Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Swimsum:
4.33/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Got in a trade with DoesntMatter46, thanks again Mark. Bottled on 1/4/2011 so just under three weeks old. Poured into my Bruery tulip.
Pours out a hazy golden color. A half finger head emerges from the liquid that is white in color. Texture is frothy and settles to a very thin foam and mostly a ring around the glass. Held to the light it is a very bright golden color yet still hazy. Some foam is left on the sides of the wall but the lacing isn't thick by any standards.
As expected it is very hoppy. Nice herbal hop aroma springs right up the nose. There is also some nice citrus notes that comes though as well. It isn't dominated one way or another for which hop aroma stands out more.
Same as the smell. Huge hop presence in this one. For the taste it is bit more herbal hop. A bit of citrus flavor comes out as the beer is swallowed and this is followed up by some alcohol. There really isn't any malt taste to this to balance this and that is just fine with me. I love IPAs and DIPAs that are very hop forward. As expected there is a hop bitterness that lingers in the mouth after the beer is swallowed.
Medium bodied that is a bit toward the heavier side but it isn't as syrupy as some other DIPAs that I've had before. I really like this. Carbonation is pretty low. Even though there is some alcohol present in the taste, it really doesn't detract from the experience at all.
Well this is a pretty damn drinkable beer. I really enjoyed it being a hop forward beer and am really glad I got to try it again (I had it two years ago or so and don't remember it at all). Is it worth all the hype? That can only be answered by the individual drinker. For me, I really enjoyed it and would seek it out again next year.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2011 05:04:27 | More by Swimsum
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District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into Dogfish spiegelau glass.
First look is a light amber color with some haze. Smells very inviting with with floral honey and a citrus mix - I am going to say clementine and tangelo. Taste is very sweet - very prevalent organic raw honey. Still very tasty. Apparently this years release is not up to par when compared to previous years but I still think it is a great beer!
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 22:35:33 | More by hops202
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
Bell's Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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