JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle thanks to wnoble. Clear amber pour with a nice sticky beige head. This beer is dominated by caramel malt, sweet sugars, toffee, and finishes with bitter hops. Slightly metallic. It’s decent, but I’m not a fan of this much caramel sweetness. The abv is well hidden. It’s not a DIPA, should be either ASA or barleywine. GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Great hop aromas. Citrusy hop flavors. One of the best batch beers. Overall fantastic. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Draft. Pours clear copper/amber with an beige head. Aroma is big caramel/toffee malt, melon/pine/resin/citrus hops. Taste is moderately bitter, melon/pine hops, big caramel malt. Palate is soft, oily, warming, big malt finish. More of a barleywine than a DIPA. JStax (6505) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Poured from a refrigerated 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice translucent amber color with a very nice, large, beige head of foam. The aroma is sweet and resiny. Taste is very resiny and grapefruity bitter with just enough malt backbone to keep the bitterness in check. Pretty good overall. arkurzynski (2427) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle courtesy of motortoddhead. Thanks brotha! Deep amber with red hues. Sweet, sweet caramel and toasted malt with musty pine and juicy tropical fruit. Flavor is more sweet malt up front, fading to a fruity hop blend of pear, mango, peach, pineapple, and faint pine. Not overly bitter with sweetness still pulling though. Somewhat sticky, clean. A beer fruit cup.
ryanfolty (2553) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2012 November 7, 2012 bottle from Mike as an extra. Brown with some orange and red pour with decent head and lacing. Sweet fruit, piney hops and grain or malt. Taste starts sweet and fruity and then moves into a mild piney bitter finish. rumproasts (5359) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2012
bottle. amber with one finger head. big fruity hops, mainly citrus. moderate malt body. pretty well done, but certainly not in the same class as hopslam or hop stoopid. DialSquare (5031) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
12oz bottle from Proof bottle shop. Cool to have new Bells - and an ipa to boot. Copper pour with a thin off-white. Aroma is sweet bread and pine. Tastes are caramel, melon, resiny grapefruit, wet grass, sweet malts. Has a boozy vibe, but nothing approaching the 11%. Way too drinkable actually. So well balanced - very nice. reverend_03 (10) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Reddish color and off white head. Prevalent hop aroma but didn’t get much of a sweet smell. Slightly sweet flavor but mostly the bitterness of the hops from start to finish. Not a huge fans of red ales but this was decent. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
This poured poured a darker red color with a large beige head. Aroma was grassy and fruity hops, caramel and toasted malt, and light alcohol. Flavor was bitingly bitter upfront with minimal fruity hop character, followed by bland caramel malt, and then a huge punch in the face of alcohol. This thing is extremely brutal and unrefined, in a very bad way.