Jethro6191 (506) - 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. Hat’s off to Bell’s 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
Dogbrick (11021) - 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.
portableparty (2273) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is clear red amber with a nice off white creamy head and solid lacing. Aroma is strong pine with grapefruit as well there is faint scents of sugary malt. Taste is bitter pine and booze with faint orange zest. Palate is rubber and sticky chaulky finish. I am glad I finally rated this, not what I remembered when dalzale shared a bottle with me about a year ago.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/copper with an off white head. Aroma of citrus, honey, caramel malt, floral notes and some tropical fruits as well, a bit of booze as it warms. A good bit of sweetness is held back from some dryness in the malt and the bitter hop notes, got some nice punches of caramel, restrained honey, citrus, some fruitiness and pine hitting the back all through the long bitter finish. Fairly big body, nice carbonation and the bitterness is quite pleasing in the finish after the tug of war through the palate. Better than Hopslam in a lot of way, sweetness is still there but that and the booziness seem to be pulled back leaving the sweet notes as enjoyable as the bitter ones. Overall, not as triumphant as Big Head or some of the fresh Cali IIPA’s, but it’s still a nice IIPA overall. though given the fact that the sweet side is so present from the get-go, I wouldn’t leave this on the shelf long. The older Oracle I had last year is proof of that fact, mine will be gone long before the first snowfall.
paulgermain (16) - sterling heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle golden almost amber color with a very frothy head. Very tasty beer. Almost has a taste of Two Hearted Ale with the extra bite. You can almost taste the 10 % of this big beer. Hopefully Bell’s keeps producing this.
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy amber pour. frothy head. full bodied. this was the last beer of a long session so my memory serves no more details.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, less sweetness and more bitterness than hopslam. Aroma of pineapple and sugar, cotton candy maybe, a little citrus. Flavor starts with a slight smoothness before a, happy kick to the palate. Sticky, chew, resinous hops in all their glory. Great bitterness, but not too much, very drinkable for a dipa. Not quite maharaja or dreadnaught, but very good indeed.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-pours a deep transparent amber color with a dirty off white head.
S-the aroma is a hop explosion, a strong caramel and brown sugary malt foundation have a good presence up front but the hops dominate the nose. Tons of pine citrusy hops with a good bit of grapefruit and appricot in the back.
T-the taste is slighlty more balanced but still a hop focussed brew. the caramel and brown sugar are up front showing the true size of this beer as the malt foundation can still show under a hop blanket. Resinous piney hops take over, lots of bitterness setting in. the back end brings the sweet citrus with tons of grapefruit and the bitterness keeps hitting, its moderate in strength but long in duration lingering for some time.
M-the body is syrupy and a little grainy on the palate, falls off a little in the back making it slick on the throat.
D-huge beer, lots of balance but definitely a hoppy brew. there is definitely a nice tropical fruity sweetness in the back but the caramel, brown sugar and pine work together to transition the malts and hops. tasty stuff!
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. claims 10% even. batch 9901. a syrupy dark gold under a small head. aroma is sweet with caramel and soft tropical scents and floral hops. a sweet one with burnt caramel, vanilla, and maybe a tiny hint of black licorice with a generous amount of bittering hop and floral aromatics. some spicy piney flavors. a little warming, but not obnoxious. full bodied. not as clean and delicate as the all mighty "hopslam", but it’s still nice a different, dirtier way.