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India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 Huge orange-pine-citrus hop nose with nice, soft, underlying doughy malt/yeast aroma. Hazy orange-tan with off-white, dense, lasting finger of head that sticks to the glass and excellent, fine-bubbled carbonation. Fruity and hoppy up front with pine-orange hop flavour and intense bitterness. Feels very clean in the mouth. Thereís plenty of malts here to support all those hops but hoppiness overshadows a bit - though it works very well. Medium-light body. Refreshing. Bottle. Thanks, Silphium!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Current rating: cask @ Beer Engine, 3/08
One of the best IPAs Iíve ever had. Miles beyond this in bottle or draught (and I had a pint on draught the night before having this cask version.) Layers or malt & hop not even hinted at in those other serving formats. Copper tan head with nice lacing. Nose is.... no. This goes beyond my usual "nose is... flavor is... comment on the body" format. This is stunning. Damn close to perfection. This is one of those pints that Iíll tell stories about for years to come, like the Storm King I had on cask at the Victory Brewpub years ago when Storm King was at the top of itís game. This is what Peter Bouckart (sp?) of New Belgium is talking about when he says that brewers are creating art that gives people "10 minutes of pleasure."
Do you remember the first time you found you loved IPAs? That definitive moment where it all clicked? For me it was Hop Devil. It was just this absolutely amazing thing that I had never experienced before. This perfect, logical expression of happiness in flavor form. This beer is that, all over again, even after my taste buds have been jaded by 92 other IPAs and 54 double IPAs. This is an epiphany.
The only problem with this beer is that I canít share it with my friends. Someday.
But for now, just fucking wow.

Original rating from a bottle: 8/3/7/4/17. 3.9 Big citrus nose - nice malt, spicy flavor is very juicy orange. peppery, grapefruit, earthy caramel. Orange grapefruit finish. Nice. A little too tangy for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stogieman21 (5) - COLDWATER, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004 does not count
A cloudy /frothy looking beer. Has a perfect balance of fruit and hops. Liked so much I bought a keg of it to enjoy through the winter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Foggy gold color with a perfect fluffy white head. Apple, hops, dough are the aroma. Very smooth and subtle IPA. So many IPAís are overhopped and it overwhelms the smaller characteristics. This brew is just awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Great cloudy golden color. Solid head and lacing. Medium body, slightly creamy. Very hoppy, with exploding fruity taste from the hops. Very well balanced overall. Good hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
murky dark yellow body with a one inch head that simmered down,but not completly.man this has a great aroma.it contained a bit of vanilla,citurs,hops,and flowers.the flavor is even better.perfect balanced brew for sure.with flavors of vanilla,flowers,and hops.alot of ipaís are to bitter but this is perfect.you cant get much better than this!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2004
On draft at the St James Tavern in Columbus. Gorgeous pour; heavenly bouquet. This beer is dripping with hops: juicy, flowery, grapefruity hops. In Bells, the Midwest has a genuine treasure!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kane (111) - USA - NOV 7, 2004
Wow. Such a quality beer. Aroma of rain water, peaches, and the west coast beaches. The first impression is more of a mouth feel than a taste as this is the creamest beer I have tried. A quality balance between malts and hops. A strong hops prescense and taste. The mouthfeel is the distinguishing trait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2005 Golden orange with a fluffy off-white head. Leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass with a great head retention. Sweet citrus aroma that closely resembles juicy fruit gum. Hops are very mild, noticable, but not strong. The flavor was a light lemon and orange peel mix. This beer is real smooth with good malt. The flavor finishes with a floral taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beaver (1420) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 The Two Hearted poured a hazy golden color. It had a thick fluffy white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma was grapefruity, apricoty, piney hops. A little on the subdued side, but nice.

The flavor was grapefruity malts with a hoppy, bitter finish that dominated more as it sat and warmed. Just the right balance of hops, fruitiness and malts. It had a smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

Overall, an excellent IPA. A little more subdued than I expected, but very drinkable.

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