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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 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
(On tap) Golden, straw colored body with a thin white head. Very floral aroma. Spicy hop flavors with a hint of the malt. Smooth on the tongue with a lingering hop aftertaste. Good example of an IPA that actually sticks to the style guidelines without going over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 27, 2002
On tap at the Old Chicago in Rockford, IL (relatively worthless chain pubs; 110 beers are almost all nationally available and half of them are macros). Decent, very bitter IPA; the hops are evident from the first spicy whiff, through the strongly bitter body and the long harsh finish. Body is hearty and strong, but overall malt is not present enough for me; unbalanced. Not one of Bellsí best IMHO.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2002
My first IPA, and frankly, I was expecting more. Donít get me wrong, this was a very drinkable beer. I just expected more hop bitterness. Light copper-colored with a rich, thick head. Hazy in appearance with a few floaties in there. The aroma...oh the aroma. Smells like fresh hops in the christmas tree. Very full mouthfeel with that hop aroma taste, but little bitterness. Finishes smooth, with some of that hoppy taste staying behind.I do very much like this beer, but I expected more bitterness, like their amber ale, only lighter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1793) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2002
One hell of an IPA! Hoppy aroma, hoppy flavor, hoppy finish. Hops, hops, and more hops. I had to enjoy this beer over the course of half-an-hour because the bitterness was at times overwhelming. But a great "sipping" beer to enjoy with good company.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2002
The aroma is of hop blossoms, FTD flowers, fir trees and freshly ground black pepper. Hazy, deep golden hue with a large, rocky white head. Mostly, but not fully diminishing with great lacing. The flavor is that of bitter juniper berries and pine/fir with just a suggestion of the heavy malt and high gravity alcohol. Full-bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Long, citrisy, bone-dry finish with a woodsy, gin-laden whisper at the far end. Very nice IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2002
A very very tasty IPA. Incredible tangy and long-lasting flavor. The beauty of this IPA lies in its uniqueness. One to experience again and again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2002
A little jagged around the edges, but a fine brew none the less. This beer tastes more like apricots than some apricot beers Iíve tried. The alcohol is not well disguised; it rears up and gallups right out your nose in a hurry. Unfortunately, the splendid apricot nose becomes intwined with a piney, resinous middle hops taste, and the two just donít jibe. Think of apricot jam smeared over a pine cone, and doused with Grand Marnier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
didnít go well with the stout i just had. Nice light hoppy flavor. Fruity smelling... not bad at all

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2002
(on tap) About as subtle as a Little Richard performance. Copperish color with a gorgeous head that settles down after a few minutes, but never completely disappears. Supercharged initial hop taste that gives way quickly to a unique tartness. Seems almost sour at first but after a few sips, the taste settles in nicely. Marvelous stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Amber1 (32) - USA - DEC 17, 2002
copper, golden color with a slight haze. nice, big aroma.

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