Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Jake_Ramrod:
4.05/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I've been wanting to try Hopslam for a while now and was excited to finally see quite a bit of it in KY this winter. With allof the hype surrounding it, I went ahead and picked up a case of it. After trying a few of them, I'm not disappointed that I stepped up to the plate right off the bat. So, here it goes on my initial reaction:
A: Overall, it is decent looking beer, but nothing special. It's a faint amber color with a little carbonation. I slow poured it into a 12oz. West Sixth Brewing Tulip and was a bit surprised at the lack of head. Perhaps a more vigorous pour would have brought out a bit more carbonation and a thicker head.
S: A light touch of sweetness and flowers, but again not a huge overpowering aroma like many other IPAs I've had lately. Is the taste going to be as underwhelming as the nose and appearance?
T: Ah, now there is the result I was expecting. A very pleasant beer up front. Light touches of pine with an underlying bitterness that isn't overwhelming. More of a light grapefruit presence. This is actually a pretty balanced beer for one that presenst itself as a "Hopslam". The alcohol is muted for a 10%'er.I find myself instinctively going for drink after drink as I type this. Mmmm...
As the beer warmed, I found that the flavor profile changed and the hops became a bit more pronounced. I love it when temperature differences bring out the subtleties in a beer.
M: Actually, I find it a bit thin for its class. It could use a little more body to it. And, I get just a hint of a metallic feel to it.
O: Overall, a very nice example of its class. Extremely well balanced and very drinkable. Maybe not the best DIPA around, but definitely a really good beer for the money. Much more "drinkable" than many of its bretheren in the craft beer world.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2013 01:04:19 | More by Jake_Ramrod
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