pineypower (2356) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Santa. Pours out a very attractive copper color with a nice lacing head. Aroma is of citrus and some grassy notes. Very nice flavor starts with some citrus hops with some sweet notes to add some balance. Very well balanced beer that was as drinkable as a mild ale, I honestly thought this wasnít a double IPA until I looked at the ABV.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 Number 600. 12 ounce bottle poured in to a snifter. Texas orange with a short lived creamy color head. Very clear. Orange pith, wet grass, simple syrup, honey, maybe maple are in the nose. Lots of tongue coatig grapefruit and tropical hop flavor the finishes with a pleasant bitterness. Flavor lasted from front to back for several seconds. It keeps going and going. Thin and light on the palate, a sixer of this could go down in no time. My new favorite Bells? It certainly doesnít beat out Expo, even though its more drinkable. Your night my last longer with Two Hearted. I think Hopslam beats it out though.
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Massive head, thick golden/orange color...serious lacing and a very nice aroma. Hopslam is a very apropot name for this beer. Strong citrus flavors... grapefruit, orange peels, really bitter... Detected hints of tomato vines, and a little bit of honey. Extremely smooth finish. The alcohol is hidden well. Is this better than 3Fs Dreadnaught? Probably not... but itís very close. Donít drink this "fridge cold"... let is warm up a bit to really max out the aroma and flavors. Bells rocks!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2011 12oz bottle from a trade with Stoutlover72. Thanks Garrett! I figured Iíd try this while fresh, and the aroma was huge - serious hop bitterness (mmmm), with a noticeable citrus element. Very fine stuff, if a shade below some of the more widely acclaimed IIPAs.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (late December 2006 -- last 6-pack!) consumed from a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a bit below cellar temperature. Hazy, soft orange-amber in color with a small-bubbled lasting off-white head that forms a trace of lacing.....apricots are the first fruit to hit the nose, followed shortly by sweet grapefruit, caramel and a touch of cinnamon, orangepeel and honey rounding out the medley of dessert treats after several sniffs, certainly well-done if fairly predictable.....I get virtually no alcohol apparent on the tongue, very dangerous as this is juicy and redolent of lightly fermenting fruits, perhaps infused with light maple syrup and honey, hop bitterness surprisingly restrained (well, not so considering the brewery perhaps but I would have expected more for it to be called an IIPA) although a fairly strong impact is made at the end when intense citric tartness and powerful hop oils finally do threaten to overwhelm the palate, but never do as it remains juicy and fresh and quaffable to the very end. Somewhat hard, prickly carbonation works well against the overall soft fruitiness of the beer. While I donít find this amazing it is certainly one of the easiest to drink and most likeable of 9% beers Iíve had, and thatís saying something.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful aroma of lively hops and citrus. Body is moderate amber color, clear and a bit bubbly. Flavors are fairly well balanced between the sweet malts base and the strong hop presence. Finish is clean, if not a tad dry.
greenhorn1 (764) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. It must be Christmas, because the instant I opened this, I new it was a winner. Pours a hazy orange with an oily frothy head. The aroma has a huge citrus scent, followed by piney and flower notes. Flavor is the same intense citrus and floral, yet very smooth. Very nice balance between the bitterness and sweetness, I hardly noticed the high alchol content. Awesome 2IPA!
jazz88 (2521) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A hazed golden amber color with a white head. Grapefruit and peach, flowers and spices in the aroma. Honey and citrus, pine, grapefruit, and pineapple in the flavor. Dry and semi-sweet, with a bitter laced finish. This seemed just a little too sweet and unbalanced.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I must preface this with the fact that imperial IPAs are not my favorite style of beer, but I am expanding my horizons. Great color for an IPA with small flecks of hops. Delightfully fruity hop aroma that is remarkable. Flavor is of intense fruit and hops. The intense and unrelenting bitterness ruins my overall enjoyment of this beer. I feel that it lacks balance with this type of finish. That being said, I can see why this is one of the best double IPAs out there. It is complex and interesting in flavor and aroma.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, but itís no 90 Minute. The aroma is amazing. Very citrusy as well as herbal. Definitly worth a try.