Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.22/5 rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I had this first at a Larry hosted event recently in D.C. (incidentally, go if you ever have the chance. Larry Bell is a great host.) I was most impressed with this beer during the tasting and wanted to get my hands on some again. Here's are my thoughts on a bottle provided by a friend from Virginia.
Light orange with huge, fluffy head. Exceptional.
I can smell the grapefruit-esque hops, wafting from the glass sitting 6 feet away. Delightful citrus aroma. Not much malt, but I could stuff my head inside of a glass and bask in the delight of pure, fresh grapefruit. Maybe a bit one-dimensional, but who's complaining?
Flavor is fairly well balanced for an AIPA. Initially sweet, but this doesn't linger and the hops move-in to balance without being too bitter. Enough malt to stand-up to the hops, but nothing cloys. Nothing about hops overwhelms on the side of bitter as the name would suggest. The hop-"slam" seems all in the nose and this is just fine with me. Nice crisp finish.
Don't let the name worry you. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer, likely to be enjoyed by both hopheads and beer drinkers even a little afraid to try hoppy beers. Thanks to Mr. Bell for bringing another great AIPA into an already crowded market. I think this one has staying power.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2007 21:35:31 | More by longarm
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