NDBoom337 (1) - USA - JAN 29, 2008 does not count
Picked this up in DC right off the truck. Came home & popped one open eager to try. Brew is a lighter amber than most IPAs w/ white head. First smell encompassed by hops & citrus. The first sip knocks you back, but sort of soothes as covers the whole palette. Tastes mostly as it smells, with a hint of honey/sweetness at the end. Many of the complexities of this brew are subtle that blend nicely together. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a small white head that fades and leaves some lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, sweet malt, and honey. Taste is the same as aroma but has a slight lingering acidic bitterness that tastes like grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with a strong amount of bitterness. Very good. dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
12oz. My bottle was clear orange (I didn’t think bell’s filtered!) with a white/orange head. Aroma is pretty strong especially as it warms, mostly grass, sweetness and bitter citrus. Flavor is extremely hoppy with bitter fruit, great acid and pine from the hops. Mouthfeel is the winner of this offering with a really interesting viscosity that coats the palate partnered with soft carbonation. Very good, but a bit of a disappointment and lacks the complexity for me to consider it excellent. performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Not bad. good flavor but the finish was a litle too light for a Double/Imperial. A must have for us hop lovers. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 Bottle. Pours a golden/amber color, with a medium white head, and nice lacing. The aroma is very hoppy, as the name would imply, with grapefruit, pine, juniper, and some sweet caramel. The flavor is very hoppy, so much so, that you can’t really taste the malt at all. There is a little burn in the hops at the end, that says "you’re going to need tums tonight!" I do get a faint but of caramel in between the pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Maybe after some aging, the flavor will settle some and I can re-rate it.
MrKrinkle (10) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2008
I was somewhat hesitant about this beer, seeing it as just some other kind of beer that Bells would throw out. I was disillusioned. This is a great beer. Heavy on the citrus notes, but not overwhelming and does not linger too long. The hops taste balances very well.
Utterly delicious csjones1 (7) - Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2008 does not count
I thought 2H from Bells would be the best I would ever encounter. HS beats it hands down. The sweet smelling and tasty grapefruit tricks you out of the 10% you’re throwing down. Which can talk back to you later for sure. Also talking back is the $16/6 pack.... CP (124) - USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 Let me tell you folks this beer is pouring real good this season. It explodes on the palate with flavors of flowers and wheat. This beer really "hopslams" your palate if you hold it in your mouth for long if that makes any sense. It’s hard to believe this is 10% as the alcohol is not apparent in the least. Not sure if I would drink this regularly but it is a nice change up from darker beers. For me this is similar to Three Floyd’s Broo Doo.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Very, very nice. Slightly hazy and cloudy in it’s golden hue. Smell of floral and hops. First taste is definately grapefruit and slight citrus. The hops then kick you in the teeth. Finish is clean and refreshing, like the first signs of spring after a Minnesota winter. This beer is definately something you can sink your remaining teeth into. Just be careful, the 10% alcohol has a tendency to sneak up on you. This is one of my favorite beers, IPA or not. Just wish the price wasn’t $14 for a six pack. gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Amazing sweet aroma of floral and citrus hops. Nice flavor that starts out with the sweet honey and resolves into extreme hops. Nice bitter finish leaves the mouth ready for another sweet sip. This is a really good double IPA. Definately one of my favorites.