Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Alextricity:
4.34/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
RE-REVIEW: Bottled 12/20/13 and poured 2/13/14, so it's not the freshest bottle.
Appearance: Just as I remember. Beautiful golden color. Slight haze. Two finger head leaves lots of lacing. Maybe the best beer I've ever seen. (5/5)
Smell: Also as I recall. Massive tropical fruits with a particularly peachy "aftersmell." Plenty of honey sweetness. (4.75/5)
Taste/feel: Not what I remember, and that pains to say. It's a 2mo old bottle, but the taste is so much different than I remember it being. Sweet peach sort of flavor on the front with a bit of tropical fruit flavor and a decent sweetness, and then a throw of bitterness with malt at the finish. I recall Hopslam drinking like honey, hop, nectary goodness with flawless balance. This is a disappointment in comparison. Alcohol is warming in the belly, which is fine, but also in the flavor as well. I recall it being well hidden. This truthfully tastes like a different beer. Good? Hell yeah, it's still a good beer, but this isn't nearly as unbelievable as I initially thought. Mouth feel is a bit thinner as well. Beer's not tasting as sweet -- again, more bitter with alcohol not very well hidden. A decent bit better as it warms. (4.25/5, 3.75/5)
Well, that's that. I understand this bottle is two months old, but I don't believe Hopslam would change so dramatically. What I loved so much about Hopslam when I had it last year was its awesome honey sweetness and ability to hide its alcohol. I'm left unhappy with this beer compared to my initial opinion. Still, this outshines most in the style. I'll have to try it again next year. I like it a lot, but I've had better for cheaper.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: Bottled 1/03/13, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint
Appearance: I'm just not used to seeing such a high ABV beer have such a sexy head and with such beautiful lacing. The beer APPEARS filtered, and has a perfectly clear amber/gold color. (4.75/5)
Smell: Absolutely stunning. Super grapefruitty from the hops, but then there's plenty of honey sweetness... smells like candy. (5/5)
Taste/feel: The taste is just... the score's justified, put it that way. I didn't think beer could taste this good. It's got a super nice bitter bite , but the honey and malts mellow it out. As I've seen other people say, Hopslam isn't really an appropriate name for this beer, because it's actually incredibly balanced ... the honey flavor is utterly outstanding. The mouthfeel is also among the best I've had in any beer. Extremely smooth, lightly carbonated, and just a delight. I'm assuming the smoothness in this can be contributed to the honey that the beer's brewed with. Holy God is it great... I'd also have no idea that this was 10%, as it drinks like a 7%. (4.75/5, 5/5)
Truthfully, the perfect IPA. It's super hoppy like a DIPA ought to be, but the amount of honey makes this beer drink and, as I said, smell like a candy. I may have now found a favorite beer. Makes me proud to live in Michigan.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2013 17:23:02 | More by Alextricity
More User Reviews:
4.39/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a tulip shaped glass. Dated 1/10/14 so it's exactly two months old. I'm guessing most will say i need to have it fresher but this is the best i can do here in New Hampshire.
I thought it presented almost perfectly, creamy off-white 3/4 head, some lacing as i go. Hazy, dense copper color, very pretty. The smell is good but not what drives the beer, musty & funky with a hint of sweetness. The taste is bitter and hoppy, no real fruit presence. Not sure if it's the honey that slightly offsets the bitterness but it works non-the-less. Overall, this a bubbly, carbonated, hoppy happy beer. Their isn't even a slight hint that it's 10%, no boozy taste or smell. Cheers.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 22:48:13 | More by mjstacker
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into Dogfish spiegelau glass.
First look is a light amber color with some haze. Smells very inviting with with floral honey and a citrus mix - I am going to say clementine and tangelo. Taste is very sweet - very prevalent organic raw honey. Still very tasty. Apparently this years release is not up to par when compared to previous years but I still think it is a great beer!
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 22:35:33 | More by hops202
Bell's Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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