jake65 (2885) - 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.
BŁckDich (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 (16) - 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 Bellís 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 (2215) - 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.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle thanks to the good work of xnoxhatex to get them from the brewery. Pours a beautiful copper golden with a thick off white head that isnt going anywhere fast. Aroma is amazing fresh cut pineapple and juicy hops. Very citric, peachy and floral perfumey but still keeping a solid caramel maltiness. Flavor is like freshly squeezed peach and mango, just so juicy and rich. Gains a surprisingly soft bitterness in the end which is great for not wrecking the palate while drinking these big IPAís. Loses a little for some alcohol that lingers and didnt sit quite as well as the rest of the swallow, but still a great flavor. Medium to full body and a soft but tickling carbonation. Really nicely done DIPA, love those freshly squeezed citric juices.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle: Pale orange pour with a small white head...good lacing and retention. Huge nose of mango, peach and pineapple with a hint of pine. Sticky, full-bodied mouth feel...flavor is massively hopped in the west-coast sense. Very clean, almost no malt background to be found...huge on the pineapple, mango and peach...finishes clean with a strong, lingering bitterness. This could very well be in tops of IIPAís.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sent from a friend in KZoo. Pours a dark orange color with a small off white creamy head. thick, dark bubbles meander towards the top. The nose is a fruity hop blast that is very juicy and filled with mangos and a light crisp, toasty malt backround. The palate is smooth and juicy with a nice hoppy bite in the finish and a warm tinge of alcohol. A light alcohol nose appears as the glass nears the end. FLavors of light alcohol, toasty grains, some burnt notes and a juicy hop finish.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tangy,juicey hops quickly mixed with some malting, hops had that indication of age,that silght rubbery taste. mildly sweet hop drenced grain malt with a noticable grain presence and a bitter finish that lingers long in the mouth. The emphasis is on the heavy bittering,which makes it different from most other Imp IPAís seems like a full flavored quality brew,nothing like Hopslam ,which Iím positve most people would prefer
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange / amber with a nice off-white head. The aroma has tropical fruits, smooth citrus, toasty malt and light green onions. Medium / full body with a touch of slickness and some sharp biting carbonation. The flavor started off with the aroma notes and a bit more of green hop funkiness and more green onion traits. The finish has some pine. This is drier than Hopslam, but there are some definite similarities to me.