Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by hustlesworth:
4.19/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A- gorgeous honey apricot amber. Warm and glowing. The superior looking off white head is solid and sticky and topped with a cluster of iridescent bubbles. Lace adheres in swirls and waves.
S- things are getting interesting. Ridiculously fresh hop aroma is fuming out of the tulip. It's all manner of pungent, sweet, herbal and fruity with mandarin orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, apricot, white raisin, pine, juniper, lemon, and thyme. Not sure if the sweetness in the aroma has anything to do with the honey or not, cuz the malt presence is strong up in this bitch. Cookieish sesame sweet and shortbread kinda like those apricot birds nest cookies. Some sandalwood and cedar as well.
T- big crunchy hop flavor up front, savory and herbal becoming fruity. Not so intensely bracingly bitter, but so fully hopped that the first few sips make me shake my head and shiver. Loads of orange and grapefruit and pineapple with resin and white flowers. Very soft honey flavor comes through near the end alongside an enjoyable dryness. Even at 10%abv, it's nearly impossible to detect any alcohol flavor, just a little heat on the swallow. Finish is like chewing on a hop flower. Thick full hop flavor with lingering bitterness.
MF- full creamy feel with tight rolling carbonation. More coating on the palate instead of super dry and alcoholic or sticky. Perfect pleasant feeling for such an aggressive IPA.
D- a lot of hype surrounds this beer and while it is pretty damn good, it doesn't blow me away. The honey is a nice addition.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2013 05:52:14 | More by hustlesworth
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District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into Dogfish spiegelau glass.
First look is a light amber color with some haze. Smells very inviting with with floral honey and a citrus mix - I am going to say clementine and tangelo. Taste is very sweet - very prevalent organic raw honey. Still very tasty. Apparently this years release is not up to par when compared to previous years but I still think it is a great beer!
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 22:35:33 | More by hops202
4.25/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at 1702 in Tucson, Arizona, served in a pint glass.
I got lucky and got served a pint instead of the 10 ounce pour the menu said I'd get. The beer arrived with a finger-thick head that was chewy looking and persisted well. The liquid was golden and copper with some light carbonation, plus had a bit of a hazy look.
Quite a bit of sweetness to this beer on the nose. There's a potent sweet malt aroma, fruity and citrusy hops and a subtler, resinous piney hops.
As the aroma led me to believe, this beer was sweet, very heavy on some berry-like, strawberry flavor. On the back end, I get the more resinous, spicy and piney hops. There's a thick mouthfeel to the beer and it's not until about mid-palate that the bitterness emerges, persisting until the finish. Supposedly this beer is ten percent ABV, but I'd never guess.
I found this beer delicious, but not particularly hopped up and aggressive as I'd expect from an Imperial IPA. Still, I liked the sweetness and the berry flavor and armoa that aren't common in the style.
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2014 04:13:06 | More by ONovoMexicano
Bell's Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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