BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfectly balanced iipa. Nose is piney resin and beautiful hop. Alcohol is definitely there but, hey let’s be honest, we want that. Great mouthfeel. Finish is sweet, hoppy, and long. Let it warm up a little before you dive in and you will be justly rewarded. I’d love to have it on a hand pull sometime.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille brune de 12 oz. Dès l’ouverture de la bouteille, des arômes invitants de pamplemousse et de résine se manifestent. Belle robe orange, légère mousse blanche. En bouche, elle est, de façon surprenante, relativement douce et laisse le houblon s’exprimer sans jamais devenir trop amère. Arrière-goût très long où on retrouve un goût de zeste d’orange. Une très bonne DIPA, qui gagnerait simplement à être un peu plus maltée.
evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
had this on tap at Old Chicago in Evansville, IN. I can’t imagine any beer being better than this... (although, not for the faint at hart). For a very hoppy beer, this is extreamly well ballanced.. great nose, great kind of reddish color. If you love IPA or other hoppy brews, you NEED to check this one out
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Pours a nice amber color and the glass I poured has a little hop haze effect. Smells like citrus or grapefruit. Laces the glass well. Tastes like a double IPA with the upfront hop blast and has a nice malt backbone to it to balance it out. Overall one of the best double IPA’s I’ve had.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very nice burnt orange color with creamy white head. Aroma is spectacular, grapefruit is the dominant fruit of a great mix of fruit and pine aromas. Flavor is very well balanced mix of the sweet honey and hops, extremely smooth despite the rather large alcohol presence. This and Bell’s other IPA the Two hearted are my two favorite IPAs.
falkirk005 (27) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Amazing citrus aroma with copper appearance and thin, whitish head. True to the name, this beer is filled with hops, yet the bitterness does not overwhelm like some other uberhopped beers. Sweet hints of honey are definitely present. Doesn’t taste like 10% alcohol, but felt like it after a couple.
This is an outstanding beer.
Thprovider (24) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The name says it all. Big, bitter hoppy with a touch of honey. 10% Alcohol taste is fairly well hidden, but not very complex on the palate as it moves from fruit to hops. Pours a golden orange with a smallish head.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rish transparent golden orange with thick one finger white head, good lacing. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, mild honey sweetness, peach, and a touch of alcohol. Hop bitterness is nowhere near as sharp as many IIPAs. Definately a softness contributed by the honey. Pleasant citrus bitterness checked by a soft honey sweetness. Flavors of ripe mango come to mind. Starts out juicy then finishes with a dryness from the hops. Very good, but I feel there is a little something missing on the back end.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ive had a couple of these huge DIPAs lately and this is very solid. Doesn’t stand out as much as I hoped it would, but its a good choice when you need bitter. 90 Minute seems more drinkable, but this is stronger and hoppier - which I guess is the whole idea.
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, #357 Golden pour with small quick dying head. Great hop aroma with a bit of honey sweetness. Great hop flavor too, but the honey is pretty low. Alcohol is very well hidden. I am surprised about 100th percentile, but still a great brew.