dmac (6459) - 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. Eckato (147) - Gulfport, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2007
From the moment this bottle was opened it was pure joy. The aroma is full and fruity...citrus notes all around (and somewhere in the backround I am catching the slightest honey twinge). Sitting in the glass I can admire the cloudiness and the amber orange radiance. Nice and hoppy, but very bery balanced. For my own personal liking it could be a tad bit more bitter. Great brew...thanks. teebeer (24) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Pours a nice cloudy amber, with great laceing. Wonderful floral/citrus flavor with a slight bitterness that add to the complexity of this IPA. It’s not too often you can find such a floral/fruity ale with that wonderful bitterness. A great example of what the Bells brewery is capable of. Would reccomend this ale to
any real beer drinker, old or new. Outstanding. nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2007
My first taste of this was in bottle at Brickskeller in DC last year, and then again in bottle in Minneapolis in the winter, and now on my recent visit back to Minneapolis I see that it’s showing up on tap all over dive bars in Minneapolis. This really makes me smile. What an awesome beer. Defines the true midwestern IPA style. Pours with a nice clean, white head that dissapates quickly. Nice and dry without a lot of cloying sweetness or nutty base malt character, which is perfect for this style. And really delivers on the hops, cirtus, pine, with a touch of grapefruit.. If I had to guess - A mix of old standbys like cascade, and some new school hops like centennial, amarillo and maybe some traditional british hops such as fuggle or EKG. Great complexity. Can certainly compete with some great west coast IPAs. Very well done, Bell’s. Thank you for making my visits to the Midwest feel just a little more like home. dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2007
bottle available this summer at the Beer Bistro. Wonderfully sweet and certifiable when it comes to hops! The alcohol is smooth, but hits you quick enough. Very refreshing beer. Nice syrupy colour to it very full and vibrant. I will be going back for this one a few more times this summer.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Wonderful aroma, a full bouquet. Smell of pine, citrus, grapefruit. Color is a nice ruby orange, small off-white cream head. This beer is full bodied and wonderfully balanced. A solid hop presence--piney and citrusy, but nicely balanced with a malty backbone. This is by far the best IPA I’ve ever had, and something I keep coming back to. MoDog (928) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2007
On tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, poured into a pint glass. This IPA poured a hazy coppery orange color with a 1/4 inch thick beige head that quickly faded away. This beer had a huge floral, citrus hop nose. Also some caramel and toffee notes. The smell is beautiful! The flavor was nice and citrusy. Full of hops, but not overly bitter. The balance between the huge flavor and bitterness is amazing. The mouthfeel is slightly oily/resiny with minimal carbonation. This is the best IPA I have ever had, hands down!!! pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2007
bottle....appearance:orange brownish tint with a hazy hue to it that was accompanied by an inch of white.....aroma: assertive flower and citrusy hoplicious nose...taste: more of that citrus sensation that evolved to an ever so slight bitter finish. there’s some malt involved but it doesn’t take away from forward-taste of the hops....could drink this all day. very tasty. BigDaddyBlues (48) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
A 6 pack purchased at From the Vine. This is a spectacular IPA. Citrus and hops rise out of glass as soon as you start to pour. I taste orange and pine. A great example of the styoe. PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Tap at Hop Devil: Pours a deep honey/orange color with a frothy/creamy white head. The aroma is extremely bright, crisp, citrusy and slightly herbal with a hint of berries. The flavor has loads of lemony zing and a spicy perfumy character. The hops are fresh and whole leaf-like with some lemon-rind brightness and a long clean dry finish. A very bright and quaffable IPA. Dangerously drinkable.