Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.04/5 rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Presentation: 12oz brown pop-top with awesome label and cap. Bottled 1/9/2013, so I'm having this at just under 4 weeks of age. Poured into my Founders snifter to celebrate being offered a job. Thanks to Russ G. for gifting me this bottle. Cheers!
Appearance: Honeyed orange-amber brew, capped with a rich ivory crown. Lots of super-fine sediment in suspension. Overall, very attractive DIPA.
Smell: Vibrant, incredibly juicy hops. Massive ruby red grapefruit and sweet citrus/tropical fruit (maybe mango?) along with dank herbal notes. By the time I'm halfway through the glass, I get a ghostly hint of pale malt. Not crazy-complex, but this has a sweet, fruity hoppy intensity I haven't seen in too many other DIPAs. Not really the pine I (for some reason) was expecting, but the nice herbal notes keep this from being one-dimensional.
Taste: Booze and a strong, firm, but not harsh, hop bitterness lead here, with hop flavor showing less intensity than the aromas. There are, however, nice notes of peach, herbs (stronger than the fruit), and citrus rind. You certainly feel the 10%, but it's not quite hot, if that makes sense. While I would like more intensity in terms of hop flavor, this is integrated fairly well.
Mouthfeel: Medium feel, maybe leaning towards full. Smooth.
Overall: I remember when I first had this, 3-4 years ago, I was absolutely blown away. Then I had it a couple more times, both on-tap and in the bottle, and I thought it was good, maybe even great, but not as incredible as I'd once thought. With a (hopefully) more nuanced palate, I wanted to give it a try again this year. Let's break this down. The aromas are world-class; this brew smells absolutely fantastic. The flavors are, in comparison with the aroma, a bit of a let-down. However, this is a very nicely balanced DIPA. For some people, that seems to be a bad thing, which I don't understand. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Green Flash Palate Wrecker, but it's not very often I crave something like that. This is an all-around great DIPA. Is it world-class in the way that Pliny the Elder is? Perhaps not. But it's damn good nonetheless. Is it worth $17 bucks a sixer? Maybe if you have the coin. I kinda wish they'd throw this in 4-pks and charge $10-11, and I'd probably pick one up every season. In the end, the price (and the madness around trying to land a sixer, even when there's plenty in your area) has to drop this a bit.
90% = A-
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2013 03:44:49 | More by BedetheVenerable
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