mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Pours a golden orange color with a frothy white head, which mostly dissipates and leaves some light lacing. Aroma is of course overwhelmingly hoppy, with heavy citrus (mainly grapefruit). Taste is biting hops, tart citrus ,and pine. Mouthfeel is creamy, with a lot of fizz. Not quite my thing, a bit much on the hops, but for what it is, itís a great beer.
Update: re-rating due to more experience and acquisition of a taste for hoppy beers. brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Pours hazy copper with some light dregs making it into the glass.
A quater inch of white head peaked before deminishing to a skim coat with some streaks and dots of lacework.
Aromatics are fairly pungent with a big grassy, mossy note preluding the bursting citrus profile. The earthy, leafy accent is almost funky and hints at a heavy dose of dry-hopping. A heavy tangerine wave followed by pear juice and candied grapefruit round out the nose.
The mouthfeel is lightish but still sticky and crisp.
The pallet is fairly dry, with loads of zesty citrus and hints of spruce. Mangoes, orange zest, apricots, and melons come to mind, and a extremely light malt character is key to the balance.
Bitterness is mild, firm, and smooth..Right on.
Finishes with lingering fruit, some mild warmth and a lingering dry, crisp snap.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 2, 2008
What a beer run i think this is my 3rd beer above a 4.5 for tonight. Poured a orange with a fluffy head and good lacing. Aroma was citrus grapefruits. Flavor was lots of hops mostly citrus some pine. Very good beer. french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2008
Shared with Pyrozoid. Clear orange poor with a small beige head and a little lacing. Aromas of grapefruit zest, oranges, peaches, pepper, pine, creamy caramel and hoppy. Sweet start but the bitter peppery bitterness hits you big time right at the end. Slightly sweeter than most IIPAs. Alcohol is present but far from overwhelming. Smooth, creamy and velvetty mouthfeel. Taste is very citrusy and very hoppy as well. Tastes amazingly fresh. A tad better than the 90 minute that i just tasted. Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2008
(Dťgustť avec french tickler) Une biere blonde quelque peut brumeuse avec un mince collet. A líouverture de la biere la senteur donner un gout de sucrť. Odeur de cŤdre, caramel. oranges. Une biere tres fruitť au gout. Excellente biere!!
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Another go at this one, pretty fresh to boot, and Iím not as impressed as I once was. Clear red-amber with a nice fizzy white head. Nose has fruit but its sweet, almost no citrus, almost synthetic, and lots of pine. Flavor is very sweet, malty, honey, some mango and banana, a little tea. Palate keeps the un-spritely flavor from sinking, but is too short to earn the 5/5. A little boozy in the finish. Overall decent IIPA, but this is too sweet for hop extremists, lacks the fruit refreshment and palate explosion... RR has fortunately set the bar way high. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2011 Hops and Honey lace this exquisitely drinkable beer. Extra points for such a smooth drinking 10% balance out the somewhat hefty pricetag. A seasonal brew that I will look forward to every year.
2011 batch was not quite as good. Lacking the honey, and the flavor is not as good as the nose. Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Thanks durhambeer! Pours a rich orange color with a rather fizzy white head. Aroma is amarillo hops, with the distinctive grapefruit aroma. The flavor is great! Starts with the delicious citrusy hops bitterness up front, and moving back it tingles. As it warms you get juuuuuuust a hint of the sweet maltiness that is characteristic of a barley wine. I never coulda told you this was 10% abv. Bells really knows how to make an IPA! Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008
12 oz bottle: This is a beautiful pour of light orange with white head. Overwhelming floral and citrus bouquet that gives way to the alcoholic bite youíre about to experience. To say this beer is bitter is an understatement, however, the flavor is there to back it up. Bright grapefruit overtones, piney undertones, a bitterness punch in the mouth that makes you want more. All rounds out to a beer that any hophead will love. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2008
Pours a hazy coppery orange with a dense white head that shows exceptional retention for beer of this ABV. The slightest swirl of the glass brings the head back quickly. Floral and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Despite the hop dominance, there is a hint of sweet maltiness underneath. Starts off with a hoppy bitterness with major grapefruit and orange overtones with a slight pine bite. But that gives way to pleasant sweetness before the crisp fruity hop finish takes over. Very nice and extremely well balanced for having such a hop profile. Crisp mouthfeel but sill coats your mouth in a prickly hoppy goodness. I was extremely impressed with the beer. I would definitely put it in the top few DIPAs Iíve tasted. This would be a staple in fridge if I had easier access to it.