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.
BelgianBeerGal (3386) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via trade. Pours a slightly hazy orange-bronze color with a thin, bubbly white head and some lacing. Aroma is pineapple hops, maybe some peach and a little alcohol. Hops are unabashedly the centerpiece of the flavor...however the bitterness is not overpowering and only lingers slightly in the aftertaste. Well done.
DocLock (8530) - 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.
Atom (1777) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours hazy amber/orange with small white head. Aroma is citrus, sweet apricot, sugar, caramel, slight pine. Taste is sweet, malty, floral, bitter earthy pine until the finish followed with a punch of alcohol. Palate has full body, and sticky. A little disappointed in the taste but a decent DIPA.
Jethro6191 (494) - Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber with orange highlights and a thin white head. Biscuity malt, grapefruit, citrus, and grass aromas. The flavor begins with a sweet biscuit malt, then an explosion of hops. The burst of over-ripe oranges fades to citrus, grapefruit, then grass leaving your mouth coated with a hop bitterness. This beer really hides the alcohol. It goes down dangerously easy for a 10% abv beer. Hatís off to Bellís for another wonderful beer.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy reddish brown with large white head. rich nose of herbal and citrus hops. firm bitterness before a huge punch of the above mentioned hops with a hint of low crystal malt and a remarkably dry finish with a touch of yeast character. alcohol somewhat present and adds depth. wondeful dipa, a paradigm for the style
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.
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2010 Sample from a bottle courtesy of JaBier at the Day Before Labor Day party. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes slowly. Sticky patches of lacing. Leafy hops aroma that has citrus and malt notes. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops, earth, and caramel malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering floral and citrus aftertaste. Good beer all around.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - SEP 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear copper with a nice creamy slightly off-white head that lasts and laces. Outstanding juicy aroma--grapefruit, lemon, lime, and a doughy biscuity malt backbone. Just beautifully delicious and balanced aroma--and it maintains a uniqueness that separates it from other IIPAs. The flavor is damn solid too. Juicy fresh hops upfront, fades into a moderately dry finish, where the resinous hops come through. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Smooth and mellow. Overall: a damn tasty and impressive brew. I wish this was a regular from Bells. Why is it that these guys canít manage to do anything wrong?
BVery (7961) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Amber / orange pour with a thin white head. Wonderful bouquet of citrus and pine hops. Taste is orange, grapefruit, big hop profile but well balanced, and...... 10% ABV - are you kidding me? By the time you figure that out on your own it would be too late... Great beer.