BeerandBlues2 (13803) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours crystal clear gold-orange with a medium, frothy white head, good retention with good lacing. Aroma is medium malt with heavy hops (pine, spruce, resin, citrus) and sweaty yeast, pears, and apricot. Flavor is medium malt with great hop balance, some yeasty notes with fruit. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a spicy texture. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2010
This is a nice-looking beer... a clean orange-colored brew with a nice off-white head and fractal-esque lacing. The aroma is spicy, hoppy and fresh. It has an extremely clean mouthfeel while hammering out a nice heap of hops with hints of grapefruit and pine. Not what I was expecting. A green finish, and a delicious overall experience. I can see why this rates high. Well done, New Belgium! A perfect amount of hops, a perfectly balanced trio. brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
22oz bottle out of a goblet. Crystal clear dark orange color. Aroma smells like the brew kettle after adding some cascades into the pot. You can really smell and taste the cascades in this brew. Decent aroma, decent flavor however it falls a lil flat, also lacking a bit in mouthfeel/body. Decent pick-up for $2.99 That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2010
New Belgium makes a good hoppy beer? This is excellent by their standards. Very hoppy. Surprisingly hoppy. Good body, nose and flavor are there. Wish nb would make more good beers more often. J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Pours a sparkling yellow-amber with a foamy white head. You might even trick someone into thinking it’s a macrobrew from the appearance. That is until they get a whiff of it. The delicious Cascade hop aroma hits you first, but after a bit you can tell there are other buds in there. For all of that, the taste is surprisingly restrained hop-wise, but after that, you realize that this is a really well balanced IPA. Hopheads will still like this, but it’s an excellent way to get those unfamiliar with the IPA style to start appreciating it without bashing them over the head with a hop bomb. I would compare this to a less assertive version of Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Great job New Belgium; maybe now we’ll get more than just Fat Tire on tap!
tripelthreat (193) - Soquel, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
12oz. bottle. Large off white head and a golden body. The aroma is mostly grapefruit and pine with some herbal notes. Flavor had very little sweetness with faint malt presence in the background. Finishes mostly bitter and dry. Points for some nice lacing left in the glass. Medium body and on the thin side. Pretty straightforward, moderately bitter stuff. Not bad but not interesting either. solesaver (15) - chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Nice IPA out of the bottle. Very nice bold start with a citus tone and firey finish. the bold taste continues through the bottle and doesn’t let up. would enjoy again very soon. carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Pours golden amber with white head. Aroma is earthy spicey hoppy. Mouthful has nice hop front with a bit of spice in the finish. Interesting... Very hoppy with little citrus or pine.... philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Another good one from new Belgium. it seems to me that this is the colorado-style IPA... a little less bitter and more herbal than the California style. the herbal flavors are subtle and don’t overwhelm the sweet and hoppy flavors upfront waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2010
bottle. copper pour. clean fresh hop aroma. nice body. clean and crisp. this has become one of my favorite six packs. Great drinkability and well crafted.