Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by salvo:
4.6/5 rDev +2%
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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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
4.63/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle in a pub glass
A: Dark orange with a 1cm head that dissipates and leaves a thick lacing on the glass--beautiful.
S: Big hoppy blast as the cap came off and it just gets better and better as it warms. Some sweetness.
T: Pungent bright citrus notes balanced by a big malt bill that keeps the hops in check enough to completely hide the 10%. Citrus and tropical fruit everywhere.
M: Tiny bit on the thick side but what you expect for something so big.
AAAHHH. Just as it always is. IPAs continue to get bigger and more extreme but this big boy stays the same. Annual treat--have enjoyed for years and never disappoints. Others may blast you harder or remove all your enamel but this one stays wonderfully drinkable. I don't know why every craft drinker wouldn't want at least one sixer.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 16:01:25 | More by surfcaster
Bell's Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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