smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. aroma is big citrus, piney skunk, and touches of sweet tropical fruit. flavor is big hop with a tangy sweet maltiness the blends quite well with the hops. bitterness is moderate and the beer is very drinkable. very good ipa that want to have fresh on draft.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 from a shared 12 oz bottle. Orange/light amber in color. Aroma is grapefruit, orange, some pineapple like hints. Taste is citrus, grapefruit and orange, even some mango thrown in. A light to moderate amount of bitterness throughout the taste and slightly lingers in the finish. Bittering is lower than other commercial DIPAís that I have had, but the sweet fruit qualities of the malt and hops together really blend nicely together. I am thinking a bit like Oskar Blues Gordon, but better. I would like to get my hands on more of this.
andyinindy (5) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As another reviewer said, this truly is "liquid buds"! Fantastic aroma, super hoppy without being bitter (how is this possible?). Probably the best beer I have ever tasted. Does it get any better than this?
OldGrowth (3118) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from trade with someone who shall remain nameless. Great aroma, fruity sweet. Apricot, peach, lemon, lime, grapefruit, little graininess shows up. Hazed golden orange color, good head (might of got bigger but I poured slow) Faded to a solid ring with good lace. Bitter flavor. Complete citrus takeover. Grapefruit & orange mainly. Again a hint of graininess. Thick body, creamy mouthfeel, bittersweet dry finish. Nice brew, the initial aroma was best as it had that peachy thing going on, it lost that as it warmed. Great to roll on tongue Another winner from Bellís.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours yellow with an average white head. Aroma is citrus. Taste is fruity. Almost orange and some sweet bubblegum. Very drinkable.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz Bottle courtesy of LeopoldStoch! Thanks!!! Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Smells of oranges, and lots of other citrus. Slammed, this ainít no joke, tastes very similar to the notes. But damn, this is awesome, everything i expect from Bells and much more. Awesome brew and a must try for Hopheads.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy orange, with a white head. Aroma is floral grapefruit, oranges, and caramel/sugar. Flavor is grapefruit, pine, spices, and sugar. Ends bitter. Thanks to footbalm for this bottle.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy yellow, orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is floral citrus hops with some malt background. Flavor is real bitter, spicy, grapefruit hops.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful pale golden into my crappy micro-light pint glass.
The head on this beaut is solid and steady with sticky lacing.
The smell is piny and boozy all at once, which kinda leads to it being a bit over balanced. Think Iíll let it warm up a dram, let some hops kick up.
WOW, warming it up a tad was a damn good Idea this bad boy gets sticky and power hopped, but, alas the booze still rears itself with this background
creamed butter taste.
If you like hops with a balanced respectability, this beer is for you!
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2013
++++ Re Rate 3 February 2013 ++++
12 oz bottle purchased at Lukas in Kansas City, Missouri. Batch 11696 packaged 01/09/2013. The pour is a mostly clear golden with a one inch white head. The aroma is strong bitter hops, bright tropical pineapple fruit, and honey malt sweetness. The taste is the tropical pineapple fruit hops, moving quickly to a dank resin, and then closes with toasted malt and a touch of the honey. The honey seems much more subdued compared to the 2012 and 2009. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a light warming alcohol in finish as the beer warms. This was back to the beer I remember in 2010. (9,4,8,4,16 - 4.1)
++++ Re Rate 2 February 2012 ++++
12 oz goblet draft at Martin City Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a light haze golden orange with a very small light white head. The aroma is honey herbal, strong citrus hop, and a malt sweetness. The taste is big on the herbal honey initially, followed close behind with the light clove, floral jasmine, orange citrus, resin, and a dry husky malt grain. Some additional floral in the finish. The palate is medium bodied, active crisp carbonation, and a dry finish. Some light alcohol is present as it warms. Solid as always, though each year seems to be less of the revelation of the first time I had it. (8,4,7,4,15 - 3.8)
++++ Re Rate 28 January 2010 ++++
12 oz bottle grabbed for me by Dansting. Batch #9502 stamped on the label, packaged on January 5, 2010 - at time of drinking, this is 23 days from hitting the bottle. Served at about 45 degrees, in my generic tulip glass. Pour is mostly clear straw golden copper with a firm two inch off white head. Head falls slowly with thick coating lacing. Pretty beer. Aroma is full, yet soft pineapple fruit hops, along with a heavy dose of resin and toasty biscuit maltiness underneath. Really nice balance, fresh, clean, hop forward. This years version does not have nearly as much sweet (almost cloying) honey that last yearís iteration had. Taste is the resin hops first, quickly followed by citrus / citric hoppiness. The malt of the nose is present, but is certainly in the back seat to the hops. What malt gets through is the biscuit / toast of the nose. Hop flavors are really big, brash, almost even abrasive. Palate is medium bodied, slightly below average carbonation, and a dry, tongue scraping finish. Residual heat is present in the long after taste, not sharp alcohol heat, more of a slow burn - expected for the size, and didnít detract too much. The aftertaste also features a bit of a dusty peanut shell taste - I have certainly had this with these uber-hoppy beers before. Always a fun one to try each year. (9,5,7,4,16 - 4.1)
++++ Original Rating 17 January 2007 ++++
Bottle. Poured into imperial pint. From the pour, this looks delicious. Cloudy yellow orange pour. Smallish head with some layering. Aroma is hop (of course) but catch some grassiness and citrus in there too. Taste is an expression of the aroma, with fabulous body. The taste had almost a cask quality to it. Just a ton of complexity in the taste, from initial to finish, where there is a nice bitterness. I was shocked to see 9.5% on this one, since I did not at any point detect alcohol. In fact, I had two of these quite easily. As mentioned by others, this is a dangerous brew. (8,5,8,4,17 - 4.2)