Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by VaterRoss:
4.6/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
on tap into a tumbler a Cape Fear Wine and Beer.
Pours a nice amber/copper with a white head, nothing too fancy here. Smell is an intense fruity and floral sweetness with some grapefruit citrus buried in there. Very sweet and fruity smelling. Taste is of strawberries and apricots, so fruity and hoppy. Some alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit syrupy as it coats the mouth.
One of my favorite DIPAs, the fruity sweetness lets it stand out in the crowded DIPA crowd although it can almost be too much. An awesome beer that everyone should try. Hides its 10% extremely well.
Serving type: on-tap
01-23-2012 21:15:49 | More by VaterRoss
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4.05/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.
A - Beer pours a brilliant, glittering yellow-golden. A two-finger head of very tight, thick eggshell-white foam with a crown of loose bubbles falls at a moderate pace, leaving a thick ring of pocketed lace around the glass. Eventually, all that is left is a solid, thin blanket of sheen across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a soft, muted sunset orange and somewhat opaque, with a thick column of bubbles rising slowly up the middle. Traces of residual sugars on the sides of the glass linger, but not enough to call them legs.
S - Fresh pine backed by ruby red grapefruit and hints of mandarin orange. Nicely toasted malts and Jolly Rancher sugars push up through the hops on the ABV, which is present without being hot. As it warms, slightly acrid floral notes appear, followed by tropical notes opening up, such as mango.
T - Hop profile shifts to a noticeably more bitter one, featuring dry floral, herbal, a bit of resin, and hints of lemon rind. Toasted malts with notes of light caramels and hints of orange sugars provide a foundation in the background and somewhat of counter-balance, but make no mistake - the hops are the featured act here. The ABV is remarkably well-hidden. Bittering hops dominate the finish.
M - Fizzy, with mouth-filling carbonation. Body is on the light side, but solid. Components are well-integrated and rich with quality. The hops really take hold in the finish, creeping into the back of the nostrils and lingering on the tongue.
O - Better balanced than an all-out hop bomb, this is a big beer that's all about celebrating a variety of nuances various hops will produce, both in the nose as well as on the palette. It's expensive, but worth it if you're a fan of big and bitter. Watch out for the ABV, though; it will sneak up on you!
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 15:58:57 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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