vyvvy (4540) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 2007 version - Pours lightly hazy orange / amber with a large soapy white-ish head. The aroma has a citrus / floral hop blast with a sturdy malt backbone. Meidum / full body with a small amount of soft carbonation. Starts with the floral / citrus from the aroma, but also add a tropical aspect and noticeable caramel malt behind it. The finish brings in more of a pine / sharp citrus / earthy hops blend that has more of a bite. The alcohol warmth is noticable on the finish, but not in a bad way. Well done IIPA. (8/4/8/3/17 -4.0) <P> 2008 version - The aroma is a bit sweeter this year and has some dank hops as well. The body is a little stickier. The taste has the honey showing through a bit more and the hop presence is a bit harsher. Overall, this is still an excellent example of the style. I may have to pick up a bit more than I have since it wonít be around long. (9/4/8/4/18 - 4.3)
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich floral, tangy lemon zested herbed aroma. Light on the resins and pine, and even the citrus, following a sweeter, more fruity path, with resplendent chopped cilantro and herb gardens. Very nice. Pours, a light copper gold, with a nice lacy soap of white atop. Flavor present a spicy blend of rich warm hop oils and canisters of exotic musty spice abounding. Thereís plenty of coriander, white pepper, allspice and light saffrons in the first bite. The malt is light and adds only a gentle caress of pale caramel and grain sugars to reign in the runaway Marakesh express. As the hop flavors morph on the tongue, they diverge into a candied orange citrus and more resins at the base of the flowers. Airy and light. Alcohol warms the nostrils, drawing the delicate and sweet hop perfumes into the nose. Quite elegant and refined. Iím really amazed at how drinkable this is and with such lightness (although not thin) it carries the hop flavors well. Expertly crafted and astoundingly delicious.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mazy orange hue, fine slice of bone white froth atop.
In the aroma, itís all pungent, spikey, in-your-face hoppitude!
Tropical fruit on top, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit,mango, raw, pulpy and vibrant. Pine forest floor, and more. Slightly sweet citriuc feel, but bitter hop feel dominates.
Taste: once more, a charge of hops on the tongue, not delivered too lightly. Same citric flavor storms the palate, but a second after it boards, thereís a nice, creamy relief. Rolls playfully on the tongue, like a cat on the rug preoccupied with string. Each new sip imparts this deliciousness, but despite the huge !BUs and way-up-there ABV, you íd hardly know it.
Amazingly easy to drink, if youíre a hop craver like me. Wow! Tangy, potent hoppy twang never quits the mouth. Incredibly full bodied, long-finished, and commendably created. Mmmm, delicious!
A pricey beer, (I paid $14 a 6-pack), but well worth it. One hell of an IPA, and a well-named one!
Thanks for delivering the goods, Larry & co!
Now, I just canít wait to tap a keg of it!
IrishBoy (3923) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Gift from my buddy Odeed; Nose of mandarin orange, pineapple, and delicious hops; slightly hazy amber with a medium pale yellowish head; flavor of hops, tangerine, madarine orange, and mild hop bitterness from the medium body, the hops lasting into the finish.
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Letís make one thing clear- this beer lives up to its name. VERY intoxicating aroma and flavor of hops. Too much hops? There is no such thing! This thing is like Two-Hearted Ale on steroids. Very sharp but delicious taste, a wealth of citrus, grass and pine flavor. Great because itís not too heavy and the 10% abv is nearly nonexistent. Awesome stuff.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intense hoppy aroma, very inviting. Tangerine, with some underlying grapefruit. More exotic fruits as well. Medium bodied, with some nice juicy malt character. Finish is just sweeter than dry. Flavor is not quite as pungent and intense as the aroma, but is full of tangerine more exotic fruits as the aroma. I like this, something new and exiting from Bells.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Orangish amber in color, huge semi rocky, off-white head, great lacing. Poured into a GI IPA glass, has perfect appearance. Aroma has all kinds of carribean fruit up front, mango, pineapple, peach, tangerine some lemon and orange zest. Malt backbone lacks a bit, assuming bigger than aroma indicates, because at 9.5% there is no alcohol detectable whatsoever. Flavor again all kinds of fruit and citrus zest. Lots of resins, first time pine shows up at all, is in the finish. I donít get much malt, but not all too unbalanced. Great oily/sticky mouthfeel. My daily drinker right now, canít get enough of the stuff. Re-rate batch 7775, huge pine through and through, would score 9/5/8/4/17-4.3, still very nice, just prefer the huge fruit characters. Most always keep the higher rating though.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
For some reason I didnít have great expectations. Wrong! Aroma is fantastic, grapefriut, peaches, lemons, pine. Poured a clear amber with a decent head, that quicly settles. Flavor is kaboom, grapefruit, peaches, lemons, caramel, malt. Medium+ body that leaves a stickyness on my lips. Did I mention aroma is fantastic, grapefriut, peaches, lemons, pine. I have no problem talking about this in the same sentence as Drednaught, in fact Iíd even say...hmmm!
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours orange with a light head. Heavenly hop aroma. The flavor reminds me of fruit loops, orange, grapefruit and tangerine with light pine and sweet malt notes in just the right proportions. Medium body with the perfect level of carbonation. I must sayÖThis stuff is a knock out success!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Murky yellow-orange with a thin film of white head. Sweet grapefruit and candied citrus hop aromatics, low and pungent. Ruddy citrus rind hop flavor, with some pine and grapefruit flesh. Heavy residual bitterness and resin in the finish, under a pine-sol covering. Mouthfeel is a medium light, rather dry.