Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.95/5 rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Big thanks to GabrielM for this beer. Cheers again Gabe!
Poured into snifter
Appearance: Pours a nice honey golden, with a bright white head. Very little head retention, though there is some nice lacing. Really clear beer, with a rich color.
Smell: I know this is a notorious hop-bomb, but I'm not necessarily getting the hops on the nose like I wish I was. I really do get a slight bit of vienna sausages and garlic (do they use simcoe in this?). Other than those aromas, which strangely enough I'm enjoying, there are some piney and resinous hop notes. I'm wondering if this was a bit fresher, if the more clean hop aromas were more prominent. There's some definite malt sweetness, and some slight earthy/possibly honey balancing out the hops.
Taste: I may have been missing some of the other hops on the nose, but they really come through in the taste. Nice assertive bitterness alongside some sweeter flavors...and some definite alcohol. This is a huge DIPA, and I have to say that I personally feel that it tastes vastly better than it smells (I'd love to try a 2 day old bottle though haha).
Mouthfeel: This is a pretty aggressive beer. The beer feels pretty thick and syrupy, it's dry, and it pretty much kills your palate...I think it's supposed to do all of these things though haha.
Overall: I certainly appreciate trying this beer, but I can't say that I really fell in love with it like everyone else. It's a stellar DIPA and certainly worthy of it's hype, but I personally prefer a more fruity/citrusy hop profile on a DIPA. Regardless, I'd seek this out again...maybe offer up my whole cellar for a fresh bottle (enter sarcasm)
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 02:55:11 | More by amcmaho1
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