DietPepsican (1571) - @ $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 (783) - 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 (5433) - 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 (1268) - 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 (1317) - 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.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Before I go in to this- This is more drinkable than the ruination 10th anniversary but along the same lines. Red. head is moderate and fading. Nose is citrus, ripe sweet fruits, resins, cooked pineapple, sweet malt. Flavor is again sweet resinous hop oils with sticky sweet malts, caramelized pineapples, cooked peaches with some grapefruit runs thrown in. Sweet malt flavor but finishes with a balance of sweetness and bitterness. Not as bad as the hate is giving it but its another ridiculous sweet IIPA. edit: had another one last night and it just doesn’t do it for me-so sweet
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color, pine citrus and hops hit me all at once. Good beer overall
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has some nice citrus and resin scents. Pours a nice amber with a quickly fading head. Taste is a very bold bitter, nice hop flavor and a bit of a caramel roast.
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