mdclust (2) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2008 does not count
Excellent brew. Cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Hoppy but balanced. Finishes rather bitter, which I imagines is expected from a brew named ’Hopslam’. Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 12 oz bottle. 2008, This beer is amzingly delecious. Aroma of floral and citrus. The taste is all hop, the end is bitter. I found a hoppy beer that actually has a bite!!! Would and want to drink again and again! TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Im in love with this beer! One of the most beautiful hoppy beer I have ever had. Nice hazy amber color, with a burst of sweet hops in the nose. Paid $13 dollars for the 6 pack but it was worth every penny! Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Shared this with Grant & Lori. Aroma initially pretty grassy but then settled into warm passionfruit and citrus. Overall candy smell. Head was think and creamy - like marshmallow fluff one would use on chocolate ice cream. Color of amber - fairly clear, minimul haze. Enjoyed the flavor & palate - full mouthfeel with a tinge on the finish. Strong flavor of alcohol initially then moving to bitter hop and finished sweeter. Excellent illidurit (2345) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Poured into a snifter, this beer takes on a nice dark goldenrod color with a one-finger off-white head.
Wonderful scents of piney hops and succulent citrus emanate from the glass.
An interesting orangey hop flavor concomitant with some oily piney hops as well. Doughy malt provides stability and balance. Mouthwatering, delicious beer.
Medium body, appropriate carbonation. Very smooth.
The alcohol is entirely unapparent and a 12 oz bottle leaves me wanting more. Very deserving of its high rating.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Rerate: Oh how young I was when I wrote this! Upon a second tasting, it’s obvious that this beer, while good, is too sweet and lacks the bitterness of a top-tier double IPA. Gotta dock points for that.
Pours medium dark amber/copper, forms little to no foam head. Aroma strong of pine resins, hops, a bit of grapefruit and flowers. Flavour is full bodied, somewhat sweet with a hop bite that says "I want more!". Honey comes through in sweetness, simply a delightful beer, kick ass DIPA!
Bought at Priscella’s in MHC. malrubius (2927) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Split 12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Slightly hazy golden orange with lasting flat head and lace. Fresh hop aroma. Sweet and citrusy with hop flavor and drying finish. Medium body and carbo. More like an imperial fresh hop than a double/imperial IPA. And I love fresh hop beers. My favorite of the imperial IPAs so far. Excellent! ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2008
From a bottle. Pours amber with small white head. Aromas of sweet, citrusy grapefruit, and floral notes. Taste is just like the aroma, very citrusy and floral with some fresh cut pine flavors. Not a real bitter hoppy taste more sweet and citrusy which I like. Didn’t know this was 10% when I was drinking it, alcohol is hidden very well. Very delicious brew. danglefruit (8) - Waldo, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2008 does not count
Just picked up this years batch, and oh my is this stuff still good. Copped a six pack last year late in the season that found its way to From the Vine well after season, and I have craving this ever since.
As far as IIPA’s go, this one is balanced extremely well. Strong hops, warm sweet malty finish. Yum. Bell’s hit a homerun with this surprisingly January release. DietPepsican (1592) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2008 fresh. Amber with a decent white head, didn’t last long. strong grapefruit and thick hop aroma. Flavor is strong piny hops, grapefruit, coconut, pineapple...more hops. Finishes thick, decent burn from the abv. Very good fresh.