barn0216 (346) - California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from bytemesis, thanks! Golden color, slightly orange, nice foam and lacing on the glass. Not much aroma to go on but that is probably due to it sitting idle for several weeks. Citrus in the mix. Bitterness of the style is far more expressive - very bitter in fact, even for a DIPA. Some malt notes are present but they quickly sink. I can’t give this a high rating but it may be dye to the age of the bottle.
One2remeber (135) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
West Coast IPA? Clean hop aroma. Big resinous, orange, grapefruit up front with a strong, caramel, thick malt bill. Pungent, alcohol warmth. Reminiscent of a Smutty Nose Big A IPA.
Oh yeah! A little spiciness to go with an intense pungent soft orange fruit taste. Light burn on the back end. Still on the IPA side but riding the BW line.
Advocate_Ames (362) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a defined head and a hazy golden color. The aroma is of floral hops and weak carmel malts. In the flavor I picked up on carmel malts, medium bitterness, citrus, mild booze, and yeast notes. Overall a very drinkable and nicely blended double.
njager246 (289) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral and citrus aroma is great! A good flavor, a bit more emphasis on hops than I like, but overall a tremendous beer!
shrubber85 (6811) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Caramel malt and orange peel/pine aroma. Hazy golden yellow with moderate head and nice lacing. Very sweet orange-caramel malt quickly overwhelmed by strong bitter earthy pine and citrus peel flavor. Great - love NZ hops.
schwemjw (14) - - OCT 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter beast! Citrus and darkness overwhelm you. Loads of resinous pine with a sharp bite.
tdoyledesign (143) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a decent orange with a medium head and lots of lacing. Aroma is very hoppy with a nice balance of pine and citrus. Taste is very hoppy and truly one of a kind. Like no other DIPA I’ve had. Palate is much the same. Very intense hops with a middle note of citrus, and then more hops again and a bitter aftertaste. Not one I’d grab for an "every day" IPA or DIPA but definitely one I’d grab if I wanted to sip and enjoy it.
Chuckaduck (602) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 8/8/13. Poured 10/16/13. Very cloudy gold with a thick, fluffy just off-white head. Aroma is floral, fruity, fresh, citrus, vanilla, caramel. Taste is big, bitter, alcoholic, somewhat hot; resin, floral, perfume, citrus rind, grapefruit, grass, hint of caramel, hint of tea leaf. Finish is lingering bitterness of fruit rind. Damn! Beautiful lacing. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Intense; more so than I was expecting. Wow.
SpongeRuiner (531) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to tectactoe on fulfilling this want for me. A really nice DIPA with both hops and citrus flavors that combine very well. Go Bells.
rangerred (843) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a clear light gold with a pretty thick one finger white head. Large chunks of lacing cling to the sides of the glass. A very good looking beer for this strength.
Aroma is chock full of tropical fruit along with pine. A very juicy aroma that is quite inviting and mouth-watering.
Lots of juicy citrus in the flavor as well with only the slightest hint of booziness. Nothing like what would be expected of a beer that is 10%. There are some layers of pine underneath the citrus along with a fairly strong bready malt backbone. Bitterness is quite high as is the dryness. The dry mouthfeel really impresses me and makes this beer quite drinkable.
Overall, an absolutely outstanding IIPA and one of the best I have had. Many beers like this are a sweet, boozy mess but this one manages to pack in the alcohol but not the sweetness withough sacrificing body. An awesome beer.