Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Aquired via the amazing graciousness of the clerks at the Foodery in North Philadelphia.
Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.
A - A medium amber with a thin head that goes away quick. Seems unassuming from the look.
S - Whoo...fruity, floral, sweet, supremely hoppy. One of the strongest smelling beers I've ever had. The malty sweet smell even reminded me of that pink amoxicillin liquid i had as a kid when i got sick...I loved that pink stuff.
T - My first sip was subtly hoppy. My second sip whacked me in the mouth with a hop grenade. Subsequent sips are yeilding one of the most balanced IPA's I've had yet. It's very sweet and floral-hoppy on the palate, but the bitterness goes away quick. Absolutely crazy.
M - medium weight on the tongue, smooth carbonation. works well for a double IPA.
D - Scary. Duvel-like in drinkability. This beast hides the alcohol so well i could barely taste it. The only thing holding this back from perfect 5 is the bitterness. Either way, if I wanted to get wasted quick, I could easily have one or two of these. More than that might dry my mouth out too much, and I would never disrespect this beer by not taking the time to savor it.
overall - Truly an experience in of itself. I'm so glad I got a chance to taste this gem. I was impressed by the masterful hoppyness, but I was even more impressed by how well the alcohol is masked. Even if you don't like IPA's (I'm not a fan myself), you owe it to yourself to try this destroyer of worlds.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2009 22:26:17 | More by DannyS
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