This was my second beer I enjoyed on my trip to Phoenix, AZ. This is New Belgium’s late summer/early Autumn seasonal for this year. It poured a dark ruby red color with big, fluffy, shaving cream like head that just wouldn’t quit.

The hop aroma was unusual. It was sticky and resiny, with hints of black pepper. No citrus or pine. Very earthy. The flavor was very consistent, too, with just a touch of citrus, but some black pepper and sticky resins most prevalent. The hop character was complex to say the least.

I detected a slightly chemical-like flavor and aroma, and I think it was some hot alcohols. This beer tasted like an earthy IPA, very hop forward. A lot of complexity to parse through in this beer, making it enjoyable, but a sipper. An interesting, unexpected beer!