Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.6/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is a review of Hopslam on tap, for which I thank BlackSparrow Pub in Lafayette. Thanks for keeping us in wonderful beer, birdies. My bottle review should appear right below this one for those who wont get access to the kegs.
Pours a beautiful straw-towards-tawny yellow-brown with a foamy two inch head that slowly collapses, etching the glass. The liquid is very clear with little residue.
Wow, the aroma is amazing. Honey is very assertive at first, and then that fades and is replaced by piney, citrus, grapefruit aroma. Amazingly assertive nose.
First taste is all pine, which then dissipates, with a suggestion of peppery 10% alcohol burn, but well balanced. The finish is long, slow, and complex as it turns from hints of honey to raging citrus peel and back again to the sweet biscuit and honey where it started. Fade to pepper buzz and tea astringent, sip again. All pine, which dissipates. As it warms, more floral hints (from the honey?) and more tropical fruit are present. Almost worth putting up with ice and snow.
This year's Hopslam has a rich honey aroma with sweet biscuit malt in the nose; I've read some reports about changes to the honey they were using, and it seems most of the sugars were converted to alcohol, leaving only a fabulous flowery honey aroma that asserts itself over the rich piney and grapefruit nose. The hops are certainly there, but last year's was sweeter with hopper aroma and more honey in the mouth.
The taste is so worth waiting through bitter midwestern winters to access. The main difference in the bottled nectar is that the malts are stronger on the palate and mouthfeel is ever-so-slightly lighter, with the hops mildly subdued. Beautiful in any form.
Serving type: on-tap
01-29-2011 01:06:49 | More by salvo
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