iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 Rerate. 12oz, unlabeled batch number (same as before). Pours a clear honey golden with a three finger off white head. Aroma of lots of fruity hops--tart oranges, tangerines, pineapple, even some strawberry and blackberry--all not quite ripe, and therefore somewhat tart. There is a bit of resiny hops in there as well. Some light doughy bread--not much--is noted as well. Flavor has some pinepple juice, tangerines, a bit of raspberry, some bready malts and alcohol is noticeable, but I wouldnít quite put it at 9.5%. Dry lingering bitter finish. Low to moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied. This is one fruity hoppy beer. Old rating follows. 12oz, no batch number on any from my six pack--I did see a couple loose ones @ Steveís Liquor and were Batch 7787, so hopefully these are as fresh. Pours a hazy golden with a 1/2 finger yellowish white head. Big aroma of tangerines and pineapple, some lightly yeasty bread. The same come through on the flavors with a bit of citrus rinds. Very big bitterness up front but withdraws fairly quickly, only to come back with moderate bitterness in the dry finish. Alcohol very well covered. Moderate to high carbonation with a medium to full body. This seems like a cousin of Two Hearted. Very good, did not disappoint. 8-4-7-4-16--3.9
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-brown. Nose very fruity, not just tart citric, some apple/berry to it, still loads of hops. Flavor is liquidized hops, juicy and explosive. Again fruity, some bready malts as well, but a mite under-malted. Good palate, very creamy and thick. Could use a bit more citric character for top-end bite and some malty sweetness, but still a good IIPA.
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.