bierkoning (13364) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle. orange red color. Strong grapefruit and red berries aroma. Oily hops, lemon, grapefruit en red berries in the flavor, so abundant that it attacks and almost conquers the alcoholic character of this beer. Oily hoppy peppery aftertaste with red berries. A big beer in all aspects, but still with a good balance. stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2011 overwhelming aroma of sweet malts, caramel. Complex malt character, some hoppiness, caramel, bread, a little bit of alcohol burning but not much considering the 13%+. a unique beast. aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2007
The color was a hazy medium amber. The head was creamy, off-white, and thin. The aroma was very hoppy, citrisy, and pine. The flavor was alcohol, hopps, a slight waxyness/bitterness at the back of the mouth, citris, and pine. The palate was thick-bodied. The finish was warm and hoppy. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Pours a beautiful ruby color with tannish head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, and pine. Flavor is sweet and malty in the beginning with a piney finish. Palate is sticky, but that is the only detraction for this complex and intense brew. MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle from Secret Santa (thanks!). Poured dark red-brown with off-white head. Aroma of caramel and grapefruity/pine hops. Pretty balanced taste; a blend of caramel sweetness and citrusy, bitter hops. At this level of alcohol, I guess it’s tough to be hop-dominated, though the bottle may have been old, I don’t really know. Pretty sticky mouthfeel and finish was more bitter than the taste.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2009 bottle from hopdog. viscous pour. hazy reddish brown with a cream beige head. sticky lacing all the way down the glass. super sweet malty aroma along with red apples, toffee and citric hops. flavor is a sweet combination of the aroma mixed with some chocolate, vanilla, orange and alcohol. it finishes surprisingly dry and piney. sweet lingering aftertaste of alcohol and chocolate. full bodied with a syrupy sticky mouth feel. 7/3/7/4/15/3.6
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2007
still, awfully sweet though it is in great balance. the bitter dry finish really helps it out. a bit confused?7/4/7/4/15/3.7
Bottle obtained from HogTownHarry. Thickish reddish-copper pour with a wispy head. Big aroma of piney hops with background notes of citrus, caramel, raisins, and a hint of chocolate. Very full body. Flavour is HUGE, but surprisingly balanced - lots of hops, but lots of malt as well. Finish is long and warm, but not overly alcoholic, especially given the 13%. Fantastic stuff. islay (2775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Unsurprisingly hoppy aroma: Citrus (especially lemon), apricot, hint of pine. Also surprisingly malty aroma: port, cookie dough, fruitcake, dark chocolate, brownies, red apple, pear. Alcohol smell evident. Aroma like that of a hoppy barley wine. Pours a clear copper with a pale gold hue and a small amount of thin, light tan head. Produces moderate amount of lacing. Remarkably and aggressively dry, bitter, hoppy taste from the moment it hits the tongue to the finish. Lemon, orange, and tangerine flavors that seem to derive from the hops. Sweet, plum-like , floral malt background. Peanut butter cookie, brown sugar, and pear flavors. Alcohol makes its presence felt. Make no mistake: The hops dominate the taste, but I actually think the beer is excessively malty. I don’t need my hop bombs to be balanced. Extremely long, dry finish and aftertaste. Also an unexpected roasted malt bitter aftertaste. Full body. Sharp and lively in the palate. I purchased this beer over two months ago, and it remains a hop monster. I would call it a hop head’s dream, but it is too malty for that. Really more of a hopped through the roof barley wine than a typical double IPA. milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Quite possibly my favorite IIPA/DIPA although without having had Bells Hopslam it is not conclusive. I have had 120 IBUs ( one which was very bitter, and another that was balanced by what can only be described as insane amounts of malt) and I can say that this is well beyond that. Great coloring..definitely the best of any IPA I have poured. Very citrusy aroma. Malty in the front of the palate (it has to be considering the amount of hops)...but after that initial taste, BAM....the hops kicks in big time. A bitter grapefruit would be accurate to start...and then its just bitter hops. The alcohol is well-hidden, and if you can get past the bitterness....this is a fantastic beer. emacgee (4677) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 Giving this one a re taste from a 12 oz bottle. Thanks dra19. Pours a murky thick orange amber with little to no head. The aroma is rich , thick, sweet, malty, caramel, a little like a BW, hides the hops, and alcohol. The flavor is incredibly intense, thick hops, resinous, waxy, dry, mild alcohol, smooth, citrus, some pine, spicy hops, very easy to drink. Malt presence is obvious, caramel, a bit barley wineish. Soothing. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a lasting warmth and pleasant citrusy aftertaste.