Pioneer The New Frontier Double California IPA - Pioneer Brewing Co.
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4.04/5 rDev +4.1%
Serving Type: Bottle. As with other Pioneer bottles, the artwork is very pretty with a great contrast between the artwork, text, and the bottle itself.
A: Great dark and hazy amber body with a beige creamy head; approximately 1/4" with great lacing. Carbonation is visibly strong and prevalent.
S: Sweet and ambrosial aroma that hits all of the hallmarks of a good-smelling beer: solid base of hops and sweet malt; a fruity twang that resembles a combination of citrus and hints of lemon balm; and a slight presence of some earthiness.
T: Definitely has a kick to every sip, though it's hard to say if it's the flavor alone or the mouth feel. The flavor profile doesn't necessarily match the smell but in this case, that's quite alright. While initially bitter and earthy, the citrus and mint-like herbal flavors definitely overcome the sudden "hit" of alcohol that is prevalent mid-sip. The sweetness of the beer is fleeting and only lasts a moment, but it provides a great median between the front- and back-end of the sip. The back-end of the sip ends just like it starts: a tad earthy, bitter, and a hint of spice.
M: Full-body IPA that had great carbonation. While the alcohol does provide a bit of a kick, it isn't overwhelming and most certainly doesn't take away from the flavor of the beer.
O: While I would definitely drink this beer again, it isn't very drinkable due to the high ABV and the bitterness can be a bit overwhelming as you drink more of it concurrently. The smell and taste are definitely better than your average beer so I highly recommend this beer for those looking to broaden their hoppy horizons.
04-21-2014 20:48:48 | More by SpacingOutMan
3.89/5 rDev +0.3%
22oz bottle from benbking (thanks man!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a Cigar City teku.
Pours a mildly orange hued gold with a fluffy white three finger head. Foam shrinks back to a halo with wisps of bubbles on the surface. A good bit of chunky lace left on the glass.
Smells of orange, mango/ papaya and faint shortbread. Thise aromas become much richer as it nears room temperature.
There is a very strong fusal alcohol component while still chilled. It fades as the brew warms and over the burn there are some nice notes of mandarin, mango, apricot, citrus rind, pepper, cracker, shortbread and a hint of caramel. I'm glad I took my time and let it warm a bit because things blend much better as the chill subsides. Still a tad hot but a nice mix of citrus hops and sweet malts.
Sticky, slick, medium body with fairly soft carbonation. Finishes with grapefruit peel, oranges, cookie and a nip of booze.
Despite being slightly heavy handed with the alcohol I found myself enjoying the latter half of the bottle. Once it warms and the aroma fills out, there is a richness and balance that I found pleasing. Not ground breaking but solidly crafted and enjoyable enough that a full bomber was no chore to put away. Worth a try, if not a hunt.
07-31-2014 00:49:57 | More by ThickNStout
4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
Tap at the brewery/pub.
Creamy 1/2 finger head tries to fade but is reinforced by lots if bubbles rising up but eventually leaves some nice lacing, but never actually fades, over hazy reddish orange beer.
Nose is interesting, some candy sweet hop malt combo aromas, orange marmalade, some pineapple, candied ginger, hint of earthy hops and hint of tropical fruit, sweet reddish malts, raw malt mash aroma.
Taste starts with fresh hop pellets, light spicy, some earthy, and quite bitter. Chewy candied hops, the spiciness builds, candied orange and ginger surprisingly, light pineapple and hint of tangerine. Booze comes in mid palate with mostly warming feel but hint of tingle. Plenty of reddish sweet malts in the background, slightly juicy but not toasty, light caramel, helps to balance the bitterness before it explodes with astringency, which it tries to do. Finish is quite bitter, spicy earthy hops with light salty taste linger with a hint of sweet malt.
Mouth is fuller bodied, good carb, some warming but barely tingly booze.
Overall nice, there are plenty of hops, a big bitterness but decent malt base to back it up and keep it from taking off. Nice earthy spicy hops with a bit of citrus fruit, and sweet candied flavors, with a lower drinkabilty, but that's not what this beer is aiming at.
06-02-2012 02:43:14 | More by jlindros
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
Good kick as taste and alcohol blended well to satisfy any thirst quench.
Thought this beer represents the IPA genre well, just enough of bitter taste with slight citrus twist.
Me like well enough for the 4.25 rating. 1st beer rating hope to perform better in the future.
05-01-2014 23:45:22 | More by KenRondo
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
Served from a 22oz bottle to a tulip.
A - Loved the golden, orange color. Hazy. Little to no head. Appetizing. Took a little off due to an inordinate amount of suspended sediment.
S - Very appealing balance of smells. A little thin, but nice. Hints of orange peel, biscuits.
T - The initial taste was all biscuits and malts. The hops hides out for a while, sneaks in and finishes off quite nicely. When colder, it was really subtle. As this beer warms, the hoppy bitterness really comes through and puckers the taste buds.
M - I was surprised at how much carbonation comes out with such little head. Certainly not in a bad way. Not super-boozy for an 11% beer.
O - As a flyer of the shelf with no research or idea how this was going to go, I was pleasantly surprised. A decent go at a pretty hefty ABV from this brewer. Not the best west coast style, but a good effort.
08-05-2014 22:59:02 | More by SweetChicken
3.23/5 rDev -16.8%
On tap at the Hangar. Served in a snifter.
A: Mildly hazed, orange in color. Thick and creamy white head retains very well. Thick coating of lacing on the glass.
S: Pithy and tropical. Pulpy mango, apricot, and mandarin orange. Pithy. Shortbread and toast. Alcohol comes out as it warms.
T: Pithy hop tastes. Perhaps a touch vegetal. Hints of apricot and mango. Alcohol comes on strong. Caramel and heavy toast from the malt. Gritty hop finish with a wallop of alcohol.
M: Thick body. Hefty, but airy and creamy rather than sludgey. Moderately carbonated. Alcohol lays in a lot of warmth. Moderately astringent.
O: This one may have gotten away from them a little. Unpleasantly boozy.
04-29-2014 20:51:50 | More by ryan1788a5
Pioneer The New Frontier Double California IPA from Pioneer Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.