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.
jsporrer (466) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear deep Amber with a fluffy head of white foam. Nice aroma of light pine and tart citrus. Light syrupy creamy texture. Smooth with citrus and pine flavor. Not harsh and only a slightly bitter finish. Enjoyable but flavors don't linger for long. Good but not great.
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daniele (7590) - ITALY - MAY 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap lieve ambrato molto resinosa un po pellet scorza agrume secca buona beva un filo maltato e decisa luppololatuta un lieve riscaldante solo nel finale
LearninBeer (458) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is hops, citrus/floral. Pours a cloudy orange with off white head, mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy the carbonation a touch fizzy and the finish bitter. Very Good!!
rajendra82 (1030) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The crystal clear body poured a shade darker than standard IPA amber, as a rather durable, two finger plus thick head formed on top. The aroma of the beer was very resinous evoking pine resin and grapefruit pith. The taste was citric and dank with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, melon, and pine bursting out with each sip. There was also a bit of sweetness, like some hard candy. This was so light across the tongue, and so sparkly in the feel, it might as well be a session IPA. Needless to say the alcohol was well hidden. The finish was spicy and juicy. Superb IPA.
rejtable (2182) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear orange with lots of head and lots of foamy lacing. Nose is light toffee, some resin. Flavours of toffee, bread, some mango, some pine. Taste med bitter light/med sweet. Full sticky body with lasting bitterness. Alc well hidden.
skmikeg (1655) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber-orange with a one finger off white head with excellent lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, some dank hops, herbal hops, some sweet malts, and some bready malts. Taste is similar to the aroma. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy, slightly chewy mouthfeel and a slightly dry, moderately bitter, long, lingering finish. Overall, a tasty, hoppy, drinkable DIPA.
darb85 (208) - Canton, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent Hoppy balanced beer. Nothing overly special. But good none the less. Yup
edwardbass (767) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper color with a small white head. Aroma? Stuffy nose, so who knows. My first taste was dank hops, with a nearly perfect malt, caramel sweetness. Subsequent tastes get earthiness, tropical fruit and you can tell these arenít the typical American hops. The malt is a t-i-n-y bit heavy, but hardly worth a demerit. I was going to call this a good IIPA, but now that I think about it, itís actually a great one.
mstrcrwly (917) - New York, USA - MAY 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle dated 5/5/16 poured into a snifter..hazy orange with a fluffy white head.
.aroma of tropical fruits,caramel & bread..tastes of grapefruit,orange peel &
some pineapple and biscuits..solid.
Dorkenstein (344) - - MAY 26, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet pineapple, mango, and papaya aromas. Taste is mango, pineapple, pine resin, faint sweet taffy, then pine needles and a perfumey floral finish. After taste of floral hops and an alcohol warming up my chest.