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RATINGS: 3691   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 11, 2007
My attitude toward this beer depends on the day. Something about it is intimidating to me, even next to Dogfishís 90 and 120, as well as the Crooked Trees, Hopslam and even Founderís Devil Dancer. I canít explain why, but Iíll try. Something about the strong citrusy nose and hoppy aromas, the punch to the palate with more bitterness throughout the tastes of grapefruit peel and pine. I mightíve topped off a busy bar night long ago with this IPA, which could be why it is such a hard one to put away consistently nowadays. A manly beer. I canít even say I enjoy it so much as respect it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2007
The aroma was strong caramel with a fruity and citrusy orange/grapefruit presence. Hop aromas dominated with malt taking a backseat. The malty sweetness was light and the citrus presence was strong. In the glass the beer was slightly hazy golden amber with an off-white frothy head which laced the glass. The flavor was strongly centered on citrus, orange/grapefruit most notable. Along with the hop flavor came a strong bittering and some caramel but the malt presence was not overly sweet. The flavor was also lightly bready. The body was medium and the carbonation left the beer creamy in texture. The citrusy hops lasted long into the aftertaste. A very nice pint! Pint at Tylerís Durham.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gmcase (115) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Bottle and Tap. Again and Again. Hop bitterness that lingers long into the finish. It is very drinkable even though it ends on a slightly bitter note. That is what gives it distiction. It has a charm a lot of other IPAís donít have. Also doesnít have the maltyness of say dogfish head ipaís. Very distinctive IPA. My favorite everyday beer. If you crave the citrus American hops then this is for you. Also try Bellís Expidition Stout and Hopslam if you can find it. rr....The label has really grown on me as time goes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2007
light hop smell with a nice smooth hop,citrusy flavor. i wouldnít call it 99th percentile but itís a pretty decent IPA. thanks to beerguy101

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Big piney lime aroma. Hops are very evident. Flavor is light, yet somehow packs in a lot of flavors. Pine, hops, lime and other citrus, sweet maltiness....but without big heavy bite. Itís still sticky, but not in an overbearing sense. Crisp dry finish. This is like diet IPA in that it is so much a session beer, despite itís 7% (damn you Bells and your ability to mask alcohol). A staple as far as IPAs go. This is the real deal....still extremely enjoyable and stable as it warms up. This edges out the Titan from Great Divide, simply by beeing a smoother and lighter beer....oh and the obvious fact that the two hearted manages to slam you with so much hop flavor in the process. This stuff is simply incredible.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10959) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Bottle. Lime, tangerine, and pine hops aroma. Hazy orange-amber with moderate head and nice lacing. Sligntly sweet tangerine flavor quickly followed by moderate pine hops. Strange finish - after swallowing get a watery slightly metallic taste with pine hops returning a few seconds later. Nice that its flavor isnít the typical orange grapefruit.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2007
One of "ye olde standbyes". Just a perfect IPA, full of subtle citrus aromas, quite possibly the greatest mouthfeel ever and that wonderful sweetish malty finish. Quite possibly the the only beer that maintains greatness on tap and in the bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 This is a damn good and flavorful IPA. Such an undistinguished and frankly unsavorable logo on the bottle, I had never thought of buying this one and giving íer a go. I regret not doing so sooner. Delicious and full of flavors, yet not overpowering and light enough to make a session. This is a very good beer.

Mini-keg review on 01/27/08

Pours a cloudy mango amber into my imperial pint glass. Big fluffy head, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is great; soft piney hops (but strong and prevalent), cider, pineapple. Flavor is awesome of course. Hops galore, grapefruit, pineapple, crisp apples. Delicious. Very drinkable, soft and easy.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2009 Rating and review fixed now that i have a better understanding on whats going on here. Good lord i love this beer. Pours a yellow orange haze of a beer, but i dont know if its possible to see it through the aroma. Its massive, and a fresh bottle of this will floor any hop-head. The taste is fresh citrus, grapefruit, and if the color green had a taste, i think it would be something like this. Wonderful. Works any time of year, dead of winter or summer refresher.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2007
bottle aprox. 9 months old. They stoped selling bellís in illinois in sept, (distributing issues) so i held on to this one for warm weather. pours a cloudy golden orange color, with a tall head that sinks rather quickly without leaving any lace. smells of grapefruit and citrusy hops and a little like grape candy. taste is crisp with intertwining notes of lemon zest and sweet malts. well crafted with a refreshing and harmonious balance that make this easy to enjoy.


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