IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of piney, resiny hops in the nose but also a sweet malt note, as well as some fruitiness, peach or apricot aromas. Nice deep golden, crystal clear, small white head doesnít last long but leaves nice lacing. Nice balance of bitter hops and honeyed, caramel maltiness. OK, maybe balance isnít exactly the word, you would have to be a hophead to enjoy this, but anyway the malt is there if you look for it. Light carbonation, medium heavy texture, very bitter finish. True to its name, true to style, but the flavor is a bit one dimensional to me. Heavy on bitter, but not much complexity. There are a few other IIPAís I prefer for their taste. Still, very good beer overall.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great-looking beer, with its lofty, lasting head and its hazy orange color. Appeared to be bottle conditioned. Very inviting nose -- sweet-smelling malts and sprucy hops. Mouthfeel was full, smooth and weighty -- very nice! Carbonation was spot on, too. Malts were were sweet and sticky (caramel, Sugar Daddy candy and honey) but they were tamed by a big, snappy bitterness. Some earthy-yeasty elements. Hops were bold and multi-dimensional (pine, grapefruit, bitter orange, grass). As a hophead, I really enjoyed this one, and it sure does live up to its name! Thanks, John!
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange color with syrupy citrus smell. Strong, sweet taste fades to bitter, with notes of cloves, honey, grapefruit, lemon, and grass throughout. Kind of astringent in the end. Alcohol warms the aftertaste.
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 (4181) - 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 (7290) - 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 (1731) - Lake Mary, 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....