Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Dope:
4.83/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
5/18/11 review, approximately 5 month old bottle.
A: A nice light amber color, pretty typical of a double IPA.
S: Very citrusy and sweet smelling. Not as flowery or strong as some other DIPAs but still very respectable.
T: Very nice hop bitterness up front that rounds out with some delicious honey flavor. Extremely well balanced and extremely smooth all the way through. Tastes good chilled from the fridge or at room temperature. No indication of alcohol at all, honestly I was shocked when I read it was 10% - I figured maybe 7% at most.
M: Full bodied - this is where you can tell it's a bit bigger than I initially expected. Fairly heavy and almost feels like your mouth is coated with sticky honey.
D: Top notch for the style. Obviously it's a pretty big beer with a lot of alcohol and sweetness but nothing is overpowering. I could drink a bunch of these no problem.
Overall I think this is the best DIPA I've ever had (no, I haven't had any of the Plinys). Stellar beer, just too bad Bell's doesn't distribute out here :(
1/24/12 review, bottle dated 12/30/11.
A: A cloudy golden orange pour. Big frothy white head atop it. Head retention is excellent. Lacing is as well.
S: Lots of citrus, grapefruit and honey. Nice grainy caramel malt to back it up. Resinous pine shows up once it warms. Maybe a touch of pineapple?
T: Big pine and grapefruit bitterness punch up front. Sweet caramel malt kicks in with the honey to round it out PERFECTLY. Honey lingers nicely in the aftertaste with the pine.
M: Pretty heavy but not as bad as you would expect. Almost a little sticky. Carbonation is dead on.
O: This is the pinnacle of IPAs in my opinion. Since my first review I've had some PtE and other notables but they don't surpass hopslam. Great beer, wish it were year-round (and available in MA!). Reading my first review, it seems to hold up pretty damn well, which is more than can be said for other IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2011 21:08:40 | More by Dope
More User Reviews:
4.39/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a tulip shaped glass. Dated 1/10/14 so it's exactly two months old. I'm guessing most will say i need to have it fresher but this is the best i can do here in New Hampshire.
I thought it presented almost perfectly, creamy off-white 3/4 head, some lacing as i go. Hazy, dense copper color, very pretty. The smell is good but not what drives the beer, musty & funky with a hint of sweetness. The taste is bitter and hoppy, no real fruit presence. Not sure if it's the honey that slightly offsets the bitterness but it works non-the-less. Overall, this a bubbly, carbonated, hoppy happy beer. Their isn't even a slight hint that it's 10%, no boozy taste or smell. Cheers.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 22:48:13 | More by mjstacker
Bell's Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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