Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Thanby:
4.22/5 rDev -6.4%
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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4.46/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Not uber fresh, bottled January. ChurchKey in DC. From notes.
A - Poured hazy dark golden with a thick off white head of two fingers. Great lace rings and a half finger retention.
S - Pungent hops, honey, dank, melon, pine. Quite nice.
T - Woah. Big pineapple core, pine, lot's of citrus, honey, bread, gripping with lot's of resin. Excellent stuff. A bit floral and some boozy, syrupy fruits come out later.
M - Good carbonation, full body, nice honey and bitterness to finish with some booze.
O/D - This is legit. Lives up to the hype for sure. So flavourful, complex, and lovely to sip. Not as easy drinking as Heady Topper, but they're different styles of DIPA. Lovely in it's own right.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 12:25:32 | More by tbeckett
Bell's Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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