Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by RossCain:
4.58/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter (bottled 1.11.2011)
A: Pours a translucent dark tangerine color with a bubbly, off-white head. Oily little bubbles form all around the sides of the glass and stick around in splotchy, tight webs around the glass.
S: Loads of clean citrus upon more loads of citrus. There is no question of the hop profile of this beer from an arms length. Dominant notes of grapefruit blended with sweet tangerine with a touch of earthy resin. IF you try hard, you can pick up on subtle hints of honey.
T: A well blended, full flavor beer all the way through. The load of hops upfront gives off a major bouquet of ruby red grapefruit with a touch of floral notes and a certain resin character. The finish transitions into a well balanced sweet caramel malt backbone which is dried out by the honey in a palate pleasing manner. I was expecting an extremely bitter, biting finish but I was very pleasantly surprised how the hops, malts, and honey complimented one another in the finish.
M: Slick and oily on the lips/in the mouth, medium bodied, and dry with very well done carbonation that keeps the beer lively as it dances across the palate. The ABV is entirely innocuous and the finish is one of the most palate pleasing ones I've had from a double India Pale Ale. It just delicately fades away teasingly waving "goodbye" to the tastebuds instead of overstaying its welcome.
D: As previously noted by a myriad of others, this is one dangerously drinkable beer. Full on flavor, remarkably balanced, and one heck of a well crafted beer. I wanted to find faults with this beer given the hype but I've really been pleased through and through. Bell's Hopslam is truly a standard bearer of its style and a damn good one at that.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2011 01:23:01 | More by RossCain
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