bwa5879 (750) - Portage, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at eccentric cafe. Ruby/brown pour with eighth inch white foam head. Very sweet grapefruit hop aroma. Warms the mouth initially. Strong bitter feeling at first. Really piney bitter taste, a little pungent fruitiness, raisin/pineapple for sure. Not overpowering for the ABV. Finish is candy sweet like smarties but leaves a warm throat and dry tongue.
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elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottled September 13, 2012. Served at around 45F.
Pours lightly hazy red/copper with a three finger tan head that leaves nice webs of lacing and recedes to a wispy, foamy cap and ring.
Aroma starts with some citrusy hops, grapefruit, moves to earthy hops and bready malt with some fruit (cherries) and caramel as well. Good to very good strength.
Flavor begins with big grapefruit citrus and resinous hops, some pine, big malt backbone of cherries, caramel and toffee, some sweetness, decent bitterness, bite of alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and sticky, good carbonation.
Big intensity indeed, particularly in the flavor, thereís a lot going on and every aspect is big and bold. Big hops, big malts, big alcohol. Very good brew.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Go big or go home! That appears to be the aim of Bellís "this one goes to 11" ale. Itís super-sacharined with boozy sweetness, and youíll get just some of those cherries and candied tropical fruits too. The problem is, in the arms race of bold beers, this one is too eager to shoot itís big gun and the 11% abv sprays you in the face. The malts do their best to balance things out, and thatís what makes it highly drinkable. But still, itís a rocky ride that Iíd pass on the next time I have the opportunity.
kdm1984 (741) - Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-red with enormous, tightly-bubbled head that sticks around for awhile. Big caramel and "red" aroma with piney hops. Flavor is big sweet malts with piney hop kick at the end. No mistaking this as an imperial red ipa hybrid. I wish the malts were a little less sweet, and that the abv was a little better hidden, but this is an imperial, after all. Strong and pretty tasty beer. Would like to try more IPA/red hybrids - Summitís Horizon was quite tasty in particular.
ddemmingjr (740) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Winking Lizard. Nose is red hots, rubbing alcohol and earth. Flavors of resinous hops and sweet caramel malts. A bit syrupy cough drop texture.. Want to dig this more but at 11abv, it's one and done
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mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Copper color with a small white head. Aroma has plenty of fruit and citrus, but it has a strange musky character. Seems to have loads of pineapple with some slight orange and grapefruit. Pretty damn sweet taste with tons of caramel to start, and it still finishes with a lot of caramel. In between there is a good deal of grapefruit citrus character. Pretty full bodied and a bit too sticky for me. Still, very sweet and aggressively hopped but it just donít come together for me.
WisconsinBeer (712) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Muddy Pig. Pours a clear deep orange with a medium head. Flavor is initially heavy on cherries and ripe fruits, back end is a hop wallop that smacks you in the face. Medium bodied and boozy. Definitely "goes to 11".
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bells on 9/21/12. Aromas of fruit and some pine. With LOTS of alcohol. First taste is largely alcohol burn but as it warms the citrus and pine come out as well as a little pineapple. Interesting mix of hops. Nice burn going down. Well done.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a dark bronze color with little head...low retention. Nose is heavy on mixed berries, grapefruit, pineapple and some lightly toasted bread characteristics. Slick palate...very resinous up front with some of the citrus and berry notes rounding it out. Itís fairly sweet with the toasted malts coming in to play as it warms. Pretty good...not sure itís worth the price though.
wmubronco1992 (649) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Eccentric cafe on 9/22. Pours a slightly cloudy amber. Aroma is of juicy hops and pine. Tremendous lacing. Flavor of juicy citrus with a nice balance of bitter pine woodsyness. Thick palate that finishes with a nice juicy bitter mouthfeel. I expected this to be good, but this surpassed my expectations. This was darn good. Wish I could have had more then one pint, but at 11% I had to stop. Frankly one of the best double IPAís Iíve had. The balance between the bitter hops and the Citra was perfect.