Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by UnDeadly:
4.38/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle, DFH
Appearance - Golden-orange color with superior clarity. Moderate foam with decent bubbles. Head retention is good, with moderate lacing. Overall it's good, but I think the foam could be slightly better.
Smell - Just the way an IPA should smell. Lots of floral pine with a few sweet malty notes. Strong, but clean. Not cloying at all though, which is easy to do in an IPA this big.
Taste - Excellent. Hops start light and floral early on, and the bitterness ramps ups through the middle and well into the aftertaste. Piney notes kick in near the end, and lingers strongly in the aftertaste. A true palette destroyer, and it hurts so good. Very little sweetness, which never takes front stage. Definitely the bassist in this symphony of hops.
Mouth Feel - Slightly creamy mouthfeel that is very appropriate for the style. Carbonation is perfect, brings about a spritz that does not sting.
Drinkability - Could I drink it all night? Well, not all night, I would pass out quickly from the sneaky-high ABV. Also rather expensive at $20/6er around where I am. But smooth for the style, and of course, very delicious.
Could go toe-to-toe with Pliny, as has been stated by many. I personally think that is the cause of all the hype, because yeah, it is comparable to Pliny. Hell, I would like to blind taste the two and see what I think. Great beer, would love to see it around more often...at a lower price of course. And would love to have it fresh, on tap.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2011 01:43:53 | More by UnDeadly
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4.81/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a dark honeyburst color with a medium sized white head that has great retention and lots of lacing.
Smell is of floral hops, honey, hints of citrus, and a sweet toffee .
Taste is sweet up front with honey and a bite of grapefruit, combined it is nice. As if moves through the palate, the alcohol shows up and reminds you this is 10% and finishes with punchy hops. Mouthfeel is a bit on the oily side, smooth, fairly heavy and even has some creaminess to it.
Overall, an awesome Imperial IPA that you have to make sure and get each Winter before it's sold out.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 02:20:13 | More by HuskerTornado
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,482 ratings.