Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.53/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
*Reviewing after my second Hopslam*
A: For me, Bell's deserves a lot of credit here because the appearance is the best feature of this beer. It's pours a slightly hazy dark bronzy-orange that slowly gets hazier. A firm head of foam holds pretty steady for the whole drinking experience leaving some really fantastic lacing. And, I don't want to fail to mention the bubbles I saw. When I think of what type of appearance qualifies for a 5 this is it. Perfect.
S: I think Hopslam trips up here. Look, certainly I'm getting a very subtle citrus grapefruit smell with some earthiness in the background. And, if you look hard enough the honey aroma comes through. But, and this is a criticism I've heard, it smells boozy. Usually, with IPAs that I'd describe as boozy, I don't encounter that characteristic until the taste, but I'm getting it in the smell. It's nothing to write home about. I'd say this is average.
T: Taste just like it smells, but for me that's not a good thing. To be honest, the boozy, dry finish is killing my beer-drinking experience. You can taste the grapefruit and other citrus flavors trying to burst through, but they never quite do. The taste is almost there, but it never hits the spot. In fact, I think the honey might be deluding the citrus. I don't know for sure - just not doing it for me.
M: Credit where credit is do, though. The feel of this is nearly perfect. Hopslam coats your mouth, but doesn't overwhelm you. It does have a thicker body, bordering on syrupy, but Bell's balances this really, really well. The carbonation is just a little lighter than I like -- a like a medium carbonation, and I'd call this light. Great feature of this beer, though.
O: I really wanted to like this beer. Doesn't live up to the hype for me. I think it compares very well to Bear Republic's Racer 5, which is another popular beer that I don't enjoy. Still, I'd suggest everyone try it. I'm glad I only picked up a six-pack this go around. I'll pick it up next year to see if there's any difference. Overall, taste is the most important aspect of a beer for me, and this one is just above average.
*Same batch two weeks later*
S: This smell is greatly improved from the first impression. Real nice bold citrus smell. That booziness is not there that was not there previously. At least not at the level that originally warranted a 3.0 rating. I think I'd change this to a 4.0.
T: I know I thought this was boozy before -- and yes, there is some of that, but this is so drinkable. A real nice sweet malt, intense citrus taste, which I don't remember getting in the first brew. I gotta bump this up a half a point.
O: Still not perfect, but greatly improved from my first rating experience. And, I'm an honest guy. I give credit where credit is due. I would definitely drink this again, and recommend to people.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2012 18:08:55 | More by C20Percent
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