zeke626 (459) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, batch 8285. Pours a hazy, pale orange-yellow body with yellowish white head. Aroma of fresh grapefruit, hops, citrus, and candy. Flavor is more of the same with some hints of pine, ash, and honey. Nice, solid body with smooth mouthfeel. Bitter grapefruit aftertaste.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 4/18/8 bottle batch 8277 courtesy of ucusty. pours a hazy red amber color with a small off white head. streaky lacing trails are left on the glass. candied citrus aroma... lots of sugary grains with orange/citrus, grassy and bubblegum hops, vanilla and a vegetal earthiness. the flavor is more like a fresh barleywine than dipa (old bottle perhaps?). much more grainy sweetness than hops... grassy, light citrus, floral (dominating but not bitter) and light ashy notes. i get honey on the finish after the second bottle (thanks sparky27) along with that same ashiness. nice slick mouth feel that leaves no sticky residue... i need this REALLY fresh from the taps...
2/1/11...grapefruit,pine and wood dominate this fresh bottle. On tap, this is amplified. Draft carbonation makes it so easy to put away. 8/4/8/4/18
Goodgrief (1972) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to eaglefan538 for the opportunity to sample. Pour was orange, good head and lacing. This is full out grapefruit assault, all over the nose and tongue. Huge hop bill left your mouth crying for assistance, but in a wonderfully giddy way. Rich, full, nice malt balance. Good beer from Bells again!
IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of piney, resiny hops in the nose but also a sweet malt note, as well as some fruitiness, peach or apricot aromas. Nice deep golden, crystal clear, small white head doesnít last long but leaves nice lacing. Nice balance of bitter hops and honeyed, caramel maltiness. OK, maybe balance isnít exactly the word, you would have to be a hophead to enjoy this, but anyway the malt is there if you look for it. Light carbonation, medium heavy texture, very bitter finish. True to its name, true to style, but the flavor is a bit one dimensional to me. Heavy on bitter, but not much complexity. There are a few other IIPAís I prefer for their taste. Still, very good beer overall.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great-looking beer, with its lofty, lasting head and its hazy orange color. Appeared to be bottle conditioned. Very inviting nose -- sweet-smelling malts and sprucy hops. Mouthfeel was full, smooth and weighty -- very nice! Carbonation was spot on, too. Malts were were sweet and sticky (caramel, Sugar Daddy candy and honey) but they were tamed by a big, snappy bitterness. Some earthy-yeasty elements. Hops were bold and multi-dimensional (pine, grapefruit, bitter orange, grass). As a hophead, I really enjoyed this one, and it sure does live up to its name! Thanks, John!
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange color with syrupy citrus smell. Strong, sweet taste fades to bitter, with notes of cloves, honey, grapefruit, lemon, and grass throughout. Kind of astringent in the end. Alcohol warms the aftertaste.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yet another superb Bells brew that Iíll always be happy to nab when I can get the chance. Typical amber pour...whitish head. Great big...huge...citric hop aroma...a nice citrus blossom sweetness is evident. Smooth flavor....hops with a solid presence that never balances this one out---and thatís a good thing! Great lingering bitterness in the end.....just a great DIPA!
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had this stuff last year and did not rate it. If i had it take a guess I wouldíve rated it a 3.9. This years batch is so well balaced itís got me into a hop frenze. Awesome what can I say!!!!!!!
CanIHave4Beers (3942) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very hoppy beer that does not sacrifice complexity and balance to bring you some fantasic bitterness and hop flavors. In other words itís not a cascade bomb. I very much enjoyed this dry and bitter ale, with hints of fruitness and just a touch of sweet flavor. The aroma however was the best part for me, it was just fantasic with bits of grass, flowers, and lovley hops.
Radek Kliber (7058) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Clear , bright gold-amber ale. Rocky, fragmented head on top.
Nose :Fresh west hop aroma, citrus with malt base , fresh clean in its character. Good straightforward hop aroma. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Full bodied , one dimensional hop feel. Leaf-e wet in character. Golden clean malts are present but the they are slammed by hops.