TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nicely hoppy aroma. Beer pours relatively light golden color with a big off white head that is fully retained. The foam is heavily sticking to the sides of the glass and producing prodigeous lacing. Flavor is pleasantly bitter. In fact this taste somewhat like the good West Coast IPAs, but not that good. Very good, not great IPA.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Warm, glowing, light peach with perfect clarity. Huge, puffy off-white head that fades here and there, leaving huge, cloud-like pillows of foam. Tons of sticky lace. Enormously aromatic nose with a huge blast of floral Centennial hops, with soft pink grapefruit, and hints of orange, peach, and mango. Underneath is a thin foundation of toasted malt and slightly chalky yeast. Flavor is an eruption of hop flavor and velvet hammer-like bitterness. Flowers, pink grapefruit, peaches, oranges, mangos…it’s all there in an incredibly soft and sticky delivery. The malt and yeast manage to stay afloat enough to provide a solid base for the hop explosion happening above. Medium in body, with a soft and round mouthfeel that only gets better with the yeast pour towards the bottom. Finishes dry, firm, and bitter, with a splash of citrus and black pepper. Through my many years of better beer, this is still my favorite expression of the IPA style, and one of only a few beers that I cannot drink only one of. My opening of a bottle of this guarantees a second and third. It’s worth noting that since the new brewery opened in Comstock, this beer’s flavor profile has been much cleaner, with much less sediment.
rmpjr (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lighter ale with a citrus flavor. Not as hoppy or bitter as some ales.A good beer to introduce othrs to craft brewing. Even C**rs drinkers will enjoy.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a wonderful cloudy orange with a nice thick head. I recommend a tulip. Aroma is intensely bitter, smells like pure hops extract. Flavor is crisp. My palate is a battle ground between the huge bitterness and the malty goodness. What a wonderful
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a copper color with a medium-sized white head. A light hoppy flavor with a balanced array of floral and bitter accents.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Golden-hued, loaded with millions of microparticles, well carbonated body, and relentless soft lumpy white head. Heavy lacing. Great clean, mouth-watering aroma of orange citrus, flowers, spice, and baking soda. This is a mature and superbly balanced IPA with mild sour notes. Super subtle, crisp, and smooth. A truly great beer. I could drink this forever.
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 Dec 15, ’03: Served from a beer engine at the Map Room, and at English Ale temperature. Good thin yet persistent head. The hand pull yielded a beer with no bubbles, yet a firm mouthfeel. The IPA hops were actually subdued, nicely balanced between floral and bitter. Somehow I picked up a note of cherries, too. Color is lighter than the usual American IPA, closer to a Vienna or even a Pilsner. I had hoped to get a better impression of Bells than I did at their Eccentric Cafe taproom, and I was right.
Bottled, May 22, ’05. A slightly different experience from a chilled bottle, and no less fascinating. Unfiltered like the other bottled Bell’s, with quite a lot of bits floating around, that don’t detract in the least from the enjoyment. I may have waited a bit too long to open this bottle I got in November, as the floral hops I noted on draft are a little rougher, more piney and northwestern. But just another facet of a fascinating and complex beer.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 ReRate: 6/02/04: Still Killer!
I believe it was the legendary Indra that hooked me up with this bottle several months ago, Cheers Brother!
Jesus!! This beer looks FINE; it would be a Victoria Secret model if it were a woman! A glowing orange and bronze body, with a pillow of tan frothy head and lacing… The aroma is radiating from the glass, calling me in like a Siren on the ocean.. A mass of pine and cedar woods, caramel to know end, grapefruit and tangerines, brown sugar and rosemary- loads of that!
The flavor is far more refined and settled than the aroma; all of the same characteristics but in moderation. The palate is like a velvet sorbet, fresh pineapple in the finish… Probably the best IPA I have ever sampled, Indra~You Rock!
I Want More!!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light gold pour with a slight haze. Huge head full of large bubbles that are popping away quickly. Not a lot of lacing however. Very nice floral hop aroma, slightly citrusy. I do have to say it has a musty pine quality to it as stated before. Nicely balanced flavors of malt and hops. Lemons are showing through a lot leaving a nice tart finish. Very crisp palate. A wonderful IPA. Thanks to EddieG for this one!
3fourths (8229) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Clear light orange with a tall soapy white head. Crisp and sharp hop aroma of peaches, scotch and musty pine. Very crisp and light while maintaining an even hop bitterness. Has a nice sweet wood and peach flavor.