Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A 12 oz bottle, long neck. " Ale brewed with honey" . A honeyed amber in my tulip tumbler with a one finger off-white head. A gentle fade and a ring remains around the glass. Moderate carbonation and a bit of chill haze. Once warmed a little it goes clear.
Smell reveals the honey along with piney hops and a toffee tinged maltiness. Juicy grapefruit and tropical fruits as well.
Taste is not as bitter as advertised. Or maybe I'm in love. Don't get me wrong, the hops hit the back of the throat and fold the edges of your tongue with force but the big malt backbone gives superb balance. Major grapefruit and pine resin. The honey adds another dimension to the broad and somewhat bready malt structure. Finish is Wham Bam Hops with an earthy and a spicy edge leading to toasty breads and grahm. Where is the alcohol in this stuff, I feel it but it pulls a Claude Rains.
Mouthfeel is tingly and smooth with a light syrup consistency.
Drinkability is better than a 10 percent abv has a right to be. A sipper to be sure but it is so inviting that you take bigger ones than you should. A marvelous concoction.
Thanks to my man hrking for this one.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2008 23:02:12 | More by scootny
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