Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.03/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Acquired in a trade with alleykatking...thanks Josh!
12 ounce bottle with that great artwork poured into a snifter. This is Batch 8911 and according to the Bell's batch finder, it was packaged on 1/20/09. Comes in at 10%.
A-Pours a clear, glowing orange-honey color. Has a very minimal white heasd that dissipates into a small frothy ring. A nice oil slick of head remains in the middle of the glass. Has a nice stream of bubbles continuosly pouring up from the middle. Not a ton of lacing.
S-Pineapple. This is without a doubt the most pineapply smelling beer that has ever hit my nose. Would like to see what it smells like 2 months earlier.
T-That pineapple taste hits fast followed by sweet malt and honey. On the back there is a nice hop bitterness that lingers.
M-Definitely veers toward the sweet side rather than the dry side. I found it to be fuller bodied than most IIPA's that I drink. The carbonation level was good. Leaves a really nice coating in the mouth.
D-I had no problem taking out the 12 ounce bottle, but the sweetness and high ABV would limit this one for me.
It was great to finally try not only this beer, but also this brewery that I have heard so much about from my buddy who grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, as well as fellow BA'ers.
In fairness to this beer, I did try it 2 months after it was bottled. I look forward to trying one of these when the 2010 batch is first released. I have a feeling the smell and taste scores will probably go higher.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2009 04:24:30 | More by mjl21
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