Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Soonami:
4.05/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Outside of a handful of beers, such as PtE and Dark Lord, there are few beers that are as hyped as Hopslam. Though good, I just feel like it isn't deserving of the devotion this beer inspires. This is coming from someone that had friends drive 2 hours to a distributor to buy cases and a mini-keg from a distributor (I live in PA). I think that the beer has a very nice hoppy aroma, but is it better than most good, fresh DIPA (probably not). There are smells of wildflower meadow, spruce resin, grapefruit rind, and sweet orange. The beer is definitely hoppy, but the flavor doesn't jump out at me as the best I've ever had. The honey definitely is present in the flavor, but it has a bit of an artificial McDonald's "honey" tanginess. The beer is too thin with too much alcohol (probably from the added honey) that is definitely present on the tongue that contributes to the perceived bitterness of the beer. The beer is tasty and finishing 1 or 2 is not a problem. But you'll definitely suffer palate fatigue after about half a glass from the alcohol and hops and then you won't really know what you're tasting afterwards.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2011 03:55:27 | More by Soonami
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4.25/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at 1702 in Tucson, Arizona, served in a pint glass.
I got lucky and got served a pint instead of the 10 ounce pour the menu said I'd get. The beer arrived with a finger-thick head that was chewy looking and persisted well. The liquid was golden and copper with some light carbonation, plus had a bit of a hazy look.
Quite a bit of sweetness to this beer on the nose. There's a potent sweet malt aroma, fruity and citrusy hops and a subtler, resinous piney hops.
As the aroma led me to believe, this beer was sweet, very heavy on some berry-like, strawberry flavor. On the back end, I get the more resinous, spicy and piney hops. There's a thick mouthfeel to the beer and it's not until about mid-palate that the bitterness emerges, persisting until the finish. Supposedly this beer is ten percent ABV, but I'd never guess.
I found this beer delicious, but not particularly hopped up and aggressive as I'd expect from an Imperial IPA. Still, I liked the sweetness and the berry flavor and armoa that aren't common in the style.
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2014 04:13:06 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.63/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle in a pub glass
A: Dark orange with a 1cm head that dissipates and leaves a thick lacing on the glass--beautiful.
S: Big hoppy blast as the cap came off and it just gets better and better as it warms. Some sweetness.
T: Pungent bright citrus notes balanced by a big malt bill that keeps the hops in check enough to completely hide the 10%. Citrus and tropical fruit everywhere.
M: Tiny bit on the thick side but what you expect for something so big.
AAAHHH. Just as it always is. IPAs continue to get bigger and more extreme but this big boy stays the same. Annual treat--have enjoyed for years and never disappoints. Others may blast you harder or remove all your enamel but this one stays wonderfully drinkable. I don't know why every craft drinker wouldn't want at least one sixer.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 16:01:25 | More by surfcaster
3.29/5 rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nose is medium strength, more dank spectrum than fruity. Taste is sharp hoppiness, mixed dank with some fruity notes. Honey is very present, much more than I was expecting, and I don't particularly care for the sweetness it contributes. Wanted to really like this beer, but the honey and the hop profile were both disappointing. Very smooth for a 10% ABV beer, though.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 15:57:00 | More by Maurizio
Bell's Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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