RATINGS: 3733   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma.

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dswanson (1) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2006 does not count
This is the best smelling ipa I’ve ever had. I can’t quite put my finger on the aroma... definitely some citrus, but there’s more. The taste is not overpowering. Very pleasant.

Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
very, very good ipa, rich citrusy hops, great balance between malt and hops, wonderful lingering mouthfeel and aftertste, a great beer worthy of hemmingway.

TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2006
CONTAINER TYPE: Bottle (Conditioned)
FRESH: Consumed 1 month after production
PURCHASED @: Binny’s McHenry
COST: $6.99/6-pack [SALE!]
HEAD: average frothy/foamy; white; fully diminishing
LACE: excellent
COLOR: Hazy light amber
AROMA: Light grain; no yeast or citrus elements; heavy flower/herb/pine/spruce HOPS!
MOUTHFEEL: Medium to light
PALATE: Oily coating; soft/flat natural conditioning
TASTE: START- light sweet; moderate bitterFINISH- heavy bitter; long lasting
COMMENTS: Completely unbalanced! But that’s a good thing here!!! All Hops are a good thing. Much like the DFH strain. This is the ultimate sipping brew. Nectar of the humans!

DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
This beer pours a dark honey brown that is slightly cloudy. The head is fluffy and a dirty brown. It fell quickly to a fluffy film. Great lacing! The smell is incredibly aromatic that playfully stings my nose with huge pineapple and nectarine hops. No malt detected. Tastes of strong pine and citrus hops with a fantastic understated foundation of oat and caramel malts. Well paired flavors! The finish is a nice sour dryness that makes me want another sip in a bad way. Mouth feel is full and creamy with a medium body and a little carbonation. Nice beer, Bell’s! It’s not too heavy, but delicious and easy to drink!

Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2014 It’s everything an IPA can be, not overwrought, perfectly balanced, smart, and so soothing. Serene, sweet, and kind. Perfect for any imagineable occasion, and quite honestly the apple of my eye.

Cask pour at Pizzeria Paradiso, 9/15/07. Golden, dry aroma of cantaloupe, pear juice, marginal floral tones. Dusty flavor. Hints of light fruits, lacking the crisp centennial bite in a vague way. Palate takes no benefit from this particular run in the cask. Overaged, as well.

Tap at the Afterwords Cafe 9/19/07. Floral grind disseminates fully and brightly in the aroma. The hop taste is smoky, meaty and rich. Almost perfect pleasantry. Vanilla-kissed toffee in a balancing malt finish.

Tap at the Afterwords Cafe 10/31/07. That comforting touch of rose essence is right out in front.

Tap at the Happy Gnome 1/20/08. Vibrant and fresh as can be, bursting with cantaloupe, pear, and honeydew melon soaked in the morning floral mist. Crispy, cool, and perfect.

Fresh bottled batch on 7/1/08. 8526. Florals have a somewhat harsh quality of leafy foliage about them, and the soft citrus and tropical fruit characters are more subdued than I prefer.

Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 Wow...what a hoppy ale. Golden amber with staying white head. Caramel, citrus, floral and pine. Medium bodied with full flavor of orange, pine and herbs. Very hoppy. One of the best IPA’s I’ve had.

Gabemik (46) - Joplin, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Pours from the bottle with a reddish copper color and a light tan head that stays with the beer nicely. The aroma is hops, the first flavor across the lips is hops, the finish is hops. But I do not feel like I’ve been smacked in the face with branch of hops. The malts and carbination are there, but just enough to make overall experience very enjoyable.

GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle. Light golden coloring. Front-to-back full finish with light yeast after-presence in nostrils. Lemony but light. Somewhat bitter but not overpoweringly so. Sign of a good day if this is in your fridge.

Ratman197 (14822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Bottle poured a clear golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of carmel, floral, light pine and citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of light carmel, orange, light pine and some herbal notes with a lingering lightly bitter finish.

rdawson321 (145) - USA - SEP 8, 2006
Pours yellow/orange with a large fluffy head. Leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Aromas of fruit and citrus, very floral hop aroma as well. Remarkably well balanced and easy to drink; a quality few IPAs can match. Sweet nose, bitter finish. Excellent IPA, great job!

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