Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Pours a lightly cloudy hue with a light white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, a hint of oatmeal, and grassy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with flavors of the same with pineapple and grapefruit. Nice brew. I love bells.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2011 My new favorite DIPA. Canít add much to whatís already been said, big strong citrus aroma. Big strong hop flavor thatís perfectly balanced without being too bitter or overbearing. Would be higly drinkable if it werenít for the high ABV. Have 1 and really savor and enjoy it or have several but hand your keys over first!
My first visit here in over 3 years, my how the time has flown! Hop Slam is still my favorite IPA. Itís the IPA I compare all others to. The only downside is, none can compare. I hate that itís only available once a year but I compensate by buying several cases when it is around. Expensive but definitely worth it!
oakbluff (414) - 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 (2608) - 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 (9597) - 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 (3055) - 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.