Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my SS for this one. Pours a hazy light gold and a thin white head- slight lacing as well. Aroma is very hoppy- mostly cent and amarillo- citrusy, light pine and tropical fruits- resinous. Nice hoppy flavor, decent malt backbone, but you can notice the alcohol come through esp on warming- fruity, and solvent-like. Finishes relatively bitter and somewhat sticky= not as dry as some west coast expamples. Pretty good DIPA, but the aroma gets your hopes too high.
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled October 2006, Sampled December 2006
Pours with a touch of yeast dustiness, but the beer is a lightly reddish hued, amber to copper color. It is topped by a frothy, almost two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is certainly quite hoppy; it is a mix of citrus, pine and even a more dank hop note similar to onions or perhaps even garlic. The hop aromatics are certainly an interesting mix. The predominant character is that of audaciously vibrant sweet citrus and exotic fruit aromas; notes of apricots, lychee, pineapple, candied orange peel, concentrated ruby-red-grapefruit, and other tropical fruit notes make up the dominant notes. Behind the upfront hop fruit though is a touch of more raw hop character; hints of pine, menthol and that onion-like almost garlic character lurk in the back ground, just enough to add a hint of complexity. Where is the malt? I couldn’t tell you underneath all of the hops.
The taste is sweet with the fruity hop notes, in fact the sweet fruitiness just sticks around clinging to the palate even after the beer has left my mouth. The hop fruit notes are much the same as I noticed in the aroma, but here there is a touch of biting bitterness to add a touch of balance. You know it is a hop focused beer, when you need hop bitterness to balance other hop derived notes. The malt is buried here, playing only a supporting role, there is certainly enough malt to not allow the hops to be dominating and raw, but definitely not enough more my hop flagellated taste buds to notice. It has just enough mouthfeel / palate coating ability to help the dominant hop character along; I wouldn’t say that this was a beer you wanted to pound, but it is dangerously quaffable.
The hop character here is so smooth & even soft (despite being amped up and loud overall); the brewer definitely took a heavy handed approach with smooth fruity hops like Simcoe and Amarillo when brewing this beer. The flavor does not have much, if anything, noticeable of the onion / garlic note that I experienced in the aroma, though perhaps there is a touch of it in the finish. Really the finish is dominated by a smooth, lingering bitterness that perhaps takes on a touch of mentholated pine. I really am a sucker for these smoothly fruity, over the top, one dimensional hop bombs. This is quite bitter, though I don’t necessarily realize it most of the time. This is totally only comprises one dimension of the usual three that a beer can have (hop, malt and yeast), but it is so enjoyable in its expression of the hop.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle shared with TChrome. Cloudy golden/light amber color. Must be unfiltered because there were several particles floating in the beer. Nose was giant grapefruit hop aroma and more hop aroma – hard to pick anything else out – awesome! Medium bodied with lively carbonation, slightly chewy. Great hop flavor, bitter citrus – grapefruit and a bit of orange – incredible flavor. One of the best IPAs I’ve had.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Bottle. Pours copper/orange color with a nice white head on top. Aroma is full of hops, grapefruit, orange, and pine. Flavor is definitely a hopslam! Full of big hop flavors. Definitely not an unbearable hop profile since there is quite a bit of malt backing this up. Wow, the flavor in this beer is amazing. Another damn good beer from the people at Bell’s!
after4ever (6640) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz., courtesy the generous crackings of BitBucket. Pours a nice medium-dark copper with a fairly thin, bubbly/sudsy white head that wanders off after a while. Big nose of orange and grapefruit, very Simcoeish. Some pine in there as well. Lovely nose. Assertive (if not insane) attack: medium high body, active carb, big bold hop flavors (there’s that citrus and pine again). Some sweet caramel malt goodness but nothing too competitive; this is the hops’ serve and few IIPA malt volleys are big enough to break it. Tingly, lingering sweet-bitter finish. Great balance and structure throughout. Wonderful stuff. Wish I could drink it all the time.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Pours a slightly hazy amber with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is loaded with pink grapefruit, apricots, oranges with some dankness. The flavor is big and bitter, lots of citrus, but a bit too much malt sweetness and bready. Medium body with moderate carbonation and very bitter end.
patrick767 (3725) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - Pours copper with a medium head. This beer has a wonderful aroma of grapefruit and hops. The flavor is, of course, intensely hoppy, but it has lots of malts to hold it up as well. The citrus comes through nicely and you’d probably never guess it was 9.5% abv. All of these praises said, whatever kind of hops that was used doesn’t seem to be my favorite. It was a little unpleasant in the finish, so I’d have to say that I’ve enjoyed some other IIPAs more. Still, this is a very good beer.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
beautiful golden orange body with a lacey white head, hop perfume nose, citrus, fruity flavor, crisp hops perfectly balanced with malts, typically I find double ipa’s to have an ’extreme’ hop/alc flavor that’s just intense, at first I was dissapointed by this layed back impy ipa, but then came to realize just how magnificently balanced it is, it is damn good
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I opened the bottle, poured the amber liquid into a glass and as the white bubbles from the head broke I was suddenly transported into a field of hops. Hops, lots of hops, in the taste as well as strong, very strong, grapefruit and some fruit, perhaps peaches or something like that. Mildly tingly in the mouth yet smooth and creamy. The finish is more hops and bitterness, some alcohol in the finish as well. This is a unique, very unique double IPA. At nearly $18 a six pack after taxes, it is expensive, but well worth the price.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I could drink this beer every night. Pours an orange/amber color with a nice foamy white head. Huge tropical fruity aroma. Flavor starts out like the aroma with mandarin oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit and finishes with a cool bitterness. One of the easiest drinking IIPAs i’ve had and 9.5%?!?! Another amazing beer from Bell’s!