Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.25/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
App: Pours from a 12 oz. bottle with a delightfully playful and vibrant label, truly representative of the unique characteristics of this double IPA. The body is clear and bright, tangerine, orange in color and topped by a chunky white head that clings to the edges of the glass. Beautiful. Obviously nice carbonation before ever putting glass to mouth.
Aroma: Damn, almost more like tropical fruit punch more than IPA - pineapple, orange, pine, quince, apple. Nice. Big nose but certainly not too overpowering. Some slight malt character and alcohol, but only as background notes.
Taste: Incredibly powerful front burst of bitter-sweet hops, bigger and more intense than the nose would let on. I can't distinguish what hops were used, but they were certainly chosen for their rounded hop sweetness with challenging edges of bitterness. Hop oily but fruity sweet. Sweetness doesn't come from the malt and hence the alcohol also resides as a very background. I'd like a bit more malt presence. The middle palate contains a malt profile which finishes out with a dry piney bitterness that lingers into a fine aftertaste. From front to back: more pineapple, orange, sweet alcohol, pine, tangerine, estringency, grapes, lychee, champagne finish. Interesting. A new variety of double IPA and I applaud Bells effort.
Mouth: Big, full, bubbly-lively, and clean. Nice full-bodied and dry, slightly oily but an okay addition to this beer.
Drink: Yes, would have again and could certainly have more than one.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2007 21:18:48 | More by NoLiberty
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