nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
12oz bottle with 1/2inch head that dissipated quickly. Transparent amber color with some carbonation. This is the most aromatic beer I have had: strong grapefuit, hops, some clementine, and sweet malts as well. This beer does in face explode in your mouth and it’s like taking a bite out of an alcoholic citrus fruit. I can’t imagine how much work it took to create the great balance. Creamy, smooth finish. This beer is addictive. Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2008
This beers smells wonderful. It has strong hop aromas with citrus and a bit of mild burnt sugar. The flavor is very strong hops. Even so, it is a well balanced beer. Unlike the SUPERMEGAMONSTER 3,000,000 IBU HOP beers. this one has balance and you can pick out the complexities of the malt. Very smooth and easy to drink. Don’t get me wrong, this beer is VERY hoppy. It just has a good balance and a smooth finish. The appearance is smooth light mildly cloudy amber and pours with little head. Finish is top notch smooth and unobtrusive. I wait for this beer every year and as usual, this year doesn’t disappoint. bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2008
god why cant i get this beer here at home without it being a pain? what did i do to deserve only a taste?
two bottles at a local bar. loved every second and cent. jjc (1) - chillicothe, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008 does not count
Great aroma and a taste that comes at you twice. nice appearance. Not the perfect beer but very very good. crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Pours a nice cloudy orange with a thin lingering white head. Pretty sweet, thick, blunt floral nose. Flavor is more of the same, with a first bitter, then sweet finish. Palate is very nice and creamy. Overall a very solid brew, but not quite as great as I was hoping. I think I prefer the two hearted.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Really, sweet and citrus aroma. So sweet. The pour is a dark amber with one finger head. The flavor really isn’t all that I was expecting. It’s hoppy, but really malty without a very complex character. The plate is pretty creamy. But it’s not nearly as good as I had anticipated. afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 poured a beautiful copper-orange color with a thin light orange head into a snifter. smells a bit like oranges too, also pine and other citrus. nice malt backbone that has hops popping out all over it. bitter spicy flavor that isn’t really my preference but I can still appreciate it. spiciness carries over into both the mouthfeel and the finish. the 10 abv goes wholly unnoticed until you try to stand up afterwards. it’s not really my thing but I’m glad I tried it anyway. farlane (5) - Leland, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2008 does not count
If I had had this beer 15 years ago when Bell’s was getting rolling I would have probably wet my pants. It’s a testament to how far they’ve come that I can say it’s good, but not great. (for great see Bells Two Hearted Ale).
Nice creamy head (not super enduring though). It’s way hoppy, but the nose is a bit stanked at 40-52 deg which put me off a bit. I’ll try it again a bit warmer. You can definitely feel the 10% alcohol but it’s not overly present in the taste. DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
thanx to ElMatador for this.poured copper with a small lacing head.Full onslaught of fresh hops streaming out of this.This is definately a hop head dream beer. Lots of piney hop flavor.Quite smooth and easy to drink.Lots of freshness in this.The alcohol didn’t make its presence at all.Hoppy bitter finish. MaxxDaddy (419) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Bottle from jessbnjess (thanks babycakes!). Pours reddish with somewhat small amount of head. Aroma is slightly hoppy along with some malty sweetness. Taste starts off with piney hop bitterness and followed by caramel malt background. Way too smooth for a beer of this heft. I thought I could drink a bunch of these, had I had multiple bottles. Palate was thicker than average and finished bitter. Good stuff, though I must say I was expecting more hops.