3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #9920. Really glad Bellís brought this one back again. Was amongst the beers that marked the return to IL. They suppposedly changed the hops for the 2nd batch. So Iím curious as to if this follows the 1st or second recipe. Billed as a German IPA, if Iím correct. -> [A] First impression is a nose full of caramel. Maltiness. A whiff of honey and slight wood sets in. A pleasant candied citrus fruitiness follows up. Some cherry. Slightly subdued for a beer billed hopsoulution. Aroma seems to boast sweet malts. Nothing bad about a malty DIPA. [A] Fine looking amber, with a slight haze. Head is whitish, with no lasting head, yet capable lacing. [F] Flavor is sweetish upfront, with orange peel, and caramel. I could also pick up some brown sugar, wood, and darker malts at times. Not the palate killer I would expect from a D/IPA. Nor the beer I had fond memories of. [P] Drinkable, overall. Smooth, medium-full mouthfeel. Balance is there, although I woud lke this to lean more toward a hop bomb, or even have a little more bitter period, for that matter. Yet respectable. [O] I saw this priced between $11.99 and $14.99. I definitely donít think Iíd deem it worthy. $4.59/bomber wouldnít be bad. But I bought the whole 6 at the low end. The beer is nothing to complain about. Yet I donít feel itís anything to write home about, either. This and the 25th anniversary were kind of a let-down for me.
benpickens (481) - Camarillo, California, USA - AUG 21, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque amber with compact white head; juicy citrus and pine aromas; sweet bitter oily finish. Nice.
Derek881 (1247) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a somewhat cloudy with sediment appearance with a deep amber color and a good-sized foamy off white head with long retention, and average cling and lacing. Its aroma featured different spicy hops notes, including citrus, pine, some lighter floral tones, and a slight caramel malt component as well. Its taste was predominantly bitter and hoppy with notes of citrus, perhaps some grapefruit, and pine, matched with a slight malty effect. The beer was very dry and thinner in terms of mouthfeel wtih good carbonation and a bubbly feel.
Stoned99 (1156) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2016 12 ounces 05/11/16 bottle from Craft Beer Cabin, thanks Guillaume for buying. Aroma: oranges, bread, caramel and floral notes. App: hazy copper, huge frothy off white head with good lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, light sweetness, fruity but well backed with malt, creamy mouthfeel, light to moderate bitter finish. Overall: even though this probably isnít really fresh, itís still highly drinkable. Wish I had a fresher bottle. Iíll tell my brother to look at the dates next time ;) just kidding, just happy he brought me something. This is the old iipa style, not the English style but more like the dfh 90 minutes style: more malted and more balanced. Not exactly what I like to drink these days but letís be honest this is well made and perfectly balanced. Far from my favourite iipa but far from the worst as well. Iím pretty sure their goal was achieved with this beer which is to create a balanced iipa. Wouldnít mind drinking this on a cruise ship or any time this winter since it feels pretty big. Another great beer from Bells.
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks to young Barbee .. . golden brown .. hand shake foam .. . maltier than one would expect, pine, wood, sap, dried grass and leaves .. mouth is soft, sticky middle, a bit dry on the end .. . i enjoyed my glass but not quite what iím after .. . . iím a fat guy but not eat 2 whole pizzas kinda fat guy..
mansquito (5183) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer and Smoke, Brooklyn bottle: pours copper with a white head. Aroma is sugary and a bit malty, with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Pretty light for a DIPA.
rollinsr (561) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - AUG 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a finger of off-white head. Aroma is citrusy with some mild yeast esters. Flavor is sweet with highly accessible level of bitterness.
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DocLock (9866) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Craft. Hazy copper pour with off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, floral hops. Tastes very malty, with tropical fruit, resiny hops.
guzzler67 (1654) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber appearance with a large, off white head and good lacing. Aroma of fuzzy fruit fades and is replaced with citrusy, floral hops. Although caramel malts exert a lot of influence, especially in the aftertaste, there is a variety of hop flavors tugging at the palate. Medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel, not too boozy, leading to a long lasting finish. Not a bad package but I want my tastebuds assaulted by the hops when consuming a DIPA (i.e. Hopslam).
Blairgus (4099) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10 Aug 2016, bottle. gold, clear, no bubbles. nose is caramel and grassy hops. med body and mildly fizzy. sweet malt, grassy hops, faintly bitter, donít taste the alcohol. tastes almost like drinking cool IPA wort.
mcberko (13952) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy orange amber with a small white head. Aroma brings out a good mix of resinous hops and caramel malt, pretty chewy and malty. Flavour is big and chewy, with a big caramel malt base, followed by loads of resinous hops. Chewy and thick palate without being too sweet. Good stuff for what it is, just a bit too sweet for me.