Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - FEB 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for hooking me up on this one
Bottle poured a nice copper with a white head that leaves quickly
Tons of piney hoppy aroma but along with that some nice sweetness
Great crisp almost snappy mouthfeel thinking about doing some hot wings with my next few
This one is well balanced for a hop bomb bitter yet sweet enough to make it extremely drinkable although 10% might be a good reason to keep them to a minimum
vordeburg (2) - Clarkston, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iím a huge fan of insanely hoppy beers, this is far from dissapointing. I want to make out with this glass of beer. $17 for a sixer, but damn! Canít be beat.
Plus, I support Bellís as a regional company willing to take a risk. Chicagoland anyone? Pulling out from a huge market because your distributers refuse to carry anything but your flagships is awe inspiring.
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfect pour, if I do say so myself. Beautiful pillowy head. If I could fit my noggin in the glass Iíd probably lay down on it for a while. Amber color. Aroma = full power. Maybe one of the most pungent beers that Iíve encountered. Taste = a bitter, citrusy hop roundhouse to the palate. Absolutely delicious, although the alcohol is a bit more present than in the first three bottles from this sixer (bought a few weeks ago). Scratch that, just the first few sips. Fairly solid malt balance. An extreme brew for sure, but not too bad considering itís 10%. If you drank a sixer of these youíd be hopblitearted. ADDENDUM: Raising the overall impression. Probably due to the high alcohol or simple palate habituation, the last third of the beer is absolutely amazing. The hop "slam" has worn off, now itís smooth, malty goodness with a sweet hop finish. Amazing.
Palidor19 (3177) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Piney and citrus hop IPA to the max!! There is deep caramel flavors as well. even at 10% this beer hides it very well. a beer you must try!!
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2008 The aroma is very and I mean very hoppy with pine, citrus, pineapple, as well as sweet malt and honey. The appearance is orange amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma and very good. The palate is smooth. Overall this is killer.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Draft. Pours a cloudy Amber with small off white head. The Aroma has lots of citrus especially grapefruit. The flavor is full of hops but also has a nice sweetness. This beer has real depth with fruit and caramel in the flavor. The finish is not to bitter and lingers nicely. Really nice.
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Party Pak. This one is a keeper. Crisp and satisfying. Balanced. Hops are insane on the nose. Flowers, brown sugar on grapfruit, fresh butterflies and sunny breeze. No bees luckily. It begs for Independence Day grilling and family reunions. Slides down into my happy, now hoppy belly. My tongue owes me one here. Sweet candy (no apples, no something better) malt is perfect compliment to surreal hoppy flowers. Nice bite in the end makes it like drinking relaxation. Alcohol is faint and cleans the palate. I dare say maybe a bit big, but the most drinkable 10% I have had. Can I say I love this beer, yes. Top-rate. Thanks Bells!
Beerman6686 (6543) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 Pours a bright orange cloudy color, aroma of strong piney hops, tastes of tons of piney/citrusy hops with a nice malt background. Palate is a bit thin, but in this case thats a good thing, because this beers hides the alcohol better than any beer ive ever had without a doubt.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of oranges, strong citrusy scent, but mainly oranges. Taste is hoppy and citrusy all the way through. Like everyone else said, the alcohol is hidden very well and doesnít feel heavy at all. Great job, probably in my top 3 DIPAís. On a side note, there is a local microbrew shop that has a ton of this on the shelves. If anyone canít find it and wants to trade, pm me.
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours a bright orangish-amber color with a medium head that dissapates fairly quickly. The aroma is rich with citrus, hops, and even a touch of honey (as the bottle says). The mouthfeel and palate are rather large without being overpowering for the flavor. The bittering hops are so prevalent in the taste, this beer lives up to its "tongue bruising" hype! There are also elements of citrus (lemon) and a touch of sweetness at the nose. The flavor is also incredibly balanced for such a huge specimen. Wow!!