The Trip XVII (Segal Ranch Cascade Rye IPA) - New Belgium Brewing
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3.26/5 rDev -10.2%
Attractive dark golden color with a brief pile of foam in the Duvel tulip. A little hazed. Quite light-bodied with a tart, snappy taste. Some resiny flavors with a lot of hoppy bitterness. Not much aroma. The watery sensation adds to the refreshing character, but it's pretty plain and bitter. I wouldn't even call it "grainy," as rye brews so often are.
Overall, this is pretty thin and sharp. It seems to lack the mellow peculiarity of good rye brews. But as an acidic, bitter IPA, it's a little lightweight for that category. And as a drinkable hoppy session beer, it's too strong. You can win, but if you're thirsty it goes down easy enough.
Personally, I think New Belgium, which is one of my top ten favorite breweries, should stay away from Elysian, which is one of my least favorites. From the 12 oz bottle purchased for $6.49 at Bottlecraft in San Diego.
10-13-2013 04:21:43 | More by mactrail
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
On tap at b2 tap house the other day.
The beer pours a golden amber color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. I'm not picking up a whole lot on the nose, though what's there seems fairly pleasant. It mostly seem to consist of some light sweet malt and/or honey, a hint of rye and some light dry citrus. On the palate, this beer is dry and pretty lean, but with a fairly long, bitter finish. There really isn't much in the way of fruit (citrus or tropical) on the mid palate, and mouthfeel is really pretty light. This beer really comes across as fairly simple and one dimensional on the palate. Hmmm....
Shrug. Certainly not an awful beer, but this isn't the sort of thing I can see myself ordering again any time soon.
08-11-2013 16:02:35 | More by John_M
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
Picked up at Brewforia Meridian for an expensive $7 for a regular ABV IPA.
Pours a mostly clear dark golden... maybe some hop haze... great 2 finger head leaves sheets of lacing.
Nose is a pretty standard Cascade IPA... a bit of rye does come through in the aroma.
Big bitterness from front to back.. The rye comes through on the flavor as more of an earthy note.. mild citrus hoppiness and a bit of tropical fruitiness... but the bitterness blows everything out IMO.
Body is lighter than I expect with a good carbonation... really pretty quaffable... I dig it, but won't be buying it again... tooo expensive for the quality of the brew.
Good but not great.
07-20-2013 06:06:27 | More by JohnGalt1
3.21/5 rDev -11.6%
Stupid 22oz bottle format. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow with less than 1/4 inch of white head that had moderate retention and decent lacing.
The aroma was mostly citrus hops, with some floral hops in the background, and a bit of a stale, musty scent. I didn't pick up any Rye sharpness in the nose, and the malt profile overall was pretty subdued. The beer was nearly identical on the tongue, just with the addition of a sharp, bitter finish that didn't come from just the hops.
The body was on the light side of medium for the style, and had a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was OK, but the lack of outstanding features makes me doubt I'd have another. Overall, an OK brew that might be worth a shot if you see it on tap, but I wouldn't spring for another 22. YMMV.
08-05-2013 21:54:49 | More by beertunes
3.73/5 rDev +2.8%
Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Appearance is hazy dull gold with a fluffy white head leaving nice sticky lace, great patterns.
Smell is soapy, generically resinous west coast hops. A little lime.
Taste is a bit more distinctiveness. There's a nice interplay between the lime like hop flavor and the sweet spiciness of the rye. I still get that soapiness from the hops, but it's not as off-putting.
Mouthfeel is dry, slippery, medium light bodied.
Drinkability is pretty good, I like the complexity of the rye with the hops. That said, it's not an IPA I'll spend a lot of time thinking about or ever seek out. But if I walked in somewhere that had this and a bunch of standard IPAs on draught, I'd jump on it happily.
10-20-2013 06:02:45 | More by ccrida
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipated to a ring around the glass with no lacing. Light aroma of stone and faint tropical fruit, light citrus, a hint of sourness. Flavor is semi-dry light fruit and citrus, light malt, fairly neutral. Finishes with a sharp long lasting grassy hop bitterness and a hint of the rye. Light to medium bodied. Maybe I've been spoiled by an awesome run of rye beers in the last few months, but this was fairly uninspiring. The flavors were pleasant, but muted and the hop bitterness was not supported by any flavoring hops. Glad to have tried it, but would look to some really fine rye beers (particularly those from Reuben's Brewing) for my rye fix.
08-15-2013 03:07:45 | More by LiquidAmber
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
Thanks to rawfish for this extra, another facet of New Belgium that I was unaware of until this box showed. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.
