Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.36/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter and a wine glass. Bottled a mere eleven days ago.
A - nice oranges and reds, pours a finger foam on a forced pour, cream colored residual lacing. Semi-transparent.
S - extremely crisp, clean, and citrusy. Not unlike other DIPAs, but still a prominent feature. Lingering grapefruit, lemon/lime, and other citrus fruits. No alcohol to speak of, but behind the other monstrous smells that's unsurprising.
T - the honey blends in very nicely with the citrus, which is somewhat unexpected. Unlike some IPAs and DIPAs, Hopslam doesn't leave you with the bitter rind of the fruit. Starts with a nice, clean burst of oranges and finishes mellow and sweet, probably attributable to the honey.
M - it doesn't taste especially carbonated, but I have a difficult time differentiating between the bite of citrus and overly carbonated beer. It burns the cheeks when you leave it in your mouth for more than a second, but otherwise it's light, which is remarkable considering the high alcohol content. No syrupy taste, just very pure.
O - I've had this four or five years in a row now, but this is my first batch since I've really gotten into craft. It definitely doesn't disappoint. It's the sweeter version of Abrasive.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2012 21:16:18 | More by JamesShoemaker
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