beerstar (19) - Reston, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
That "Commercial Description" holds no weight. Biting- no, Bitter- not so much, Bruiser- YES. This beer deserves a new class. It is neither a Dub. or an Imp..
It is a classic. A beer that does not conform to the styles that we rate by.
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at Dickinsonbeerís on 1/20/07. cloudy golden color, off-white thick foamy head. aroma is cat piss, armpit sweat, and pine needles. flavor is sweet white sugar malt and lots of bitter hop, bitter finish.
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 My top beer of 2007! Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Cloudy light orange-brown. Big fruity, juicy hop aroma with a hint of bubblegum. Flavour is perfect for everything itís not. Itís not syrupy. Itís not a BW with lots of hops. The alcohol is very restrained. Just delicious fruity hop juice. Maybe itís where my palate is but my tongue survived un-bruised.
brstp (201) - - MAR 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in a trade from pantanap-- thanks!! Pours a classic orangey color, pretty hazy but not overly so, khaki head that dissipated quickly except for penumbra on the glass. Lots of citrus (especially pineapple) hop aroma with more grass and pine than the west coast hop bombs Iím used to. Sweet up front, tangy grapefruit hops with almost no malt, tingly finish, hidden alcohol. Quite understated despite everything.
jps1978us (1) - Stoughton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Get the yeast in there...waste not, want not. It really rounds out the smoothness... and the protein is good for you. Barely noticable caramel malt taste; A sprucey/piney aroma, strong hops flavor, yet remarkably smooth after taste...usually. Have noticed between different 6-packs some inconsistancies as far as overall flavor...never really bad, but some better than others. Some have more apparent alcohol taste than others. Either way, holds a nice head all the way down. Would recommend a large snifter for moderate drinking....Ha Ha Ha
One of these will get you going, two will send you on your way...
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very nice aroma of hops, citrus, pineapple, and pine. Flavor is initially sweet but then become bitter and malty (a lot of malt, kind of like barleywine). Good beer.
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
murky, with a thin white head.aroma is floral with a strong grass, and a tad of pine. taste is lemon fried pie, without the fried part. marmalade and orange peel finish
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. I bought this one at Johnís Grocery in Iowa City. It is great to see the big Bells beers in Iowa. A slightly yellowish and long lasting head tops a dark gold and orange body. The aroma is fresh hops with pineapple and mango. Lots of tropical fruit. There is also some nice amaretto behind that initial hop pungence. The initial taste is massive pineapple and grapefruit, but not quite that sweet. In the back of the mouth, you get notes of brown sugar and almonds. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, yet this is easy to drink. A very well made and relatively balanced IIPA.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Bottle opens to a pungent pineapple citrus aroma with a light hint of maltiness. Color is bright orange with a frothy tan head. Flavor is strong grapefruit hops but not too overbearing and evens out on the finish to a mellower malt balanced bitterness. Palate is lightly creamy and rich with good carbonation. Fairly straight forward and well balanced beer featuring a strong citrus flavor.
lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Re-rate...Batch 8225 or something similar...Pours a nice coppery hue. Aroma is overwhelmingly pleasant, with some citrus, piney, and earthy notes pleasant. Iím guessing several types of hops were used here, with a surplus being put on the aromatic hops. The flavor is really not balanced all that well, but judging by the name of this beer Iím guessing that was Bellís intention. The hop flavor profile seems to lean on the citric side, and it isnít nearly as imposing as I anticipated, which is not a bad thing here. I wouldnít guess this was any where near 10%. The malt profile doesnít really come through well, and I taste honey more than malts. Iím also guessing the honey is what bumps this up to 10%. All in all, this is good stuff, but I would still take Bellsí Two Hearted IPA, which is cheaper and a more well-rounded IPA, over this.