viciousknishs (2) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2011 does not count
A- beautiful looking brew! Pours a copper amber with good clarity. A finger of off white head crowns this glorious liquid. Decent head retention with very good sticky lacing.
S- starts off with pungent hop resin with notes of pine sap and hemp. Big juicy grapefruit characteristics intertwine with a touch of tropical fruit mango. Finishes with the faintest hint of malt as it drowns in the massive hop aromas.
T- juicy yellow grapefruit and pungent pine hop flavor relentlesly explode on the palate. Softer hop notes of tropical fruit play off the initial flavors with a lasting resiny bit towards the end. Solid crunchy bitterness blends with a balancing malt backbone with a slight caramel note. Finishes dry with a lingering hop flavor and a warming alchohol characteristic.
MF- smooth creamy coating mouthfeel with a medium body. Great fine carbonation that hightens the creamy aspect.
D- very good drinkability. The complexity of hop flavor keeps one coming back for sip after sip.
Overall an outstanding DIPA. Bravo Bell’s! PhillyCraft (8201) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2011
On tap at Capones during the Founders/CBS bottle giveaway event last week. Poured a translucent golden orange with small white head. Lacing was impressive leaving numerous soapy rings behind. Aromas of pine, peach, mango, ripe grapefruit, and a little tangerine if you really bury your nose into your glass. Taste was most of the same with strong piney citrus flavors dominating. Nice and bitter on the palate for this high alcohol IPA. This beer was amazing and might be better then Hopslam in my opinion. Hopslam is a little easier to drink and more flavored with honey and malt, but this gem was pure citrus and resiny hops. tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2011
nice amber color good foam, nose is resinous and almost chewy. flavor is sweet malts and huge hops. so fantastic. could drink this IIPA all night nyindiansfan (465) - rochester, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Amber color from bottle. Very nice med, head. Flover full, nice fizz. Semisweet with a bit. Great beer. FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear amber with1 finger head. This may not be uber fresh - i think the release was a few mos ago.. Piney and bitter with a hint of sweetness in the finsh. A bit of bready malt too. Excellent. Will seek out next year.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. This poured yellowish orange, raised a one-finger head, and positively exuded a bitter, grassy hop aroma. Lacing proved ample as I drank it down slowly to savor each deliciously bitter sip. This is slightly sweeter than Stone Ruination ipa, but otherwise is as bitter as good beer can be, with usual ipa flavors of citrus giving way to orange rind and lemon zest. Another fine beer from Bells. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2011
12 ounce bottle
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Found on a weekend trip to Ann Arbor I finally was able to get my hands on a bottle. Having missed it on several occasions it was a pleasure to try another excellent crafted release from Bells. Just as good as any other fresh imperial IPA you should try to get some of this if you want to know what the Midwest is capable of when they try.
Aroma / Appearance - The dense body is the color of thick maple syrup mixed with 30% water. Long spindly legs indicate a potent ABV. The nose is bright and sharp - pine cones, vanilla, citrus, and other floral notes. The philosophy of this beer is "Hops first. Questions later."
Flavor / Palate - The expected bitterness appears the second that you take a sip. Melting the back of the throat with a creamy mouthfeel the texture sticks to all corners of the palate. Citrus, lemon rinds, orange extract, vanilla, and pine cones tickle the throat for a long time. Lingering long past the final sip the robustness puts this nearly on par with Expedition Stout. Hopslam may have a new rival as my favorite Bells IPA.
Nice copper pour, off white head. Floral aroma. Piney, resinous flavor with a long lasting bite. Medium mouthfeel. crossovert (14133) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2016 Had this on tap at a Devin Townsend concert, totally orgasmic experience. It is nicely bitter with not too much malt backing. An awesome DIPA. From the bottle: this is a good ipa considering its boozy as hell. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2011
dark red-amber, transparent, thin white ring for head with light lacing. Lightly perfume and celery, mango and toast. Flavor is very sweet up front, caramel murking the light pine and orange across mid, but it finishes dry with controlled bitterness, mango, and toast. Soft, full body. Gets better as it goes.