craftycarl21 (2251) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Pours a rich copper pour with a good sized frothy head. Nose is absolutely rife with beautiful hop character, including sweet orange and grapefruit flesh, touches of evergreen, and good sweet malt balance. The flavor brings a bit more of that sweetness to the fore, mixing with touches of melon and mango from the Southern Hemisphere varietals and contrasting with the piney bitterness of Simcoe. Definitely drinks more like 7-8% than 11%. Quite nice.
demitriustown (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma is smells awesome like another hopslam. Appearance is clear reddish/amber color with a thick off white head that lingers. Taste is fruity hoppy goodness with maybe a hint of caramel in the backing. Palate is medium carbonation in the mouth with an aftertaste of linger hop characteristics. If you’re a hop fan this is a beer for you. Cheers!
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2012 Wow. Was I surprised. This is so much better than I expected. More of a DIPA than a red with the citrusy hops that provide a great grapefruit aroma. Well done, Bell’s.
mmmkay (50) - - OCT 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent imperial red. The fruity after taste is pronounced. Big hops throughout. I want more.
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KPD (42) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had on draft at green well pub in GR. Pours a nice clear amber, medium head. Aroma is big hoppy citrus with fruit and alcohol. Wonderful. Flavor is hop up front with fruit and malt later. Big beer, big mouthfeel. Aftertaste is alcohol and hop bitterness. Great beer.
Westmeister (1805) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours darker mostly clear amber with nice tan head. Aroma is big resinous hops with an equally big toffee maltiness. You can almost smell the heaviness to the beer. Taste is bold piney resin hops and thick caramel, big maltiness but not cloying sweet. Some fruitness, even tropical as well. The booze is certainly there in the finish but too not much. Certainly a hard to catergerize brew, but maybe American strong ale? Ageable? Quite nice.
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a darker copper color with a light tan head. Nice lacing and head retention. Danky, fruit citrus notes in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet fruit like start with a medium level of bitterness. Citrus rind. Mild alcohol note in the back end but given the 11% abv, that’s somewhat expected. Pretty smooth and balanced. Like. As the beer warms, notes of pineapple and apricot come out. Still Like.
jsmerig (1277) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish amber with a thick foamy head. Aroma of sweet fruit citrus fruit and bright hops. Thick. Very bitter but has a serious amount of malt to balance. Robust. Bold. Hearty.
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mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours much darker than I expected since this is listed as a DIPA, kind of looks like a barleywine with a deep amber color and a thin of white head. Aroma is cherries and honey with some resiny hops. Taste is actually waaay smoother than I expected, I was expecting a IBU assault on my palate, but this is pretty balanced, sweet caramel malt and honey, a hint of cherry and even some more tropical fruit ends slightly dry with a bit of a warming boozy finish.
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the source. Pours a red, amberish color with a very small head. Smells great. Get pineapple, grapefruit, mango, lots of Carmel, pine. Taste starts with the bitter, resinous hoppy flavor. Then turns into a cornucopia of citrus, sweet fruits, and then ends with a sweet, bitter, fruity finish. Very hoppy but very well balanced. Get some rye, spicy flavors. Nice creamy, but oily mouthfeel. A quality beer that is awesome. Would definitely have it again