BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy orange yellow gold color with a light white head and light spotty lacing. The nose is bright and citrusy with some yuzu, pumello and lime peel, just light pale malts, not much in the caramel department. The flavor is nicely balanced with a clean malt body and some nice punchy bitterness. The overall flavor is grassy and very citrusy like asorbic acid. The mouthfeel is full and dry hopped. This is totally a San Diego style IPA. Nice to find something so brash and unique outside of that area. But knowing how imaginitive American brewers are, I knew it would only be a matter of time. 9.5%? Doesnít even taste like 7. Thanks to BuckeyeBoy for this gem!
jake65 (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Blend of orange and golden pour with a smaller off-white head. Strong citrus hops aroma, lots of grapefruit. Some maltiness too. Taste full of citrus hops, more grapefruit, apple, floral hops, and a warming alcohol note. Nice, lingering and warming finish. Very hoppy, thatís what I like in my IPA/IIPAís. Thanks to Llafoe for sending me a bottle, thanks to Jeremy for sharing this one.
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding sweet fruity aroma. Almost clear amber in color. Ample carbonation. I expected a harsher brew but this was very nice. A lingering hoppy aftertaste which hoplovers should enjoy. I really liked this one because the alcohol/hops were not hidden by extra malt. A very very good ale.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[12 oz. bottle] Inviting floral hop aroma, very fruity: grassy melon, peach and the ever-present grapefruit provide a very strong aroma. Pours a very hazy orange/yellow color with some chunks of yeast protein floating around. Flavors are pure hop flavors, dominated by grapefuit and citrus but still holding some nice complexity. At first things are really sweet, and floral, then turning to strongly acidic, citrus flavors. Some nice alcohol warmth contrasts things nicely. Overall, this is a huge beer and an outstanding IIPA. Big thanks to TAR for sending this one.
mnstorm99 (26) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at a local bar (late night happy hour, $2.50 all domestic pints) This is a beer that I enjoyed more early on in the experience. I really enjoyed this beer the only thing I would complain about is the grapefruit flavor became a little over powering to me. I would order another for sure, but I am not sure if I could have more than one of these at a time.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I paid $16 for a 6 pack...
Appears a glowing golden orange with a creamy, 1 finger white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Lots of streaky lacing is left around the glass. Whatís this other mess going on? Tons of yeasty proteins and hop residuals floating in suspension with no visible signs of CO2. That doesnít look overly appealling.
Smell is extremely herbal up front with hints of skunky mary jane, flowers, tea leaves, black pepper, citrus zest, pineapple, grapefruit, along with some biscuit.
Taste...again, this strikes me as a very herbal brew moreso than a citrusy one. Flavors are highlighted by bitter herbs & spices, pine resin, grass, sweet citrus...hmmm.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, sweet up front, grassy, herbal... dare I say medicinal, or solvent? Alcohol is evident.
Wow...based on this bottle, Iíd be willing to vote this one as the most over-rated beer that Iíve had in í07. Last year, my vote went to Stone Oaked Bastard. This certainly isnít a terrible beer, itís just very overly hyped IMO and Iím not feeling the love. It sort of reminds me of a recent homebrew that I did, where I used a boat load of 6-7 different hops and hoped for the best. It turned out alright but a bit muddled, much like this with every aspect of hops being represented from herbal, to skunky, to citrus, etc. I just donít get it. Maybe the next bottle will change my mind. Iíve only got 5 more to compare it with.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I canít believe I havenít reviewed this yet. Iíve drank so much of this stuff!
Poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Pours a golden amber color with a slight 1/2 inch head. Plenty of suspended "flakies" in the glass. Plenty of very good lacing is left on the glass.
Smell is of citrus hops and just a tad of piney hops.
Taste is incredibly juicy. A refreshing taste that has plenty of hop presence. Itís just a tad bitter, but itís so juicy that itís balanced well.
This is a very easy drinking beer. You donít even notice the alcohol at all. This is a highly sessionable beer. As Iíve drank many of these on several occasions.
This is another great beer from Bells. This is worth seeking out. Especially at itís price point, itís an easy choice.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a purty yellow orange with a nice, lacing head. Nose was not as huge as I expected, but piney/citrusy nonetheless. Hits hard with alcohol and bitterness that really hides the hop character. Not much there if you can wade through the bitterness. Obviously a huge, well crafted beer, but way over-the-top to be considered a fine beer. Obviously a lot of hopheads have rated this beer...but Iíd love to try a fresh one from the tap!
JAXSON (529) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice deep orange, crystal clear. The aroma was amazing -- big pine needle, grapefruit rind, and a bitter sweetness. I was a little bit let down with the flavor, as it didnít live up to the aroma. It was very hoppy, and the pine/grapefruit notes were kind of subdued. The finish was extremely bitter. Nice overall, but I wanted some more sweetness to go along with the bitterness.
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, Batch 7690. Poured a chunky medium orange with a couple minutesí worth of white head. The aroma is where this one really shines!... huge juicy fruit and floral hop candy just lures you in... grapefruit bitters and meat, sweet caramel, and pears all come into play.
The flavor was ever-so-slightly skewed toward malty sweetness... caramel and grapefruit at the core were just decadent... heavy pine, grapefruit, and juicy pears provide an ideal higher level of bitterness... alcohol is present only to accent the bitterness, provide warmth, and give you that tingly feeling on the backside of your gums... long, drawn-out sweet caramel and bitter grapefruit finish. "Succulent" is an ideal descriptor for this one.