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RATINGS: 3426   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Got to love the hops in this one. Nice flavors, but for the serious hop fan. Not the first beer for someone coming off Bud or Corona.

   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 I’ve 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 don’t jibe. Think of apricot jam smeared over a pine cone, and doused with Grand Marnier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10147) - Vero Beach, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - 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 Bells’ best IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 2002 bottle. Dark Brownish Red ale. This was interesting. For some reason I didnt care for the mixture of hops in this one. Needs something more. If ever there was a case of a too-hoppy-IPA this might be it. Though, I dont mind Sierra Nevada’s PA or Ipswich’s Ipa. I suppose I shall have to buy this beer and review it.Rerate. Not much changed from first impression. The heavy hops flavor, with the additional dry hopping creates a tough act to balance, and the pale crystal malt does not get the job done. Sure, it tastes wonderfully of hops and is fresh and clean, but there just is not enough good malt flavoring. Points for a good yeasty flavor though, dont get that often in IPAs. Aroma is very dry, some yeast, some earthy hops. 2003 FRESH bottle. Ok, well it looks like I got my first case of bells gone bad in the previous ratings. Guess those 2002 bottles had sat out too long. These new bottles were much better. Gone is the astringent, stale taste. Much better balance than I remember, but there is a weird alcohol flavor in the body that is quite prevalent on the finish. Not pleasant at all. I just dont seem to get along with this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimkirkhoff (2) - USA - AUG 23, 2003 does not count
Excellent hop aroma and an over all great flavor, save for the obvious infections. DMS and occasional phenolics are obvious in this years batch. Overexpansion has come at a cost!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Starts with a good head, a little cloudy. Two Hearted's got great hop flavor and bitterness with a dry hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2935) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Bottle: Citrus, lemon,orange,grapefruit.Toasted malt, toffe carmel. I think of a orange creamsicle. Pale orange yellow color. Small head that faded quickly. Poured so sediment stayed in bottle. Citrus flavors. Tad creamy, bit of bitterness on finish. Man what a great beer. No wonder why Bell's is one of the elite brewers in america.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (14388) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
Hazy golden, nice creamy head. Aroma is floral, some citrus and hops. Flavor brings hops and flowers. Elder comes bacj there as well. Quite an ok ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2004
Good head, thick lacing. Strong floral aroma. Hop finish. Not overpowering. Yummy and not one-dimensioned.

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