rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Current rating: cask @ Beer Engine, 3/08
One of the best IPAs I’ve 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 I’ll 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 it’s 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 can’t 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.
stogieman21 (5) - COLDWATER, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Foggy gold color with a perfect fluffy white head. Apple, hops, dough are the aroma. Very smooth and subtle IPA. So many IPA’s are overhopped and it overwhelms the smaller characteristics. This brew is just awesome.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 ipa’s are to bitter but this is perfect.you cant get much better than this!!!!
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
kane (111) - USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Beaver (1469) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
boto (1963) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 12oz. bottle: The beer pours a fairly hazy, golden color, with a little sediment. There was a bit of a white head on it. It has a very nice aroma. The main nose is that of floral hops. Strong, but not overpowering. A hint of sweetness in the aroma also. Upfront taste of hops. Strong, but not overdone. Aftertaste has a bit of orange to it, a hint of both sweetness and tartness. Quite good! Update: Had this on tap today. Still quite good, but had to adjust the numbers a bit!