BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Shawn: Nice orangy hue with a small frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of pineapple, mango, dank, and resiny esters along with herbal, biscuit, crystal malts with a yeasty tone. The taste has a moderate fruity hop profile with bitter and spicy notes, backed by biscuity and grainy malts. A bit minty and catty as well towards an astringent finish. The mouth feel is sharp but not highly aggressive, a bit sticky with an medicinal and astringent finish. Not bad but not at the level of Hopslam or Two Hearted for that matter, almost too restrained.
vtafro (2331) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Rciesla for sharing. Orange pour with white head. Aroma is piney hops. Strong hop flavor pine, citrus,grapefruit and some warming fue to high abv.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pretty brew. Copper colored with pleasing carbonation. Tropical fruit, and sweet caramel malt in the nose followed by some catty notes and a candy like finish. Flavor is carmel and somehow neugot. Exotic fruits. alcohol, strong hop pine presence. Bold flavors. Body is full with dry finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Mekong on 10/28/2009. Somewhat cloudy orange amber body. Sweet floral and light resiny hop aroma. Sweet citrus and floral hop flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
SrSilligoose (3091) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from santa! Pours a slightly hazy bright orange amber hue with a beige head. aroma of pineapple, orange, melon, caramel, and some booze. pretty nice. Flavor is a nice citrusy hop and sweet caramel melon booze like taste. Pretty solid. Probably better fresh, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. Like most high alcohol double ipas, the melon and booze has started to show a bit more. but this still has plenty of hop character to still stand strong as a solid double ipa. nice job bells. and thanks J12601!
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild aroma for a DIPA (or my nose is stuffed-up from NYE activities). Taste is dominated by citrus and bitter hops with some light caramel. The metallic hops taste really lingers in the mouth. Not as over-the-top as some DIPAs but the metallic residue taste is a bit much. Still a nicely crafted beer.
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid dIPA but I canít find much info on it anywhere. Dark amber in color with a small head. Aroma is citrus, hops, piney. Taste is the same. Strong hoppy flavor, dash of citrus in there. Excellent, just like most Bells brews.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
unfiltered orange body with a nice long lasting thin white head that laces up a little bit, aroma is hops but some caramel malt fits through ad well, flavor is cascade hops that is balanced very well with a strong malt backbone, after reading a few other reviews I think my bottle might be a little old as itís really lacking the bright hop flavor that we get from say Pliney and Hop Stoopid, I can tell it must have been amazing fresh out of the fermentor, but it remains a well balanced treat even after the flavor/aroma hop additions start to fade... still this really canít even compare to many west coast DIPAs that are rated waaaay below this
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I shared a bottle of this with Beerbaron617 on Christmas eve. IPAís, let alone IIPAís are more his thing, but this beer pretty much won me over. It was not too over the top with hops, and had a wonderful citrus floral aroma which translated directly to the flavor. Super fruity with a well rounded body and flavor.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep golden orange body with a thin white head. Big floral citrus nose, not the sharp citrus, but more sweet tangerine notes, like citrus candy. This is my kind of IIPA, less on the beefy bitterness, more so on the big floral notes with an ample sweetness to balance.