Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong passion fruit qualities that make it very akin to Three Floyd’s Dreadnaught.
Strong floral aroma and red coloring, excellent IPA.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via joebrew. Pours a very cloudy dark yellow gold with alot of small chunkie floaties in suspended animation. Frothy white head one finger in height left lots of lacing. Aroma is of pungent piney and citrusy hops in mass quantities. There’s some malt there but it is in the background and slightly doughy. Flavor is a little muddled to me, the hops are a little dulled by the soft doughy malt and heavy yeast. Maybe you’d call this "balanced", but I prefer a cleaner crisper malt profile that resides behind the hops, not interwoven amongst. Mouthfeel is creamy with very fine perfect carbonation. Finishes slightly sticky and resiny. This was pretty decent, but a little disappointing. I think I wanted a little more heavier malt presence.
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, about time that I rate this thing. 12oz bottle that ross split with me, Thanks alot b/c I’ve been wanting to try this stuff. Pours out a cloudy light amber which both ross and I agreed that the color was lighter than expected. Not too much of a head, just a white ring of carbonation. Aroma is pretty much just like picking up a handful of hops and taking a whif. However, there is a slight grassy sweetness as well. Taste is hoppy as the name says and this stuff was slightly sweet but not as much as I thought it would be. To me, this thing tasted big on grapefruit and pine. Good stuff.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of JCapriotti. Pours a very cloudy amber with a small, off-white head. Extremely fresh aroma of pine needles and peaches - some really great esters up there. Medium body with some sweet caramel, but otherwise completely dominated by the excellent aroma hops that don’t leave any excessive bitterness. Lovely indeed. 291206
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks to Styles. Porued a murky golden coor with a white head. The aroma of hops is very present. The taste of hops and citrus is great.
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was fortunate to have it both from the bottle and from the tap over the holidays...hazy, white head, hoppy, flavorful of fruity goodness.
joergen (23578) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange coloured with a white head.
Aroma of hops, pine needles and fruits.
Flavour of fruits, grape fruits, pine needles and hops.
Long dry hoppy finish.
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Bottle from Chris (styles) Thanks! Ive wanted to try this for a pretty long time since most Bells beers are awesome. Pours out a light yellow color (surprising..) with some orange hints. Not much of a head at all. Smell is pretty much hops, grass, grapefruits, some other citrus elements. Taste is bold and bitter with some very strong notes of hops. There isnt a whole lot of sugars from the malts going on here to balance out this monster hop beer. It is good, but I think I’ll stick with Two Hearted. However, I am glad to have multiple bottles of this left back because now when I want to get a brutal double IPA, I have one. Reminds me alot of Hair of the Dog Blue Dot in more ways than just appearance.
drank another one today, and its much better a little warmer than i originally had it. bumping up the ratings a bit, this was good ass beer.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Footbalm. Strong citrus and pine aroma, lemon, pomegranite, acid. Very well balanced, good complexity, no off aromas, but just kinda boring. Pour is a cloudy gold with a decent head. Similar taste of rich hops, though a bit soapy, a little "unripe" tasting, if it were fruit. Definitely showcases hops for everything they are, though. A bit boozy and hard to drink.
Maddog (456) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had on draft at Peach’s Bar in Yellow Springs, OH. Wow! What an fantastic beer. Drinking this was like biting into a grapefruit, it was so explosive with citrus hops. The aroma was fresh and floral and again, loaded with hops. One giant, wonderfully hoppy beer.