Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.95/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This is HopSlam's first appearance in Alabama. I picked up a 6-pack yesterday, but rushed out today and find more. My first tastes of this beer were yesterday. My review reflects a second taste.
Appearance: Beautiful golden-orange color. Very clear. You can almost read a newspaper through it. Not much head on this pour.
Smell: Unbelievable! You just want to dive right into this beer. I have a gardenia bush in my front yard, and this smells just like the flowers in the spring. Hints of orange/citrus.
Taste: Such a smooth first impression. Definitely taste the fruity hops. Dry of course on the palette. Definitely taste the honey. Barely a hint of alcohol. Some are speculating this batch is over 10%. If so, you'd never know it. Seems very fresh.
Mouthful: Again, very smooth. Fruity hop taste turns delightfully bitter. Not much of an aftertaste that I find with SW IPA. Similar to Mojo Risin in my opinion, but smoother and better. So tasty!
Drinkability: I could drink gallons of this stuff! Wonderful aftertaste that lingers with honey and citrus. Again, very smooth.
This is one of the top 5 deers I've ever tasted. It's absolutely delicious! Similar smell and first taste to SW IPA, but better. Smoother than any other DIPA I've tried, save 90-minute. My first taste was yesterday, and I rushed out today to pick up some more. Although you can't taste the alcohol, it's definitely potent. I can believe the claims of 10%+. But, it's so delicious! Didn't try it with food (yet), but I'm sure it would be great with spicy wings, BBQ or a good burger.
All-in-all, it's fantastic. I wish Bell's offered it year-round. But, at $18+/6-pack, I doubt I could drink it every weekend. There are lots of great beers available in Alabama now, but this one is exceptional.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2010 08:17:25 | More by CrestwoodG
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