Pailhead (5557) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy fruit, pineapple, caramel, grapefruit, and pine. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a soapy ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of fruit with faint pineapple. There are some spicy caramel notes in the background. The finish has citrus notes and light-moderate grapefruit. Itís medium bodied with mild/soft carbonation.
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cherries, roasted malts, and decent amount of hops on the aroma and palate. Coming in at 11%, this is nicely balanced!
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 355mL packaged 9/13/2012. Pours a clear, deep reddish amber with a medium, creamy, yellow head. Spotty, weak lacing. Nose is orange syrup, maple, mild cheese, strawberry cake, some freezer vegetables, sticky Grand Marnier. Taste is quite aggressive pine sap and pine needles slapping you in the face with a hefty dose of malt body. Ends up feeling rich, very bitter, dense, but with almost no tropical NZ hop character. Certainly malt forward with 100 IBU smackdown. Palate is thick, bitter, maple, sticky, small boozy heat. Not bad- but almost the exact opposite of every beer Iíve been enjoying lately. Not sure if Larry Bell reads ratebeer forums, but this is exactly what people are getting tired of: boozy, sticky, mega pine bitter, red Double IPA. Ughhhhh. 10/5/2012 6/3/6/3/12=3.0
355mL. Pours with a larger yellow head, excellent retention. Nose is more maple and barleywine character, orange syrup, some whiskey, orange liqueur. Taste is creamy, sweet, some barleywine toffee, warming alcohol. Works nicely as a barleywine. Iíd dump the DIPA moniker. 10/9/2012 7/4/7/4/14=3.6
BeerSquare (117) - - OCT 5, 2012
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Considering the pedigree-- Bellís batch 4,000 was a formative moment in my life-- this one is interesting, but does not quite measure up.
It also falls short of many of the recent "big red" competitors-- Blood of the Unicorn, Fixed Gear and Green Flashís redís come to mind, others seem to be springing up every day.
But mostly it falls short because there is this amazing nose-- the initial aroma is a really unique and interesting floral, fruity blend.
That aroma passes to a more alcohol-tinged roasted malt note as the beer sits, and the flavor does not reveal any of the interesting complexities that the nose does-- just tastes like a very bitter, strong red.
The worst part is I fear this wonít age as well as some of the older "batches". I still have some 4,000, 7,000 and 8,000 in my cellar and will cellar a couple of these, but not with the same anticipation.
Still a relatively interesting big red, but no need to deviate from the standard 1-10 scale for this one, as itís mostly a 5 or a 6.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Rickís in Alexandria. Served in a Bellís tulip. Pours amber with a moderate off-white head and some lacing. Nose has a bit of bready malt and some citrus hop notes. Slight pike. Flavor is fairly bitter and has quite a heavy booze kick.
BVery (7878) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich reddish amber pour with a small white head. Aggressive pine resin, dusty caramel malts, citrus hops, and a nice slick full palate.
portableparty (2021) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark amber with a tight off white head that settles to a spotty film and subtle lacing. Aroma has grapefruit and piny hops with a big mix of caramel malt and spice. Taste is bitter piny resinous hops and caramel malt with a little spice with a warming finish. Palate is slick and warming with a chalky finish. With it being 11% it goes down nicely!
cbfobes (2677) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a dark clear amber red with a nice off white head and some sticky lacing, aroma has a nice amount of citrus and fruit on the nose, the flavor has a good amount of hops on the front end with a sweet caramel finish, the booze really shows itself though, unlike Hopslam or Oracle you can really taste the abv in this one, still good stuff though.
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark orange pour, a little bit of carbonation and an aroma of nice strong hoppy malt. Flavor also has a nice spicy malty backbone, syrupy alcohol and lingered with some subdued hops. Good beer, slightly above average.
Strykzone (5500) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at an esbls. Coppery and clear with no head. Big hops are citrus and onion. Somemore complex fruit. Not a fan.