wmubronco1992 (682) - 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 IPA’s I’ve had. The balance between the bitter hops and the Citra was perfect.
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. It’s fairly sweet with the toasted malts coming in to play as it warms. Pretty good...not sure it’s worth the price though.
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from trade with umich03jm. Golden pour, moderate head, aroma is mostly malt with carmel notes and a piney, resinous hop aroma. The flavor is abundant malt, with a hop presence to keep things in balance. The malt is not obviously complex, but when it warms up a bit some nice flavor come through in the background, making this an interesting brew. The alcohol is in there too, but not in a big way, and it works well with the flavor. This finishes just as balanced as it starts, and the flavors hang in there well, so it’s interesting right through the finish. Substantial mouthfeel but not thick and not overly sweet, though perhaps it pushes the limit there a bit. This reminds me of a balanced barley wine, except that it is very easy to drink. Nicely done.
S_Side_Smitty (651) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma is light chocolatey malts and caramel. Taste is sweet but mellow pine hops. There are definitely malts in the background with a chocolate/carob flavor. This beer gets more of a malt character as it warms and has an oily mouthfeel. Not bad, just a little subdued.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz thanks to MrBunn. Thanks for coming through in the clutch! Pours a rich, deep ruby brown, with a thick almost glommy white head that glops a little before fading off. Nose is so strong of pine resin and grapefruit hints it makes me want to slap my momma. Taste is so full and sweet, yet appropriately light and lemony somehow, it’s inexplicably the lightest heavy beer I’ve ever tried! This is straight f’d up, yo. Amazing shit. Clean, super well disguised ABV. Is there mint or something in this hiding the alcohol? Otherwise this shouldn’t be possible. Wins my dog licking his own balls award...
paintedmaple (626) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at the 2013 World Expo of Beer and this was my personal "Best of Show." A huge and richly complex brew of a beautiful orange color, Bell’s knocked this one out of the park. I’ll be looking for more of this in bottles. Awesome.
Tinco (604) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful deep red, amber color with a frothy off white head that disappears pretty quickly. Sweet malts, orange, some alcohol. Bitter taste, sweet orange, sweet malts, some alcohol in there, caramel, toasty, some pine at the back sweet juicy hops. Not too impressive but overall a great brew!
blackflag321 (592) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into pint. Clean red/gold color; small, quickly fading head. Big nose: fresh cherry and tropical fruit. Taste: tangy cherry, orange. This is quite a sipper. Drinking from a fresh 6-pack; not sure that I will have any to save to see if the flavor mellows with time.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big beer for sure, but not too bad. It’s close to a DIPA as some have said, but you can still pick up on the red ale characteristics. Grass hop, candied grapefruit scent similar to orange PEZ candies. Bronze orange pour with a white half inch head to ring. Thick body, syrupy, sticky finish. Same flavor as the scent with a bit of an alcohol burn on the finish. As for cellaring, I wouldn’t put this one away long. It tastes almost perfect as is. If anything, I might cellar it six months just to mellow the alcohol finish. That’s it. Drink em while you got em!
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very refreshing aroma and great citrus taste. Nice bite. Love everything about this beer.