BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Dan and Dave (sliffy and puddintane)!!! Pour is an orange haze with a huge, billowing and fluffy white head. Big fruity hop aroma. Very fresh and sticky. Incredible. Flavor is HUGE citrus; mostly fresh pear, but a hint of orange and mango as well. This is like fresh-off-the-tree euphoric citrus flavor. The hops are spot on as a wonderful compliment to this fruit flavor that you just canít (and donít want to) get over. Pine and grassy flavors come in at the end and hang around, thanks to a sticky mouthfeel. The finish is crisp and tight. A truly incredible brew that is to be savored, appreciated and, hopefully, enjoyed on a consistent basis.
natronbomb8 (5) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hop heads rejoice! If you like hops, this is your beer. This beer packs a huge wallop and then somehow lets you down easy with its fruity finish. Itís amazing how Bells Brewery can sock you in the mouth and then tell you it will all be alright with one homerun of a beer.
LyNoel (6) - USA - APR 18, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oooh!! Yummy. The name is perfect in so many ways. Relatively potent with an intense acidity of yeast and citrus fruit. Itís light, but firm in body and creamy-dry at the finish, with a late puckering tartness.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy copper, with a slight white head. Nose is almost pure hops--grassy, piney, with a notable grapefruit overtone. Some caramel in the nose as well. Flavor is intense--orangey, very bitter, just a slight touch of sweetess.
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of IMtheOptimator: Poured a slightly hazy yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops is well balance with sweet caramel malt Ė the smell of this beer is really great and I can only compare with 3F dreadnaught in term of greatness. Taste is such a well balance mix between sweet caramel malt, bitter and citrusy hops and a great floral aspect to hold it all together. This is definitely something I will want and drink some more.
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma was definetly great, appearance, a great color for an IPA, flavor is a bitter, fruity, hint of citrus. Flavor lingers on your palate a few minutes after it goes down. Overall top 10 list of IPA/Hoppy Beers. Personally.
Marsiblursi (2989) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle, thanks Hopscotch and Ughsmash) Pours hazy, juice like orange. Very hoppy, tropical fruit juice aroma with tones of passion fruit, lychee, grapefruit, mango, peach, tangerine, oranges and smaller notes of grass, resin and pine. Also rather sweet with notes of caramel. Very fruity, hoppy flavour with tones of grapefruit, pine, lychee, orange peel and peach. Medium sweet and Medium to full bitter. Rather dryish. Extremely clean hop peppery mouthfeel. Lingering hop bitter and fruity aftertaste. Medium to full body. A perfect, has it all, IIPA.
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Got this in Charlottesville, VA..(Lovely little town)..Batch 7806. Pours a hazy golden-amber with a thin off-white head. It smeels like delicious lemon candy with some heavy orange and pine notes. Sticky lacing. While I agree with many of the reviews that the malt backbone is nice...make no mistake, the hops dominate this brew in every aspect. I think 70ibuís is a tad on the low side. Alcohol is well hidden for 9.5% Sticky, Fresh, Funky Citrus Hop Magic. YUM!
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 Wow, pours a dark orange. Nice white head. Smells nice and citrusy, floral, pine. Taste is hops with citrus, orange, grapefruit, peaches, tropical, nice malt backbone. I am not a very big hophead, but this was a surprisingly well balanced and tasty beer. Nice brew.
Re rate: jacked this one up a few notches. Had this again recently, this stuff is good! It is a must have on tap. Just a little behind dreadnaught.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to bditty187 for this bottle.
Pours a hazy bright orange with a fluffy two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap. tha lacing is very sticky, as you would expect from a very hoppy beer.
Smell; initially this is on the floral side, but then a ton of citric aromas come wafting out of the glass, with grapefruit, oranges and lemons. I can also can detect a nice sweet malty backbone, that should help offset those hops.
Taste; as with the smell this starts out floral on the first couple of sips. Then the citrus dominates with the oranges, grapefruits and just a touch of lemon thrown in. The malts are definitely there, and provide a sweet undercurrent to the hops. On the finish I can feel the alcohol a bit in my nose, and a bit in my throat, but it never becomes distracting.
Mouthfeel is a touch on the ful side, and the drinkability on this is just incredible. I could drink a few of these without feeling completely pummeled by the hops, but I think the alcohol would definitely knock me out.