Michmike (11) - USA - SEP 3, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium head quickly disappears..almost no lace. Not a lot of mystery to this one...loaded with hops. This beer presents a floral taste accompanied by bitterness thoughout. Strong lemon flavor. Beers that offer the combination of bitterness and high alcohol levels score well here - this one will rank high.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, Baja Bean, Staunton VA. Medium orange-amber color with offwhite head. Subdued nose of pineapple and grapefruit hops, pine, and some herbal/floral notes as well. Flavor is nicely balanced citrus hops, earthy hops, and sweet toasty malt. Creamy palate throughout, with a slightly hop-resin finish. Man, this is tasty stuff, made very drinkable by its subtlety.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 Thanks to mreusch for the bonus! Golden hue with a frothy long lasting head, Very smooth, just the right hops, and a clean smooth finish.
gunnfryd (14383) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, hop, citrus. Flavour is hop, fruit, citrus. Citrus and bitter finish. Nice beer.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: May 28, 2000
Appearance: hazy yellow, frothy white head
Aroma: strong citrus hop aroma
Flavor: lots of tongue scraping hop flavor on top of slightly sweet malt base, light lingering bitter finish
Date: April 30, 2005
Source: rich oís new albany IN
Appearance: dark yellow with slight chill haze, thin white head and nice lace
Aroma: light sweet malty aroma with plenty of hops
Flavor: good solid hop flavor, touch of sweetness to balance, long bitter finish, nice touch of citrus in the aroma and flavor to add a bit extra complexity
Date: April 28, 2006
same as it ever was
Date: April 23, 2009
Source: rich oís new albany IN
Appearance: hazy orange, fine beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: the definitive huge sweet grapefruit aroma, fruity orange, lots of crystal sweetness balanced by citrus goodness
Body: big creamy body
Flavor: sweet fruity orange flavor like when you first break open an orange and dive in face first, light balancing bitterness keeps the sweetness in control without detracting from the fruity goodness
Overall: it just doesnít get any better than this
Date: December 09, 2009
Source: taco mac alpharetta
Aroma: sweet citrus aroma, touch of grapefruit
Flavor: big grapefruit flavor, nice bitter grapefruit rind, sweet orange
Overall: milder on cask making it all that much more drinkable
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
350 ml bottle from vintage cellars. Hazy amber with a fizzy white head. Floral citrus aroma. Good crisp citrus taste strong pine notes, and a floral hoppy taste to the finish.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very good beer. Balanced and still has enough bitterness. Nice hops flavor and nice murky golden color. S good beer if you havenít more than one....so itís always a good beer. Nice als. vontent but bad name. IPA should be somewhere instead of ale.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I remember this being better years ago. Still a very solid IPA. Would be a good session beer.
yngwie (16718) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. (from trade with the_epeeist) Golden, almost clear body, under a white head leaving nice lacings. Piney, citrusy, beef-stock malty nose with resin as well. Even though the flavor is on the hoppy side, thereís a balance to it, and I like it. It has a nice level of bitterness, with the usual flavors from the hops, and a good dash of malts. It could maybe have a little bit fuller body, but Iím not holding it against it. The finish is long, resiny and fruity, with a nice bitterness. Lovely, really lovely IPA. (070719)
lunchbox582 (24) - St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2009 12 oz bottle, poured. Close to orange coloring, short white head, with decent lacing on the glass I would like to start by saying this is not what I expected from this beer. I especially disliked what was left on the palate. It was almost too bitter for my tasting, which I donít understand. It was definitely a very floral aroma, and the taste to go with it. Very hoppy with the back taste of malt. Aside from the Amber Ale, this is my least favorite brew from Bells, and it pains me to say that.
In light of my previous rating, I would like to amend something I stated. This is not as bad as I made it sound. I started drinking it more regularly and actually liked it a lot. If you feel the way I did after my first try, give it another. It has grown on me very nicely.