Beaver (1872) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2008
12 oz bottle, batch 8277 (1/9/08). Pours a hazy dark gold with a huge pillowy white head that retains well and laces the glass. There’s tons of big yeasties in the bottom.MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2008
The aroma is piney citrusy spicy peppery hops! Yum! It is a little subdued.
The flavor is sweet, slightly sugary, caramel malts, melon and grapefruits with a nice big fruity, peppery hop bite in the finish. It’s a little on the sweet side but this bottle is not quite so fresh. I’ve had it fresher with a bigger hop presence. The hop bitterness comes out more as it warms. The alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full with nice velvety carbonation.
Overall, this is fantastic! It’s very well balanced and is so yummy it’s almost seems sessionable. I wish I could get this regularly! This is right at the top of my list.
[Bottle] Pours somewhat syrupy golden with a medium off white head. Aroma is spicy, citrusy hops and a large caramel/toffee backbone to back it up. Flavor is fairly sweet, but at the same time, extremely hoppy and bitter. Typical, very well balanced Bells beer, and extremely good. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2011 Pours orange with a smell head, some lacing. Smells similar to two-hearted ale, very hoppy. Floral hops, citrus hops, pine hops. Its all about hops. Flavor is amazing. Very hoppy and bitter, but it is well-balanced with caramel malt. Mouthfeel is big and malty. Overall, this sets the standard for the style. An unbelievable brew.
Re-rate: fresh, its even better. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with Sephiroth. Pours a cloudy orange gold with a thin white head that faded to a white film after two sips and left a very thin coating of lace after each sip. Very pleasant floral aroma with some notes of citrus as well. I was very happy not to get hit with the usual grapefruit and pine aromas of some uber-hopped beers. The flavor was well balanced between sweet caramel malt and bitter citrusy hops. Sharply bitter, but thankfully not acrid. The alcohol was very well hidden. Well done. MFootball (11) - USA - MAY 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Absolutely amazing. Nice floral hop aroma, with a great smooth taste and hoppy finish (as you’d expect).
10% ABV, and it really kicks you after a couple, but the beer does not have an alcoholy taste.
I much prefer this to anything out there (including other Bell’s offerings). My favorite beer, hands down.
jerrykurl (40) - California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Beautiful honey color with a 30 second head that laces suprising. The aroma is all peaches. Very bitter but also very refreshing. I could drink this all day. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 Bottle, thanks Acknud! Wow what a beer. Pours a vibrant orange/amber color with a soft white head. Nice lacing. Aromas are hops, honey and more hops. Flavor is grapefruit, some honey, slight malt and more sour citrus. Bitter? Hell yes! But the honey balances this beer to perfection. I wish I had regular access to ALL Bell’s beers!! ccoburn (22) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Pours a glowing golden orange with light head around the duvel tulip glass. Aromas of Amber Malt, honey, bitter orange peel, loads of grapefruit and some lemon. Flavor of amber malt and honey perfectly balanced with the hops that sting the bitter palate of the tongue. The bitterness doesn’t fade easily. Not much else to say except that this is a wonderful brew. chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2008
cheers tom this is a crucial double ipa- pours hazy, rusty, brown orange white foamy head. nose is brilliant, tangerine peach lychee. tastes really bitter, hops, tangerine, citrus, some lemon. big meaty mouthfeel, citrus/ tropical, very excpetional full bodied. length. lemon lime gloriousness. knights97 (110) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 absolutely love this beer, the aroma is a sweet, honey smell to it, pours with a nice white head that slow dissolves. great hops, flavor is sweet and has a good after taste,, get a nice kick of hops but nothing lasting on the palate, one of my favorite beers.