scooter520 (185) - - OCT 17, 2012
Bottled 9/13/12. Appearance: copper and red but fairly clear with a big yellowish khaki head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: big caramel and toasted malts, and piney, resinous and citrusy hops with alcohol deeper in the smell. Taste: a sweet maltiness that is actually very well balanced with the high hop profile, bitter and slightly sweet finish with just a tad of the alcohol coming in but definitely not as hot as many 11% beers. Mouthfeel: thin to medium texture with a relatively low carbonation. Overall: I really think this is a pretty awesome high ABV brew. They did a really great job of countering the big malt and alcohol sweetness with multi-style hopping.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
12oz bottle, packaged 9/13/12. Mildly hazy amber red color. Little off-white head, leaves good lace. Spicy fresh hop flavor. Little caramel malts. Nice bitter taste, alcohol is noticable but it works well with whatever this brew is going for. Amplifies the hop, somehow, but isn’t as hot as say, Devil Dancer. Light, crisp carbonation, more dry texture, bigger body, not syrupy or sticky. Interesting yeast, pine, resin aromas, sort of juicy in a way. Some tropical fruit. Tasty sipper argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Draft. Crystal clear amber body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grape, orange/grapefruit, light pineapple. Taste is moderately sweet, grape, orange, some grapefruit, light alcohol. Low carbonation, medium-full body. bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Somewhat a perplexing ale. 12 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip since I have no clue what to serve an IRA in. Deep amber red with orange edging. Whitish head that rings around the glass then moves along. Smell is underwhelming at 50 degrees. Taffy, caramel,fresh biscuit. Taste, however, is great and robust. Hop complexity you wouldn’t believe; pine resin, grass, lemon, grapefruit, ripe orange. Matched with a hearty malt bill that beefs up the body and sweetens the brew. Finishes big and clean with a hint of honey. Final thought: a barleywine by any other name would taste as sweet... Drake (13739) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a thin frothy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big hops... resin, citrus, berries. Well balanced toffee malts. The taste is tart fruits, resin and citrus hops and toffee malts. A faint bit of earth and an anise-like herbal note that is very mild. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2012
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours dark orange with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, and wet grass. Excellent taste of grapefruit rind, pine, pineapple, and tangerine. Some alcohol warming with this one. A great beer! bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Bottle: Pours a dark bronze color with little head...low retention. Nose is heavy on mixed berries, grapefruit, pineapple and some lightly toasted bread characteristics. Slick palate...very resinous up front with some of the citrus and berry notes rounding it out. It’s fairly sweet with the toasted malts coming in to play as it warms. Pretty good...not sure it’s worth the price though. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Draft at Churchkey. Pours a rich copper pour with a good sized frothy head. Nose is absolutely rife with beautiful hop character, including sweet orange and grapefruit flesh, touches of evergreen, and good sweet malt balance. The flavor brings a bit more of that sweetness to the fore, mixing with touches of melon and mango from the Southern Hemisphere varietals and contrasting with the piney bitterness of Simcoe. Definitely drinks more like 7-8% than 11%. Quite nice. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2012
12 oz bottle: Aroma is smells awesome like another hopslam. Appearance is clear reddish/amber color with a thick off white head that lingers. Taste is fruity hoppy goodness with maybe a hint of caramel in the backing. Palate is medium carbonation in the mouth with an aftertaste of linger hop characteristics. If you’re a hop fan this is a beer for you. Cheers! iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2012 Wow. Was I surprised. This is so much better than I expected. More of a DIPA than a red with the citrusy hops that provide a great grapefruit aroma. Well done, Bell’s.