swoopjones (6701) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2010. medium golden. big agressively hopped aroma. taste had big bitterness but some strange plastic/chemical aftertaste.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Bells during RBSG’10 trip - peachy, grapefruit hops. caramelly, sweet bready malt character. plenty of hops. grassy fruits and pine. Some hoppy spice. Cloves. generally well-balanced though a bit too sweet.
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased from Tiffany’s in Kalamazoo, Mich., and poured into a pint glass. I must admit, I haven’t been diggin’ Bells lately, even though it is my local brewery. However, this beer bumped them up a notch or two. A nice hoppy brew that is well balanced. I’m glad I have a few more in the fridge.
NathanJM (57) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrusy hop nose. Caramel, honey. grass, Roast and resin in the mouth Delicious, but no Hopslam.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours amber/slightly orange with small off white head. Aroma is citrusy hops up front with notes of caramel and toffee. Flavor is bitter all across the tongue with grapefruit notes, caramel, toffee, and a slight alcohol heat.
andyhwcinc (1602) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Great Lakes Brew Fest in Racine, WI. The way the line formed to try this beer I was anticipating losing my virginity for the second time after trying this. My cherry’s not popped but it’s good, aroma stinky hops, appearance caramel thin head, taste good and balanced hops and caramel malt, gets better as you drink.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from splax23. Batch 9901. Pours an amber color, good one finger head with some decent staying power. Spotty lacing. The aroma shows toffee, resin, caramel, and is rather malty. Citrusy, oily and herbal hop flavors with iced tea and a good dose of resin. The hops are big for sure, but don’t seem entirely refined and the doughy and toffee malty body is stronger than expected. Sweet but with plenty of bitterness to keep that in check. Hard to compare it to Hopslam as this is completely different. Hopslam has an assortment of tropical fruit and drinks a bit smoother whereas this is more pine/resin, toffee malt, and gritty at times. The Oracle is good but I prefer Hopslam. And it’s not really all that close in my opinion.
nimbleprop (5485) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a lightly hazy, otherwise transparent burnt orange with a lacing, creamy, eggshell head. Nice lacing. Nose is candied oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, caramel. Flavor is sweet, orange cremecicle, tangerine, lime, honey, butterscotch. Very sweet, but well balanced at the same time. Full bodied, sweet, butterscotch finish that had some strong bitterness.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Above average appearance (but a little more clear than I prefer) - orangeish color, very nice ring of dense foam left around the glass after the initial head diminishes leaving behind a ton of sticky lacing. . Nice piney hop-filled aroma with a slight hint of citrusy fruit. Flavor is a good blend of bitter hop and malty flavors that try (but fail) to balance things out - the bitterness clearly wins out here, which takes away from the drinkability.
Good beer, but given the limited availability and my preference for other more readily available DIPAs, I’m not too likely to seek this one out all too often.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is big citrusy, resiny hops. Flavor is huge bitter citrusy grapefruit hop, with a nice bitter finish. Very good.