jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle: Blend of orange and golden pour with a smaller off-white head. Strong citrus hops aroma, lots of grapefruit. Some maltiness too. Taste full of citrus hops, more grapefruit, apple, floral hops, and a warming alcohol note. Nice, lingering and warming finish. Very hoppy, that’s what I like in my IPA/IIPA’s. Thanks to Llafoe for sending me a bottle, thanks to Jeremy for sharing this one. Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Outstanding sweet fruity aroma. Almost clear amber in color. Ample carbonation. I expected a harsher brew but this was very nice. A lingering hoppy aftertaste which hoplovers should enjoy. I really liked this one because the alcohol/hops were not hidden by extra malt. A very very good ale. BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2007
[12 oz. bottle] Inviting floral hop aroma, very fruity: grassy melon, peach and the ever-present grapefruit provide a very strong aroma. Pours a very hazy orange/yellow color with some chunks of yeast protein floating around. Flavors are pure hop flavors, dominated by grapefuit and citrus but still holding some nice complexity. At first things are really sweet, and floral, then turning to strongly acidic, citrus flavors. Some nice alcohol warmth contrasts things nicely. Overall, this is a huge beer and an outstanding IIPA. Big thanks to TAR for sending this one. mnstorm99 (26) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2007
On tap at a local bar (late night happy hour, $2.50 all domestic pints) This is a beer that I enjoyed more early on in the experience. I really enjoyed this beer the only thing I would complain about is the grapefruit flavor became a little over powering to me. I would order another for sure, but I am not sure if I could have more than one of these at a time. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
I paid $16 for a 6 pack...
Appears a glowing golden orange with a creamy, 1 finger white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Lots of streaky lacing is left around the glass. What’s this other mess going on? Tons of yeasty proteins and hop residuals floating in suspension with no visible signs of CO2. That doesn’t look overly appealling.
Smell is extremely herbal up front with hints of skunky mary jane, flowers, tea leaves, black pepper, citrus zest, pineapple, grapefruit, along with some biscuit.
Taste...again, this strikes me as a very herbal brew moreso than a citrusy one. Flavors are highlighted by bitter herbs & spices, pine resin, grass, sweet citrus...hmmm.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, sweet up front, grassy, herbal... dare I say medicinal, or solvent? Alcohol is evident.
Wow...based on this bottle, I’d be willing to vote this one as the most over-rated beer that I’ve had in ’07. Last year, my vote went to Stone Oaked Bastard. This certainly isn’t a terrible beer, it’s just very overly hyped IMO and I’m not feeling the love. It sort of reminds me of a recent homebrew that I did, where I used a boat load of 6-7 different hops and hoped for the best. It turned out alright but a bit muddled, much like this with every aspect of hops being represented from herbal, to skunky, to citrus, etc. I just don’t get it. Maybe the next bottle will change my mind. I’ve only got 5 more to compare it with.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this yet. I’ve drank so much of this stuff!
Poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Pours a golden amber color with a slight 1/2 inch head. Plenty of suspended "flakies" in the glass. Plenty of very good lacing is left on the glass.
Smell is of citrus hops and just a tad of piney hops.
Taste is incredibly juicy. A refreshing taste that has plenty of hop presence. It’s just a tad bitter, but it’s so juicy that it’s balanced well.
This is a very easy drinking beer. You don’t even notice the alcohol at all. This is a highly sessionable beer. As I’ve drank many of these on several occasions.
This is another great beer from Bells. This is worth seeking out. Especially at it’s price point, it’s an easy choice. jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours a purty yellow orange with a nice, lacing head. Nose was not as huge as I expected, but piney/citrusy nonetheless. Hits hard with alcohol and bitterness that really hides the hop character. Not much there if you can wade through the bitterness. Obviously a huge, well crafted beer, but way over-the-top to be considered a fine beer. Obviously a lot of hopheads have rated this beer...but I’d love to try a fresh one from the tap! JAXSON (611) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle. Nice deep orange, crystal clear. The aroma was amazing -- big pine needle, grapefruit rind, and a bitter sweetness. I was a little bit let down with the flavor, as it didn’t live up to the aroma. It was very hoppy, and the pine/grapefruit notes were kind of subdued. The finish was extremely bitter. Nice overall, but I wanted some more sweetness to go along with the bitterness. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Bottled, Batch 7690. Poured a chunky medium orange with a couple minutes’ worth of white head. The aroma is where this one really shines!... huge juicy fruit and floral hop candy just lures you in... grapefruit bitters and meat, sweet caramel, and pears all come into play. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2007
The flavor was ever-so-slightly skewed toward malty sweetness... caramel and grapefruit at the core were just decadent... heavy pine, grapefruit, and juicy pears provide an ideal higher level of bitterness... alcohol is present only to accent the bitterness, provide warmth, and give you that tingly feeling on the backside of your gums... long, drawn-out sweet caramel and bitter grapefruit finish. "Succulent" is an ideal descriptor for this one.
This beer had such a massive amount of citrus hops it felt like one of those vitamin C tablets you let desolve in your mouth. Massive orange pithy taste with an acidic citrus finish. Some nice tropical fruit notes develop as well, hints of mango and grapefruit. I’m amazed you don’t taste any excess alcohol on this one, I didn’t realize the ABV was so high. I’m not sure they could have found a way to put enough malt sweetness in this one to counter the citric burn, this one will really stick to your palate, so don’t plan on drinking much afterwards.