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Bells Big Head San Diego Style Ale

Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial IPA
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 332   ABV: 11.07%
What is San Diego Style Ale? It is an ale thatís made with more attitude than hops. And boy are there a lot of hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 WHoa. Thanks to zathrus13 for this. pours a hazy amber with a beige head. Big juicy, grapefruit citrusy hops. Still has a big aroma even after multiple sniffs. Some booze, some caramel sweet malts. actually really well balanced in my opinion. Potent. Big time aroma, flavor. A keeper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34350) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
Bottled. Thanks Greg Koch for this treat. An amber beer with an orangey head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of grass and hops. The flavor has notes of grapefruit, bread, and grass, leading to a dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2009
12oz bottle. Golden color. Aroma of the skunkiest hop/ bag-oí-weed kind of smell. HUGE hop aroma. Flavor is a big hop bitterness, Huge IBUs. Nice malt backbone. Donít be scared of the hops. Just be afraid of the style-type-name diversion. 03 may 08

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to northernbrews. Pours hazy orangish copper with white head. Aroma is heavy with sweet malt with citrus, hops and some booze. Flavor is a lot like a 4 week old hop slam. Lots of sweet malt with citrus and hops with light booze. Huge amount of sweet malts brings great balance for such a huge beer. Not huge fan of DIPAís with tons of sweet malt but this one is very good. Would have love to try super fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. Apricot color pour with a nice whtie head. Christmas trees, grapefruit and caramel malt jump out uickly. Flavor is really delicious. Sharp citrus tones, resinous hops and a great malt bill combine to make a beer worth savoring. Great effort by a great brewery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2009
12oz bottle, batch K8369, courtesy of FlandersNed (thanks, steve). pours a bright, hazy orange/amber with a thin, clingy, off white head and solid lacing. aroma is very nice with big citrus notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit, floral hops, a touch of spice, alcohol, and light toffee malt sweetness. flavor is certainly big and quite delicious. citrus flavors of orange peel and lemon dominate with a big, toasty, earthy malt presence adding balance and notes of wood and caramel. palate is full bodied but smooth with a strong alcohol presence and a long, bitter, very dry finish. this one has aged nicely and while it still has many DIPA qualities, itís drinking like a big barley wine and a good one at that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
Pours orange, little head. Citrusy and sweet aroma. Malty sweetness and hoppy sweetness compliment each other well. Very floral and citrusy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle shared with Mrbunn and my brother. Pours a dirty orange. Strong scent of grapefruit, caramel and pine trees. Has the caramel malt of Third Coast, the piney hops of Hopslam and the floral notes of Two Hearted. And like Hopslam, it doesínt quite blend well, but is nonetheless an outstanding beer, not to be taken lightly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle with special thanks to goldtwins. Pours an orangish amber with a pretty decent head and aromas that are straight hops. Citrus, spruce, floral, etc. with a little bit of malt peeking through. Flavor is loads of hop, loads of alcohol and loads of malt. This is great stuff, but not for the weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11176) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2009
I didnít realize it was the equivalent of 4 beers until I finished the last drop. A DIPA in a small 330 ml bottle, what a novelty. All hop, complete hop delivery. Reasonable carbonation, DIPA smell. Full reddish yellow, with lots of white lace.

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