sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Dilly Deli. Cask Conditioned. Hazy orange/gold. Much milder aroma and initial flavor out of the cask, but the after taste was still there. It was really good, very drinkable.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Illinismitty!! Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small head and no center lacing, just a little ring by the glass. Aroma is light and slightly fruity with a very mild hop hint. Flavor is hoppy and slightly bitter, like a grapefruit. Sticks to the palate and lingers. The aftertaste didn’t do a whole lot for me, but i enjoyed the beer otherwise.
HomesickAlien (20) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2006 12oz. bottle, slightly hazy gold/orange with a foamy white head of large bubbles that lasts. Lots of dense lacing. Intense floral hop aroma, grapefruit, pine. Flavor matches aroma, could use a bit more malt flavor. Mouthfeel is watery and moderately carbonated. Finishes with pine, citrus and hops. Somewhat acidic.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep gold, rich head, overwhelming fresh hop aroma (but in a good way). Taste is citrusy-floral-piney with subtle underpinning of rich malt for the perfect balance. Mighty tasty.
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, via illinismity. Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a large fluffy white head. Sediment noted in bottle. Big fresh floral hop aroma, spicy with tangerine and lime rind. Malt makes itself known in the background. Aggressively hopped but not biting. More of a soft and intricate hop profile. Malt still remains in the background but lays a solid foundation. Medium bodied, with soft carbonation yields a creamy mouthfeel. A truely good beer.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Cloudy golden-orange beer topped with 1" of white foam. Hop aroma just spills out of this brew, big sweet orange/pine aroma, a little bit cedary and fruity as well. Almost tropical, but still balanced by some resiny character. Beneath the bright, sweet hop aroma is an equally pleasant slightly earthy sweet malt character. With all of that delicious aroma, you’d think the flavour couldn’t match it, but it does. Sweet pale malt with just a kiss of caramel and bready flavours topped with strong sweet piny and grapefruity hops. Hops aren’t really unusual in their profile but the execution is impeccable. Lingering bitterness. Very tasty brew.
JudgeDread (16) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Fell in love with this beer as soon I pried the top off. The hop arroma crawled up my nose and set up camp. Beautiful sparkling gold color witha nice snow white head. Crisp bite and a flavor that last leaving your tounge yearning for more!!!
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My draft pour was average in appearance, but that is the only thing average about this beer. The characterisitics I liked are probably drawbacks for a true IPA afficinado. But who cares. Great big sweet citrus aromas. I really liked the balance of bitter hops and sweetness. Very nice crisp, clean finish. Yum!
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle Pours a cloudy gold with a cramy white head. Mostly lastingand good lacing. Aromas are hoppy with touches of flowers, citrus, and pine. Taste is medium bodied with a nice consistancy and carbonation. Has a good bitter/alcohol finish which lasts well. A very decent IPA as expected from Bells.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, deep golden in color with a foamy white head. Hoppy, piney, citrusy aroma. Grapefruity, spicey, hoppy flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel, nice hoppy finish. Overall an excellent IPA. One of Bell’s best brews.