hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 Bottle… Cloudy orange ale with a small, creamy, white head that never fully dissipates. Loads of peach and tropical fruit in the nose with a distinct earthiness creeping in as the beer warms. Medium-bodied with measured carbonation. Intense hop flavor and medium to heavy hop bitterness. Lengthy, lingering bitterness in the finish. The palate and body don’t really scream double IPA, although the high ABV does. Just a very good IPA in my book. Thanks to dmschefke for shipping this brew to me!
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a slight hazed deep honey gold with a frothy sticky pure white head- nice lace. Aroma is very intense, piney hops, mint, tropical and tons of citrusy hops- good grapefruit as well- sappy and even a bit dank- very fresh- some tacky sticky moderately sweet honey and pale malt int he backbone. Flavor is sweet and malty in the back, but it is almost entirely dominated by sappy thich resinous hop oils- pine needle, tons of fresh grapefruit and orange oil, some weed- and dank with about as good a finish as you can get for 10.4% DIPA. Not completely dry but pretty good still.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another amazing beer from Bells. Looks like your typical IPA, has the same qualities, great malt backbone, nice hop presence without being overbearing or too this or that.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is just absolutely tasty! Very much like a stronger version of two-hearted. Aroma is packed with grapefruit, tangerine and pine hops with a nice hint of malt. Flavor is very fresh, with tangerine and grapefruit bursting out front, followed by some lingering pine with malt in the finish. Alcohol is almost non-existent. Overall a great DIPA, up there with Hopslam and any other top 5 DIPA.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just amazing. Look you just gotta try this, great malty backbone, complex hops, easy to drink, strong. What more could you ask for in a IIPA? Look, I don’t really remember all the details but I know this was GOOOOOOOOOOD.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Golden /orange pour with thick foamy white lasting head. Mango and citrus notes in the nose. Hop bitterness jumps out on initial taste. More citrus, caramel, and some pine resin in taste. Very hoppy, but malt backbone holds up and beer is nicely balanced. Finish starts smooth but develops into a slow alcohol burn with a pleasant bitterness. Very good.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating is from when the beer first came out and I tried it. Now some months later when I had it a few more times I would rate it lower if I were to re-rate the beer. It has faded quick in the aroma but still great either way.
Poured a copper color with an off-white head. Huge big fresh hop aroma. Pine and citrus that covers up almost all of the toasted malt underneath. Light alcohol. Big hop flavor. Pine with a mix of sweet caramel malt. Medium bodied and warming. Great beer.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle 9306 as well. Orange with off white head and gooey lace. Nose is sharp hops and sugar/fruit and alcohol. Taste is alcohol and sticky sweet. Some citrus. Strong and good.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled December 2009; Batch 9306
A solid, but not overly aggressive pour causes my 25cl tulip glass to foam over. I end up with three-fingers of lightly tan / amber colored head. The beer is a rich, copper - amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep copper color when held up to the light. The head is thick with hops and has quite a bit of staying powerr and leaves a nice thick layer of lace on the sides of my glass. Sticky up fron malt notes are framed by a solid, enticing, biscuit-like maltiness. Candied grapefruit zest, tangelo and nice lychee, lemon and even something that is a touch like urea aromatics play a prominent role, but the malt plays a fairly large role here as well (at least it does after a couple months of sitting in the bottle). This has quite an enjoyable nose, and I really like the clean, expressive malt character that is noticeable underneath the hop notes.
As this hits my tongue it is creamy feeling with a hint of diacetyl that is not really distracting in my first sip. A firm, gripping, herbal bitterness becomes more and more noticeable as the beer moves across my tongue. An herbal, essential-hemp oil flavor mixes what I thought was diacetyl, but really seems to be a hop derived flavor. In fact this definitely has a dank quality to it. The herbal hop notes play the lead role, but lots of fragrant citrus / fruit hop notes are found here as well; tangelo oil mixes with grapefruit zest, lychee and piquant tropical fruit notes are all quite noticeable. The malt plays a clearly supporting role here (even more so than in the nose), but still provides a structured biscuit like maltiness, some clean caramelized malt sugars, and a nice whole grain bread like sweetness. This has perhaps just a touch too much body to strike the perfect quaffability I prefer in a DIPA, but it is close enough; light enough to be drinkable, but it does have some sticky palate heft to it. The hop character provides a nice spiciness to this beer that is at times peppery, definitely a touch earthy, but really mostly nicely herbal.
This is quite a nicely "balanced" DIPA at this point. I like the mix of "hemp"-like and fruity hop notes found in this beer. The biting bitterness and bright malt character serve as a perfect anchor for the dominant hop character found in this beer. This is really quite nice at this moment in time. I am curious how this tastes when newly released, but I don’t know if it would actually be better than it is right now.
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of grapefruit, peach, tangerine, and grass. Flavor of orange, caramel malt, peach, pine, and grass with a dry, bitter finish.