Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 7, 2017 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #9920. Really glad Bell’s brought this one back again. Was amongst the beers that marked the return to IL. They suppposedly changed the hops for the 2nd batch. So I’m curious as to if this follows the 1st or second recipe. Billed as a German IPA, if I’m correct. -> [A] First impression is a nose full of caramel. Maltiness. A whiff of honey and slight wood sets in. A pleasant candied citrus fruitiness follows up. Some cherry. Slightly subdued for a beer billed hopsoulution. Aroma seems to boast sweet malts. Nothing bad about a malty DIPA. [A] Fine looking amber, with a slight haze. Head is whitish, with no lasting head, yet capable lacing. [F] Flavor is sweetish upfront, with orange peel, and caramel. I could also pick up some brown sugar, wood, and darker malts at times. Not the palate killer I would expect from a D/IPA. Nor the beer I had fond memories of. [P] Drinkable, overall. Smooth, medium-full mouthfeel. Balance is there, although I woud lke this to lean more toward a hop bomb, or even have a little more bitter period, for that matter. Yet respectable. [O] I saw this priced between $11.99 and $14.99. I definitely don’t think I’d deem it worthy. $4.59/bomber wouldn’t be bad. But I bought the whole 6 at the low end. The beer is nothing to complain about. Yet I don’t feel it’s anything to write home about, either. This and the 25th anniversary were kind of a let-down for me.
From Aug 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!
This pours a hazy ruby red with a good 1 finger head of foam. Plenty of lacing. Excellent head retention.
The smell is nicely balanced. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit for bitterness, an ample amount of caramel sweetness. If this tastes as good as it smells, I'm in for a treat.
The taste has big hoppiness with tropical fruitiness and some citrus and a good sweet malt flavour that does some good balancing; not as balanced as the nose suggested but it's far from being one dimensional.
The mouthfeel is just over on to the medium side, the carbonation is just under medium, and it finishes with a definite bitter bite from whatever tropical fruit flavour is the cause. Nice and it's a pretty easy drinker for the style. willisread (3803) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Bottle shared. Thanks Jay! Pours a honey gold color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Orange and juicy citrus nose with some light tangerine and jammy marmalade notes. Balanced on the palate, syrupy body with honey and orange with a touch of resin. Classic midwest style with lot’s of balance but maybe a touch brighter than the usual from that region. Bitter finish but balanced out with nice malt sweetness. Well made. AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 6, 2016
12oz bottle. Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, sweet malt, fruity aromas. Tea leaf, tropical fruit, citrus, pine hoppy flavors with a sweet maltage---drying finish___not bad. ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Bottled 6/16/16, drunk 8/31/16.TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2016
Peachy-gold with a light auburn tint, good clarity, sediment left behind and a light beige head atop showing modest retention.
I’d say the tropical fruits are much less massive than are the standard citrus and light pine notes. Very much like the Be Hoppier I just had, it’s a very straightforward West Coast DIPA, with basic grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine and a little bit of pineapple/peach showing up. Honey-caramel in the background from the malts, adds a touch of balance and it’s not overly boozy, but still a bit more resinous than I’d prefer.
Again, yawn, yes, there is the citrus, light caramel and biscuit from the malts, and pine and grapefruit resin lingering. Fluffy carbonation, good attenuation, some minor tropical fruit notes. Kind of like an Oracle-light, though without the extreme malt softness/richness of that one.
Bottle courtesy of my friend Lance. Thanks! Amber body with a short, foamy white head. Aroma is floral and citrusy with soft caramel and sweet malt notes. taste is floral hops, citrus fruit, light tropical fruit, sweet malt and a touch of caramel. Body is medium with a creamy dense, carbonation and a light resinous feel. Ends with more floral hops, tropical fruit, soft citrus and sweet malt.
benpickens (544) - Camarillo, California, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Pours an opaque amber with compact white head; juicy citrus and pine aromas; sweet bitter oily finish. Nice. Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a somewhat cloudy with sediment appearance with a deep amber color and a good-sized foamy off white head with long retention, and average cling and lacing. Its aroma featured different spicy hops notes, including citrus, pine, some lighter floral tones, and a slight caramel malt component as well. Its taste was predominantly bitter and hoppy with notes of citrus, perhaps some grapefruit, and pine, matched with a slight malty effect. The beer was very dry and thinner in terms of mouthfeel wtih good carbonation and a bubbly feel. Stoned99 (1704) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2016 12 ounces 05/11/16 bottle from Craft Beer Cabin, thanks Guillaume for buying. Aroma: oranges, bread, caramel and floral notes. App: hazy copper, huge frothy off white head with good lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, light sweetness, fruity but well backed with malt, creamy mouthfeel, light to moderate bitter finish. Overall: even though this probably isn’t really fresh, it’s still highly drinkable. Wish I had a fresher bottle. I’ll tell my brother to look at the dates next time ;) just kidding, just happy he brought me something. This is the old iipa style, not the English style but more like the dfh 90 minutes style: more malted and more balanced. Not exactly what I like to drink these days but let’s be honest this is well made and perfectly balanced. Far from my favourite iipa but far from the worst as well. I’m pretty sure their goal was achieved with this beer which is to create a balanced iipa. Wouldn’t mind drinking this on a cruise ship or any time this winter since it feels pretty big. Another great beer from Bells. SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2016
thanks to young Barbee .. . golden brown .. hand shake foam .. . maltier than one would expect, pine, wood, sap, dried grass and leaves .. mouth is soft, sticky middle, a bit dry on the end .. . i enjoyed my glass but not quite what i’m after .. . . i’m a fat guy but not eat 2 whole pizzas kinda fat guy.. mansquito (7140) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Beer and Smoke, Brooklyn bottle: pours copper with a white head. Aroma is sugary and a bit malty, with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Pretty light for a DIPA.