Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Philousa:
2.95/5 rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours a clear honey gold with little head. Pretty typical for a Triple IPA. Very Grassy, piney hops. Sweet honey kissed biscuit with an alcohol tinge at the end. Very dank. Hop resin sums up this beer in two words. That's nearly all you need to know. Sweet, chewy white bread malt turns bitter grassy, then very alcoholic bitter aftertaste. Lingers very plasticky, band-aidy in the mouth. On the syrupy side, very dry finish.
I really liked the aroma, but that phenolic plastic aftertaste really buried this one for me. I got this in a trade, so I'm really hoping this one was sitting in the sun or something because this has a lot of potential. FYI, I wouldn't normally give something I suspect to be "damaged goods" a review, but I really don't have any other means by which to review this beer. This is more for my notes so i can go back and try it fresh in Chicago one day to compare. Gotta say though, even with the plastic phenol taken away, it's pretty syrupy. After the DIPA fest, I can say I've had several beers that lack this characteristic that still fit the TIPA style. So I guess I'm saying that my below average review is still warranted in my eyes.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2012 05:03:22 | More by Philousa
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4.03/5 rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Bottled on date of 01/21/14
Appearance - Pours a hazy orange amber with a slight off-white finger width head. Good retention results in a fair layer of suds across the surface. Strong lacing left around the glass, with good stick.
Smell - Scent hits on citrus pith and a touch of honey backed by a strong bready aroma.
Taste - Follows the nose to a degree. Profile is similar, but drinks stronger than the nose would have you believe. Orange peel and a touch of grapefruit upfront and throughout. Underlying honey sweetness and fair bready notes. Finishes with a light pith bitterness and a faint, long lingering honey sensation.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. 10% ABV? Hard to believe, but this buzz tells me otherwise. Utterly drinkable for such a monster brew.
Overall - Didn't quite live up to the hype for me, but it is still a hell of a beer. The flavor is pretty good, I'm just not head over heels in love with it. Too much honey, maybe. Really didn't bruise my tongue as the bottle suggested, but then again my lupulin threshold is pretty high these days. Stupid drinkable. I could probably knock back 3 of these without trying and get into trouble. Good thing it ain't from 'round these here parts!
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 02:33:03 | More by TheSixthRing
4.05/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.
A - Beer pours a brilliant, glittering yellow-golden. A two-finger head of very tight, thick eggshell-white foam with a crown of loose bubbles falls at a moderate pace, leaving a thick ring of pocketed lace around the glass. Eventually, all that is left is a solid, thin blanket of sheen across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a soft, muted sunset orange and somewhat opaque, with a thick column of bubbles rising slowly up the middle. Traces of residual sugars on the sides of the glass linger, but not enough to call them legs.
S - Fresh pine backed by ruby red grapefruit and hints of mandarin orange. Nicely toasted malts and Jolly Rancher sugars push up through the hops on the ABV, which is present without being hot. As it warms, slightly acrid floral notes appear, followed by tropical notes opening up, such as mango.
T - Hop profile shifts to a noticeably more bitter one, featuring dry floral, herbal, a bit of resin, and hints of lemon rind. Toasted malts with notes of light caramels and hints of orange sugars provide a foundation in the background and somewhat of counter-balance, but make no mistake - the hops are the featured act here. The ABV is remarkably well-hidden. Bittering hops dominate the finish.
M - Fizzy, with mouth-filling carbonation. Body is on the light side, but solid. Components are well-integrated and rich with quality. The hops really take hold in the finish, creeping into the back of the nostrils and lingering on the tongue.
O - Better balanced than an all-out hop bomb, this is a big beer that's all about celebrating a variety of nuances various hops will produce, both in the nose as well as on the palette. It's expensive, but worth it if you're a fan of big and bitter. Watch out for the ABV, though; it will sneak up on you!
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 15:58:57 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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