Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by CFHMagnet:
4.63/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle packaged on 02/02/12 poured into a snifter. A big thank you to my brother for picking up the 6 pack for me, now if only I could get him to join BA.
A moderate pour delivered half a finger of off white head over a yellow-orange body. After a minute or so the head has dissolved to a ring. As I peer through the translucent beer I see very little carbonation activity. Thin lacing tries but cannot seem to cling to the side of the glass.
As I sniff the beer, I find that the nose at least lives up to the name. It is like eating a bowl of mandarin oranges, grapefruit and peaches in a pine and flower garden. Now who makes a garden out of pine trees and flowers? Don't know, but that's the smell.
The immediate taste is pine and grapefruit. A floral character quickly picks up and then flows into mandarin oranges and peaches. Alcohol begins to say "hi!" after a few sips. This my friends, is good beer.
This beer is straight up medium bodied. Carbonation is there but doesn't make a big deal of itself. It isn't sticky or syrupy, the flavors flow perfectly, it moves over the tongue well and it has the dry finish you expect from the style. It's sheer genius.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2012 20:00:46 | More by CFHMagnet
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4.05/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.
A - Beer pours a brilliant, glittering yellow-golden. A two-finger head of very tight, thick eggshell-white foam with a crown of loose bubbles falls at a moderate pace, leaving a thick ring of pocketed lace around the glass. Eventually, all that is left is a solid, thin blanket of sheen across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a soft, muted sunset orange and somewhat opaque, with a thick column of bubbles rising slowly up the middle. Traces of residual sugars on the sides of the glass linger, but not enough to call them legs.
S - Fresh pine backed by ruby red grapefruit and hints of mandarin orange. Nicely toasted malts and Jolly Rancher sugars push up through the hops on the ABV, which is present without being hot. As it warms, slightly acrid floral notes appear, followed by tropical notes opening up, such as mango.
T - Hop profile shifts to a noticeably more bitter one, featuring dry floral, herbal, a bit of resin, and hints of lemon rind. Toasted malts with notes of light caramels and hints of orange sugars provide a foundation in the background and somewhat of counter-balance, but make no mistake - the hops are the featured act here. The ABV is remarkably well-hidden. Bittering hops dominate the finish.
M - Fizzy, with mouth-filling carbonation. Body is on the light side, but solid. Components are well-integrated and rich with quality. The hops really take hold in the finish, creeping into the back of the nostrils and lingering on the tongue.
O - Better balanced than an all-out hop bomb, this is a big beer that's all about celebrating a variety of nuances various hops will produce, both in the nose as well as on the palette. It's expensive, but worth it if you're a fan of big and bitter. Watch out for the ABV, though; it will sneak up on you!
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 15:58:57 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Bell's Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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