Bellís Big Head San Diego Style Ale

Formerly brewed at Bellís Brewery
Style: Imperial IPA
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 332   ABV: 11.07%
What is San Diego Style Ale? It is an ale thatís made with more attitude than hops. And boy are there a lot of hops.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9936) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, orange amber body topped by a medium white head. The aroma grabs my attention immediately. Big nose reminds me of some of San Diegoís finest. Big sweet caramel malt,very fruity, with hints of pine and good bitterness. The flavor is big all around with this beer. The opening is fairly sweet caramel malt goodness along the heavy dose of hops. I was amazed at the huge bitterness that lingers. Some grassiness and a touch of pine. Bittersweet finish with a lasting lemongrass aftertaste. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA, how does it compare to Hopslam. Everything about this beer says BIG, but the different sensations wok well together

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4071) - Kansas, USA - OCT 21, 2009
12 oz bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Batch 8369 marked on the bottle, meaning this was bottled on April 4, 2008. Pour is orange amber with a smallish off white head. Aroma of caramel sweet maltiness, light oxidation, mild fruit sweetness and some alcohol. Taste is malty sweet, citrus peel bitter, some pepper and cardboard oxidation. Palate is medium, drying and some heat in the finish. This was certainly past its prime, but still pretty interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to dukefan, batch K8369. Orange pour, lots of medium sized particles. Aroma is malty, dark fruits, exotic fruits, grassy hops. Flavor is soap, bourbon, grapefruit, coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 The Dan Journal #272. Tasted 7/11/09. 12oz bottle. Batch K8369. Hazy with an orange hue and mild sediment. Bubbled ring of off-white head. Orange citrus aromas. Sweet hops, mild candy sugar and a touch caramel also pop up in the olfactory. Medium bodied with a bright palate. Even at this age. Tart body with flavors of pine. Sticky and dry with a staunch bitterness in the finish. Trace noticeable burn. Impactful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Way better fresh. Should not have aged this for the last year. Review based on fresh. Aroma is juicy, lots of hops and some caramel malts. Flavor is great, clean hoppy, refreshing. Hides that abv really well. Well balanced sweetness, a bit oily and slick. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (6152) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
( 12oz bottle thanks to dukefan, batch K8369) Pours orange, nice oily head, nose acrid citrusy hops, the taste is extremely better for me and lingers badly. Itís quite oily which I like, but not balanced well for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
bottle, thanks to dukefan, clear amber color with malty pine needle aroma, flavors are more malty caramel with subdued hoppiness and a bitter brown sugar finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
bottle thanks to dukefan. poured an amberish color with a white head and some lace. aroma of pine, caramel, spice, and malt. flavor was pine, caramel, florals and alcohol. medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2733) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle thanks to dukefan. Nose is plastic, honey, roasted malt, and citrus. Taste is sweet, brown sugar. Medium thick mouthfeel with a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4586) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Bottle courtesy of dukefan. Light orange pour. Some aged hops. Wood and spice. Spicy taste. Some hops and dry bitter on the finish. Not bad; a decent balance. Reading my notes later, I am surprised to find this was a Double.

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