale. Very pleasant all around and I’m really really excited that NB is making this! (fwiw, I’ve met arrow a few years ago, such a sweet dog).