MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Thanks to Jason (JB175) for sending me this one. An above average IIPA, but doesn’t do anything above and beyond like DFHs 90 Minute (great malt profile). It’s one of those beers thats very good but kind of a been here, done that type of brew. None the less it looks great, pours a slightly hazy amber hue with a decent head. Great flavor typical of most higher end IIPAs. Citrus fruits come through nicely. Nice and floral. This one smells great! Very nice on the palate, not too syrupy like a lot of IIPAs this high in ABV which is good, but still very full and satisfying. Overall a very good IIPA, just doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Pours amber with thick frothy head. Decent lacing. Could smell the floral aroma as I poured it. Very hoppy, floral, some spice, fruitiness and sweetness. Flavor is hoppy and floral with an almost candy sweetness on the finish. Some oranges and maybe some other fruit as well. Nice body with a good finish. Super beer! joemeshuggah (2) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2008 does not count
Hands down the best IPA I have ever had. Extremely well balanced...hoppy and sweet. I read in another review that it is similar to Troegs Nugget Nectar, only more delicious. A very good analogy...but let me emphasize that it is WAY more delicious. This beer lives up to its hype and high ratings. Arayaga2 (2221) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Amber with big white head. Decent floral aroma without being seriously resinous. Taste is standard IIPA, but a bit drier. Kind of disappointing, given this beer’s serious rep. FleeVT (40) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Holy hopslam Batman, it’s loaded with hops.
12oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. A moderately cloudy brew with a lighter amber color and nice 3/4 inch head. You can smell this one in the next room. Delicious! A nice balance of citrus, mango and papaya, with extreme hops. The nose on this is fantastic. It’s hoppy, but not overly bitter like some others. The palate? Again, this beer delivers. The balance is unbelievable. Citrus and hops up front with a slight malty sweetness, a faint trace of honey, and a slow finish that leaves you wanting more. Not overdone on the alcohol either, which is hard to believe at 10%. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lingers a little which I enjoy in this one. Would I order this again? Yes please! The whole package delivers, a nice brew (or two) to cap off a work week. Just full of flavor.
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2008
WOW!!!! 12 oz. Snifter Draft at Beer Engine in Lakewood, Ohio. During a Bell’s special event they had this on draft. This is a punch in the face and a hop-head’s wet dream. What else can I say! One hell of a Imperial IPA! 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 (17077) - 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. I’m 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.