Ughsmash (7506) - 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.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer had such a massive amount of citrus hops it felt like one of those vitamin C tablets you let desolve in your mouth. Massive orange pithy taste with an acidic citrus finish. Some nice tropical fruit notes develop as well, hints of mango and grapefruit. Iím amazed you donít taste any excess alcohol on this one, I didnít realize the ABV was so high. Iím not sure they could have found a way to put enough malt sweetness in this one to counter the citric burn, this one will really stick to your palate, so donít plan on drinking much afterwards.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: poured yellow orange with a small white head. Particles are floating in it and looking inside the bottle, I can see why. Thereís a fairly thick layer of yeast inside. Citrusy hop aroma with nice caramel malty notes coming through. The flavor is very nice with big juicy hops. Light sweetness on the tongue followed by some moderate bitterness. I was expecting something a bit bigger and richer from an IIPA but this is still a nice beer.
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a large white head that left a lot of lacing. This has a powerful hop aroma of citrus and pine. A big bitter kick up front fades to fruity citrus and pine flavors, followed by a sweet, caramel maltiness. Although the end is sweet, it does leave a bitter aftertaste. Iíve had beers with more than 70 IBUs but this is one of the more bitter ones (at least that first taste is).
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was a strong citrusy presence with caramel malt and a deep estery fruit character.The citrus fruits were namely orange and grapefruit and were well done. The beer was cloudy/hazy with a white persistent head which lasted well to lace the glass. The flavor was strong citrus, but remained well balanced with a strong malt backbone. The hops were resinous with a strong citrus presence of more orange and grapefruit coupled with caramel. Alcohol was a factor in the flavor but did not detract. The body was nearly full with a creamy mouthfeel due to a moderate level of carbonation. Overall a very nice Double IPA, with some sizable alcohol warming that occurred post consumption. Too many of these and you certainly might end up "slammed". Pint at Tylerís.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - FEB 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very fruity and orangey zest to this nice ipa. A big hop kick in the middle slightly bisquity and chewy. Full bodied, finishes a bit sweet but very well made overall good balance hop to malt ratio. Well hidden alcohol.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Tylerís Taproom in Durham, NC. Hazy orange like color with a thin white head. Big hit of floral hops with hints of grapefruit and tangerine. Slamminí grapefruit bitterness in the flavor with a bit too much of an alcohol burn in the finish. Another solid offering from Bells.
iowaherkeye (2703) - 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.
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