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Review by tangfoot on 01/03/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 4 10 0
Originally reviewed 12-21-2006 and 4-23-2007

Incidentals: I reveiewed this beer about four months ago, and was less-than impressed by it. Since that time, this beer has become one of my favorite IIPAs, and I thought it would be a good idea to rereview.

Appearance:
Original review: Good. Deep golden color with a very white, frothy, thick head. It is unfiltered.but has a very clear appearance to it.
New this review: There are many columns of bubbles eminating from the bottom of the glass.

Smell:
Original review: Good. Very hoppy and green. Has a very fresh smell to it.
New this review: There's a strong sweetness that I did not notice in the earlier review, and the hops are truly exquisite.

Taste: Original: Slightly above-average. I've had some damn fine California IPAs and DIPAs, and while this one is in the ballpark, it is certainly not on par with the best of them.
New this review: Perhaps it is the fact that this beer has been in my cellar for a couple of months, but I'm really tasting a sweetness that I have previously only experienced in Dreadnaught and Racer 5. This beer is turning into something truly special.

Mouthfeel:
Original review: Average. Mouthfeel is always average unless something jumps out about it.
New this review: The oils and resiny feel of the hops are apparent and the beer leaves a decent aftertaste.

Drinkability: Slightly above-average. The alcohol content is way to high to drink more than one serving, but it would fit in well with a night of IPA exploration. I prefer the Two Hearted Ale as my Bell's IPA, and this one feels contrived and like they were trying too hard to go all "California".
New this review: I now realize that this is not meant to be in the same category as Two Hearted, and the two beers are truly different from each other. The DIPA is alive and well in Michigan, Larry Bell has produced another winner.

Served In: Pint Glass