Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.2/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can't say that I've been excited to try a beer in a very long time. I had Bells years ago when I knew people out in Michigan but this was one of their offerings I never found when stomping out in Great Lakes Country. When I found this at Top Hops last weekend, I was a bit leery of the $20+ price for a sixer but so many people on here raved about this beer that I grabbed two (one for friends) and lugged them home through the snow/slush/ice back to Jersey. After finally giving this a go, I can say that this was overpriced by a bit but certainly good, and a welcome change from the West Coast "hop bombs" and the Dogfish Head beers that are rated so highly.
Nice pour to this, with a light apricot hue and head that was solid, long lasting, and faded into lacing that left its mark in rings down the side of my pint glass. Not a overtly strong aroma to this beer but what was there was grassy, floral, and slightly reminiscent of orange. The taste had all of those in it with a strong metallic undertone and a pretty oily mouthfeel. The burn and astringency were up front and then the lighter, more earthy notes came out in the back. Not a strong beer in terms of the flavor but what was here melded well together and didn't "slam" me like I expected.
There was enough alcohol here but it really couldn't be detected and it wasn't until I downed this that I could feel the buzz. I think I've had too many other examples of this style to fully appreciate all this had to offer, but this did go down very smoothly and wasn't like anything I had before. The hype is justified if you're a hophead and want something different from the other popular examples out there. Otherwise, this would be a go if you don't mind shelling out the extra cash for something subtly enjoyable while deviating from the norm just a bit.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 08:03:31 | More by JerzDevl2000
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