tastybeer (1850) - Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours clear copper/amber with an beige head. Aroma is big caramel/toffee malt, melon/pine/resin/citrus hops. Taste is moderately bitter, melon/pine hops, big caramel malt. Palate is soft, oily, warming, big malt finish. More of a barleywine than a DIPA.
JStax (3975) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a refrigerated 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice translucent amber color with a very nice, large, beige head of foam. The aroma is sweet and resiny. Taste is very resiny and grapefruity bitter with just enough malt backbone to keep the bitterness in check. Pretty good overall.
arkurzynski (1855) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of motortoddhead. Thanks brotha! Deep amber with red hues. Sweet, sweet caramel and toasted malt with musty pine and juicy tropical fruit. Flavor is more sweet malt up front, fading to a fruity hop blend of pear, mango, peach, pineapple, and faint pine. Not overly bitter with sweetness still pulling though. Somewhat sticky, clean. A beer fruit cup.
ryanfolty (2139) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2012 November 7, 2012 bottle from Mike as an extra. Brown with some orange and red pour with decent head and lacing. Sweet fruit, piney hops and grain or malt. Taste starts sweet and fruity and then moves into a mild piney bitter finish.
rumproasts (4238) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. amber with one finger head. big fruity hops, mainly citrus. moderate malt body. pretty well done, but certainly not in the same class as hopslam or hop stoopid.
DialSquare (3581) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Proof bottle shop. Cool to have new Bells - and an ipa to boot. Copper pour with a thin off-white. Aroma is sweet bread and pine. Tastes are caramel, melon, resiny grapefruit, wet grass, sweet malts. Has a boozy vibe, but nothing approaching the 11%. Way too drinkable actually. So well balanced - very nice.
reverend_03 (10) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish color and off white head. Prevalent hop aroma but didn’t get much of a sweet smell. Slightly sweet flavor but mostly the bitterness of the hops from start to finish. Not a huge fans of red ales but this was decent.
Beerman6686 (5481) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This poured poured a darker red color with a large beige head. Aroma was grassy and fruity hops, caramel and toasted malt, and light alcohol. Flavor was bitingly bitter upfront with minimal fruity hop character, followed by bland caramel malt, and then a huge punch in the face of alcohol. This thing is extremely brutal and unrefined, in a very bad way.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is pineapple hops with backbone. Barely off-white head, thin, tiny bubbles. Amber color. Sweet from the git-go. Very citrusy hops but with enough pine to add some depth. Not too malty. Nice bitter finish. Bells says it’s an imperial red, ratebeer says it’s a double IPA- toes the line between both well. Interesting and well done but not a Hopslam.
Holtguy (135) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one reminds me of Kuhnhenn DRIPA, though less IPA-ey and more malty, red ale-ey. But similar piney, resiny, grapefruitey aroma and flavor. I find this beer to be a little more balanced but a little less intense. It’s still intense, mind you. Also, this beer packs a wallop at its titular 11% abv, which isn’t noticeable in the flavor. The intense flavors make it a sipper, thankfully, or else I’d be on the floor right quick.