Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by danielocean03:
4.33/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 12oz brown bottle, Bell's Batch number 8278 Poured a semi-traslucent coppery hued orange with a quickly dissipating bone-white head of foam that leaves moderate sticky lacing. Aroma is primarily grassy and floral hop notes, sweet grapefruit and citrus notes, caramel malt undertones. Taste is very much of the same, big hoppiness right up front, juicy grapefruit, practically seamless transition into the malty backbone. Seems sweeter than the 2006 release, less brutal hoppiness overall. Leaves a slightly drying lightly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied brew with lower levels of carbonation, washes down the gullet smooth and easy. Suprisingly well balanced, I had a few of these from last year's introductory batch and they seemed hoppier than this. Ovearall an outstanding IIPA at any rate.
Poured a slightly hazed coppery golden color with a full finger of bone white head that slowly fell back to a sticky lacing that coats the glass. Smell is grapefruity citrus, huge hoppy punch of hop resins and piney hops, also a big malty sweet backbone holding all of these huge aromas together. This beer is as hoppy as they come. Taste is much more of the same, starts sweet and of caramel maltiness before quickly becoming the grapefruity and citrusy flavors that lead onwards into the hoppy depths of this beast. Gargantuan hoppiness delivered with a bitterness and drying aftertaste to match. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with milder carbonation, slick and viscous brew. Drinkability is outstanding considering the 106 IBU's and 9.3% abv, staggering stats like that would make many beers undrinkable, yet Bell's has made this one enjoyable in a big way. The alcohol is hardly noticeable past the hoppiness, great bittering hop bite. Easily one of the best DIPA's I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Truly a hop-monster in the flesh, try this beer if you can get a hold of it. Highly recommend, will seek out again.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2006 02:06:17 | More by danielocean03
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