regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on-tap at TJ’s. Poured a reddish-amber with a one-finger, off-white head which dissaptes to a coating. Lacing is ample and lasting. Nose is caramel, grapefruit. Taste is sweet caramel and bready malts, tempered by the bitter grapefuit. Mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Brew is mildly sticky and oily. It is a little sticky but not unpleasantly so. There is no hint of the higher ABV in the taste but it is the only thing preventing me from having another.
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark, but sparkling clear, copper color. spicy/earthy hops on the nose, taste: bitter and floral hops, saltiness, a little bit of malty sweetness. palate: thin body, average carbo, bitter and long lasting finish. is this the ’bite’?
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at fountainhead. Pours a deep clear copper with a frothy white head. A fruity sweet aroma. Taste is a nice balance of hops and malt. Has that traditional strong ale taste. A subtle hop bitterness with a carmel sticky fruit finish. Not too gummy or heavy. I could have had another.
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear dark amber, finger thick tan head, nice lacing. Aroma toasted malt, caramel, earthy, citrus hops, slight pine, a little fruity. Taste balanced, toasted and caramel malt, citrus abs pine hops right behind, a little roast and bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel fuller side of medium body, medium carbonation, slight alcohol and hop astringency, slightly dry finish. Overall tasty, complex, balanced beer, another great seasonal from GLB, maybe the best red ipa I’ve had.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep Copper pour with off-white foamy head. Big hops notes in aroma, smells of citrus/grapefruit. More hops in flavor. Grapefruit, mango, and a little spice in the flavor. Building heat. Malt sweetness is fighting to get noticed, but it’s losing the battle due to the strong bitterness. Bitter finish. Not very balanced, but I’m digging it.
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Part of October Dayton Beer Tasting event. Pours deep amber with plenty of citrus hops. Full mouthfeel supported by malt and hops balance.
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, rich red with a small white head. Aroma is quite hoppy and includes some dark malts as well. Flavor is very hoppy with a slightly malty finish. Distinctive GLBC hoppiness that is present in some of their other beers, most notably Burning River. Excellent beer, complex yet smooth.
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with an orangish head. Aroma is citrusy. Very well balanced flavor, full bodied and bold. Hides its strength very well.
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Beautiful reddish copper with moderate white head, dissipates fairly quickly with light lacing. Aroma is strong caramel malts with pine and bits of hops and floral scents. The taste is a fantastic balance of hops and malt with a distinct pine taste and very bitter aftertaste at the back of the throat. Smooth and crisp feel with a good amount of carbonation. I love this beer, one of the best I’ve tried.
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this right after the Flying Dog Double... this one is much more balanced. Aroma is hoppy with a caramel background. A more roasted American strong that balances the subdued sweetness with the kick of the hops. Bells has some serious competition as my favorite brewery in Great Lakes.