Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by bigdonniebrasco:
4.6/5 rDev +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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4.49/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. This was bottled on 01/28/14 so is about a month and a half since bottling.
Appearance: Pours straight amber with a half finger of sticky white head, that slowly fades to a rim around the glass.
Smell: Resin, honey, citrus, "tropical" hops, hint of pine, malts. Big "dank" quality as well. Definitely hop forward; nice and pleasant.
Taste: Really restrained for a 10% DIPA. Honey, resin, citrus, mango, pine, pineapple, malts. Nice IPA flavors blended well together. Slight alcohol on finish.
Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Finish is a bit bitter with just a dash of heat.
Overall: Very drinkable for 10%. Nice hop flavors. Very well put together. I would definitely go to this one pretty often if it were in my area.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 23:16:09 | More by Resuin
4.4/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Hopslam pours a clear yellow/orange with a moderate sized creamy white head on top. The foam fades slowly leaving a thick layer of lace on the glass.
The aroma is loaded with tropical fruit, pine and some earthy hop notes. A touch of caramel malt is also present. I had an expectation of a strong hop aroma and was surprised with what I found.
Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with tropical fruits, like mango, coconut and pineapple. Sweet caramel malt lingers throughout and nicely balances the hops. It finishes moderately bitter with an earthy, grassy hop funk. Once gone the malt sweetness and tropical fruit lingers on the palate.
This 10% beer hides its abv well. It's a sipping beer, but each sip goes down quickly. The great mouthfeel and balance of hops and malt make this a great beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 22:04:00 | More by WanderingFool
4.46/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Not uber fresh, bottled January. ChurchKey in DC. From notes.
A - Poured hazy dark golden with a thick off white head of two fingers. Great lace rings and a half finger retention.
S - Pungent hops, honey, dank, melon, pine. Quite nice.
T - Woah. Big pineapple core, pine, lot's of citrus, honey, bread, gripping with lot's of resin. Excellent stuff. A bit floral and some boozy, syrupy fruits come out later.
M - Good carbonation, full body, nice honey and bitterness to finish with some booze.
O/D - This is legit. Lives up to the hype for sure. So flavourful, complex, and lovely to sip. Not as easy drinking as Heady Topper, but they're different styles of DIPA. Lovely in it's own right.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 12:25:32 | More by tbeckett
Bell's Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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