DialSquare (3803) - 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 (5835) - 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 (145) - 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.
Marheb (3897) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Un profil malté assez complexe mais croustillant, pas d’entrave du caramel. Les houblons couvrent bien l’éventail des saveurs et nous laisse sur une sécheresse intense. Une sensation poivrée nous reste en bouche.
Capa (2542) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brick Red with a mid-size head. Rather fruity with plenty of malt sweetness, cherries, biscuit malts. Full bodied. Finish is long and sweet with a hefty dose of bitterness. Very much a sipper but quite an enjoyable one.
jbierling (15) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance - Deep amber in color, hazy, not a large head.
Smell - Both sweet and sour with a hint of brown sugar.
Taste - Bitter fruitiness. Somewhat reminiscent of grapefruit. Hint of dough. The high ABV is not immediately apparent but quickly catches up.
Mouth-feel - Medium feel. Reasonable amount of carbonation.
Overall - Definitely not a traditional beer. Very unique.
libertine (341) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours amber with thin white head.aroma is tangerine,grapefruit,cherries and toasted malt.flavor starts off with a citrus grapefruit burst,cherrie, tropical fruits follow with caramel and toast.the pine resin isnt as present as dipas ive had in the past.medium body and lively carbonation with a fizzy mouthfeel.the finish is a mild bitterness for a dipa.alchohol is present but balanced with the flavors.by far the best dipa ive had.the hops is presenty but not overywelmingly dry.balanced all the way around.excellent
mcberko (11215) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from khoffman43 (thanks a lot, Kyle), pours a dark amber with a small beige head. Nose is both very hoppy and malty, with loads of fruity sweet resinous hops and big sweet caramel malts - maltier than a IIPA typically is, probably due to the 11%. Flavour starts with citrusy and grapefruity hops, transitions to tropical fruits and candied sweet caramel malts, shifting back to the bitter hops, which leave a very pleasant astringency along with some fruitiness on the finish. A bit too sweet and malt-heavy for a IIPA for my tastes - something doesn’t mesh right here. Decent stuff, but quite flawed.