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Bells Big Head San Diego Style Ale

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 332   ABV: 11.07%
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What is San Diego Style Ale? It is an ale that’s made with more attitude than hops. And boy are there a lot of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31488) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
From bottle at Stone Bistro, thanks to Greg Koch. Pours hazy orange with a tan head. Mild spiced hoppy aroma. Grapefruity and dense yet also smooth fruity and nicely balanced with caramel malt. Lingering fruity hops finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29493) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 31st May 2009
Hazy amber beer. Soft and slightly syrupy palate. Creamy but bitter hops with a brief pineapple sweet note. Quite a bit of aniseedy alcohol comes to the fore in the finish. 3.2

10th October 2012
Cloudy amber - brown beer. Food cream coloured head. Palate is smooth and slightly viscous with nice fine carbonation. Rich creamy malt with traces of caramel and toffee. Lovely fresh orange, orange marmalade and orange liqueur. Bringing it all together is a good barley wine like salty streak. Finishes smooth and semi dry. Some bitter linger. Great barley wine but DIPA?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle at home ...with the wife, Doppelganger and his wife ... Deem amber ... big american hop nose ... again big powerful flavour ... loads of tart american hops ... nice enough but didnt hit the spot with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12743) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2008
Fiery amber. Simcoey nose, very bright with some papaya accents. Chewy, slightly resiny hops. Decent amount of crystal malt and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2008
(Bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a clear orange body with a small white head. Aroma of toasted bread, orange, floral, light cocoa, some pine, and noticeable alcohol burn. Flavor of caramel and toasted malts, hops (orange, resiny, floral), chocolate, and alcohol with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2008
(12oz bottle, thanks ryan) Medium off-white head atop lightly hazed, light amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, juicy grapefruit, mango, some hay, bread, yeasty. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/hay, grapefruit, yeast. Very bitter. Sticky full body. Not as "bright" as Hopslam, and not nearly as enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Name: Big Head
Date: 05/03/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: hazy dark gold, wispy off white head, bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet crystal and tangerine aroma,
Flavor: big sweet fruity malt flavor, lots of citrus and orange, touch of peppery alcohol, lots of bitterness to add balance,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9903) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Bottle shared by Crosling, thanks Nick. Pours clear orange with an average, fizzy, white head, somewhat lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, cereal, meal), heavy hops (pine, resin, grapefruit), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of alcohol, apple, and pear. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9258) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Bottle... DLD’08... Mostly clear, golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The aroma is an intoxicating overindulgence of caramel malt and PNW hops... pine, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Nice caramel malt backbone and tongue-numbing PNW hops. Finishes bitter and very hot. Bottle courtesy of BarrelAged!

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