ClarkVV (4646) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottles drunk on numerous occasions in November í06
Typical bells appearance, with light sediment on the bottom, and tiny bottle conditioned bubbles producing a lightly creamy, white head that is medium in height and retained very well, leaving clumps of lacing as it recedes. High clarity leaving the sediment behind with just a slight touch of haziness. Soft peach and honey colored body has a bit of tangerine and very light strawberry tones.
Vibrantly fruity is the nose, with luscious lychee, strawberries, sweet cherries and guavas. It tapers off teasingly in a modestly bitter, grapefruity finish that calls upon light base malt sweetness and an even more reserved caramel-like hint. The aroma smells creamy, if thatís possible. Of abundant strength and just fantastically fresh and fuzzy are the hops. Tremendous care with dry-hopping is apparent. The malt sweetness and fruitiness do not come off overbearing, though they are definitely a factor in the nose. Clean as always from Bells, but still distinctly Bells. No alcohol noted. Other things that arent noted: overdone bittering, leafy/vegetal notes, obnoxious pine resin, astringent/hard crystal malts, sourish munich malts.
Malt and hop immediately vie for power at first sip. Sweet, honey-caramel malt notes are balanced by fruity, fuzzy, fresh, green, juicy hops. Bitterness through the middle is quite reserved for a double IPA. Some dry citric notes (white grapefruit, oranges, mild lemons) consider acidifying things, but a resurgence of malt sugars right before the finish wipe them out and youíre left with more succulent hop flavors of watermelon, guava, cherry and strawberry.
To be honest, my first impression was that this wasnt bitter enough, probably the first time Iíve ever said that about an DIPA. But the extra malt sugars that come through combine nicely with the hop notes to produce all of the softer, sweeter fruit notes mentioned, so itís not so much of a bad thing in that aspect. Just maybe a touch too sweet to drink too many of them, though DIPAs are hardly a session beer. Still, Iíd be intrigued to see what a little more attenuation would produce. Soft texture with a medium-low amount of carbonation that is reasonably tight. Some hop acids and light phenolic dryness do eventually build-up and linger on the palate, with just an ever-so-slight touch of alcohol warming toward the end of the bottle, giving almost a bittersweet edge to the beer.
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle thanks to my SS! Hazy orange in color with a tall fluffed head. Grapefruit hop aroma and a little pine, definitely some Cs in there cascade for sure but a nice blend of hops. Slick medium bodied mouthfeel where I can almost feel the hops on my cheeks before I taste them. Grapefruitty flavors with a carmel base. A pretty solid IPA although lacking that extra punch to make this rise up with the true great Double Iís in this world. But hey you gotta love that label.
tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 What is with this beer getting such great reviews. It smelled okay but tasted way too sweet and it was not bitter enough. They call it hopslam for a reason! Donít get me wrong I love IPAís but this one was not that good.
kenoshakid (6) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this on tap at Bellís on Eccentric Day 2006 and immediately fell in love with it. Pours sort of golden brown with a frothy head. Tastes like biting into a fresh grapefruit and chewing on the rind. Goes down smooth enough to hide the alcohol. My favorite Bellís beer...
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 I had this beer on tap at the 1850 Landmark Inn in Milwaukee.
The beer poured an amber color with a good tightly-formed head which had nice staying pour.
The aroma was very hoppy without being citrusy or piney, and had a faint sulfur odor to it (thatís not good).
Taste was hoppy and citrusy like many DIPAs, yet also had slightly out-of-place notes of grass or turpentine to it. Iíve had a good number of very hoppy beers, and Iíve number experienced these particular flavor notes to this level of intensity. A bit odd.
Mouthfeel was very sticky, which is somewhat consistent with the style.
I felt this beer was not really drinkable. Iíd recommend trying it, but only once for curiousityís sake...hardly my strongest endorsement.
noahb (6) - USA - DEC 20, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From bottle, this beer was great. Taste was Strong grapefruit hoppiness with mild-medium bitterness overall. Body was medium and particulates were visible in the glass. Finish was extremely crisp with light citrus aftertaste. Not a beer for every occasion, but excellent super IPA without the massive bitterness usually associated with them.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy gold with a small off white head. Big grapefruit nose, bitter rind notes. Snappy orange citrus flavors, plus a mellow caramel. Very good!
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a copper color with a nice white head. Hoppy aroma, with citrus notes dominating. Decent IPA, but not as bitter as I expected. There were some off flavors in this beer, a metallic and grassy mix that lasted well into the finish. Not sure if it was an old bottle or what. I will try it again, and re-rate it accordingly when I get the chance.
rsmalek (2) - USA - DEC 18, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My friends think I am nuts but I canít stop drinking this beer!! (Well I have to at times but...) I have been a "Hophead" for years and in my opinion this is the best Double IPA I have ever had. The only one that may have come close was Dreadnaught from Three Floyds. The hops definitely dominate the aroma and flavor and the alcohol level although not published must be +9.0% at least. If you get a chance this is a must-taste beer.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Sprinkle at Crwon Liqours for this beer. Pours nice murky orange with a great head. Smells of grapefruit, lemon and pine. Taste is all hops. NIce afterbite. This beer is extremely smooth. The alcohol is noticible, but not much. I really enjoyed the floaties in this beer.