gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got to love the hops in this one. Nice flavors, but for the serious hop fan. Not the first beer for someone coming off Bud or Corona.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Early 2002 bottle (12 oz), sampled January 2005: nice release of CO<sub>2</sub>, with a column of foam growing right out of the bottle before I pour. The first glass I poured without the yeast dregs: crystal clear gold with a generous off white foam that dies to the edge of the glass. Thick caramel coated aged hop cones in a super-developed aroma. Everyone in the bottle has been playing nicely: the hops have contributed their resin and hints of pine, and the malts have mustered up a great does of chewy caramel, peanut butter, and hints of raisins. Though the aroma has developed extraordinarily, the palate is totally dead and the flavours are well on their way: thin and watery with a stale bitterness and no real hop presence (not unexpected, but a fun experiment). My advice: stick with a fresh example (less than a year old), it is still one of my most favourite beers.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2004 Light amber with frothy,soapy,lacey head.Favorite in the aroma department.Piney,bubblegum,citric hop aroma.Palate very full here also.Caramelly,bready,malty flavors are big. Hops are everywhere.Finish is citric,and leafy.Also,some Belgian malt flavors?Could be cause of the yeast I just added.Never loses thickness or flavor.Damn good!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was very enjoyable. Nice citrus in the nose. Aroma reminded me more of an APA than what I think of in an IPA. More mellow and malty in the body than an APA. Nice bitterness. Citrus again in the mouth, but also some doughy/bread flavor as well. Very enjoyable. Another fine product from Bellís.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Pours cloudy copper color, citrus hoppy aroma, nice hop profile, crazy ass foamy clingy head. Juicy grapefruit-citrus flavors, medium bodied IPA with a nice rounded full mouthfeel, this may be the most drinkable IPA I have ever tasted, I just can"t stop at one.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crazy bitter. Not for me. Looked good in the glass. Canít figure out any of Bellís labels. My label had two ventricles, not two hearts.
cathcacr (622) - Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Comments added 7/1/02: Not as big and bold as the Stone or Victory Hop Devil; actually somewhat mild for an IPA. Lots of floral and citrus character in this one. Original comments: First off: this is some niiiice stuff. Mighty drinkable and pleasant. Let it warm up a little from fridge temperature and you get the full ride. Okay, for an IPA, itís a bit unusual: fairly standard orange color, cloudy, good head, nice retention, hoppy aroma. But get this one into your mouth and you get a sweet, smooth character to it that I didnít get with the Victory Hop Devil or Stoneís IPA. Donít know what it is that gives it the sweetness and smoothness, but I quite like it. Still plenty of hop bitterness to make this an IPA worth its style designation. Well-balanced and yummy!
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Even though the alcohol content is higher than I like, it takes awhile before it is evident. The citrus wasn't to overpowering and the drinkablity was good. Golden color and slightly cloudy.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
a wonderfully hoppy IPA, citrus flavors, and a bitter aftertaste that is right up my alley. One of my favorite IPAís
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rerate: OK, now I get it. This is loaded with some other kinds of hops than those in West Coast IPAs, and also far more malty than most of those Iíve tried. Itís a big big beer, gentlemen. Still, lingering, there is a soft sweetness, not just citrus, but more flowery. And the trademark (IMO) biscuit, baked quality of the malts is truly evident. A great one. Rerate was 3.3 on 4/22/02: A year of lots of drinking and 6 months on ratebeer have finally matured my IPA sensibilities, and I can see this brew as the monster that is is. Pound all in: big hops, huge malt, thick and big. I see that now. Original: 12/01/01: My friends love this beer. It comes so highly recommended around here. I just donít enjoy it.