Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 9,548 | Reviews: 3,109 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by biker30x:
4.4/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Are there hops in this?
'08 ($18 a six at Sam's HP) version. Opens with a massive malty grapefruit scent, pours into a pint with a surprisingly clear amber color and light head that dissipates quickly, some light lacing. The nose of grapefruit falls away after a few minutes and the following scent is of pine and resin (my sense of smell isn't the best). The taste is almost pure hops as it hits your mouth, spice and carbonation. Resin bites my tongue, I'm looking for the citrus or sweet malt. the mouthfeel is satisfyingly viscous. At the back, a very burnt malty sweetness was a pleasant addition. the alcohol ads a welcome burn. When it's gone the hops stick around to kick my tongue for a while longer...and I like it.
This is a huge hop-bomb of a beer where the hops are leading a Sherman-esque scorched earth march on the Atlanta of my mouth. The alcohol alone says you don't drink this one all night. It's unbalanced in the best sense of the word.
These big DIPAs are my thing. This is among the best. I found the lack of malt and citrus (at least on my palate) kept this one from being my go-to DIPA. Sorry to all the Hopslam-ers out there. This beer is better than really good, I just like a flavor profile that features a bit more over-the-top citrus to war against the beyond-belief hops. I think it is worth the $18 and I'm glad to have tried it, but there are a couple others that cost less that I like better.
Going to MI soon, maybe I'll find it on tap.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2009 01:13:08 | More by biker30x
More User Reviews:
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,548 ratings.