soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Tap: copper color with a slight caramel taste and a dry finish. This is the hoppiest beer I have had from New Belgium. It is very drinkable, good APA. JohnCoyne (73) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Smells Hoppy sweet, kind of like a hop fruit. Not like a grapefruit, literally like a Hop fruit, if one existed. Color is light orange with a small head. Tastes of fizzy paleness, with a full bodied mouthfeel.
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Copper with good, creamy white head / Light citrus and caramel nose / Medium body, some sweetness, balanced and although not hoppy, there is dryness on the good finish / Flavors of toasted grain and burnt sugar with notes of grapefruit and orange / Very good, not in the league with the best. nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2009
On tap at Papago. Pours copper with a creamy off-white head and steady carbonation. Smells of floral hops. Tastes of balanced notes of grapefruit zest, crisp hops, yeast, salt, and slight caramel. Highly refreshing. nearbeer (5362) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 12 oz. Orange-amber, with an inch of lasting foam. Aroma is a pleasant blend of resin, light honey, spicy-flowery hop and light orange. Taste is the same. Near-medium body is smooth and dryish. Crunchy lacing. By far the best of the 8 NB beers I’ve tried, and a nice session ale.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2009
12oz bottle poured into a shaker (with a Fat Tire logo screened on the side). NBMA pours urine yellow, clear and with a largish fluffy stark white head. The only smell from this beer is hops. It smells good though! This beer is darned close to an IPA but it doesn’t quite have that rough edge that IPAs have. It is hoppy but smooth and very drinkable. I’d hazard to say that this may be New Belgium’s best beer. I’m very impressed. Kudos to Arrow for inspiring this beer. Every dog has its day. SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Flavor, hops and amazing palate. Put all those together with a great aftertaste and this is what you get. Very refreshing. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2009
sometimes i gripe that an APA is ’too balanced’, but i think what bothers me about those beers is not so much that there is too much of a malt profile, its that the malt profile is offensive in its character. this is NOT one of those beers. aroma greets you with floral hops. flavor is striking sizzle of pleasant bitterness but then followed by very un-offensive malt character: pure bready biscuits, no sticky, thick gum as is found in shoddy amber ales and too often in pales. this is exactly what the style is all about, and with this ideal ABV this is perfectly sessionable without being too weak. well done! GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Now this is a pale ale I can see being stocked in my ’fridge a LOT. A really nice beer at a really nice price. Sierra who? Aroma has the classic catty Amarillo character I really love. Pine resin, caramel malts, and toasted grains. MMMMmmmm. Flavor is moderately bitter, citrus zest, earthy hops, slightly spicy with a nice malty backbone. Quite refreshing to have a quality pale ale like this. Sometimes I forget about how great a pale ale can be. DialSquare (4962) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2009
from old rating note: bottle from somewhere along the way on pacific n.w. trip. amber gold pour with fluffy white head. grass, floral, biscuits and hops in the aroma. taste is citrus hop bitterness balancing out the honey caramel malts. good balance and crisp fairly carbonated palate. K7