iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2012 Wow. Was I surprised. This is so much better than I expected. More of a DIPA than a red with the citrusy hops that provide a great grapefruit aroma. Well done, Bellís.
Hartung32 (190) - Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer; smells like a DIPA(and it is hoppy)but doesn't have the bite of hops you'd expect. It has a nice boozy warmth at the finish.
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scooter520 (185) - - OCT 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 9/13/12. Appearance: copper and red but fairly clear with a big yellowish khaki head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: big caramel and toasted malts, and piney, resinous and citrusy hops with alcohol deeper in the smell. Taste: a sweet maltiness that is actually very well balanced with the high hop profile, bitter and slightly sweet finish with just a tad of the alcohol coming in but definitely not as hot as many 11% beers. Mouthfeel: thin to medium texture with a relatively low carbonation. Overall: I really think this is a pretty awesome high ABV brew. They did a really great job of countering the big malt and alcohol sweetness with multi-style hopping.
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libertine (176) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours amber with thin white head.aroma is tangerine,grapefruit,cherries and toasted malt.flavor starts off with a citrus grapefruit burst,cherrie, tropical fruits follow with caramel and toast.the pine resin isnt as present as dipas ive had in the past.medium body and lively carbonation with a fizzy mouthfeel.the finish is a mild bitterness for a dipa.alchohol is present but balanced with the flavors.by far the best dipa ive had.the hops is presenty but not overywelmingly dry.balanced all the way around.excellent
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
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely incredible. Best beer as of yet. Perfect color of light ruby red and about 1 finger of head from the tap. Aroma was the perfect DIPA of pineapple and grapefruit with just a hint of caramel malt. Taste was everything blended perfectly from the aroma. Hop presance was perfect. Very smooth and not one hint of the 11% was detected. Let it warm up a little and it will be even better!
fitwitchik (130) - USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle dated 9/12/13 into a snifter a golden amber with a thick cream head which dissipated into a nice creamy lace on the glass.
Aroma is very tropical pineapple?
Flavor is sweet malty delicious. Thinking dark cherry citrus. Malt is well balanced with the hoppy finish.
As this brew warms it became even more flavorful. Happy to have held back a bottle. Definitely still a winner.
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the source. Pours a red, amberish color with a very small head. Smells great. Get pineapple, grapefruit, mango, lots of Carmel, pine. Taste starts with the bitter, resinous hoppy flavor. Then turns into a cornucopia of citrus, sweet fruits, and then ends with a sweet, bitter, fruity finish. Very hoppy but very well balanced. Get some rye, spicy flavors. Nice creamy, but oily mouthfeel. A quality beer that is awesome. Would definitely have it again
BeerSquare (115) - - 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.
Holtguy (109) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one reminds me of Kuhnhenn DRIPA, though less IPA-ey and more malty, red ale-ey. But similar piney, resiny, grapefruitey aroma and flavor. I find this beer to be a little more balanced but a little less intense. Itís still intense, mind you. Also, this beer packs a wallop at its titular 11% abv, which isnít noticeable in the flavor. The intense flavors make it a sipper, thankfully, or else Iíd be on the floor right quick.