ghouseguy (20) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorites. Open the bottle, pour in a chilled glass and let this one sit for a few minutes. The hop aroma is outstanding and the flavor is great all the way down. Has an outstanding finish as well. I love hops, and this beer is serious about that. For the level of hops in this beer, it is surprisingly balanced! It’s quite pricey, but it is worth the treat once a year when they brew it.
HarryHood (2) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2007 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The most well balanced double IPA I’ve had, this beer deserves it’s high rating. Instant hop explosion when opened, citrus and floral aroma goes straight to your face. Let it warm a bit, this one gets better as you get to the end.
hapjydeuce (986) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another bottle acquired through a generous trade with pantanap. Thanks! Upon pouring this viscous hazy golden liquid, the area surrounding the glass was blown up with massive earthy hops aroma....a very good sign. Minimal head, but this brew’s heavy malt and grapefruit aroma is intense! Tons of tree sap flavor with more citrus/grapefruit that ends in a serious hop profile. Very earthy finish with a good warming alcohol coat on the tongue, lingering flavors of syrupy malts. One hell of a DIPA. I wish I could get my hands on more of this stuff.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bells, why did you have to leave Illinois. Another beer to miss. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a ephemeral white head. Powerful aroma of citrusy, piney hops, peaches, and flowers with a touch of spice. Rich bodied. The flavor was robust and refreshing with the citrus hops taste coming through. Damn good drink.
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can smell this one from across the room. Flavor and aroma both seem tipped towards the citrus(grapefruit) side of the scale to me. A bit too much alcohol near the end of the taste.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2010 Much thanks to theisti for this one. Batch 7741. Beautifully hazy orange pour with nice IPA head. Piney and citrusy nose than tells me I’m going to love this beer. Big malt and hop profile that is just incredibly balanced....pine, resin, citrus, apricots....all the great flavors. Full bodied mouth feel that finishes smooth and pleasingly bitter. I would drink this beer everyday if I could get it. Thanks theisti!
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was hazzy, golden with orange hues. The head was foamy, fizzy, frothy, and cream colored. The aroma was sweet, apricot, and dry hops. The flavor was alcohol, sweet/slightly bitter, hoppy, citirs, and apricot. The palate was medium-bodied and smooth. The finish was dry, warm, and apricot.
dvhunter (4) - Albany Park, USA - JUL 4, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours a light amber with a foamy head. Aroma: pine, pepper, citrus. Flavor is very balanced, with a noticeable malt profile that sets the stage for a giant hop blast. Sense of hop resin, syrup. Makes many other IIPA’s taste like hop tea. Alcohol very well hidden until the last 1/4.
bmartin08 (12) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holly hops! As a newcomer to American Craft brews, Bells is becoming my favorite brewery! Man, this is a great beer. Pours a nice orange with a bit of carbonation. I am amazed at how well the 9% is hidden. Very balanced big beer. I need to get my hands on more. Thanks to drewbeerme for this 12oz bottle.
anders37 (20445) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet malty hoppy bitter grapefruit aroma. Sweet malty hoppy and burning bitter flavor with hints of grapefruit. Very bitter and burning hoppy finish with a long bitter aftertaste.