The pour is a partly cloudy orangish. Nose follows up like word association, massive squeezed oranges mixed in with light floral hops. Might be something else, but the Florida Grove is wiping out any potential subtleties.
The Trip XVII (Segal Ranch Cascade Rye IPA) is like a rye bait & switch. The orange in the nose comes through strong, but it's infused with a lovely spicy bite the size of Jessica Alba's hotness. Much citrus, wedded to a slow-building but persistent bitterenss that dominates once the initial mojo has passed, mango, tropics. Intense enough that it's more of a sipper than a slugger.
Like. The strong citrus & the rye are like Sid & Nancy, without all the, y'know, punk & death & violence. Love the marriage. Very good beer that sticks a toe into the sea of excellent.
12-22-2013 05:59:47 | More by maximum12
3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
Nice enough. Murky apricot, good sized head, root beer foamy, lots of lace. Maybe too cold, but the smell is hard to distinguish. Get a little malt and grapefruit, but it is limited. Taste is pleasant, enjoyable IPA. Mouthfeel is fair - good balance, no complaints. Overall, I would session if it was the only beer at the party, but probably wouldn't buy again.
11-23-2013 04:03:26 | More by srandycarter
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours golden and clear into a deep tulip. Quickly forms a rising finger and a half head but with rather poor retention for a hoppy beer leaving messy lacing on the glass.
Nutty with some light cracker grain and rye spice. Hops are floral and bright with mandarins, papaya, grass and dried mango. Only knock on this is that you really have to get your nose down into it.
Malt is thin and lifting with tight bready flavor that allows some rye spice and pepper to come through as the hops bring grass and bright pine. Begins drying immediately, the bitterness is a bit dank and reserved. Rather refreshing and airy.
Light to medium bodied, perfect for a refreshing ipa and active carbonation that is ideal, lively yet doesn't interfere with the flavor. Alcohol is controlled and very drinkable.
Not exactly the most flavorful ipa but really active and refreshing. The rye spice is peppery and stands out above the fresh hops. Body and feel of this beer is ideal. The collaborative effort of these two breweries really paying off.
09-20-2013 02:53:22 | More by rawfish
4/5 rDev +10.2%
Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no discernible dating on the bottle or label. However, I think this beer first hit the market in August, so it should be pretty fresh. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler glass.
Appearance - A towering frothy head of two, maybe two and a half fingers thick, with small pocking interspersed throughout. The color of the head is a creamy off white and crowns a body that is mostly translucent and golden orange-yellow, with shadowy brown "lowlights". Retention is moderate, and the lacing is intermittent but sticky. An enticing looking beer.
Smell - Definite hop-forward qualities, with floral notes like jasmine and lavender. Some grassy characteristics and there's a bit of spice element that reminds me of a witbier in some ways. The rye is there as well, but it seems like a complimentary grain, rather than the star of the show.
Taste - Those aroma notes that reminded me of witbier are again present in the taste. In addition to some faint earth and more prominent grass and flowers, there is an element of spice. I think it's mostly from the rye, but my brain can't help but make the association. It's actually quite refreshing.
Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied and carbonation that is slightly on the high side of moderate. Bright and invigorating, with a finish that entices the next swig.
Overall, a really interesting beer. It's the second one I've had from these "Trip" collaboration beers between New Belgium and Elysian, two breweries I tend to enjoy. I definitely like this IPA better than the rye farmhouse (Trip XV). I would likely buy it again if I just happened across it.
09-16-2013 04:49:37 | More by LambicPentameter
3.44/5 rDev -5.2%
Slow-growing, thick >2 finger white head, leaving very nice lacing. Bubbly and pale orange/copper/amber brew, simultaneously pulpy and nearly translucent.
Aroma presents a strong caramel and honey malt base, with more delicate fruity hops - citrus and tropical. Slight pine resin and buttermilk biscuit through the nose.
Dry and sour; very surprising. Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit - the whole bag of citrus. Not particularly sweet, and the malt backbone tastes rather flat, with less of an appearance than the aroma hinted. Strong rye grain influence that lingers long past the other flavors, joined by a dry astringency.
Slightly watery; not very lively. The lingering aftertaste isn't great. Mouthfeel is the weakest link here.
This beer starts off promising, with a great appearance and pleasant, albeit overall mild, aroma. The flavor profile isn't my favorite, but it's far from poor. Relatively poor balance and mouthfeel, however, really limit my enjoyment. It's drinkable, and not a bad beer, but I'm just not sure what they were going for, or if they achieved it.
No bottle date.
10-13-2013 17:06:43 | More by Roguer
The Trip XVII (Segal Ranch Cascade Rye IPA) from New Belgium Brewing
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