Bell's Big Head San Diego Style Ale

Bell's Big Head San Diego Style Ale

Rated 3.160 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Bell's Brewery Incorporated

Galesburg, MI, United States

Style:  Imperial IPA

11.1% Alcohol by Volume

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What is San Diego Style Ale? It is an ale that's made with more attitude than hops. And boy are there a lot of hops.

ID: 31121 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank25565
Overall Percentile51.6
Style Rank1770 of 2356
Style Percentile24.9
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score3.5
Average Score3.400
Weighted Score3.160
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Batch # 8369. Received in a trade with moejuck. A bit suprised at how inferior this was to Hopslam. Perhaps it was a bad bottle. Maybe it had a rough journey. But the consensus amongst those who tasted it was that it was either below average or just slightly above. There were some issues I had with the beer (aroma being oxidized) and the flavor (missing some of that hard-core WC hop blast of bitter goodness) but on the whole it wasn't bad.

    The beer poured out a dark amber color with a two-finger thick head. Aroma is one-two pine/citrus hop punch, but the lingering wet paper was too hard to ignore. The hop flavor, as I mentioned, just didn't have that "wow" factor like Hopsickle, Pliney, White Knuckle and many other WC DIPA's. It also had a subtle spiciness to it, which was nice. A bit too much alcohol for me too. Not bad, but hardly a WC DIPA. Hopslam was much better.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Tasted at the May Northern California Beer Tasting. (Batch # 8369). This imperial IPA poured a deep golden amber color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is piney and grapefruity hops. A medium bodied double IPA. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are piney and grapefruity. Nice balance. Sorta tastes like a west coast IPA. Lots of hops not a lot of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.

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