Appearance: slight haze of mandarins and blood oranges with ruby-garnet glints. Pithy head fades into a ringlet bordering a half-moon film. Swirls with trailing blotches.
Nose: peaches, apricots, mandarin, and apricots stewed in cinnamon and allspice. Tickle of heat in the back. Rich. Tropical skin bitterness and tannins of green bananas, mango, and guava. Hint of earthiness – barnyard, dust, and old houses. Orchard esters – fallen leaves after the harvest.
Palate: clean profile allows all the flavors to shine. Dry along the sides, spiced and stewed and woodsy underneath and in the finish. Stewed orange peels. Twigs, barnyard dust, and dirt. Green banana and guava skins. Soft bready mouthfeel – bread dipped into barrel aged apples, oranges, plums, and golden raisins. Allspice and nutmeg. Complex. Parching and thirst-inducing at the same time. Long bitter tannic finish.
Final Thoughts: loved it. I wasn’t expecting an imperial IPA was pleasantly pleased with the result. Of course, Bells brewed it so it has to be.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)