Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by mbudner:
4.93/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Batch 9470. Bottled 12/22/09. Poured into a pint glass.
A- Golden-orange with a nice 3-finger off-white head. There are HUGE bubbles (relative to other beers) that have not stopped rising to the service since I poured it roughly 2 minutes ago (very unique.)
S- Huge, juicy citrusy hops aroma. The major player is orange with a little bit of grapefruit mixed in and a wonderful sweetness, which I have to assume is imparted by the honey (duh). I feel like I have my have nuzzled in a handful of fresh hops. I also get some other fruity aromas that I would not associate with citrus; these seem a bit more floral.
T- Starts off a with a bit of sweet citrus quickly followed by a phenomenal dose of bitter hops. I get a bit of bubble gum in the finish as well (original bubbalicious, not juicy fruit.) There's a definite piney characteristic in the bitterness that I did not pick up on in the aroma. Basically, what I'm trying to say, is this beer is what it would taste like if you brought a sack full of fresh, glorious hops to a juice bar/smoothie stand and made them run it through their juicer (obviously the carbonation and honey are not accounted for in this scenario.) The honey in the finish really ties the whole thing together.
M- Coats the mouth without lingering in an unwanted fashion. Something really different is going on with the carbonation here as well (as I alluded to in the appearance section). The bubbles feel like they are popping on the tongue in a delayed fashion.
D- This section isn't even fair. Hopslam is one of the best drinking beers that I have ever had. Couple that with the fact that it is an astonishing 10% DIPA and there is no contest. I would put drinkability at 5 if it were a 6% IPA. The only negative (which I refused to adjust the score for as it is not a fault of Bell's, but rather the absurd distribution structure in Philadelphia) is the absurd price tag ($93...it retails for $60 at the brewery. Like I said, no bearing on score.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2010 03:17:58 | More by mbudner
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This beer came to me a few months ago and I finished all six relatively soon after. It was a slightly sweet dipa with the honey noticeable in the front end of each sip. It was very strong at 10% and a little boozy but I really enjoyed it. I wish it was easier to get because I would buy it often.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 04:08:53 | More by Kramerwtmf
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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