Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Immortale25:
4.71/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. Back label says 10914 PKGD, so no readable freshness date.
A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch head that bears little retention and fritters down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass leaving bumps of lacing. Surface foam is in a mold pattern indicating healthy yeast.
S- Grassy, pungent hops along with sweet, biscuity malts. Quite floral and almost perfumey.
T- Bright, intense bitterness assaults the palate but holds back enough to let the malt duality play its part. On second sip, the hops don't let up and continue to make their presence very known. Upon the third sip, one notices that the booze is quite toned down for a full 10% ABV. By the time the fourth sip is taken, you can start to notice the honey come in and complete the sweet finish that the malts begin. After the fifth sip, the palate is almost fully acclimated to the hop bite and can now appreciate the synchronization of all ingredients in the flavor profile. Remarkable.
M- A dry afterfeel plus jaw clenching from the bitterness, at least during the first few sips. Medium-low carbonation.
O- I like it better on tap, but this is still a leader among IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2012 04:50:08 | More by Immortale25
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