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, Iím 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.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a burnt orange almost burnt sienna color with a slight white head that forms a nice coasted atop the brew. Malty sweet aroma with graefruit type notes in the nose. The first sip yields a fairly malty brew that is pretty sweet on the upfront and just wehn you think "where are the hops?" BAM the hop bitterness plows into your mouth and on your tongue. Citrus rind type bitterness with some floral tastes. Medium mouthfeel. Not bad but nothing too crazy either and not worth the minimal hype that it comes with. To me I think there are other regular everyday DIPAís that are just as good and better. Worth a try though if you can find.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2011 Retard from the Eccentric Cafe. Burnt orange sporting a mild creamy white head. Nose is fruity, pungent, citrus hops. Flavor is full of Fruit like hops citrus notes and some unique candy like jolly ranchers that really sets off the flvavor. A bit of bready malts. Like Iím chewing on fresh citrusy fruits. warm/sweet alcohol sensation. spectacular IIPA!
bluejacket74 (1551) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle, Batch 9901 (Bottled on 8/23/2010). Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (orange/grapefruit/tropical fruit) and pine hops, along with a little bit of bready malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, the citrusy hops flavors are the strongest, but the pine hops and bready malt flavors are noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís creamy, oily and slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, itís quite smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good overall brew, Iíd definitely buy this again.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma is all pine and resiny hops, definitely smell west coast here. Taste has a split second of sweet malt and then tons of pine, resin, and earthy bitter hops kick in to dominate the rest including an extremely bitter finish. Doesnít compare to hopslam.
Trev (2011) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark gold, almost amber pour with a rocky head.
aroma is citrusy and pine hop. Light caramel, earthy malt under that.
flavour is plenty oí hop. Pine predominantly, some citrus. Pretty dry.
toffee, sweetness is well attenuated. Covered in the finish with more resinous floral hop.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:I get some nice sweet malt in the aroma, and a little bit of grapefruity hops.
Appearance:Amber in color, nice white head, great retention.
Taste:On first sip, the hops in this beer hit me in the face hard! After a few more sips, I can start to differentiate some different flavors. I can taste some peach and nectarine in the hops, also a little pine. Some nice hope sweetness provides a good backbone to this one. The fruity flavors linger pleasantly on my tongue well into the aftertaste.
Palate:This beer has a medium body, and some nice alcohol warmth. Itís also kind of creamy.
Overall:Once you get past the initial hop bomb, this is a very enjoyable beer. Itís hard not to compare this to HopSlam though, which I think is a little better.
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice, fairly smooth drinking IIPA from the always reliable Bells Brewery. Pours a medium dark copper with a nice but fairly small light tan head. Nose is citrus, mostly orange, and nice but not overpowering. Flavor is fuller than the nose, rich with strong hop and alcohol notes. Long finish full of complex bitter hoppy goodness.
DocLock (8529) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from CAH that I was amazed to see in Craft Ale House, so kudos to them for their beer acquisition efforts. This one pours turbid dark straw toward coppery with a nice, uniform, 2-finger off-white head. The nose is caramel malt, heavy blacck pepper, orange marmaladey fruit, hops, canteloupe. Perhaps a tad overripe on the nose. Tastes rich, earthy, very hoppy, with some peppery, mild fruit, and some heat that gets barleywinet and fuselly late. Starts very hot and gets even hotter, and I dare say this one would rival a single malt scotch or cognac in flavor profile. Rivals some of the Brew Dog efforts, and gets hot and dare I say unbalanced not just late but at the beginning, but is well made and delicious. Like a beer version of Big Ben Roethlisberger, Bellís could brew Budweiser for the rest of their careers and still be a hall of famer, and by brew Bud I mean do nothing of value.