Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by emyers:
4.58/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on 1/2/13.
This is the beer that really got me hooked on IPA's. Finally doing a full review.
Appearance - Pours a clear, deep gold with a two finger fuffy white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a nice lacing down the glass.
Smell - Impressive. Tons of grapefruit up front with a healthy dose of floral hops, followed by more layers of citrus, some papaya, and just a touch of honey. The honey is not nearly as noticeable as some have said, and this one is really all hops. The hop profile is complex and powerful, yet extremely clean.. Honestly nothing I would change.
Taste - Brings the same great grapefruit/floral hop character as the aroma. Strong and clean, but not quite as explosive as in the aroma. Bitterness is very restrained, and this is what really differentiates it from other DIPA's. It's all about the hop flavor and aroma, but without that in-your-face bitterness, which can be good or bad depending on what you're looking for. That slight hint of honey comes back in the finish (although it may just be floral hops and in my head, as logic tells me the honey would all ferment out).
Mouthfeel: It definitely has some body to it, but still finishes very crisp and dry. Medium carbonation. Dries out the palate and leaves you craving more as it goes down.
Overall: Phenomenal. Again, if you're looking for a DIPA with huge hop bitterness, look elsewhere (I would recommend Surly Abrasive). But in my opinion this offers one of the best overall hop profiles out there.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2013 01:20:16 | More by emyers
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