mrhopsbeertalk (202) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I either absolutely love or feel very ’ehh’ about Bear’s IPAs. To me this tastes like a bigger version of Racer 5... good but not great. Very mild floral aroma leads into confusion as the hop flavors are almost overly citrus with tons of lemon and orange marmalade mixed with just a little spicey pine. Also, for the ABV I would like to see this be more bitter. If you prefer Cafe Racer 15 this may be a skip. If however you love Racer 5 this might be a gem.
BrianG2 (22) - - JUN 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Orange in color, slightly opaque. Decent head with good lacing. Aroma is a balance between citrus and sweetness. As for the taste I have two words... Phe - nomenal. The feel on the palate is medium and much lighter than expected for an 8.25 ABV double IPA.
HippieFee (149) - - JUN 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large Format - Real cloudy orange yet I don’t believe it is an unfiltered beer. Large thick head that sticks around. Slight citrus flavor on the back of the palate, dry bitterness on the front of the palate.
drjay44 (2935) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2015 651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, tiny bubbled, ivory head, with heavy lacing, over a slightly hazy, tiny particle laden, amber (SRM 10) body......nose is light pine, resin, licorice, fruits from the hops, cereal from the malts, balance to the hops.....taste is sweet with licorice, pine, resin, pineapple, leading to a pine, resin bitter finish, balanced back by the floral sweetness.....mouth feel, heavy of medium body, sticky, alcohol present, carbonation high adding an occasional creamy note. This is delicious, well done beer, with great hop complexity. Now, it is time, to critique. It is definitely sweet, and the sweetness is toward the floral honey, simple sugar end of the spectrum. It lacks the toffee/caramel notes from other points of the malts. The hops were deftly handled. This would not be a good beer to have in a Utah desert on a summer day, as it is too rich, but on a cold night, a different result. A change in the malts, with the goal of greater attenuation, to decrease sweetness, perhaps more caramel/crystal would work towards an even better beer. BJCP 9/2/16/4/8
mstrcrwly (646) - New York, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap poured into a tulip glass..copper pour with a fluffy white head..big hoparoma along with some caramel..resinous,piney,sticky mouthfeel..good stuff.
TheEpeeist (3523) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Misty amber orange with whitish foam. Nose is pineapple, orange, spruce and toffee. Medium to full body with a tingle getting resiny. Taste is pink grapefruit, pine, soft melon and marmalade with a peppery finish. Great hop melange without going over the top.
Luvystypotables (1016) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of pine resin, citrus and hops, pours a cloudy caramel colour with a lasting white well laced head. Taste of hops and pine resin with a dry medium body feel with a mildly bitter finish.
Voodoo (425) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden orange with a dense white head which lingers......aroma of pine, citrus, bread, caramel...quite enjoyable.....taste is a fabulous mouthfeel with a hit of citrus, grassy notes, sweet bread, tailing off into a comfortable bitterness and a touch more citrus. Quite nice.
Foxbush (1483) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from Growlers to Go The D/IPA poured a cloudy light amber with an off white foamy head and lacing. A fruity aroma greets you with some resin as well. This is a complex ale with flavors running from floral hops to resin with very little feel for the alcohol present. The ale has a medium body with average carbonation. The sip pulls into a bitter finish leaving floral hops in the wake that continue to dry the tongue after the swallow disappears.
scotchzombie (418) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy amber with a fat and foamy off white head that hangs awhile. Aroma is fantastic sweet tropical citrus and caramel. Taste dials down the sweetness considerably. Biscuity malts undergird peach and grapefruit citrus flowing into a nice bitter finish. Really well-balanced. If you like your IPAs more bitter than sweet and with a high gravity wallop, this is the beer for you. Outstanding.
John25 (1034) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy murky bright orange. Bright citrus. Grapefruit. Delicious. Love this.
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