BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is of slightly herbal European hops with a hint of leather. It is an unfiltered auburn color with white head and smooth lacing. An extremely light body for so much hops and alcohol. Dry, bitter, and almost watered down on the palate which makes this very refreshing and would be exceptional with some spicy food. Overall this is a good IPA with lots of hops and a great unique mouth feel for some hidden complexities. Thanks Indra!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was an extyremely tasty first beer of the evening. Mild aroma, with largely hoppy scents emenating from the bottle upon opening. Beautiful frothy head, that looks extremely cloudy and unfiltered. The taste overwhelms your tongue with flavor, medium bodied and extremely hoppy, but not as much as I expected. Very well balanced, and clean and easy to drink. I could easily drink several of these just because of the lightness in the mouth.
Clean and crisp in the finish with a slight bit of bitter sweetness.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sean's Uncle Jim dotes on this stuff. His hopheadedness accompanies his love of very hot sauces and I think that might be the way to enjoy this brew, strength to strength. By itself it bitters my tongue to parchment. A kinder gentler torture due to the mouthfeel ...
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice. Hopped only with centennial and you can tell. Does not have the super "cascady" aroma of other IPAs but still the armoa is very nice. Some citrus notes. Very hoppy ~60IBUs. Body nice and chewy but not too much so.
PorterPounder (5109) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Rerate This stuff is now available regularly in these here parts and I actually broke down and bought a whole six. Have enjoyed each one more than the last - surely deserves to be rated as my highest IPA - up a notch or two. Aroma and flavor more intense yet so overwhelmingly well balanced. Original 4.1 Bottle overflowed upon opening - which led to a thick sticky white head. Orangeish hazy appearance. Very pleasing fresh citrusy aroma. Very thick mouthfeel - can almost chew it. Bittersweet citrusy flavor. Strong finish and also a lot of sediment remaining on the bottom of the glass. Overall, an excellent IPA from Bell’s - have not had a bad one yet from them.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden, slightly amber color. Lacing on the (plastic) glass. One hop variety in the beer (centennial), and you can clearly tell in the aroma. Some citrus in the aroma and in the flavor. Sharp citrus, like orange peel. Very, very nice hoppiness. Yummy!
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
purchased this from Int'l Beverage in Grand Rapids on my way back from K-Zoo, the fish on the case definitely reminded me that this brew was made in good old west michigan, i didnt really think of this as an IPA until i looked it up on here, i thought it was a rather robust american strong ale, reminded me of Arrogant Bastard almost, intense hops, medium thick body, with a refreshing citrus circus going on in there, topped off with some malty cream flavor, the mix was done properly, and i dont think Hop Devil could carry this mans jock strap around
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There's a lot going on here: Good, persistent head; Medium to full body and mouthfeel; Alcohol presence is noticable; Good hops pacing from bitter at the front to complex, almost licorice-like at the end (dry hops and maybe hop oil). Regardless of the serving method, tap, bottle, hand-pump, it's always consistently good. Maybe their best beer.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had from bottle on July 6th, 2003 - Day 6 of Blake's Beer Month™
I'm a sucker for IPAs and this one is no different - it pours with a hazy gold color and a yellow-tinted head. The head diminishes quickly, but leaves lacing behind. Aroma is hoppy as is the taste. Flavor is of citrus - most notably grapefruit - a bit tart, but not so much so. An interesting brew and a great job by the folks @ Kalamazoo.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Color was a solid goldish yellow, small bubbly head that faded fast but left nice tight lace in patches around the glass. Aroma is very grapefruit/orangey/lemony peel-like with lots of fresh floral hops and a bit of spice. Straight up taste is very fresh hops, citrusy with some spice notes and grain, nothing overbearing, very mellow, its perfectly balanced and is very crisp and clean with a great, light dry finish. Hard and very bold, medium body feel, somewhat creamy with lots of fruity sweetness and a nice, light dry finish. This is some fantastic stuff.