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.
ARH (863) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a sweet and syrupy toffee and caramel blend with secondary pine notes and a mild, sweet grapefruit underneath. It pours a deep, rich, and oily amber hue with a slightly off-white dense foam head that leaves a moderate retention and okay lace. The taste is a medium high bitter and medium supporting sweet. The texture is smooth with creamy foam and a medium full body. The profile on the palate is grainy with a strong roasted note that blends nicely with toffee and sweet grapefruit. The finish is crisp with clean pine and a mellow burnt character that quickly fades and turns to mild grapefruit membrane. The aftertaste is chalky with resin and pine dryness and a light bitter citrus thatís clean, lightly astringent, and fresh.
Dal9000 (318) - Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled at 2015 Dayton Alefest = Draft. Pours golden Amber with a huge head. Hoppy pine aroma.
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ebone1988 (427) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is tropical fruit, pine, pretty good. Appearance is a touch dark, amber with an off white head. Taste is floral, sweet tropical fruit and pine. Mouthfeel is great, nice carbonation with a great crispness. Overall, Iím impressed.
BrettTaylor (639) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has a great aroma of citrus and floral. Taste is really well balanced and really ckean finish.
malkyore (286) - - AUG 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely delicious. In a world saturated with mediocre ipas bells blows half the competition out of the water, yet again, with another spectacular ipa. Super hoppy, perfect balance of fruit and pine with a nice amount of malt to make it a little less overwhelming.
madelfonatree (146) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed August 15, 2015 at Crest Parsons in a tulip glass.
Look - Slight haze. Golden orange, almost burnt orange. Finger plus of ivory head. Strong lacing. Medium bubbles.
Smell - Malt. Lemon. Lime. Orange. Dank.
Taste - Malt. Bread. Spice. Grapefruit. Lemon. Orange. Dry finish.
Feel - Creamy. Mild carbonation throughout. Medium feel. Bitter on tongue.
Overall - I prefer Soul Style (if they are even competing). Not bad overall. More malt compared to citrus. Grape juice after taste.
Christpuncher (2093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong pine, booziness and some citrus. Very smooth and has a nice malt backbone. Pours a wonderful copper with a tan head. Had a draft pour at Lincoln station
jflopsu (841) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy rust orange. Has a strong citrus hop, fruit pine and caramel aroma. Has a sweet taste of citrus, fruit, caramel, pine and other tropical flavors but also strong with hops. A strong lingering bitter hop aftertaste.
JHeath99 (1473) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by Damian and Lona. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice layer of off white head. Aroma and taste of nice hops, bread malts, and grapefruit.
njager246 (607) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of citrus and some slight malt backing, taste is very hop forward with some pine and lemon grass, another nice dipa