BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was by far my favorite of the Bell's I tasted. Peachy colored. Huge floral nose. Citrus undertones. Mildy sweet. Smelled so good you could wear this beer. Very nice and sooooo drinkable.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Bottle pours a nice golden color with a beautiful head that sustains and leaves lots of lace. The aroma is flowery hops and grapefruit. The flavor is rooted in malt but is fully challenged with hops, resulting in a fine IPA. The palate is rich and coats the mouth. Overall, this is very nice and will seek it out in the future. Update 3/27/2008 - I brought home a fresh 6 pack of this as Iíve not had any in over three years. It is still freeking good. I somehow thought it was a go to session beer, but forgot the 7% ABV. As a result, I am pretty intoxicated, but safe at home in front of my laptop. Cheers.
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Very light copper appearance, nice creamy white head that kept a veneer the entire time. Aroma was a pleasant burst of pink grapefruit dominated hops. The flavor was similarly dominated by sour grapefruit, with a hint of earthiness breaking through as it warmed. Bitter, dry finish. Good, but a bit thin on the finish, needed just a bit of a stronger malt kick for me. Thanks, Indra. Note: Sampled on tap on a business trip, almost identical profile, just not quite as creamy.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Cask at Harvest Hop Fest at Rich O's in New Albany, IN. Nirvana! For my taste it gets no better than this one. I was actually a little disappointed with last year's. It was good, but didn't kill me. Well, IT'S BAAAAACK! Beautiful, bright yellow with a thick, thick stiff white head. Hop aroma exploding at you. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor of grapefruit, some grassy and even some orange and spice in the hops. Just beautiful. How could it be better? Give me more!
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the pour to the finish, this beer is exploding. Great head from the bottle. Nice hazy gold color with slight off white head that last. Very much on the citrus aroma. Flavor of orange that taste young. Good balance of hops and malt. Very solid IPA!
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Poured a faintly hazy orange/gold color with a moderate head and good lacing. Assertive hoppy aroma with orange, grapefruit and floral notes. Medium bodied and fresh tasting, almost raw at first, bitter and citrusy, but though the hops prevail here, there is a delicious underlying malty smoothness that makes everything alright. Lingering bittersweet finish. Whoa baby, what an ale!
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large malt backbone. Piney citricy hop flavor. The hops are pronounced but not stingingly strong. Nice IPA to drink with dinner.
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew poured a large head of white colored long lasting buubles that left behind a carbonated light yellow orange colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was medium hopped and the mouthfeel was slightly tingly with a hop bite. The flavor was hoppy but not real strong for an IPA.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Pours a light amber hue, minimal frothy head . Medium carbonation. The aroma is flowery and citric (from the Cascades no doubt). Taste is bitter and then sweet. I liked this IPA for its high level of biiterness, flowery aroma and drinkability. Some IPAís are just too darn strong (see Dogfish Head), but this one is just right.
BBB63 (6087) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003: Clear golden hue with a creamy white head and very good lace. The aroma is piney and grapefruity hops with a touch of toasted malt and twangy yeast, very floral. Citrus and bitterness is at the forefront with nice undertone of sweetness. Dry and moderate bitter finish, very smooth for something with such a hop character. Another lovely brew from Bells. Highly recommended.