jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours copper with a thin white head. Big pine/citrus hop aroma with a touch of caramel sweetness. Moderately sweet malt flavor up front followed by a great pine and citrus hop profile. Nice bitter hop finish with a touch of alcohol. Very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden.
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Go big or go home! That appears to be the aim of Bell’s "this one goes to 11" ale. It’s super-sacharined with boozy sweetness, and you’ll get just some of those cherries and candied tropical fruits too. The problem is, in the arms race of bold beers, this one is too eager to shoot it’s big gun and the 11% abv sprays you in the face. The malts do their best to balance things out, and that’s what makes it highly drinkable. But still, it’s a rocky ride that I’d pass on the next time I have the opportunity. elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
12oz bottled September 13, 2012. Served at around 45F.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Pours lightly hazy red/copper with a three finger tan head that leaves nice webs of lacing and recedes to a wispy, foamy cap and ring.
Aroma starts with some citrusy hops, grapefruit, moves to earthy hops and bready malt with some fruit (cherries) and caramel as well. Good to very good strength.
Flavor begins with big grapefruit citrus and resinous hops, some pine, big malt backbone of cherries, caramel and toffee, some sweetness, decent bitterness, bite of alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and sticky, good carbonation.
Big intensity indeed, particularly in the flavor, there’s a lot going on and every aspect is big and bold. Big hops, big malts, big alcohol. Very good brew.
Bottle. Copper color with a small white head. Aroma has plenty of fruit and citrus, but it has a strange musky character. Seems to have loads of pineapple with some slight orange and grapefruit. Pretty damn sweet taste with tons of caramel to start, and it still finishes with a lot of caramel. In between there is a good deal of grapefruit citrus character. Pretty full bodied and a bit too sticky for me. Still, very sweet and aggressively hopped but it just don’t come together for me. demmbonz (732) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2012
(Not a hop lover) 12oz to snifter. 2 month old bottle. I cannot discern hop aromas, but it is very much all hops in the aroma. it is a beautiful deep copper color. The flavor is much like a malty red ale, but with a hop kick in the pants. I actually enjoyed this.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Draft at Muddy Pig. Pours a clear deep orange with a medium head. Flavor is initially heavy on cherries and ripe fruits, back end is a hop wallop that smacks you in the face. Medium bodied and boozy. Definitely "goes to 11". mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Pours much darker than I expected since this is listed as a DIPA, kind of looks like a barleywine with a deep amber color and a thin of white head. Aroma is cherries and honey with some resiny hops. Taste is actually waaay smoother than I expected, I was expecting a IBU assault on my palate, but this is pretty balanced, sweet caramel malt and honey, a hint of cherry and even some more tropical fruit ends slightly dry with a bit of a warming boozy finish. wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Draft at Eccentric cafe on 9/22. Pours a slightly cloudy amber. Aroma is of juicy hops and pine. Tremendous lacing. Flavor of juicy citrus with a nice balance of bitter pine woodsyness. Thick palate that finishes with a nice juicy bitter mouthfeel. I expected this to be good, but this surpassed my expectations. This was darn good. Wish I could have had more then one pint, but at 11% I had to stop. Frankly one of the best double IPA’s I’ve had. The balance between the bitter hops and the Citra was perfect. coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2012
On tap at Bells on 9/21/12. Aromas of fruit and some pine. With LOTS of alcohol. First taste is largely alcohol burn but as it warms the citrus and pine come out as well as a little pineapple. Interesting mix of hops. Nice burn going down. Well done. blackflag321 (689) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Bottle pour into pint. Clean red/gold color; small, quickly fading head. Big nose: fresh cherry and tropical fruit. Taste: tangy cherry, orange. This is quite a sipper. Drinking from a fresh 6-pack; not sure that I will have any to save to see if the flavor mellows with time.