EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vienna Whole Foods. Clear orange yellow pour with with a nice white head on top. Grapefruit and tropical fruits on the nose. Very sweet when it first hits the tongue. Very bitter and hoppy and alcoholic. Resinous and a bit sticky. A bit harsh, but overall tasty.
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours clena maple w/ super sticky white head, resiny hop aroma w/ some caramelly notes, big full malt body w/ sturdy bitterness throughout and lingerin bitter finish, slightly sluggish DIPA, too much caramel malt, not enough hop aroma
JStax (5214) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a translucent amber with a thick, pillowy beige head of foam. As it dissolves it leaves nice rings of lacing down the glass. Aroma is piney and musty with notes of grapefruit and an earthy presence. Taste is not nearly as overpowering as I might have expected. It has a nice bitter, grapefruit presence but the earthy, almost herbal pine notes balance out the bitterness. The malty backbone of caramel and roasted nuts really rounds the beer out nicely. Mouthfeel is thick and juicy, almost chewy. The alcohol in this beer just provides a dryness to the back of the tongue in the finish. Nicely put together IPA. A new favorite. I can see why these go so fast.
nsquishee (638) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very reminiscent of Hop Slam, but isn’t as sweet. Floral and orange/grapefruit aromas. Rich, honey/orange color. Bright, crisp grapefruit/orange flavors backed by a sharp hop bite. Very subtle malting produces flavors of hay, sugar cane, and "barnyard". Nice offering from Bells. I bought two bottles from Zipps and drank one tonight. I’ll get reacquainted with the second bottle in around 6-8 months. I’m sure she’ll age well with 10+%ABV.
Travlr (21414) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to GT2 for the phone tip, alerting me that this was on draft at Churchkey. Clear golden color, white edge head. Amazing aroma of pine > grass > flowers. Taste is pine boughs wrapped in lemon rinds, perfect balance. Best beer of the night.
574deadzone (1377) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First bottle of the season, hell yes. Pours translucent golden copper with a fluffy off-white head that settles to about half a finger with some fantastic lacing. Aroma is piney citrus and wonderful. Taste is an explosion of resiny hops, and yet there’s substantial sweetness in there. Palate is thick, oily, powerful, luxurious. A magnificent DIPA, one of my absolute favorites. And this fresh? Unstoppable.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the the Bell’s Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo, served in a tasting glass. Pours clear amber with a small off-white head. The head remains and leaves lots of lace. The nose has big citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit, along with peach and tropical fruit. There are also hints of pine and biscuit malts. The flavour is moderately sweet and intensely bitter, with the aroma notes carried over and combined with pepper. It is fairly balanced overall. On the palate, it is medium in body with a dryish texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice, bright citrusy imperial IPA that is nice for summer. It has a fair bit of peppery alcohol, though, that could be better hidden. 2011-08-14
jacobman (5) - Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has plenty of floral hop flavor. There’s a light citrus flavor too, but overall it is very limited in flavor. I would consider it a good IPA, and therefore would drink it again.
iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Mich BrewFest. Poured a amber color with white head. Aromas of citrusy, grapefruit. Taste is semi-sweet and some bitterness on the back end. Most of the taste is on the front end. Palate is medium bodied with a shorty abrupt finish. Overall, a great tasting DIPA. Great balance in the malts and hops, but would like a better finish.
mmmbeer (1389) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle (Batch 9901, inverted label) served in shaker- yeah, I know this shouldn’t even be rated because it has progressed into a near barleywine, but let’s do it anyway. Poured a murky dulled copper color, huge 2 finger head formed and laced extremely well upon the glass surface, aroma of pine and citrus hops (still!), with the caramel malt taking ever prevalent presence. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt does still retain a little caramel, a good size hop wave is still able to crash the party, finish is cloying with resin, bitterness, and a distinct warming sensation. Up for a RE-RATE down the line due to age; I guess this beer flat up rocks since I really can’t tear it apart and it has held up extremely well despite almost a year of age on it-no matter how much animosity I hold against... yeah. I did this to prove a point fellow RB’ers- don’t let people in the trade forums shit you. I found this beer in a gas station in a little rural town not far from where I grew up (pop.492). Price-15.49 plus tax and deposit. Feel bad for trading away beer much rarier now?