Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by bigdonniebrasco:
4.6/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I traveled 90 minutes, and showed up 3 hours early to try this....
Served in a Bell's tulip at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO.
I had waited (not so patiently) for this release for a LONG time! Appearance was a bright amber/orange, with almost no head. I think the previous reviewer stated that "all cask beers suffer from a nonexistent head". I will agree that there was no head on it, but I hesitate to say this golden elixir "suffered" from it.
This is a beer drinking experience that begins with a fruity waft as far away as arms length. The aroma is more reminiscent of a tropical fruit smoothy, than that of a beer.... but then again this is no ordinary beer! Without the punch of added C02 the nose is a little different, heavier on the fruit and lighter on the grass/pine, but like it was said before, just different, not detrimental.
The mouthfeel on this cask version is, in a word "slippery". The hoppy oils are there in spades, along with the hop bite we all showed up for. You WILL notice the malt and honey sweetness more in this "flatter" version than you will from draft or bottle.
I actually preferred the cask serving over the draft serving that I tried immediately after, although only marginally.
For me the drinkability of this amazing brew is actually enhanced when served from a cask. Not something that you necessarily need when talking about a 10% ABV hop-bomb.
I too, would like to thank the flying sauce for getting two of only THREE firkins in the entire state of KS! I'll keep coming back!
And Thanks to my friend Jim and his awesome wife, bro, and cousin for letting me tag along!
Serving type: cask
01-20-2010 01:30:28 | More by bigdonniebrasco
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