andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2007
12 oz bottle; pour yields a pale, slightly hazy golden hue with a big frothy head, leaving a silky lacing on the glass. aromas are of big bitter hops, thick, musty scents, a tiny hint of salt, notable evergreen bark, and coriander in the back. there’s depth here. the citrus does indeed shine through with a pleasant hop character on the palate. mild spice, carbonation, and bitterness. this is a very well crafted ale with high drinkability. the aroma was a bit muted at first, but then opened up and burst into complexity. truly a great ale. emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2008 Man oh man oh man. Was I glad this showed up in NC. Let me say this, I am not a hop man and hence not an IPA man. Taking that into account I loved this beer. Poured a smooth peachy amber with a medium thin, creamy, white head with a slowly receding lace. The aroma was hoppy above all else, very sweet and very fruity, definite citrus. Absolutely tantalizing. The flavor was sweet, fruity, and they hops were masterfully done. Not over the top, very well maintained. The palate was bitter at the back of my mouth. God I loved this IPA. I literally could not stop drinking it. pootzboy (1805) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
Bottle dated 4 weeks old.
Poured a delicious looking hazed orange-gold ale in the glass with a puffy 3 finger white cap that lasts and laces the glass well.
Aromas are delightful: sweet malts under grape fruit tones and floral aromas...a light earthy mustiness...very much like Anchor Liberty but more pronounced.
Flavor and Mouth -Feel Profile:
....up front thick caramelized malts to chew on which are almost instantly balanced off with a ceadr-citrus bittering. Silken mouth feel.
....you get some complexity of tastes as the hop alphas and yeast by-products produce some interesting succulent fruits-pine-citrus peel tones that blend with the sweet rich breadiness of the malts, much like a tart-floral marmalade on toast...perfect balance in this "big" rich full bodied ale.
...malt-hop balance slowly dissipates as the long finish becomes slowly more bitter an floral with a final light citrus peel after taste and a light warming from the 7%ABV.
A very well put together American styled IPA...not exactly in the Pacific NW style but it bears many characteristcs. tThe nose and flavor are infused with a wonderful hop mixture that indicates both hopback infusion and dry hopping. Smooth, Big flavor, well balanced, drinkable and satifying. This ale has all you ask for in a daily beer.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Rated 8/1/06: Utterly awesome, this is another great example of what an IPA should be. Aroma is floral, citrusy, piney and hoppy, sweet and malty I could sniff this for a long time. Pour is a nice golden copper with a creamy thick white head and nice lacing. Mouthfeel is medium thick and really smooth with a creamy finish. Flavor is an intense mixture of malts and hops, truly remarkable. The drinkability of this is good the strong hop presence doesn’t become overly bitter. Fantastic! Overall this will become one of my favorites. alobar (3915) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Pours a cloudy amber color with a huge soapy head. Aroma is pleasing-hops, citrus, pine. Body is heavy for an IPA. Taste is hop-loaded, but well-balanced with citrus.
slimweebs (164) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 20, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 This stuff is GOOD. I would compare it to Racer 5. There are definitely a lot of hops in this beer. It is VERY floral and citrus, making it incredibly refreshing. The malt balances it out nicely, but still leaves a flavor very dominated by hops. Very full flavor. One of the best aromas i’ve smelled in a beer. Nice. johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Poured an amber color. Taste was mostly hops but not really overloaded. Very smoothe. PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Pours hazy orange, thin white head. Aroma is piney. Lots of hops, yet there seems to be enough malt to provide some balance. Good stuff. GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2007 Hoppy citrus aroma with melons and orange. Pale golden yellow with a creamy white head. Grapefruit bitter with lots and lots of hops. Thick bitter body. KUEric (977) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Bottle at the Pizzeria Paradisio:
Pors nicely enough, smells wonderful enough and tastes even better that that!
Another great offering from Bells.
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