BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2010 On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Very similar to Hopslam in all ways except not as sweet and with more lingering bitterness. Another great one from Bells - surprised?
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (batch 9306)
Appearance: Cloudy but radiant orange color body with a 1 finger white crown that shows a touch of retention and plenty of lace.
Smell: Oh mama this is citrus hop paradise. Loads of pineapple, grapefruit, a touch of malt, and some floral hop notes too.
Taste: same as the nose but a healthy dose of hop bitterness to boot. A touch too bitter IMHO but otherwise great.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch chewy, could possibly use a bit more carbonation.
Drinkability: Only thing holding it back from a better score is the hop bitterness.
When I poured and smelled it I was thinking "Is this Bellís Pliny Clone?" but upon tasting it I donít think that anymore. Not as well balanced as Pliny but a nice addition to the IIPA market!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-25-2009
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks tarheels! Pours golden with a nice foamy white head. Definitely an older bottle, hop acidity is high. Still very drinkable - notes of citrus, pineapple, pine. One of the best stale DIPAs Iíve ever had.
GT (9933) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 355mL courtesy of FlandersNed. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin, white head that leaves micro speckles of lace all over the place. Aroma is not stale DIPA- though this is old (Aug 2009)- there is massive booziness, spicy alcohol, caramel in the nose but it is not unpleasant. Taste is not stale hoppiness but rather is massively bitter and robust like a barleywine with a buttery, creamy palate to follow suit. Could actually be mistaken at this point in its lifecycle as a super hopped up barleywine. Will definitely need to try this fresh- I can tell already that the base beer here is more robust than Hopslam. 5/19/2010 7/4/7/4/13=3.5
Tap at Churchkey. The pour is a clear orange with a small, rocky, yellow head. Full, sticky lace. Low carbonation. Nose is aggressive fruity melons and pineapple, sweet orange, vanilla, sugary jackfruit. Taste is boozy, sharp melon rind, cantaloupe, vanilla, heavy nutty bitterness. Very juicy but still wildly bitter. Very nice. Gets better as it warms. 8/22/2011 8/4/8/4/16=4.1
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 Pours hazy orange with thin white head. Thanks Dalzale! I think its a bit old/subdued, but still good. Grassy/piny hops up front in the aroma and taste, leading into caramel malt middle with a big, big bitter finish. I bet this was awesome fresh, but still really tasty and no sign of the 10%. Would love to try this fresh side by side with fresh hopslam! Rerate: Fresh bottle 2010. Much cleaner pine and citrus hop character with a nice subtle biscuit balance and a nice bitter finish. Really nice DIPA, but not up to the standards of hopslam.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyable but not quite hopslam enjoyable for me. Too cloying and sticky, not quite to the point of being a mess, but it was on the verge. Not positive what Bells is going for with all these big hopped DIPA (hopslam, oracle, big head) I mean theyíre all pretty similar to each other in the end. Not complaining, just wondering whatís the motivation behind it. Larry just gets big DIPA itches once in awhile? Anyways a very nice golden-amber pour with minimal white head. Flavors and aroma just pouring with juicy citrus grapefruit notes very small malt backbone holding it together. Good, a shade over the top, but solid effort. Glad to have found as much as I did during my little stint in Mi with the fam.
DrnkMcDermott (2990) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, batch #9306. I MrBunn offered this in trade from W. Pennsylvania. Odd, I thought, since Iím closer to Bellís than he was, but this did not make it to IL. So thanks! Big citrus & pineapple smell under the cap. In my IPA tulip, the smell spreads out with lessened intensity. Rocky, lacy, whitish head over a dark, cloudy IPA body. Taste is sharp, prickly and fruity bitterness that hits you like pangs of regret from taping a Hawks playoff game over your wedding video. Despite the alcohol, I canít help but drink this right on down. Its malt is nicely sweet, little dry balance, and the hops are too busy making the drinker think sad thoughts to worry about matching up to the malts. Slight earthiness at the end belies the possibility this is a bit overaged. Still, lots of fresh hop flavor to go around, thatís why bottles have caps on íem.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Orange of sorts in color, dirty, large frothy white head, nice lacing.   Strong citrus rind aroma, otherwise a healthy hop aspect.   Seems like a decent IPA, or at least something associated.   As it warms the aroma becomes sweeter.   A bit alcoholic on the tongue.   Citrusy hop goodness on the exit.   Not a big malt background which I would prefer.   Like many Double IPAs, its bigger than your average IPA, but for my tastes it doesnít have the malt background to back up the hop bitterness.   Rather good, hoppy, but could use more malty sweetness.   Thanks Kevin!
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a few bottles on Danís Bachelor Party Extend Weekend trip through MI last fall, somehow theyíre all gone now and somehow I never got the rating up. Pours relatively clear dark golden tint. Nose is very fresh/sweet hops on the tropical fruit/piney side. Flavor is a crisp and refreshing hop fix with mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and enough pine to round the hop profile out perfectly. I was very impressed with this offering and would love to get some more fresh someday. The abv is very hidden. This is the closest thing Iíve had to PTE this side of the Mississippi.
douglas88 (8109) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to FlandersNed. Brewed in August 2009, drank April 2010. Pours a cloudy orange color with a huge white head, foamy and lots of lacing. A rich herbal hop nose, oranges and grapefruit. The flavor is awesome; rich huge citrus, oranges, sweet, but a large bitterness in the finish and around the edges. A full fluffy mouthfeel. Like Pliny I think. Dominated by sweet orange-citrus with a wonderful balance from aggressive bitterness. Wonderful. So damn easygoing.