walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Draft, Baja Bean, Staunton VA. Orange with white head. Nose of fresh, juicy hops, mainly pineapple and orange, with some medium caramel malt in the background. Flavor is again really juicy hops, very fruity, with enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. Some malt flavors come through to help balance the hops, while the finish is hops-sweet. Overall a very sweet, juiicy IIPA, with the alcohol entirely hidden. I found myself wanting a little more bitterness and pine resin, but this was darned tasty, and, really, insanely drinkable! lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2008
pours a cloudy burnt orange with a 11/2 finger fluffy off white head. aroma is caramel malt and hops with grapefruit, melon, and some pine. has a medium to heavy body with good lacing and carbonation. flavor is the same as aroma with some orange. has a nice dry hop aftertaste and no sign of the 10% abv. the citrus fruits sit on the tongue for a bit and this is basically two hearted with balls. awesome! there is also a hint of honey throughout. the only thing i would change to make this a perfectly rated beer is jack up the ibus to 75 maybe 80 to give it a little more pine kick. other than that its pretty well balanced and also a pretty clean finish for a iipa. FatPhil (15964) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2008
Bottle shared by MikeTD - thanks! (ZBF2008) (sip)milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Gold, thin head. Citrus and apricot aroma, some peach. Sweet body. The taste is very hoppy, but they are very well balanced hops, and the rich malty body melds very well. Iím not normally a hop bomb kind of person, but this worked very well. The finish was quite peppery. Very pleasant.
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Mmmmm...what a beer. Golden amber pour, thick, foamy head. Aroma is pulsating with hops: grapefruit with floral unertones and subtle hints of pine. Flavor explodes with hop goodness....citrus, floral and a piney resiouness background. Good malt undertones that complement the hops well. Overall, an incredible DIPA from Bells that is worth every penny.------- from Feb 2009: On tap at the Raven Coffee House in Port Huron, MI. I have to say...this is phenomenal on tap. Bottled is great, but wow. Aroma is even more prevalent...big notes grapefruit...with some floral and pine. Flavor is incredibly fresh and clean.....grapefruit, tangerine followed by some floral with a smooth malt undertone. Alcohol is NON-existent. Almost no bitterness, even in the finish. Its crazy how fresh the hops taste (although it helps that the keg was less than a week old). Pushing the rating to 4.7 from 4.5...just a fantastic beer. User37895 (3042) - - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle from Styles again, wow, what a guy! This thing was a great pour, huge almost pure white head, lots of splotchy lacing, solid retention. The aroma was all citrus grapefruits, slight floral notes in the background. The flavor was full hop-mouth of citrus, some floral, even a bit of piney resinous notes. Full bodied malt support underneath (crystal malts?), some caramel but not very strong malt flavors. The mouthfeel was full and hearty, very nicely done! Thanks, Chris, I canít give you enough props for that last trade!
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle opened with a pop and the aroma poured out long before the brew hit the glass. Oh, the fragrance...perhaps this beers most defining quality. Breathing in this one is a combination of a day at the orchard surrounded by tangerines, orange, and grapefruit and a night camping surrounded by douglas fir. The beer pours the color of the bottle with 1/2 inch eggshell head. Flavor is big and juicy. Amazing balance of hop bite and caramel malt. The alcohol is invisible. Amazing brew!!! SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2008
It was burnt orange in color and poured a 1/4" white head of fine bubbles. Aromas of herb/floral hops followed by light citrus. These flavors continued into the mouth along with some honey. The palate was dense but didnít come off as heavy leading into a dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Well done and especially enjoyable for people who enjoy the herbal side of hops. yespr (44793) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
[email protected]DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
table: 12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy slight brown and with a lacing white head. Solid pine hops aroma, full caramel malt base. Solid bitter hops and caramel malt flavour. Dense flavour and with a lingering pine note into the finish. Lovely.
Absolutely a beautiful beer in my mind. Huge hop aroma. A beyond crisp taste and finish. not exactly too much balance with all of the hops, but I enjoy that. complete domination of hops citrus. NICE! EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Golden orange pour with a white. Strong hoppy aroma, like a pine a forest. A nice sweet citrus flavor hits the tongue with bitter hops on the finish. Just the right amount of hops flavor. It is perfectly balanced. This is an amazing beer. It is fucking delicious.