oakbluff (413) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a wonderful clear light orange color (with the exception of the massive amount of floaties). Aroma is out of this world. Fresh pineapple and other tropical fruits. Good frothy white head and decent lacing. Taste matches the aroma- just an assault of fruits and hop flavour. No astringent bitterness whatsover. Just amazing- trust Bellís to accomplish that. Along with the hops is a sweet malt back bone that gives a rich mouthfeel. I would say that this is a balanced DIIPA despite the hops. Exceptionally drinkable which would be very dangerous. I would love to try this on tap one day. Alcohol is absolutely hidden. Finish is a bit spritzy from the caronation but finishes clean somewhat bitter.
Best IIPA Iíve had the opportunity to sample.
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - MAR 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
"holy mother of beer!", i thought when i first tasted this brew. strong grapefruit/grassy aroma that foretells whatís coming. hugely hoppy but very well balanced by it excellent malt profile. probably the best double ipa iíve had, very pleasurable to drink.
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange-apricot color with a foamy whitish head. Aroma is quite pleasant, of very strong grapefruit and orange. First impression is a very creamy mouthfeel, then an intense lemon/orange peel hop flavor. The creamy, slightly prickly carbonation style perfectly balances a resiny, juicy hop base. On finish, the flavor turns toward bitter, and the drink leaves a clean, dry aftertaste. This is a delicious snack, thanks Indra!
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a white foamy head with a dark golden straw color. The nose is nice, nothing I havenít had beforeThis one is bitter all the way through. The maltiness is overshadowed by the massive amount of bitterness with grapefruit and a slight sweetness coming in the end. Just the way I like it! Notes of alcohol come through after this one has gone down the hatch. This is excellent!
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Via trade with Ughsmash. Batch 7690. Somewhat murky pour with a copper color just this side of orange. White lacing but no head. Buttery hop aroma with tons of grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit and some strawberry notes. Big fruity bitterness. More grapefruit in the flavor as well and flowers and pine. Hop forward and dry. Quite malty mid-palate but it finishes dry and bitter again. A great IIPA.
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle, batch #7741. Aroma is suitably dominated by hops, these bringing a fresh and strongly fruity, piney, citric and lightly floral character, and with mere suggestions of honeyish and lightly toasty malt sweetness underneath. Medium golden color with amber highlights and a rapidly thinning head. Strikingly bitter, resinous hop flavor profile, immense pine, juicy grapefruit, lemon and spice throughout with a malt presence that is more felt than tasted, although there is a small amount of sugary maltiness to find late. Oily, prickly mouthfeel with a medium-full body. Finishes very long and lingering, seeming to show off a much fuller spectrum of hop attributes as the beer is allowed to warm sufficiently. Alcohol is nicely hidden here. Fittingly named as it will serve nearly anyoneís hop fix.
BeerandBlues2 (9355) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle provided by moejuck. Pours muddy and lightly cloudy orange with a small rocky and frothy white head, somewhat lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, cereal), heavy hops (grass, citrus, orange), average yeast (dough) with notes of coriander. Medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness and acidity, heavy bitterness; hop is well-balanced with the caramel malt. A little sweet but unoffensive.
aracauna (3030) - Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one has kind of a wierd aroma. The hops have a bit of a musk floating around. Other than that, itís a nice complex spicey hop mixture that seems to avoid the typical IPA cliches. Malt balances the tingling hops. Tastes more like a really nice IPA. I never would have pegged this as almost 10%, but damn tasty.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yum. Lots of c hops and quite bitter. Good head. Aroma matches taste. Exactly whatís advertised, and I love it.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured from a 12oz. bottle into an oversized pilsener glass (review from Batch 7690 - bottled late Oct. 2006)
A: An absolutely stunning-looking beer, all golden orange and cloudy. Forms an ample cream-colored head with massive amounts of lacing. A beaut!
S: Smells delicious too, you can tell there are centennial hops in this brew (and at 100+ IBUs, a lot of them). Strong sweet floral & grapefruit aromas, HopSlam makes my mouth water.
T/M: Not for the faint of heart, this is a massive DIPA, both in body, ABV & taste. Loads of sweet malts massage the tongue up front, only to quickly give way to a bruising level of juicy, bitter hoppiness. HopSlam is at once both thirst-quenching and hangover-inducing.
D: If I were say, inhuman, I would drink these all day and all night. Since Iím not, Iíll say the reasonable limit is about 3-4 per night. Beyond that and youíre risking severe intoxication, as this beer is far too easy to drink given itís 9.3-10% ABV.
Highly recommended, one of the few beers that absolutely lives up to its massive hype.