corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Sampled on draft at The Distillery in Savannah. fallingleaves (33) - Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with very pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, soapy white head with decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.
Sweet citrus hop arma with lots of citrus and tropical fruit along with some subtle earthy pine. Hints of mango, pineapple, orange peel and grapefruit along with some sweet caramel and biscuit malt.
Chewy medium body that is on the lighter end ifthe spectrum with a lot of dry sweet hops up front that linger trought over the sweet caramel and biscuit malt backbone into a dry finish. Similar to the nose, the flavor has a lot of citrus and tropical fruity notes. Lots of mango, pineapple and orange peel. Subtle alcohol presence toward the end of the palate but overall the ABV is pretty well masked and this beer is very quaffable.
I was cautiously optimistic when I heard New Belgium was releasing an IPA. Beer pours with a beautiful two inch head with intricate lacing. In general this beer is heavy on the spice end of the IPA palate rather than the fruity citrus end. Although a taste of citrus does resonate for a second in each swallow. This IPA is very true to the style of New Belgium, a worthy beer but does not come close to beating out Odell’s or Avery’s IPA as the best IPA in Colorado. hopheadfed (6) - crown point, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2010 does not count
New Belgium has truly conqured NW Indiana. Wanted to hate this one. Fell in love instead. Damn you huffy riding hippies! decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Gold pour with white head and lace. Nice citrusy hop aroma. Sweet malt with a medium citrus bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. achtungpv (271) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Nice IPA. The hops want to come out but stay mild as if they know they were brewed for a bit more mainstream crowd. Good beer though. Light citrus tones, very drinkable. Wish it was a bit more hoppy though.
chadje (209) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2010 It pours a golden color with a very large white head. The smell is of hoppy floral and citrus scents, but not enough for my liking. It is a smooth IPA that doesn’ t have that good bitter hoppy aftertaste. An average IPA. fidelis83 (2523) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Pours a pale copper with peach highlights and a 1-2 finger slightly chunky, off white head that has good retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is big on citrus and planty hops, a decent amont of pine, light biscuit and toasty malts. Flavor is slightly sweet cereal malts up front a little biscuit and light medicinal notes up front (think Tylenol), quickly overrun by grapefruit, pine, planty hops bringing some nice bitterness to the finish, along with the odd, grainy note that I seem to catch in almost all New Belgium brews. Palate is light bodied, pretty dry and crisp throughout and pretty over carbonated. Not a bad IPA, but it’s a little off in a couple areas. nuplastikk (6479) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2010
12oz bottle. Pale yellow-orange color a frothy white head. Very nice hop aroma, lots of citrus. Clean on the palate and medium bodied, this one still manages to pack a hop punch that might outclass some IIPAs out there. Hop-centric all the way, no sticky malt tones to speak of, just a steady toasty backbone. An awesome beer, well worth seeking out. awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle from Red Barrel in Mooresville, a true diamond in the rough. Pours crystal clear pale golden with large foaming light beige head. Nose is fresh citrus hops and very enticing. Flavor is a very decent, moderate citrus hop punch that is slightly carbonated and pleasantly smooth. Not lacking in flavor at all, slightly dry and earthy. Good flavor from start to finish and pairs excellently with my cajun shrimp jambalaya this evening. (On a side note, I am exstatic to finally be rating by phone...loving my new Samsung Moment!) CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Pours a nice medium coppery hue, forms decent size foamy head. Aroma of pine resins, light malted flowers and tropical fruits. Flavour is much of the same, nice bitterness with a rather smooth malt back bone. NB really got it right with this beer, my fave from them so far.