pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. thanks to chris for handing these out like i was trickortreatin... pours darker than what i would have expected with a deeper amber slightly coppery feel, mostly transparent, and topped with a quickly retreating soapy white head... aroma isn’t all that assertive, bready rye like malts to go along with a semi-assertive but almost generic like tropical fruit hop. somewhat sweet. doesn’t pop like some of the hoppy brews of late... flavors are more of the same with a fairly substantial darker bready malt profile with a bigger hop profile, albeit not too bright or distinguished. a little tropical fruit, a bit phenolic, a bit bitter in the finish. sweeter through the middle. it just doesn’t come together all that well or all that cleanly. bigger bodied and somewhat strengthy overall. one and done for me on this one.
thome50 (1277) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mark. Pours an amber to dark golden color with mid-range tan head. Aroma is lacking to say put it nicely, overly malty, grain, faded DIPA to say it harshly. Taste is at first a way over the hill DIPA, then fades into an overly bitter hop profile with some resin hop built up. Malt again comes back and finally you are left with a ton of heat. Not sure what the hell style this is but it is all over the place and certainly not a traditional DIPA.
Steasy66 (1114) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color, big off white head. Huge floral and tropical aroma. Flavor is sweet with big tropical hop flavor, really nice. Body is a bit thick, good carbonation. Bells hit the jackpot with this one, really nice beer.
DietPepsican (1578) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I can see why people love this, I can see why people hate this. Similar to a 1.5 month old hopslam in the hop profile. Malty, mildly sweet, good carbonation. Juicy hops. Lots of caramel. A bit faded hop character. Basically a good American barley wine, a terrible IPA, and a fantastic double red ale. Hmmmm.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
FH IPA Fest 2012, had to give this some plus and minuses, the smell is wonderful and the taste is very smooth but the thickness of this coupled with a dominant syrupy hop feel detracts from what could be awesome.
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is an imperial amber to commemorate Bell’s 11,000th batch with the name being a reference to the movie Spinal Tap.Good looking imperial amber. The nose is big and complex. Plenty of sweet malt, some cherry, a slight oakiness, some onion (Warrior hops?), and a touch of alcohol. The flavors too, big and malty. Flavors are sweet and slightly fruity, again with the sweet cherry character. As you continue to drink the hoppiness increases and the alcohol presence lessens, increasingly drinkability. Overall I thought this was a really nice imperial amber.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of GT. Pours clear, red tinted brown with a light tan head. Lots of hops on the nose - pine, citrus. A bit of honey as well. Flavor is very sweet and peppery. Lots of hops and bitterness. Very heavy finish.
Patrickctenchi (5718) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly clear, red-amber, with a short, light tan head.
Scent is sweetly tropical, fruit cocktail cherries,...pine resin.
Taste is a warm, alcohol-backed earth hop and fruit mix.
Quite sweet...very complex and rich...
A slow-sipper, for certain.
tennisjoel (1314) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely a sweet beer here. Hops are the main ingredient. I’m enjoying this as a sipper. Couldn’t handle more than one of these. Good for what it is.
Onslow (1358) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear red brew with dense frothy head that sticks to the side of the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, and resinous hops, a bit of earth and flowers - very IPA in character but more intense and complex. Taste is sweet malts at the start, very hop forward with a barrage of bitter of every strip. Lingering deep bitter finish with warm alcohol burn. A little boozey as it gets warm. Intense and good but kinda overdone - it’s hard to come away with a feel for what this is other than complex. But I will most certainly enjoy this while it is around.