savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle thanks to Grant. Hazy golden/orange with a dense off white head. Big aroma of grapefruit, and sweet malt. The flavor is very bitter with some sweetness and a light alcohol taste. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry mouth feel. Thanks Grant for this great IIPA.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light copper with big head. Tough time picking much up from the aroma; Very light citrus. Taste hits you like a brick. Very heavy and full of flavor: balanced mango/citrus hops and bready malts. Strong bitterness finishes and sticks around. Alcohol taste is very present, but little warming or burn. A little sugary sweetness. Solid, but a little disappointing.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of tampabrew. Pours a dark amber color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of pine, grapefruit, honey, caramel, syrup, floral esters. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of citrus, pine, grapefruit, honey, caramel, light spice. Medium body with a floral hop finish.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Orangish pour, off white head. Aroma and taste of citrus, fruits, sweet, and lots of delicious hops. At first I didn’t understand why they needed this beer as they already have hopslam, but they are actually quite different.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz – (Courtesy of ygtbsm94) Thanks for sharing, Brad! Dark amber, creamy off white head. Soft citrus and resiny pine aromas ride layers of honey and soft booze throughout. Deeply hopped prickly pine and tropical citrus flavors round with just a hint of sweet caramel malt. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Another well made hop bomb, but Hopslam has it beat…
jake65 (2742) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - thanks tytoanderso. Bright orange pour with a nice white head. Smells fruity, sweet, and tropical. Light pince. Smooth taste is a hop medley with citrus, pine, and tropical fruitiness. Mellow maltiness. Syrupy and smooth. Agreed; this is a beautiful beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (Thanks Jake!!): Pours an orange color with a nice puffy head and nice lacing. Nose of pure grapefruit and pine, pure hop essence. Tons of citrus and fruit. Mounds of orange and pine. The flavor is huge with mango and apricot. Lots of hop and pale malt sweetness in the mouthfeel. Finishes light and ethereal, vanishes after the hop banquet in the nose. Delightful and beautiful. So much clean hop complexity.
Hengest (14) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, batch # 9306. Into a Bell’s pint glass. In the backyard on this strangely warm and sunny November day, it it has a pleasant golden color with a lacy half finger head. A hoppy, resinous beer, yet still smooth, not too dry. Tingly hops on the tongue, warming alcohol and malt on the throat. Still enjoying the taste 10 minutes later. It is a shame I only bought one!
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, gold/copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is pine, floral, grapefruit, hint of caramel malt. Flavore is grapefruit, pine, mango, light caramel, earth, alcohol. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished with a nice biting bitterness. Good stuff!
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Holiday Market. Pours golden copper with small white head. Aroma is loaded with mango, peaches, grapefruit, light caramel and good amount of hops. Flavor is gushing with citrus, peach, and mango with grapefruit, some sweet caramel and comes heavy with big dose of bitter hops. Very light alcohol burn but nowhere near the 10.4% ABV. Malt is really well balanced and not syrupy sweet like Hop Slam is. This is a really solid IIPA. Another solid beer from Bells.