pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draught, a standard orange yellow with a decent head, maybe a slight haze, but nothing particularly promising looking. On the other hand, incredible promise in that smell. A sweet sticky hop jamboree alongside a big beefy malt bonanza. Citrus, dominated by tangerine and grapefruit, and huge well rounded malt. The mouthfeel is smooth, thereís great stickiness, and perfectly appropriate CO2 levels. The taste is truly exceptional. Everything in the aroma is here in the taste (though perhaps not the tangerine). Thereís big grapefruit and sticky piney hops over a rich and smooth malt backbone. Tonight this beer was particularly fresh and juicy, though I donít think this could ever get lower than a 4.0 from me (or anyone in their right mind). Really something special, I love this beer.
jrob21 (2964) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice citrus flavors up front. Pours a deep orange color with big foamy white head. Malty, piney, wood aromas. Slightly sweet with a good balance between the malt and hops.
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - JUL 1, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 An amazing beer. Pours with a long lingering off white head. A hazy orange color with amazing fresh taste, great hops but extremely well balanced, a bit tiny bit of sweetness to match the hops. Lots of citrus tones in this one, which helps my scoring. This is a serious extremely complex beer, and I think might be my all-time favorite. Incredible.
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle: bottle conditioned, as far as i can tell from the sedimentation at the bottom-and the flavor to match. lots of malt and lots of hops, and i mean lots of hops. good though, seems like more than 6% in strength, but just a very well brewed beer. Now Iíll have to try Bells other brews while Iím out here..
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden color, strong floral aroma. A little malty, with a hoppy finish. I am not always a big fan of IPAs, but really enjoy this beer. A personal favorite.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap@ brewery. Nose is piney with lemon grass notes. Flavour is strong with cascade. there is a light roasted charasteric. Mouth is barely chewey with a pleasant floral aftertaste.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Thanks to BeerandBlues2 and Ernest for sharing. Beer is a hazy medium copper with a large, white, frothy, mostly lasting head. Nice wings of lacing on the sides of the snifter. First impression on the nose is that of balance and woodsyness. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; Hoppy with a balanced portfolio of moderately-weighty grapefruit, herb, straw, resin/pine and cedar, trace of marigold flower; Yeasty with a light note of dough, trace of sharp cheese; Miscellaneous notes of powdered ginger, perhaps a trace of white pepper and tropical fruit. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a long, moderately acidic, moderately sweet, lightly bitter/grippy finish. The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively. Neat-o
Ernest (6834) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy light amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot, resin), trace yeast (dough), with light notes of dried fruit (mango/pineapple), ginger, and coriander.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Yep, deserving of its high scores. Slightly too citric in the mouth to be 4+ for me, but otherwise quite interesting...a lot more subtlety in the nose than most American IPAs.
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden color with a large white head. Huge floral aroma with some nice pine notes. Pine/citrus more noticeable in the flavor with a valiant attempt by the malt to add some balance. Very flavorful and drinkable ale.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 The hops were so arromatic at first it reminded me, unfortunately, of some flowery air deoderant/bag but I quickly sensitized and now I crave the aroma. Fantastic dry balanced hop flavor if you are in the mood for smoothness. Once or twice iíve had a bottle that seems a bit off, and I donít think itís me-- apparently perfection is hard to achieve 100% of the time.