Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.22/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Here we go, the Holy Grail of IPAs.
Pours a pale honey/straw color, crystal clear, with a big foamy off-white head that hang around and sticks like glue.
Pungent aroma, dominated by the bouquet of hops, with some grapefruit bitterness and a little spice in the middle, the honey winds its way through and pulls it all together.
First taste opens up surprisingly sweet, rich pale malt with the honey dead-center, some brown sugar, and the citrusy overtones again bringing grapefruit to mind and conjuring some esters. As the malty sweetness slides away, it leaves a big coating of hops that oozes over the tongue. I can't pick out specific varieties, but I'm sure there's a dozen. Balanced hops bouquet and some ABV vapors linger for a while, with the honey sort-of sneaking back in, leaves things a little sticky and the hops never completely fade.
Medium body with a sticky finish but balanced and mature enough that it goes down smooth and is surprisingly easy to drink. This didn't "kick me in the face" as much as I was expecting, but it sure doesn't disappoint, and is not for the faint-of-palate. An IPA connoisseur's dream. Yet again, Bells shows how high their quality standards really are with this gem of a beer.
Final thought: I'm glad this is limited release, because it is so good that it would be bad for my liver and wallet if it were available year-round.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2011 03:11:01 | More by Thanby
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