doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another bitchiní beer courtesy of hoppymeal. Pours cloudy, dark amber with a smallish, creamy white head and spider web lace. Smells deep and dark hoppy, resiny and dark citrusy as well. Some alcohol as well. Tastes resiny and citrusy, bitter with an underlying syrupy sweetness and a good bit of alcohol. Full body, good carbonation. This might be the best ipa Iíve ever had from outside of CA.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Source:12 oz bottle.
Appearance:Hazy orange pour with a two finger off white head.
Aroma:Hints of alcohol and caramel, but mainly just huge floral and citrus fruit aromas.
Flavor:Strong pine and grapefruit rind with hints of caramel, alcohol and mango.
Palate:Medium/full body with solid carbonation.
Overall:Most excellent beer from Bellís. Makes me want Hopslam that much more.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 Thanks Matt.Chilled. La Fin glass. Upon opening the bottle,I sat it down,and could smell the aroma. Huge aroma. Copper with orange hues. Streaming bubbles rising to the top which sets a fat head. Strong tropical fruit and resinous hop aromas. Faint malt in the aroma with a bit of alcohol. Thick,smooth texture. Upfront bread and strong pine. Following are slick malts and slight alcohol burn. Really is very smooth. Finish is long with woody,floral,resinous hops. There is a annoying lingering alcohol burn though,which becomes more evident upon warming to the point of almost being overbearing and pretty much dominates the flavor. A 2 hearted ale times 2,almsot 3. A real palate killer and alcoholic DIPA .Without the big alcohol presence,this would be rated quite a few points higher for me.
Having a second bottle the aroma seemed even better. Still,this beer is so dominated by the alcohol itís almost not really enjoyable to drink.
flatmatt (1012) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a large off-white head. Aroma is big in floral and grapefruit hops, touches of caramel. Big hop flavors lead the way, with tons of grapefruit, pine, and floral flavors accompanied by a strong bitterness and some alcohol. Slight sweetness with some caramel malts. Strong lacing. Finishes bitter with grapefruit and grassy hops. Certainly a top double IPA here.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of coyotehunter, thanks again homie! pours a hazy light amber with lots of vivid orange hues. nice low creamy head, looks yummy! nose has huge peach and pineapple esters, bread and hops characters with notes of citrus and a touch of alcohol. has a touch of cheese in the nose, which i like. taste is very nice and unique. has a creamy front body with a nice smooth fade and just a hint of heat on the exhale. bitter aftertaste from the flavors of the soapy and swet hops, plus a nice subtle malt backdrop. this is a sipper of a dipa, and itís pretty damn nice.
bluto1978 (12) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great doub;ipa. Bells does it again with another great ipa. Brand new, this will be hard to find off the get go. It would be nice to buy it in a 6 pack instead of a single 12 oz unit. If hop slam can be $17 a six pack, why cant oracle?
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Sprinkle for sharing! Iíve been dying to try this one! Hazy bright orange pour. Fluffy off white head and drippy lace. Resinous aroma. Grapefruit, light pine, and citrus. Nice Malty backbone. Solid offering
Beerman6686 (3719) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a hazy orange color with an off white head. Aroma was loads of resinous hops, mainy citrus and pine, and alcohol. Flavor was very biting bitter hops up front, citrus and piney notes, mouth puckering really, with a bready not so sweet finish. The only thing detracting from this one is the alcohol is not hidden very well at all.
TheEpeeist (3131) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Clear orange brown with a slim white head. Nose is mandarin orange and toffee with hints of grapefruit and grass. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is candied orange peel, grapefruit rind and toffee. Building bitter finish. A big old mouth numbing hop bomb well executed as expected from Bells.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small tan with fair retention and lace. Lightly hazy gold, light copper color. Big nose, Citrus, melons, pine and alc.. Med/full body with a good carbonation level, lightly resinous and chewy. Nice hop flavors, clean and fresh, lots of citrus with more grassy notes and a hint of malt. Alcohol really coming out as it warms. Dry fruity finish with a large bitterness and a little alc. burn. A better quaff that their Hopslam though the alcohol notes were somewhat distracting. Props to GMCC2181 for sharing the bottle. Thanks gabe!!