TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - FEB 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours darker than expected deep amber color with tons of fluffy white head. I can’t wait to try this one on the beach in the summer. Seems to have a summer theme when drinking it. It has tons of tangy flavors that hit your mouth from all directions. Not a typical IPA, Bells put a twist on this one. The honey laced hops makes the beer taste like juicy. Good beer overall.
debianlinux (10) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Possibly the best all-around beer I’ve put in my mouth. The citrus notes are crisp, the hops literally slams your palate and the whole bite is tamed and sexualized by the meady notes of fermented honey. Have sampled this several times on draft and from the bottle. The beer is cloudy enough but a freshly tapped keg will leave scaly particulate coatings inside the glass.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! Really feelin this one.Poured a hazy amber with 1/4 white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. Piney/tangy finish. Another amazing product from Bells! Thanks to john-adam for the hook-up(for free).
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 8285 bottle from Discount in Milwaukee, WI. Light orange amber with medium, creamy white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is a very strong citrus and fresh hops, some pine, this litterally smells like fresh hop pellets. Big hop bitterness with fresh pine and citrus flavor, caramel, so resiny yet balanced. Full creamy body. This is an absolutely amazing fresh IIPA, it is so sad that we cannot get this in Chicago anymore. I also am glad that I have a sixpack of this.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 draft @ redlight redlight. Very strong piney and citrus aromas, aroma is dominated by sweet resin. Pours golden amber with a dense white head, looks great. Sweet citrus and pine resins, bitter hop flavor, definitely balanced for the amount of hop flavors, its not extremely bitter but excellent hop flavors.
re-rate cask @ redlight redlight. Wow sticky pine resin on the nose with citrus peel. Pours cloudy golden blonde with a thick white head. Sweet honey malts with huge grapefruit flavor with piney resin, the aftertaste is all pine resin. On cask the mouthfeel is very smooth, there’s extremely low carbonation.
BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfectly balanced iipa. Nose is piney resin and beautiful hop. Alcohol is definitely there but, hey let’s be honest, we want that. Great mouthfeel. Finish is sweet, hoppy, and long. Let it warm up a little before you dive in and you will be justly rewarded. I’d love to have it on a hand pull sometime.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille brune de 12 oz. Dès l’ouverture de la bouteille, des arômes invitants de pamplemousse et de résine se manifestent. Belle robe orange, légère mousse blanche. En bouche, elle est, de façon surprenante, relativement douce et laisse le houblon s’exprimer sans jamais devenir trop amère. Arrière-goût très long où on retrouve un goût de zeste d’orange. Une très bonne DIPA, qui gagnerait simplement à être un peu plus maltée.
evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
had this on tap at Old Chicago in Evansville, IN. I can’t imagine any beer being better than this... (although, not for the faint at hart). For a very hoppy beer, this is extreamly well ballanced.. great nose, great kind of reddish color. If you love IPA or other hoppy brews, you NEED to check this one out
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Pours a nice amber color and the glass I poured has a little hop haze effect. Smells like citrus or grapefruit. Laces the glass well. Tastes like a double IPA with the upfront hop blast and has a nice malt backbone to it to balance it out. Overall one of the best double IPA’s I’ve had.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very nice burnt orange color with creamy white head. Aroma is spectacular, grapefruit is the dominant fruit of a great mix of fruit and pine aromas. Flavor is very well balanced mix of the sweet honey and hops, extremely smooth despite the rather large alcohol presence. This and Bell’s other IPA the Two hearted are my two favorite IPAs.