Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.53/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottled on 12/29/11. Consumed on 1/14/12. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium tulip. Beautiful unfiltered hazy honey color. Nice head and nice lacing on the glass. The nose is very pungent. Notes of grapefruit and pineapple smack you like an oily fist.
Flavorwise, this is definitely something different. You get your typical tongue-bruising blast of hops accompanied by a nice bready, malty backbone, but the use of honey lends this beer a sweetness that distinguishes it. Some IIPAs may have a boozy, medicinal (unpleasant) sweetness, but this one has a creamy, caramel-like sweetness underneath all that bitterness. It's unlike any other IIPA I've had. I swear I could pick this one out of a blind tasting. The mouthfeel is oily and very firm.
This beer is everything it's cracked up to be. Is it the best IIPA on the planet? Honestly, I couldn't tell you. What I can tell you is that it is one of the best IIPAs on the planet. I'm very grateful that I live in an area that has access to this beer every January. It is an absolute treasure.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2012 00:45:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
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