after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz., courtesy the generous crackings of BitBucket. Pours a nice medium-dark copper with a fairly thin, bubbly/sudsy white head that wanders off after a while. Big nose of orange and grapefruit, very Simcoeish. Some pine in there as well. Lovely nose. Assertive (if not insane) attack: medium high body, active carb, big bold hop flavors (thereís that citrus and pine again). Some sweet caramel malt goodness but nothing too competitive; this is the hopsí serve and few IIPA malt volleys are big enough to break it. Tingly, lingering sweet-bitter finish. Great balance and structure throughout. Wonderful stuff. Wish I could drink it all the time.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Pours a slightly hazy amber with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is loaded with pink grapefruit, apricots, oranges with some dankness. The flavor is big and bitter, lots of citrus, but a bit too much malt sweetness and bready. Medium body with moderate carbonation and very bitter end.
patrick767 (3232) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - Pours copper with a medium head. This beer has a wonderful aroma of grapefruit and hops. The flavor is, of course, intensely hoppy, but it has lots of malts to hold it up as well. The citrus comes through nicely and youíd probably never guess it was 9.5% abv. All of these praises said, whatever kind of hops that was used doesnít seem to be my favorite. It was a little unpleasant in the finish, so Iíd have to say that Iíve enjoyed some other IIPAs more. Still, this is a very good beer.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
beautiful golden orange body with a lacey white head, hop perfume nose, citrus, fruity flavor, crisp hops perfectly balanced with malts, typically I find double ipaís to have an íextremeí hop/alc flavor thatís just intense, at first I was dissapointed by this layed back impy ipa, but then came to realize just how magnificently balanced it is, it is damn good
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I opened the bottle, poured the amber liquid into a glass and as the white bubbles from the head broke I was suddenly transported into a field of hops. Hops, lots of hops, in the taste as well as strong, very strong, grapefruit and some fruit, perhaps peaches or something like that. Mildly tingly in the mouth yet smooth and creamy. The finish is more hops and bitterness, some alcohol in the finish as well. This is a unique, very unique double IPA. At nearly $18 a six pack after taxes, it is expensive, but well worth the price.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I could drink this beer every night. Pours an orange/amber color with a nice foamy white head. Huge tropical fruity aroma. Flavor starts out like the aroma with mandarin oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit and finishes with a cool bitterness. One of the easiest drinking IIPAs iíve had and 9.5%?!?! Another amazing beer from Bellís!
JK (4156) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No disappointment here, but no boundaries are pushed either. Immediately after pouring there is a great floral hop aroma. Much more aroma than most IPAs, and this one has a very pleasant combination of flowers and light herbal spiceiness. A gold colored beer with a thick and long lasting head, and definitely unfiltered. It is rare to see an IPA with so much sediment. Flavor is bitter hops but not unpleasantly bitter. There is a light hop burn, that is increased in its intensity by the alcohol. I am a little buzzed and I am surprised tot see this is as high in alcohol as 9.5% because it is very well hidden.
vyvvy (3418) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 2007 version - Pours lightly hazy orange / amber with a large soapy white-ish head. The aroma has a citrus / floral hop blast with a sturdy malt backbone. Meidum / full body with a small amount of soft carbonation. Starts with the floral / citrus from the aroma, but also add a tropical aspect and noticeable caramel malt behind it. The finish brings in more of a pine / sharp citrus / earthy hops blend that has more of a bite. The alcohol warmth is noticable on the finish, but not in a bad way. Well done IIPA. (8/4/8/3/17 -4.0) <P> 2008 version - The aroma is a bit sweeter this year and has some dank hops as well. The body is a little stickier. The taste has the honey showing through a bit more and the hop presence is a bit harsher. Overall, this is still an excellent example of the style. I may have to pick up a bit more than I have since it wonít be around long. (9/4/8/4/18 - 4.3)
auerbrau (3077) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich floral, tangy lemon zested herbed aroma. Light on the resins and pine, and even the citrus, following a sweeter, more fruity path, with resplendent chopped cilantro and herb gardens. Very nice. Pours, a light copper gold, with a nice lacy soap of white atop. Flavor present a spicy blend of rich warm hop oils and canisters of exotic musty spice abounding. Thereís plenty of coriander, white pepper, allspice and light saffrons in the first bite. The malt is light and adds only a gentle caress of pale caramel and grain sugars to reign in the runaway Marakesh express. As the hop flavors morph on the tongue, they diverge into a candied orange citrus and more resins at the base of the flowers. Airy and light. Alcohol warms the nostrils, drawing the delicate and sweet hop perfumes into the nose. Quite elegant and refined. Iím really amazed at how drinkable this is and with such lightness (although not thin) it carries the hop flavors well. Expertly crafted and astoundingly delicious.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mazy orange hue, fine slice of bone white froth atop.
In the aroma, itís all pungent, spikey, in-your-face hoppitude!
Tropical fruit on top, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit,mango, raw, pulpy and vibrant. Pine forest floor, and more. Slightly sweet citriuc feel, but bitter hop feel dominates.
Taste: once more, a charge of hops on the tongue, not delivered too lightly. Same citric flavor storms the palate, but a second after it boards, thereís a nice, creamy relief. Rolls playfully on the tongue, like a cat on the rug preoccupied with string. Each new sip imparts this deliciousness, but despite the huge !BUs and way-up-there ABV, you íd hardly know it.
Amazingly easy to drink, if youíre a hop craver like me. Wow! Tangy, potent hoppy twang never quits the mouth. Incredibly full bodied, long-finished, and commendably created. Mmmm, delicious!
A pricey beer, (I paid $14 a 6-pack), but well worth it. One hell of an IPA, and a well-named one!
Thanks for delivering the goods, Larry & co!
Now, I just canít wait to tap a keg of it!