shrubber85 (7516) - 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 (15) - - 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 (173) - 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 Iíve 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 Iíd grab for an "every day" IPA or DIPA but definitely one Iíd grab if I wanted to sip and enjoy it.
Chuckaduck (640) - 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 (691) - 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 (916) - 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.
drsordr (1040) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours clear golden. Nose pine and stone fruit hop, some sweet bready malt. Taste strong bitter bite up front that lasts throughout. Some pine and hint of floral. Sweet malt in mid palate. Long bitter finish.
queenholly (2890) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sweet orange, apricot, and caramel malt aroma. Hazy deep honey gold with a large ivory head. Resinous piney hops, citrus peel and caramel malt flavor. Medium full sticky body, soft carbonation.
deekyn (1167) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - pours amber orange, 1 finger head s caramel malts vegetal malts citrus and resiny hops. M medium full body bright bitter body with high carb. Sickly bitter end with a tacky sweet palate. T caramel malts, centennial hops, piney resiny hops. O simple and overly aggressive and overhyped. Matched too many dipas that are going for shock value. 3.2
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle served in a Bellís tulip. Bottled 8/9/2013.
A: Pours a solid orange color with a chilled haze to the body. A frothy, yellowish head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick cap and collar. Tons of soapy lace left down the glass.
S: Light citrus notes, some light pine and a little bit of dried grass. Sweet bread malts with some light floral notes.
T: Juicy fruit, some lingering bitterness in the finish. Sweet bread malts, some dried grass and a little pine. The boozy is well hidden upfront, but a touch of heat and alcohol come out in the finish as well when it warms up.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. A little sticky sweet in texture. Resinous finish.
O: Solid flavors throughout, but I have a feeling the two months really had the hops drop off. It gave it a little time to meld together, however, and I think itís a little more balanced than it would have been. Iím not normally a fan of the high ABV DIPAís, but this was one of the more palatable ones.