Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.43/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
served on-tap at The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar
Pours out exactly as HopSlam always does: a warm, melted caramel color with 1.5 fingers or more of sudsy, pearl-white head. Lacing managed to be pretty adequate in this mason jar I'm stuck drinking the beer out of.
I have a natural reaction that tells me if I think a given Double IPA is amongst the elite of the style: if upon the first sniff, I crack a wide smile and laugh. It's a reflexive action, like kicking your leg if you get tapped on the kneecap. Every first sniff of HopSlam is a grin and a guffaw for me. I love this lupulin. The pineapple husk is so immediate and strong and lovely. The papaya wafts up and around the pineapple with such a complimentary grace. The passionfruit, no scratch that, the passionfruit-flavored Starburst aroma is also very nice. Not very much pine at all on the nose. The smooth tropical fruits are backed up by HopSlam's hefty malt profile. This isn't East Coast; there isn't an overabundance of caramel malts. But the honeyed sweet spine of the beer is there for the smelling. Great, great aroma, as always.
The taste of this particular keg is just a hair under the quality that I get from a fresh bottle. Unfortunately, Alabama received their HopSlam about two weeks later than it needed too. Remember: when it comes to beers that are this intensely hoppy, they literally get worse each day after the minute they are bottled. This is still stellar, but the malt flavors are creeping up in the profile more than when this beer is super-fresh, and the tropical fruits are less distinct, less complex (but more rounded, which may be a positive for some palates) than when super-fresh. Still stellar, though. Lovely gushes of hoppy flavors. More pine and floral notes than the nose hinted at. Yummy.
This has got an East Coast-like mouthfeel. Usually, you never see me giving high mouthfeel scores to big, sticky Double IPAs, but HopSlam makes it work. I think the key is that they rely less on overpowering caramel malts and more on the honey sweetness. It's substantial without taking away from the hop flavors. Flavors which, by the way, are so good that I could drink this forever. But this beer being 10%ABV, that's a biological impossibility. 4.0 is as high as I can go given that this beer will get you tipsy with a quickness.
This is the third year that I've managed to do a HopSlam review. Having reviewed it out of the bottle, from a cask (!) and finally getting to an on-tap review, I'm running out of ways to review it. Maybe next year I'll get a mini-keg.
Serving type: on-tap
01-29-2011 21:18:17 | More by Reaper16
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4.38/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
AS far as an over hyped IPA goes this is the tops.
Everyone wants it and no owns has it. That is retarded. This beer is available. Bell's just chooses to limit how it comes out. Good for them, bag for all of us.
This is a good IOA. Two Hearted with a good finish. Then add in that the Honey really finished the deal.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 04:26:06 | More by Sandbarunner
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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