joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours golden orange with a 1 cm off white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is brutally strong, piney and a little citrus. Initial flavor is balanced between the sweet malts and hugely bitter hops. Flavor of grapefruit is what i get the most of. Aftertaste is very dry from all the hops. Light to medium mouthfeel, almost no lacing, almost no carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden. Very drinkable if you are a hophead, but for the rest of us its still worth a try.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
golden brown appearance with slight white head. nice hop aroma with huge malt and hop flavor that are well balanced with crisp and rich flavor. outrageous
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 Holy imbibature! This is the best IIPA around, sorry dreadnaught. Three words: honey, hops, and holy sh*t!
Massive Honey presence. Itís everywhere, on the start and in the swallow, but the smell is ALL hops. Not even hops; it smells like you stuck your face in a lawnmower bag and inhaled the sticky fresh cut grass. Iíve never smelt better things from a beverage. The hops are extremely plentiful in taste but are only mediately aggressive, so itís like eating a hop-flavored pound cake instead of an over spiced rum cake, if that analogy makes sense. Full bodied like a bearís furry chest. Wonderful beer, best IIpa Iíve had yet.
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2014 [Bottle] Pours orange-golden with creamy light tan head. Aroma is really hoppy--citrusy and grassy. Taste is surprisingly sweet with, as Guerde pointed out, a lot of tangerine. Medium mouthfeel. Although the score may not reflect it, I found the taste to be just slightly better than the aroma, but still, a great IIPA. Old rating: 9/4/9/4/17.
Re-rate: [On-tap at Stub & Herbs] Still has a big blast of tangerine, but this í11 batch is not nearly as good as others I have had. The honey sweetness was just overpowering, and made it difficult to finish. I would only rate this in the 3.5-3.6 range, so I will bump the old rating down to somewhere in the middle.
Re-rate: [Bottle from recent batch, consumed January, 2014] My second rating is definitely more in-line what I experienced this time with the beer. While it was not offensive in any way, it really just did not impress, and I will not be buying it again any time soon. Lowering rating to mid 3ís.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
been waiting for this one for a year...
pours opaque light amber with small head and minimal lacing. slight orange/grapefruit arome and taste, and super hoppy. amazingly smooth for the piles of hops . nice warming alcohol feeling, but no overpowering taste. this is what i look for in a beer...
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extra special thanks to johnykat for contributing to my pre-work deliquesce !
Pours a hazy shade of orange with 2 finger head that slowly dissapates to one island of foam. Fine example oflacing with a wonderful fruity hop aroma. Alcohol is well masked with this hop bomb. well balanced between hop and malts. Another fine beer from Bells
BuckeyeSammy (543) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1-16-08 shares the sweetness and overwhelming taste of hops that imperial IPA have. Grapefruit and guava sweetness. Surprisingly smooth. No strong hints of alcohol. This is a quality beer from a quality brewery.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 8283. Pours a surprisingly clear, dark golden/orange with a medium sized white head that quickly recedes to a rim of bubbles around the edge. I can smell the fruity hops while pouring. Aroma is hoppy as hell. Syrupy, sweet, sticky hops. Hard to pinpoint specifc aromas the hops are giving off - I donít particularly get any citrus or pine and no fruits jump to mind, itís just hoppy. Maybe some grapefruit. The aroma reminds me of a super fresh DFH 90 minute or perhaps Portís Hop 15. Flavor is big time grapefruit, hoppy, leafy, sweet, only moderately bitter (for the style), with a tingly sensation on the tongue. Thereís a hint in the aroma that this might be cloyingly sweet but thankfully that is not the case. Bellís is probably my favorite brewery and I had very high hopes for this beer and I think I was letdown a little bit. It is still excellent just not mindblowing in the same way a fresh Dreadnaught or Summer Yulesmith is.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep orange with a fully receding foamy off-white head. Aroma of oranges, grapefruit, and tangerine. Tastes of orange juice, resinous citric hops, bitter acids. Mouthfeel is full bodied, resinous with moderate carbonation. I love Bells, and I am admittedly not a hophead, but this certainly is unique. Even though I really didn’t enjoy this beer, good job Bells. I would like to cellar this beer, just to see what remains after a few years.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2010 Pours a cloudy medium orange-amber-gold with a thin, fine white head which is quite beautiful. The aroma is dominated by candied orange peel with primarily sweet but also dry malt notes alongside some alcohol characteristics. Dense, heavy bitterness in the flavor which is, of couse, dominated by hops and comes across as indistinct herbal/vegetal and not particularly piney or citrusy. This is a "darker" hop profile which is well-served by the sophisticated malt aspects. Despite the sweetness in the nose, the robust malt flavor is quite dry in the mid-palate with only a small amount of sweetness up front and in the finish. A high alcohol component is evident as expected, and is well integrated into the body. The finish is long and bitter with quite a bit of alcohol warmth. The overall balance of the beer is very good while conveying an extreme amount of biterness alongside a lot of alcohol. Kudos to bells for a well-poised "bruiser."