BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yet another superb Bells brew that Iíll always be happy to nab when I can get the chance. Typical amber pour...whitish head. Great big...huge...citric hop aroma...a nice citrus blossom sweetness is evident. Smooth flavor....hops with a solid presence that never balances this one out---and thatís a good thing! Great lingering bitterness in the end.....just a great DIPA!
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had this stuff last year and did not rate it. If i had it take a guess I wouldíve rated it a 3.9. This years batch is so well balaced itís got me into a hop frenze. Awesome what can I say!!!!!!!
CanIHave4Beers (4141) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very hoppy beer that does not sacrifice complexity and balance to bring you some fantasic bitterness and hop flavors. In other words itís not a cascade bomb. I very much enjoyed this dry and bitter ale, with hints of fruitness and just a touch of sweet flavor. The aroma however was the best part for me, it was just fantasic with bits of grass, flowers, and lovley hops.
Radek Kliber (7239) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Clear , bright gold-amber ale. Rocky, fragmented head on top.
Nose :Fresh west hop aroma, citrus with malt base , fresh clean in its character. Good straightforward hop aroma. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Full bodied , one dimensional hop feel. Leaf-e wet in character. Golden clean malts are present but the they are slammed by hops.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is a massive orangey hops sensation, decent malt says hey as well, deep amber, medium sized custard head. Flavour has orange tones from the hops, malt is well placed too. Medium bodied, balance, alcohol isnít apparent. Terrific! Thank You Radek Kliber.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2010 Re-rate 1/20/10. Bottled 12/30. Big grapefruit, pine, fruit cocktail aroma. Lots of tropical fruity flavors. A little sweeter than some other top tier IIPAs but complimented nicely by a sharp bitter bite. Still amazing. Re-rate 1/18/09. This years batch just hit the shelves here so this stuff is fresh. Golden-orange color, moderate head that settles to a thin film and yields some blotchy lacing. Massive hoppy aroma; loads of grapefruit and some pine as well. Huge hoppy flavor, not surprising based on the aroma, and overall this is very tropical; grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango. I wouldnít classify it as easy drinking or smooth this go around as this is quite puckery but thatís the way it should be. The West Coast rules the hoppy beers but hereís an East Coast IIPA that can really compete with those. Original Rating: This is one fine beer. Pours a clear light orange color with a medium sized head. A wonderful grapefruit hoppy aroma. The flavor is grapefruit hops with a good amount of sweet fruitiness and maybe some caramel. Bitter, dry with a pretty clean finish considering the style. This has got to be the smoothest beer with this much alcohol I have ever had. I have got to get more of this stuff!
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2009 It is good stuff.....just not like the IPAís that we get in cali.......I found it lacking in hop complexity...why canít all the IPAís be california IPAís(sung to the tune of the beach boys)
ok I just moved to wisco....and tried a better/fresher bottle....it is not quite as good as the elder.....but wow I mistook this beer as not the real thing....damn fucking good...guava and passionfruit/grapefruity hop flavor...dangerously drinkable for the abv....going to drink the shit out of this while it is fresh....
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Lovely bright golden pour with long-lasting head and lacing. Aromatic bouquet includes a whack of honeydew and sundry fruity esters as well as rosemary and other aromatic herbs. Firm, gentle, silky body. Not a hop assault. Batch 8277. Smooth and delicious, no sharp edges, no tacky sweetness, not chewy, alcohol barely detectable. Inviting and deeply satisfying. Great beer, Thanks McBackus for the bottle.
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 This isa lot like Three Floydís Dreadnaught Double IPA only is smehow smoother. The honey is slightly detectable when fresh, and gives this brew a uniqueness. A super IPA X2 with a real nice alcohol kick. I have cellared a case of this stuff before. It will be heavenly after a year or so. A great high in ABV beer like this stuff completely changes after a year of cellering. It rounds out and the overall result is Fantastic. I have had a hard time cellering it because I like it so much!! Heh Heh!!!
rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear copper color. Dusty malt smell. Bitterness like Iíve never experienced before. Grapefruit galore from beginning to end.