ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange/red with a small 1/16 inch fairly white head. Smells of alcohol and malts. First sip is rather bland with the malts over powering the hops. A slight note of fruits is present in this light bodied beer The 8.5% ABV is very well hidden - unfortunately so is much of the flavor. This tastes more like a session beer than a high gravity. Not the punch I want in an DIPA.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant floral hop aroma. Orange amber color, a bit hazy. Not much head. Bitter but balanced with the malt. There’s just a touch of chocolate flavor in the finish that works nicely. The use of dark malt and the color are out of range for a DIPA, but the beer never actually claims to be a DIPA, it may be better suited for the "American strong ale" category on ratebeer. Anyways I think its a pretty solid big beer for the price.
ChainGangGuy (4386) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, fine, white head.
Smell: Crystal malt scent with a trace of toastiness and various restrained hop notes.
Taste: There’s a pop of sweet, toasty, caramel-coated maltiness upfront followed by a hoppy (though not overly hoppy) blend of hop-related flavors: pine, florals, and citrus. Medium bitterness present, which leaves you left with a bittersweet finish at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: A fine, tasty brew, but those of you seeking a really punchy hop character or a coma-inducing level of hop bitterness will be left disappointed and full of rage. Instead of a double IPA it’s more like a one-and-a-half IPA.
SSSteve (3774) - - AUG 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a dark murky copper/amber under a large cream yellowish head. aroma is a little sweet and candy-like with some floral hops, tropical fruit, and plenty of caramel and honey. toasted nuts are the first thing that come to mind in the flavor. some burnt caramel and plenty of piney hops. pretty sweet with maybe some leftover residual sugars but man this stuff has character. not your usual 2ipa or ipa. the malts are very interesting. i love the nutty- toasty character.
unclemattie (4199) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ TacoMac, Mall of Georgia. Red/orange color, white head. Sweet aroma of sweet malt, honey, and citrus hops. Flavor is full. sweer caramel malt. Lots of sugars. Bold malt sweetness. charming hop pine flavor. Balanced very well with the wonderful hop character. bold and complex. simple and refreshing. It is a feeling of relief to know that a beer this tasty is made close to my home. Cheers!
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This isn’t a bad brew but it really didn’t say DIPA to me. The hops profile wasn’t evident enough for a double. I have had a regular pale ale with a bigger hops profile than this. Everything else about the beer was fine for this style, but I could have used more hops. I would like to try this one again , to see if maybe I had tried one that had sat for a while and mellowed. Considering that this brewery is only an hour from here, it probably won’t change much. It’s definitely worth a try.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Bell Ringer
Source: Brewfest, Hickory Hops
Appearance: hazy dark orange, frothy off white head,
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with lots of citrus hops,
Flavor: sweet crystal malt flavor, lots of fruity character with orange and tangerine, light balancing bitterness stays out of the way of the sweet malt and fruity hops, a touch of astrengency in the bitterness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
NachlamSie (2771) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Terry’s. Pours a slightly hazy amber color. The aroma is a muted for the style and quite malty. I do detect some weak grapefruit with caramel. The flavor is tannic and malt heavy. Citrus flavors are trying to come through but only really show up in the finish. The mouthfeel is reasonable and suits the abv well. This beer tastes nice enough but it really lacks the depth I would like from a IIPA. I’m finding a lot of brewers in the south that make a IIPA don’t capture enough hop character. I’ve had plenty, plenty of standard IPA’s that pack more punch than this one.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a nice coppery color with a decent off white head. Aroma is very hoppy and grassy. Flavor was nice and hoppy, but i was wanting something much more bitter than this. Other than the lack of hops, i thought this was a fine brew.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Brewgrass 2007. Clean light copper-orange color with very little head. A little pine in the aroma, not very intense at all. Thick palate. Hop profile not impressive or strong for even an IPA. Overall neither the taste nor the aroma was up to par for even a decent regular IPA.