jsmerig (1590) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Pours a reddish amber with a thick foamy head. Aroma of sweet fruit citrus fruit and bright hops. Thick. Very bitter but has a serious amount of malt to balance. Robust. Bold. Hearty.
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12 oz bottle at Ashley’s Ann Arbor. Amber pour with an off-white head. Sweet hoppy floral, pine, lemon, and orange in the aroma. Sticky sweet grapefruit, orange, pine, and floral flavors as well. Quite intense, fresh, and sweet. Really nice stuff. Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottled shared at Sybarite Pig. Thanks Steve and Danny. Pours a very hazy, creamy looking light red. Very little head with mild lace. Pine, cherries, alphalpha, and malt. Taste of pine, pine resin, hay, cherries, berries, with a quick bitter finish. The aftertaste of pine really stays with you. Very good. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy deep orange copper color with a small off white froth. Aroma is mostly piney, some definitely malt base, sweet and bready with a slight cake note, some citric fruits coming out as well, marmalade and sweet orange. Flavor has a bit of oxidation, but with the malt backbone it gives sort of a barleywine character to it, whoa just noticed its 11 percent, really easy drinking for that abv. picking up some of the tropical character, and piney resinous hops, still with that sweet malt. Medium to medium full body and a crisp carbonation. Interesting beer. olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Poured at JK O donnells from a bottle. Dark amber pour with large white head. Strong citrus and pineapple aromas. Tropical fruit and citrus taste. Very strong aftertaste.
Onslow (1497) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear red brew with dense frothy head that sticks to the side of the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, and resinous hops, a bit of earth and flowers - very IPA in character but more intense and complex. Taste is sweet malts at the start, very hop forward with a barrage of bitter of every strip. Lingering deep bitter finish with warm alcohol burn. A little boozey as it gets warm. Intense and good but kinda overdone - it’s hard to come away with a feel for what this is other than complex. But I will most certainly enjoy this while it is around. Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle; Pour is clear ruby brown with a modest off white head in this glass, quickly rimming the glass and creating a certain haze here - there is some modest lacing present as well. The nose is quite nice here ; its fruity, piney, resinous hops in big abundance - with some caramel and cherry notes present. I found it to be more impressive than expected, honestly. The flavor profile reveals the tropical fruit initial, with less bitterness than expected ; moving to the pine, grass, caramel, toffee, sweet bread, light cherry, while presenting a modest booze note - It has a really nice marriage of Malt, Hop, and ABV, combined with a prickly carbonation - It’s not as well done as some California "Red" Ales I’ve had - but its still a quality attempt jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2012
FH IPA Fest 2012, had to give this some plus and minuses, the smell is wonderful and the taste is very smooth but the thickness of this coupled with a dominant syrupy hop feel detracts from what could be awesome. peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Slightly murky brown/orange pour with a nice froth of tan foam. Aroma is sweet malt and caramel with sharp pine and complimentary bitterness. Taste is a nice balance of heavy, sweet malt with caramel and toffee notes followed by some light toasted malt and char with resinous pine and bitterness. Lingering bitterness on each sip and a clean drinker for the double digit ABV. Sure, it’s a fairly common high ABV strong ale with pine and bitterness but Bells does it as good or better than anyone else. Great beer. tennisjoel (1460) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Definitely a sweet beer here. Hops are the main ingredient. I’m enjoying this as a sipper. Couldn’t handle more than one of these. Good for what it is.