FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle
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.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice copper pour, off white head. Floral aroma. Piney, resinous flavor with a long lasting bite. Medium mouthfeel.
crossovert (11818) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Gription79 (2874) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle thanks to badnewsbeers.
A: resin/pine/earthy hops, slight caramel
T: pine/resin/citrus hops, bready malts
A nice DIPA. It was a little to resinous for my preference, but I still enjoyed it very much.
Newk (299) - - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2012 had this on tap and it poured a dark orange color with a decent sized foamy head.
Very aromatic with richer tones of hops, citrus and some florals as well.
Medium/full feel that is really plush and smooth. It is a bit slight bit boozy though.
While the alcohol was a bit noticeable, this was a really good DIPA. It was on the richer side but with a freshness to it as well.
pushkinwow (2716) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Dark golden with a light biege head. A nice measured combination of citrus, resin and pine, huge hops presence, some pepper. Full bodied with a nice carbonation, bitter with some sweetness and alcohol present, long dry bitter/resin finish that lasts a very long time. A very good beer, love the finish that is still present a couple of minutes after a sip - worth seeking out, would love to try this fresh on tap.
Leafs93 (2206) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pous amber with white head. Nice lacing throughout. Aroma is earthy pine, citrus and caramel. Taste is sweet caramel with a semi bitter finish. The bitterness is cut by the oily mouthfeel allowing the sweetness to linger. Thanks to Chalsk for this one.