LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of grapefruit, orange blossoms, pine, spruce, and the hint of berries. The flavor is tart, grapefruit, oranges, some faint hints of berries, and some piney, sprucey flavors. Very clean finish, creamy, smooth, hoppy bitter mouthfeel. A very very good IIPA.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a nice size white head. Aroma of freshly cut grass, pine resin and grapefruit. Taste is tart and hoppy. Flavor is semi sweet and slightly bitter at the same time. Well balanced all around. This brew finshes dry and smooth.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I must say, finally, a Double IPA with the balance and acidity of an IPA, only in a bigger version. This IS a Double IPA and not a Double Pale Ale like so many interpretations of this style. Dark gold in color with some yeast in suspension (hell no, I did not decant=waste yummy stuff). The yeast actually traps the light a bit and lightens the color. Tons of sweet, fruity malt with juniper berries, grapefruit juice, grass, some pine, honeydew melon, peach and a tonic water, quinine element. Flavor is tasty and not overdone. All of the aroma elements are in the flavor, there are actually textural components from the hops and yeast, there is some alcoholic warmth, a strong bitterness and acidity that is reminiscent of tonic water. The tonic water acidity comes in to the palate at the perfect time to intrigue the drinker into another drink. It cleans things up at the perfect moment to make this a huge beer but one that is incredibly drinkable as well. My first perfect score, and it is well deserved. I salivate just thinking about having one of these when I get home.
smoosh (533) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - surprisingly golden appearance. Looks quite like Pilsener Urquell. Golden bodies with a beige head. Grassy, citrusy hops in the nose ... and a lot of them. Flavor is also that of huge hops - mostly citrusy this time. Slightly sweet. Full bodied. Excellent!
dkoonce (905) - Peopleís Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber, with a medium sized loose white head. The aroma is a citrus/pine tar mixture. Very fruity, with relatively no bitterness. Not sure how they put so much hop aroma in without the bitterness. A bit sweet and that might be the trick. The hop aroma covers the alcohol well.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 12 oz. bottle via trade with lukin013 - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a small white head. Light spotty lacing. Has a sweet tangerine and light resin aroma. Wow! Has a tangy citrus hop flavor. Like a glass of OJ with a kick. Light to medium body. No lingering bitter aftertaste. Man, I wish Bellís would make it out West. An excellent beer. Thanks Jon.
Well, Bells made it to AZ! Re-rated a batch 9502. So this beer is 3 weeks old! Had to bum up a few of the numbers. Fan-freaking-tastic!
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Steveís in Madison. Enjoyed at Thanksgiving dinner along with Tyranena HopWhore. I enjoyed Hop Whore quite a bit more, although this was still good. Pours bright yellow with strong notes of citrus and pine. Sharp, hop bite on the palate made it difficult to detect much else. Hides its alcohol impressively well. If youíre a fan of hops, this is good stuff. I miss the complexity of other Double IPAs like Dreadnaught and HopWhore.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great all around beer. Nice big hop character throughout. Great IPA. Surprisingly light on the palate and easy drinking.
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Not much to say about this beer besides I love it! Great aroma, great color, great taste. Never would imagine it was over 7% abv. I love the crisp taste. I feel it is pretty light on the buds in my mouth and very refreshing for a strong IPA. One of my top 5 IPAís
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy orangish-yellow with a small white head. Intense grapefruit aroma. Great, intense hop flavor. This works better than many other double IPAs Iíve had. Tasty.