MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2007
On tap at HDG. Part 1 of an indetemerinate length ratings miniseries entitled "Getting back beastiefan2kís buddyship." Poured a light amber color and smelled of pure hoppiness (no, not that beer from Alpine, which I havenít had by the way). Lots of grapefruit and pine present here. Though Iím generally not much of a hops guy, this is the type I enjoy most. Iíve heard stories about how insanely drinkable this beer is, but I didnít know how true it was until I took my first...well all my sips. The grapefruitiness jumps out at first, followed by malt support to give it balance. The finish brings the hops back, as if I had forgotten what I was drinking. A nice lingering bitter to this one, but not overwhelming. Truly well done. My new favorite IPA/IIPA, unless you count Houblon, which I donít...so there. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Draught at HDG. Light orange/amber colored with an aroma of what seemed like a truckload of bright grapefruity hops. The hoppiness struck me before the glass came within a foot of my nose. Reminiscent of Hopslam. The bright hops are obviously the star of the show, but the full and clean cookie/caramel malts provide a nice structure which supports and balances this fine green-flowery nectar. Interestingly, the hoppiness seems to start out like fresh grapefruit zest on the initial sip and morphs into more of a pine charater towards the finish. However, thereís no resin or astringency. Iím pretty sure that this is the best single IPA Iíve had so far. hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2007
draft- incredible brew...strawberry/ester flavor explosion is almost immediate with some pineyness in the background. I thought this was a double, but I guess not. Thatís okay. One of the best IPAís I ever had. asedzie (824) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 Bottle. Pours golden with thick off-white head. Huge hop nose. Fragrant citrusy hops. Taste is lively citrus - orange, passionfruit, pineapple - backed by creamy malt. Very interesting that the bitterness is neatly balanced by the captivating flavors of the hop resins. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Orange color with stream of what looks like yest or bacteria inside - yuck. Wonderfuly hop aroma. Sweet grapefruity hop body with a little malt in there. Excellent flavor but after the funk floating around, I donít think Iíll finish.
yespr (44698) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
From tap. Pours golden orange with a white head. Aroma is grape fruity. Flavour is grape with a mild malt profile beneath. Finish is dry and bitter. Another grape dominated ipa, not offensive nor really good. brownaler (643) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Piney citrus aroma with a bit of cream. Taste is a doughy malt blended with a sharp flavored hop syrup with a lemony aftertaste. slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 Bottle. Nose is extremely sweet hops, some light citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit. Touch of pine in there too. Color is clear orange with a nice lacing white head. Subdued bitterness, well balanced hop flavor with a very smooth palate. Hops show up all over the flavor but donít provide any harsh bitterness that is the downfall of so many IPAs. Sweet orange, musky pine, and just the perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Palate works perfectly for the style, providing one of the best examples of how to perfectly accentuate a hop-heavy beer. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2008 Amber pour with frothy white head and excellent lace! Simcoe hops on the nose. Malty backbone with loads of citrus flavor. Well balanced, clean and crisp. dmac (6198) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2007
12 oz bottle thanks to vyvvy. Poured a hazy orangey/yellow with a thick frothy white head. Aroma was tons of citrusy hops and some caramel malt. Flavor is obviously hop dominant but was nicely balanced with a fair bit of maltiness. The palate was very smooth and this is just one fantastic beer all around. Once again Bells does not disapoint.