cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2012
12 oz. bottle via trade with jsquire - Pours a clear copper color with a one finger thick off white head. light lacing. Aroma is pine, resin, and floral hops with a good bit of toasted malt. flavor is hops, fruity, esters, and toasted malt. Finish is bitter and full of hops. Medium to full body. A good beer. Thanks Jeff. craftfreak (13) - USA - NOV 21, 2012
This beer is quite remarkable. It hides the 11% remarkably. Great lacing, gorgeous amber hues. Hops are aggressive but tight and defined. Malty toasted afterthoughts maybe a honey sweetness. Great beer... Get one while you can. JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle given to me by a friend. Beautiful red pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, citrus, pine and spicy hops with a light touch of alcohol. Flavor starts sweet with malt and honey, then moves to orange peel and grapefruit before a resinous, piney finish. Really enjoyed this one. PhillyCraft (7216) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
I usually love Bells, but for me, "this one goes down the drain". I know its 11 percent but its is so overly aggressive on the palate. Hazy glowing red-brown pour with white head. Sugars, wood, booze, caramel, bready malt, and strong hop bite. Insanely warming in the body. Just way too boozey and almost nail polishy like dogfish 120. Not a fan, ill stick to hopslam. mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Enticing aroma and attractive amber pour with a complex taste and lingering, warming aftertaste.
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smboselli (147) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
It smells awesome, burning the nose into anticipation of the bitterness to come, plus a variety of other citrus and floral aromas. Definitely intense, and at first thought maybe the aroma was a trade but actually very flavorful - more as time passes. A keeper.
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Orange-red with enormous, tightly-bubbled head that sticks around for awhile. Big caramel and "red" aroma with piney hops. Flavor is big sweet malts with piney hop kick at the end. No mistaking this as an imperial red ipa hybrid. I wish the malts were a little less sweet, and that the abv was a little better hidden, but this is an imperial, after all. Strong and pretty tasty beer. Would like to try more IPA/red hybrids - Summit’s Horizon was quite tasty in particular. vyvvy (6460) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pours bronze with a good sized tan head. The aroma has a big malty nose with caramel, earth, bread, berries, tropical fruits, cream, lushness and alcohol warmth. It is very malt forward with hops in the back. The body is fairly thick with a small amount of fairly rough carbonation. The flavor begins very malty with the notes from the aroma, but is quite dry and has hop notes of pine, earth and tropical fruits. The finish has alcohol warmth, dry malt and earthy bitter hops. Nicely done. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Enjoy the huge piney resiny aroma on this one, some sweet caramel and cotton candy. Flavor follows, bit more grassy and biscuity though, booze isn’t huge but it is a sipper, very sticky. crajun (1242) - , Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
12oz bottle to glass; rec’d in trade from umich03jm. Good beer; just not my style. big pine and grapefruit in aroma. very nice caramel/amber pour. Taste is pine/grapefruit with hops at end and lingering - balanced but too much hops for me (and I hate grapefruit); Thanks for the trade, Jason!!