manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased from Tiffanyís in Kalamazoo, Mich., and poured into a pint glass. I must admit, I havenít been digginí Bells lately, even though it is my local brewery. However, this beer bumped them up a notch or two. A nice hoppy brew that is well balanced. Iím glad I have a few more in the fridge.
NathanJM (58) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrusy hop nose. Caramel, honey. grass, Roast and resin in the mouth Delicious, but no Hopslam.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours amber/slightly orange with small off white head. Aroma is citrusy hops up front with notes of caramel and toffee. Flavor is bitter all across the tongue with grapefruit notes, caramel, toffee, and a slight alcohol heat.
andyhwcinc (1871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Great Lakes Brew Fest in Racine, WI. The way the line formed to try this beer I was anticipating losing my virginity for the second time after trying this. My cherryís not popped but itís good, aroma stinky hops, appearance caramel thin head, taste good and balanced hops and caramel malt, gets better as you drink.
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from splax23. Batch 9901. Pours an amber color, good one finger head with some decent staying power. Spotty lacing. The aroma shows toffee, resin, caramel, and is rather malty. Citrusy, oily and herbal hop flavors with iced tea and a good dose of resin. The hops are big for sure, but donít seem entirely refined and the doughy and toffee malty body is stronger than expected. Sweet but with plenty of bitterness to keep that in check. Hard to compare it to Hopslam as this is completely different. Hopslam has an assortment of tropical fruit and drinks a bit smoother whereas this is more pine/resin, toffee malt, and gritty at times. The Oracle is good but I prefer Hopslam. And itís not really all that close in my opinion.
nimbleprop (7867) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a lightly hazy, otherwise transparent burnt orange with a lacing, creamy, eggshell head. Nice lacing. Nose is candied oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, caramel. Flavor is sweet, orange cremecicle, tangerine, lime, honey, butterscotch. Very sweet, but well balanced at the same time. Full bodied, sweet, butterscotch finish that had some strong bitterness.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Above average appearance (but a little more clear than I prefer) - orangeish color, very nice ring of dense foam left around the glass after the initial head diminishes leaving behind a ton of sticky lacing. . Nice piney hop-filled aroma with a slight hint of citrusy fruit. Flavor is a good blend of bitter hop and malty flavors that try (but fail) to balance things out - the bitterness clearly wins out here, which takes away from the drinkability.
Good beer, but given the limited availability and my preference for other more readily available DIPAs, Iím not too likely to seek this one out all too often.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is big citrusy, resiny hops. Flavor is huge bitter citrusy grapefruit hop, with a nice bitter finish. Very good.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a burnt orange almost burnt sienna color with a slight white head that forms a nice coasted atop the brew. Malty sweet aroma with graefruit type notes in the nose. The first sip yields a fairly malty brew that is pretty sweet on the upfront and just wehn you think "where are the hops?" BAM the hop bitterness plows into your mouth and on your tongue. Citrus rind type bitterness with some floral tastes. Medium mouthfeel. Not bad but nothing too crazy either and not worth the minimal hype that it comes with. To me I think there are other regular everyday DIPAís that are just as good and better. Worth a try though if you can find.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2011 Retard from the Eccentric Cafe. Burnt orange sporting a mild creamy white head. Nose is fruity, pungent, citrus hops. Flavor is full of Fruit like hops citrus notes and some unique candy like jolly ranchers that really sets off the flvavor. A bit of bready malts. Like Iím chewing on fresh citrusy fruits. warm/sweet alcohol sensation. spectacular IIPA!