hoosierbeerguy (1) - USA - NOV 25, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another outstanding example of extreme hoppiness without extreme bitterness from Bells. Thanks Larry.
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not a shoot you in the foot in your face IIPA like a lot of other pisspoor offerings. What you do get is a nice bit of hops with a solid malt foundation. This one is not sticky sweet or syrupy like your typical west coaster. YUM YUM.
thebaldwizard (1204) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Tons of hops, pineapple, and caramel malt in the aroma and flavor. Appearance is a dark golden color with a big white head. The palate is slightly thin and very resiny. The pine flavor definitely dominates and the hops are seriously bitter. Not a huge fan of this tropical flavor as I think it gets old really quick. Iím re-rating this even lower after having it on tap. Just not my cup of tea, and Iím a huge fan of the style.
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 thanks to cmubeerman for this bottle. pretty light colored and clear. "tropical" was a good descriptor. i get big coconut/pineapple in the aroma. all hops, certainly. strangely, the taste is brutally bitter with nothing but hop character. really alcoholic and really dry. pretty damn good for a style iíve grown out of somewhat. rerate: tastes so oily and resiny.
saber2th (7) - Harrison Township, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím not a fan of IPAís, but this beer is one of my new favorites. I have had this beer on tap and in bottle, both are excellent! The smell of soft pine and grapefruit makes my nose very happy! It is full of hop flavor, but not too bitter, which surprised me. I which this beer was one of Bells mainstays.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 HOLY HELL, this is a phenomanal beer just tasty i had huge chunks floating in mine (?) bought at cellars in woodbury MINnesota. Smells like a very strong christmas tree Mmmmmm Good. I will say that furious by SURLY has less alchohol BUT to me a MUCH more pronounced hop bitterness STILL a great double IPA SURLY furous is single IPA but like i siad way more hops flavor. this beer has JUST a hint of alchohol . but for being 9.7 ABV its masked extremely well ANOTHER great release by bells.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 (BONUS BREW FROM SLIFFY.THANKS MAN)pours a thick apricot juice like looking body.(alot like kerns)not much head.aroma is apricot,oranges,pine,and ice tea.flavor is a rush of hops.(or a "hopslam")pine needles,apricots,oranges,grapefruit....its all there.pretty bitter finish.nice brew overall.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22.11.06 12oz bottle, Batch 7690, via trade with OhioDad. Nice looking stuff is orange gold, clouded, some visible sediment, and an off-white head that recedes quickly to a thin film. The aroma is pleasant, inviting, with much citrus - mostly resembling those kickass oranges I got a Wegmans a couple months back - and some strong grassy earthtones (hay) that I did not expect. Background aromas are catty, tropical, and thereís something tucked away in there thatís like artificial pineapple flavor. Body is alive with mild eff keeping the beer feeling light and quenching. Good bitterness from front to back. The flavors really expose the catty hops, especially retronasally, and yet the predominant lingering flavor is of more citrus, almost a marmalade on light biscuits...but not quite that sweet. Very nice stuff and worth a second look but the overall impression I get it that of a very nicely done beer that turns me off slightly because of the variety of hops being used. I can see easily how this beer is held in such high regard. Oh, and, HOLY CRAP I just saw that this brew is 9.5 percent. Iíd never have guessed it over 6.5. Well done making such a drinkable beer with such massive credentials!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light yellow/orange color with smallish pure white head. Aroma is full of citrusy, slightly herbal, juicy hops, with apricot, grapefruit, lemon. Flavor is full of largely herbal hops, hints of orange and lemon, with a bracing but not overpowering bitterness in the finish and notable alcoholic warmth towards the finish. Nice, not incredible, but good.
hrking (141) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one on draft at the Fickle Peach. I put it between the Three Floyds Alpha King and the Upland Dragonfly. It is what it says a slam of hops. Very clean flitered for sure if you could imagine drinking a bale of hay with some frsh air on a cool spring day, bang this is it if you enjoy this try the other 2 I mentioned for sure. If youíre a fan of hoppy beers this one is a treat!