WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, batch 7690 via trade with someone---thank you mystery guest. Pour is perfectly beautifal orange with a stable fluffy one finger head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus notes and a good freshness. Big full bodied piney hop blast. Not quite a west coast DIPA, but not quite an East Coast DIPA, the midwest might have it here. This is great, and very tasty as I’d expected. The bottle has always bothered me though because the hops are so round they look like artichokes and I don’t really want artichoke beer, but Bell’s could probably make it taste good.
thewolf (11313) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. [thank you sk8viking]. Hazy dark yellow-orange with some particulates in the liquid. A small white head. Aroma is stunningly hoppy. There are pines, apricot, dried fruits, oak and flowers. Very full mouthfeel. Flavour is stunningly well-crafted - there is a heavy caramel base that gives a fullness and a sweet edge to the preceedings. But there are plenty of hops to make it suitably bitter. Very, very good!
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
07 bottle: Pours a bubbly orange-brown color with a small white head. Good lacing throughout. Scents of floral and piney hops with a lot of grapefruit and other citrus. Some mild malty notes as it sits come forward. Wonderful mouth feel with a strong, bitter hop bite from beginning to end. There is a nice sweetness that balances out the hops and tartness of the citrus. Very good IIPA. Can Bells do anything wrong?
gmcase (115) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2011 Bottle at Shallo’s Pub and then again home. With the sun peering in to watch, I poured it in the glass and it looked like beautiful orange ambers crackling out of a camp fire in late summer. Massive floral hop aroma and taste; with a bitter lingering finish that made me say... ahhh! Very citrusy. Bravo. God bless the bartender who recomended this one of the best beers I have ever had. This is a culinary achievement of the highest order and another well great Bell’s beer.
egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 [Batch 7806] Poured a lightly hazy, copper color with a medium sized, white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, melon, tangerine, caramel, light citrus, and honeydew. Taste of pine, toffee, resin, light dough, citrus fruits, mint leaf, and some cinnamon. Bracingly bitter, with moderate alcohol.
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite beers. For its strength, it is remarkably refined and smooth. Hop to ya mutha!
Headbanger (3472) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle Batch 7741 courtesy of mreusch- A medium amber body with a nice white head and has a nice aroma of citrus, hops, and grapefruit. Taste of hops and more hops with a nice bitterness on the back end. A great tasting IIPA.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 16 oz. draft at Ashley’s. Golden orange, decent white head, citrusy, tons of hops of course, very strong, well-balanced and complete. Mmm.
Brigadier (3170) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle (Batch 7806)
I’ve been saving this for a while and finally decided to open it. After all, it was unlikely to become more of a hopbomb with aging. It had been stored in the fridge as long as I have held the bottle which has been about two months now. My palate might be adjusting because this was not as intense as I thought it would be from the description. Still, it certainly earns the category of double/imperial IPA without a doubt.
Aroma / Appearance - A coppery translucent body is decorated by a three-quarters finger height head. The thick lacing clings to the sides as if to indicate the levels at which the sips were taken. The nose of caramel, resin, grapefrui, orange and chocolate liquer reminds me of a young barleywine. It was very inviting; I could smell this one for fifteen minutes or more before my nose would burn out.
Flavor / Palate - The thick mouthfeel clings to the throat and tongue as the flavors unfold on the eager senses. Creamy caramel, vanilla, malts and the base bitterness create a rich complexity. The resinous grapefruit aftertaste intensifies over the course of the bottle until by the last sip it is pure hops. However, at no point is it so strong as to overwhelm the palate - it has a nice balance to it which makes it all the more enjoyable. It would be nice to put this side by side with a Ruination and see how they compare.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated at the Pewaukee Tasting II 5/5/07.
Clear pale gold, nice head.
Kicking hop aroma that reaches well out of the glass and just pulls your nose in
Flavor hops kick in hard, grapefruit and a little pine, some grass.
Finish mildly bitter
Sweetish medium bodied palate