minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2008 Re-rate(Jan 2008 batch):
Not so great this year. Aroma is the same, still amazing. But it seems like they added honey? Thatís too bad because I hate honey, and it adds a (kind of gross) sticky sweet honey bit to the flavor that makes it less enjoyable and actually hard to finish. Dear Bells: Please go back to last yearís recipe.
Original Rating (Nov 2006 batch):
Intense ruby red grapefruit aroma and... passionfruit! The best aroma Iíve yet to find in an IPA. Flavor is more of the grapefruit and balanced hop bitterness and alcohol, never overwhelming. Very chewy and juicy mouthfeel. Leafy. The first gulp is like sinking your teeth into two handfuls of the freshest juiciest grapefruit hops. Very slight metallic taste in the finish, but thatís nitpicking. Perhaps a little one dimensional, but thatís all right because itís so good at what it does; definitely one of the most enjoyable IPAs Iíve had in a while. Really, this oneís good.
9 4 9 4 18, 4.4
NoMagicMan (1) - USA - FEB 9, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Never had a beer that hit you so hard with both alcohol and flavor. Some seriously cosmic brew.
mgardner (8) - USA - FEB 9, 2007 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer Charlotte. Hazy orange color with an intense citrus aroma; grapefruit and pineapple. Grapefruit and hop taste that lingers after. Very nice brew. Tips the scale at 10%. Wow what a great IPA!!!
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With a name like it has it definately holds up to itís name. The aroma was that of citrus and very slight hop hint. I was maybe expecting it to be the other way around. The taste caught me unexpectedly also I was expecting to actually taste the hops but the hide it well with the grapefruit and other citrus notes extremely well. Almost no sweetness to it from the hops. A powerfull bitter taste that in the mouth is very smooth and finishes cleanly overall with a lingering hint of citrus. A beer to get more of because it fits my citrus-hops taste.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Tan and orange color with a tight bubbled, dense head. The tangy hops hit your nose from an arms reach, inviting you in. First taste is fresh hop juice but as it warms the maltiness and balance really come together. Hops are all citrus zests, grapefruit, lemin and tangerines are all noticed. Dont let it get too warm though, as it gets too sweet but the flavor is so tasty theres no worries.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Sampled again from a fresh keg @ Redlight, as was much more impressed. Fresh cut citrus and pineapple aroma was great, and this beer is dangerous @ 10%.
Courtesy boboski. Hop aroma wasnít as intense as I was anticipating, and it presented an odd pineapple-juice like aroma, along with some lemon rind smells. Nice cloudy dark yellow color with a thin wispy white head. Taste is a piney fruit hopiness with a hop finish that lingers, but at a low level. Iíll have to find another bottle of this to try.
OldBoss (27) - Tuttle, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to MrRomero for this and several other beers soon to be rated. Dark gold to orange. Poured with little or no head and the beer is not completely clear. Citrus aroma hits the nose and calls you to taste. Not disappointed there either. Moderately assertive but smooth bitterness in the flavor profile - - - hops in a glass, lingering well into the finish. A hopheadís delight. These hops just keep going, and going, and going.
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An amazing amount of hops. Had this bottled the first week it was out, one of the best recent offerings from bEllís. Old Chicago has it on tap now, had it again there the other night. The overwhelming hops provide a full and lasting flavor.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy gold/copper/orange. 3cm of frothy, white foam. A few yeast floaties. Gorgeous pour. Nose is floral, resinous, piney, citrusy, lightly spicy hops with subtle sweetness in the background. The same light sweetness and a bit of bready malt and yeast stay in the background, all hops. Flavor adds some bite up front but is surprisingly mellow in the finish. Makes it very easy to drink. Medium/full body, creamy, foamy, balanced. Excellent. Wish we had this in Florida.
jefcon (1377) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong aromas of citrus and grapefruit hops with a piney cinnamon bread backing. Some lacing. Opaque and cantaloupe in color. Crisp hop bite. Plenty of brisk grapefruit, melon and hop flavors. Dusky, drying finish. This is a whole beer, with magnificent yet delicate hop additions.