Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.18/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I was finally able to get my hands on some Hopslam, for the first time ever. I called almost a dozen local stores before I finally tracked it down at a sleazy supermarket/liquor store/discount cigarette place. Anyway, side poured from the bottle into my Boulevard pint glass.
Appearance - Pours a beautiful golden color with a copper tinge and a real nice, two finger head that sticks around for damn near the whole drink. Leaves excellent lacing as well, basically a line on the side of the glass for every time I drink. Love the packaging, a dude getting run over by a massive hop. Appropriate.
Smell - It is certainly a DIPA, no doubt about that. To me the hops are more a fruity variety than anything else, with citrus, grapefruit, and lemon zest in there with a touch of flowery hops and a slight yeastiness in the background.
Taste - There is certainly several layers to the hoppiness of the brew, not initially noticeable as much in the nose as on the palate. Again the fruity hops play in with citrus and grapefruit, some pine, and that slight maltiness to balance the beer. Very good. Not too much hoppiness, but enough to ensure you know this is a DIPA.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and carbonated. Finishes crisp and bitter, with a slight alcohol warmth to it. Smooth but certainly not weak.
Overall - Of course, I relished the fact that I was finally getting to drink the fabled Hopslam, and it is an excellent beer indeed. I think my review bears that out. However, I do not rate it as highly as many on this site, and certainly do not think it is the best DIPA I have ever had, nor is it worth the price or an extended road trip to get it. While it is an excellent beer, I likely won't buy it again just because of the exorbitant markup and search process. Check it out, but this is certainly a case of too much hype, too much buildup, and unfortunately the brew could not possibly stand to compete.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2013 03:02:33 | More by TheCondor
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