incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 This stuff smells like a pine forest! At 14 bones for a sixer, I was worried, but at 9.5 ABV, you would never know it. I tasted no alcohol . This is king of the DIPAS. tons of hops! you can get wrecked on about two and half hoppy slammers so seems good! I should clarify that i would certinaly buy this beer more if I wasnt so cheap, ah hell, im going to go buy some more right now!
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried on tap at Maduro and in the bottle. Pours light & frothy, a very light, warm yellow orange color. Aroma is apricot, oranges, pine, with flavors of peach, oranges, tropical fruits, and toasty malts. Bitterness is citric, crisp. Not an immediate palate shocker, but its qualities persist and are powerful. Alcohol stays well-hidden even as it warms.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honestly, Bells is one of those rare breweries in the U.S. that doesnít make a bad beer. This is a wonderful looking hazy beer, which has a rich, robust head. It smells like a forest, rich in earthy, piney hops. The taste is pure hop, but it has a nice balance. Reminds me of a kicked-up Two Hearted Ale.......and THAT is a huge compliment.
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 7690. Poured cloudy golden yellow. Bubbly white head. Carbonation was snappy. Aroma was sweet and hoppy. Hints of fruits, and pine. Flavor was fruity up front. hints of mango, orange. and berries. Hop notes in the middle, hints of pine and fresh cut grass. Caramel in the end. As it warmed I sensed a nice malt backbone. Nice balance and no bitterness at all. Alcohol was well hidden all the way through. Crisp, and clean. Smooth going down. Full bodied. As usual Bellís doesnít disappoint.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 Pours a pale clear orangey gold with a big healthy loose white head. The nose is lightly sweet and full of big hops. Particularly prominent was a piney unripe mango note with hints of pineapple and resin. The mouthfeel is really very nice. Itís not as thick as many in the style, but feels substantially viscous with low carbonation, befitting the style. The flavors are subdued compared to the nose, but nice nonetheless. Again, big piney unripe mangos, obvious pale malt sweetness with just the lightest touch of caramel and pineapple. The finish clean and lightly sweet with an immediate amping up of the hop flavors. Itís not until the aftertaste that the full bitterness kicks in. Really resinous pine notes with huge bitterness and a bit of alcohol warming (this being the only place where alcohol shows up). As it warms I start picking up spicy hints of kaffir lime. This is really a deliciously well balanced brew. I would almost say this is too balanced to be a double IPA, but Iím certainly not complaining. The alcohol is really the only thing that prevents this from being a session beer! Better overall than Two-Hearted, and yet I rated it lower? Maybe itís because I expected this to be more double? Maybe because thereís not a lot of complexity? Maybe itís because I drink a few pints of Two-Hearted every Sunday watching the Patriots game? In any event, I love them both!
Feb 27, 2007
I donít know what sort of crack I was smoking when I rated this. I had to boost the flavor by 1, the hops are so tangy, even as this poor beer ages, it holds its own. The aroma nearly got a boost, but I just donít know given the overall is so high. This is a damn fine beer by any account.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange in color with a medium sized head. It smells hoppy, fruity, refreshing. There is a bit of an emptyness in the flavor- I get more out of the aftertaste than anything else, which is super bitter and hoppy with some citrus. Its clean and refreshing in a way, because of the almost watery nature of the flavor, but also has those huge hops. I think its pretty good.
LinusStick (2699) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious all around beer. Bitter is Better is my life motto, so this made me happy. The color was a dark gold with a small tan head. When this nectar first hits your mouth, it tastes almost berry like. Once the hops take over itís a bitter ride down the rest of the way. Great beer!
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Jason. Pours a cloudy yellow golden color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is of grapefruit,freshly mowed grass and plenty of piney hops. Taste is grapefruity with hints of lemon,pine and bitter orange peel. Excellent Double IPA and another great product from Bells.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice full body with a pristine head. The smell if of grapefruit and grass. The taste is full with a bit of an alcohol bite. Very good IPA.
mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Batch 7690. Hazy white-yellow body with a small white ring of head. Sharp, fresh, and raw piney aroma that also has a hit of creamy cookie maltiness. Pungent/potent raw grapefruit hops. Very crisp and tasty to no end. Grassy alcohol grain with a long resiny finish. Awesome.