dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours razor clear light gold with 1 finger and good head retention. Aroma is intensely aromatic from dry-hopping, similar to fine cannabis. Pine and citrus take a backseast to the massive amounts of resin with only a hint of honey on the malt side. Taste is piney resin, very aggressive, little to no malt presence other than a mild toasty flavor, booze is somewhat apparent. Body is medium, oily, average carbonation, long bitter finish with booziness. Overall, this is basically Imperial Two Hearted ale. Good, but the apparent alcohol flavor is a big no-no for me in this style. Not something I will go out of my way for next year.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Fairly clear copper pour with a medium sized billowy head. Nose holds loads of citrus including tangerine, pink grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange rind, along with some very nice pine and wet grass notes. In the flavor the evergreen characteristics come more to the forefront, though the citrus and caramel malt provide an excellent backbone. Sort of like Two Hearted on steroids with additional complexities. Good stuff.
KingMoomie (5) - Poland, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank on draft at The Happy Gnome in St Paul. Had to pass up the Surly Furious to drink it but was not disapointed. Awesome copper color with in your face hop aroma and flavor, a must drink for hop heads.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottled, labeled ď10588 PKGD 8/12/11 A. Must be pretty fresh. Clear copper pour with a 2í foamy head which retains well leaving lacing throughout. Beautiful job with the dry hopping, very full aromas of pine and tropical fruit. Body is medium oily and slick with a velvety mouthfeel and a lingering bitterness. Flavor gives no way to malt, this is mostly a hop bomb as advertised. Fruity and bitter. Almost too bitter but still an enjoyable one.
islay (2276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2012 12 oz. bottled, labeled ď10588 PKGD 8/12/11 A.Ē Clean, citrusy, fruity, floral smell features lemon poppy seed muffins and orange backed goods scents. There is also a more classic dryness from the hops and caramel beneath the hops wallop. Pours a light orange/copper-tinted gold/bronze. Clear but highly effervescent liquid. Moderate to large amount of long-lasting, thick, light cream-colored head. Produces good lacing. Syrupy and extremely hoppy taste. Lemon, orange, and apricot flavors. Also mineral-y. Reminds me of a triple sec and tonic cocktail with its citrusy and dry hops. Sweetness from the packed maltiness. This is an extreme beer; it is simultaneously very sweet and very dry, thought itís hard to call it balanced. Actually, itís fair to say that itís ďtoo much.Ē Long, dry finish and aftertaste. Full body. Thick and oily in the palate. The palate effects really arenít remarkable. It is surprisingly easy to drink for such a high gravity, high alcohol beer. Although I prefer Two Hearted, not to mention Hopslam, to The Oracle, it is something of a double Two Hearted in flavor (Four Hearted?). Given that double IPA is my favorite style, I should like this beer more than I do, but somehow it registers for me as merely good and not great, a mild disappointment. 8/4/7/3/15=>3.7
Re-rate: Approximately 1 oz. pour on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis on 9-15-12. Citrus aroma. Pours a gold/orange. Yeasty, bready, sweet and dry taste with a bite. Tasty and enjoyable in one of my favorite styles. 8/4/8/4/16=>4.0
Combined rating: 8/4/7/4/15=>3.8
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice. Bottled on August 12, 2011 printed on label.
Appearance: Pours a hazy medium honey-caramel with orange highlights and a 1-2 finger fluffy snow-white head. Excellent lacing that really coats the glass.
Smell: Amazing aroma featuring grapefruit, oranges, pineapple and pine.
Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by pine in the middle before ending with bitter citrus and pine at the finish. There is just a touch of alcohol at the finish as well. The aftertaste is very bitter and long-lasting. This is a serious hop bomb. There is really no malt to be found, but, in this case, Iím not complaining.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. The hop oils really coat the mouth. Goes down very smooth.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The alcohol is masked pretty well for a beer with 10% ABV.
Overall: Excellent DIPA overall. Bellís really knows what theyíre doing with their DIPAs. While this isnít as good as Hopslam, in my opinion, this is still great beer. I like that this one is more hop-forward. Itís a hopheadís dream.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Duckworthís. Greeted with a baseball batís slam of hops in the nose emerging from the thick tan headed, somewhat cloudy orange-amber beverage. Beautiful lacing down the glass. The flavor was an excellent balance of incredible hop juices and a malt backbone that never got in the way. Unlike many DIPAs, this one isnít too caramelly sweet. The hop nectar of grapefruit and pine resin are some of the best Iíve had. Reminds me of a Hop Slam on steroids.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Hazy honey-gold with thin white head and broken lacing.
Aroma: Light citrus, light spiciness and light toasted malts - nice, but too mild for a DIPA. I hope the taste is better.
Taste: Yeah, the taste is better than the aroma, but this is still a very standard DIPA. Citrus and pine hops countered by lightly sweet toasted and caramel malts. Ends spicy and bitter, with a bit more pine.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, full body that oozes hop oils. Warming and dry. The feel is the best thing about the beer.
Overall: Whatís with the hype? This is a standard DIPA, and Hopslam is much better. In terms of more typical DIPAs, give me a Hercules any day. Still, I do like it quite a bit and it is very well made, despite the weaker aroma.
jw0406 (1140) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle pours a clear amber color with a nice white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, grapefruit rind. Full bodied, with a huge hops and a dry, bitter finish
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via mattyb83, thanks! Pours a deep copper color with frothy white head that disipates fairly quickly. Aroma is of apple and hops and no real sweet notes like I remember from Hopslam. Taste is overly bitter with some very good hop flavors, mild sweetness near the end but really no malt which is great in my book. Very dry feel. Overall, I very much like this beer and think it comes close to a west coast double IPA. Not as citrus forward as the better west coast offerings but definitely nothing Iíd love to have again and again.