superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/8/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head, with incredible retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pinapple, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and fairly smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
jsporrer (216) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle. Semi cloudy orange - amber with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet citrus with a hint of hops. Smell is not overpowering but pleasant. Somewhat bitter and harsh. Taste goes straight to the back of the throat then returns to fill the mouth. Too much bitter citrus rind flavor. A little too harsh for my liking. Not as smooth or refreshing as I had hoped for.
raoul_duke (212) - - NOV 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at jerryís. I get some honey and malt in the nose with pineapple and honeydew. Nice fluffy white head. Straw with some orange in color. Outrageously hoppy. I love this. So good and sweet without being saccharine. Drinks really easy until you have a big dog and then it really shows its teeth.
ClarkVV (4615) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brown Derby Wines (warm), brewed 7/10/15, drunk 11/1/15.
Ya, so not exactly the most fresh sample at almost four months old and having sat on the shelf. But since you canít get the damned stuff in New England (and I never see it in NY or MI when Iím there), I figured Iíd pick up a bottle and see how it held up, not planning on rating it if it seemed like the 4 months had been terribly detrimental. That being said, this is an OVER 10% abv, heavily hopped, bottle conditioned beer, so four months is certainly not unreasonable and in some instances may actually give the beer a little time to cool off.
With that long prelude, the beer pours an auburn-tinged dark amber with some tan and dark beige tints. Sandy-beige head is medium-sized, fairly dense and retained fairly-steadily at cover. Good clarity with a bit of sediment left behind in the bottom of the bottle.
Nose is full of cherries, oranges, strawberries, watermelon and ruby red grapefruit. Toffee and caramel malts quickly reach up to balance and the typical Bells house yeast character is attractively added to the picture. There are pinches of alcohol-laced esters but by and large, itís not overly boozey relative to its size. Lush, juicy, rich and bold, it reminds me more than a little of their massively hoppy, alcoholic pale ale brewed just over 10 years ago (batch 6000).
The flavor just screams Batch 6000. If you told me this was a recreation Iíd be hard pressed to offer up much to dispute it. Huge, juicy ruby red grapefruit mixing with big caramel malt sweetness and warming alcohol tones. Gains complexity via pineapple, apricot and meyer lemon-like notes emerging with warming and breathing. Impressively tight carbonation is low to moderate and creates a creamy texture and huge body in concert with all of this malt. Bitterness is high, but not quite obnoxiously so (though fresh, batch 6000 was very intensely hoppy and I assume this would be the same). I donít know what it is about Bells big beers. I usually canít stand high abv malt and hop monsters, but this was good. The texture and carbonation go a long way, for one, but the flavors are so enjoyable here as well. On top of that, Bells almost always puts out malty and rich beer with still a high level of attenuation and this is no exception. Or maybe Iím just completely biased towards Bells at this point, past the point of no return....
rlgk (15325) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the hotel room in San Diego. Hazy golden beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Hoppy citrus aroma, caramel, biscuits, grapes, bready, some hay. Hoppy citrus flavor, caramel, hay, floral, some peach and passion fruit. Quite ok DIPA with a hoppy citrus and pine finish.
undsioux7 (868) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep orange with a medium white head. Aroma is a bit muddled and muted but there is resin lemon citrus and honey in there. Surprisingly the aroma warns of a resins bitterness to come and that is exactly what you get. Love he lasting bite of hops. Orange and pine stick around also.
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015-10-16. Hazy orange body, modest foamy beige head and light lace. 3+ Aroma is fairly alcoholic, resiny citrus oil, orange notes. Mild leafy green hop undertones. Flavour is pleasantly hoppy throughout, notes of orange, orange seed and citrus oil. Moderate hop resin and bitterness. Alcohol presence is relatively mild compared to the aroma, but is just warming enough to let you know its there. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate. 3+ Pretty nice. Bottle from Aurora Brew Works, Buffalo.
vipinvelp (3158) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque gold yellow, white lasting lacing foam head. Hoppy aroma and bitter taste. Would have got higher rating if not there is some soap notes present, strange. Lasting aftertaste. (Chicago 201510)
lightbias (361) - USA - OCT 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Oracle from Bells Brewery has been gracing my cooler long enough. @jimfooch was kind enough to see my comment about loving the idea of this beer on one of his posts, and then graced a trade with a bottle of this mysterious lady. - I pull back the cap and pour the beer, the liquid is hazy, a golden peach in color, the tight, toasted-marshmallow head rising quickly, two fingers deep. The aroma is peppery, with a bright lemony-orange dominating the spice. I breathe in with the swallow, the pepper flavoring my mouth, the hops biting at my lips and the underside of my tongue. The blistering on my gums is a bit numbing and Iím enjoying the fact that although this is well balanced despite the deScription, the bittering is intense. The malt is a solid foundation, but itís a pedestal and not a partner. This is awesome; I love the tingling after each sip and the seemingly deliberate need for this damn beer to abuse the tender flesh of my mouth. - The creamy brew is heavy, sticky, thick and creamy on my tongue, the head a soft pillow on my lips. The lacing is thick and sticky, a beautiful etching around the inside of the glass.The finish is heavy, long and bitter; to the end, that pepper comes burning through in the aroma, growing more fierce by the quaff, eventually drowning the citrus. I am loving this and I know Iíll be seeing much more of this lady in my future.
neurbob (62) - - OCT 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden hazy. Good foamy head. Moderate carbonation. Nose is lemon, faint honey, resin. Taste is hop bitterness, malt is toast almost buried by hops which have a profile that is not that diverse. Like the intensity, drinkability, but not as balanced as some other DIPAs.
obguthr (4903) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Faint orange peel and pencil shavings aroma. Cloudy orange, medium yellow head, nice lacing. Lemon zest, whole orange. Grapefruit peel finish. Full body, moderate carbonation, extremely bitter, resinous. Wow, the IBUs are off the chart with this one. I can tolerate quite a bit of the overhopping that has become in vogue, but I didnít enjoy this very much. Tone it down.