Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 3614   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2009
12 oz bottle. Heard great things, wanted to try this for a while, finally found it. Pours a golden copper with a finger high white head. Really a gorgeous color to it. Smells of hops, a little malt, lemony citrus, and some floral arrangement to it. The only thing Iíve had compare in smell was Hopslam, also by Bells. Surprisingly though, the taste was mediocre. Weak and watery, with similar flavors to the smell, except much less hops and malt. Somewhat smooth going down, but quite disappointing. Wish it had more to the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to tjthresh. Nicely balanced IPA, but not as fresh and hoppy as Im used to. Caramel malt, biscuits, citrus, floral hops, toffee, and moderately bitter. Nice and easy to drink, well done IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2009
Pours a clear, pale golden with a hefty, effervescent head. Has a big, bright, and fragrant hop aroma of pine and especially citrus. Smells a bit sweet as well. A very pleasant smelling IPA, unlike some which seem determined to overwhelm. Flavor is, of course, bitter and hoppy. Something like mint comes through. The fragrant, flowery aroma does not abate upon tasting. Itís unique and extraordinary but, unfortunately, not for me. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and sticky. Good, worthy of its reputation, but Iíd go a different direction with my own IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Smells of lilac, lime peel, orange peel. Taste is on tilt toward heavy citrus, the most citrus that Iíve ever tasted in a regular IPA. The flavor overall is very smooth and without having to cope with an over the top bitter hop presence, this sucker is drinkable sumptin fierce. Palate is a crafty mix of medium bodied heft and careful light caronation, definately fills your mouth. I think what seperates this is the pronounced softness of the finish as compared to other IPAs, really supple and buttery especially at higher temps. I wouldnít walk through glass for this but it is a great addition to the style and Iím glad to have it. The date on the case said March 10 2009 for bottling, I wonder how this would be super fresh, maybe even better. Thanks Bells. 2009 12oz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Pours clear yellow with a small quickly diminishing off-white head. Nose is faint floral hops. Flavor is initial citrus hops segueing into a middle cookie maltiness and then switching back to a strong pine/floral hops backbone. Crisp palate, long lingering hops aftertaste. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1597) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Big thanks to MrChopin for including this one in a recent box. Pours a transparent light orange with a thick head. Sweet citrus hops and some herbal notes in the aroma, with a big honey malt counter. Almost a bit of bubble-gum sweetness. Vibrant carbonation and a mild flavor. Refreshing... not fantastic at first, but it has a wonderful aftertaste that brings you right back into it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle. Robust golden yellow, big, tight head leaving behind significant lacing. Decent carbonation. Aroma of floral hops, grapefruit, citrus. Nice flavor - grapefruit, citrus, lots of hops. decent malt backbone keeps the bitterness at a moderate & manageable level. Overall very well-balanced IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Tap @ Dexterís Pub - Had this one a million times, but finally getting around to rating it. Pour clear amber with a big white head. Smells great, with crisp, citrusy hops and some biscuity malt. It just smells really fresh and clean. Tastes sweet and hoppy, starting with the citrus hops up front, then transitioning to the dry, bitter hops on the finish. No matter how many times I come back to this one, I find it never disappoints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2903) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Golden/orange pour with medium off white head. Floral/hoppy aroma. Hoppy, slight malt, citrus, quite crisp. This would make a good session IPA. A quality brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Smells great, sweet floral hop aroma. Taste is more subtle than your typical west coast IPA, and I was a bit surprised by how pale this beer is. Taste is crisp citrus hops. Body is good. Solid beer.

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