drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 12oz bottle. i believe about 8-10 weeks old now. pours a nice orangey pale with big head. nose is very nice PNW hops, grapefruit, peach, mango. taste is very citrusy, mango, hops are pretty messy, but this beer is bitter at first but finishes sweet and in the end doesnít leave a big bitter bite. a refreshing beer but the hops are too messy to make this a great beer.3.6.
2/17/08, bottle, 2008 vintage. Thanks to kan for picking 2 of these up for me. aroma has big herbal, vitamin like, and grassy hop notes with some alcohol behind it. flavor is pretty bitter with good dose of boozyness right there with all those hops. Iím still not blown away by this beer but I think this vintage is much better than it was last year.3.9.
1/14/09, bottle, uberfresh í09 batch, smells nice, peachy hop notes. flavor has peach and grapefruit. body is watery, and palate short. not really that hoppy compared to the current double ipas on the market. pretty underhopped, but still tasty and no where near the hype it gets every year. 3.7.
ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Flying Fig in Cleveland. Light golden color. Aroma is grapefruit and floral. Taste is citrus, especially grapefruit, and some malt at the end. Alcohol well concealed. Excellent.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle; pours a hazy light golden color with a nice off-white head that dissipates down to a slight ring and a whisp in the middle, lots of sediment that floats and eventually freezes like itís in jello; minor lacing. Welcoming aroma of strong grapefruit, some melon, floral, and a touch of caramel/toffee. Taste follows with more biting grapefruit hops on the outset, a tamer malty finish, and enough lingering aftertaste to leave you wanting more. A very nice palate all the way through. This is one amazing IIPA and a hop fans nirvana! Highly recommended.
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A unclear orange beer with a dense orange head. The aroma is nicely hoppy with notes of citrus, alfaacid, grass, and grapefruit. The flavor is also very hoppy with notes of grapefruit - which makes it very acidic, combined with more subdued notes of caramel. The hops gives it a dry and rather bitter end, and the body is quite powerful.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 12 oz bottle, courtesy of StompBrockmore - pours a cloudy, glowing orange with frothy white head and lots of floating sediment that settles slowly and literally coats the glass bottom. Aroma is pure grapefruit - not the typical grapefruity west coast hops, but ACTUAL grapefruit. Like sticking your nose in a freshly cut grapefruit. Some other tropical fruits in there as well - mango and passionfruit, some lychee perhaps? Iíve NEVER smelled any beer this fresh and fruity and lively before. AMAZING. The first sip is simply stunning. All those fruit hops combine with a big malt backbone to create a superbly balanced beer. Bitter off the bat, then smooth in mid-palate, then with a fading bitter finish. Alcohol VERY well-integrated, which could prove to be dangerous if you have a few on hand (which, regrettably, I donít). Certainly one of the best dIPAs Iíve had - this is a benchmark by which all other IPA/dIPAs should be measured. Damn - I wish this glass was a whole day long. Thank you, thank you SB.
3fourths (8464) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Rich cloudy creamed orange body, almost hefeweizen-like in appearance, with a properly firm creamy layer of white foam sitting on top. The pungent grapefruit, melon and maraschino cherry hop nose is exactly what I dig in IPA. I certainly dig a nice dank, grassy hop nose, but the sour grapefruit sugary nose on this is even better. I can’t think of anything I like more than the smell of this beer. Perfect. Amazingly creamy and smooth, with a moderately thick body, consumed in melon and grapefruit sour hop flavors, rich in every way. This beer is good, but when warmer the nose tends to get a little boozy, smelling like dirty vodka. If this were around 8% it would be pure gold.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I just love hoppy beers, and this one is hoppy in the best way. Pours hazy orange with a white head. The aroma is very floral, peach and grape, and the taste is sweet malty, alot of grape, maybe chinook hops, a bit peach that gives some freshness. Medium body with a sweet light alcoholic, dry, hop finish. Another good beer from Bellīs, more please!!!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 I have been seeking this for awhile, and Shigadeyo grabbed me a six pack. Thanks Craig! Pours hazy amber with a white head. Sweet grapefruity hop aroma with a tad amount of alcohol in the background. Initial flavor of pale malts, lemon, apricot, and grapefruit that transitions to some mild grassy and pepper hop bite. Nice amount of sweetness. Juicy and semi dry finish with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Alcohol slighlty detectable. Nice beer. In fact, I just brought home a 12 pack from my travels to keep in the fridge.
Batch 8278. This years batch does not disappoint. It seems a tad drier on the finish, but otherwise still has this addictive quality to it. It is also very easy to drink. This is very unique in the world of IIPAís. I am going to up the rating, because the more I drink this, the more I like it.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is hazy golden amber with a big bubbled off white head...smell is super strong citrus hops...lemons and grapefruit...taste is sweet lemons and citrus...some malt, but strong citrus and alcohol sweetness...nice...
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Pours a clear orange with bubbly off white head. Nose is herbal with oranges. Flavor has a bitter beginning with herbal citrus flavors. Palate is smooth and not overly thick. A solid DIPA.