Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by shangwang:
4.93/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
got a couple of bottles of this in a trade from stickman1220 - thanks, Chris!
poured from bottle with batch #10073 into a Dogfish goblet.
Hopslam poured with a finger of creamy white head that very quickly dissipated and left thick thick lacing on the sides of the glass. It was a golden orange color and fairly clear. FANTASTIC smell; orangy citrus sweetness beautifully blended with hops. The taste was equally enjoyable; I definitely tasted honey and citrus sweetness, and the bitterness of hops delightfully punched through without either end of the spectrum overpowering the other. Extremely well-balanced. Some hints of booziness were just barely present, but overall the taste masked the high ABV deceivingly well. Medium weight in the mouth, with some stickiness, but like every other aspect of this beer, juuust right. Very drinkable- you could easily knock back a few of these without batting an eye (if it weren't for the pricetag!).
Overall, I can easily see why this beer is so highly regarded. I was most impressed with the balance of sweetness and bitterness. To me, this is how an IPA should taste. Well done, Bell's!
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2011 00:54:41 | More by shangwang
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4.81/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a dark honeyburst color with a medium sized white head that has great retention and lots of lacing.
Smell is of floral hops, honey, hints of citrus, and a sweet toffee .
Taste is sweet up front with honey and a bite of grapefruit, combined it is nice. As if moves through the palate, the alcohol shows up and reminds you this is 10% and finishes with punchy hops. Mouthfeel is a bit on the oily side, smooth, fairly heavy and even has some creaminess to it.
Overall, an awesome Imperial IPA that you have to make sure and get each Winter before it's sold out.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 02:20:13 | More by HuskerTornado
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,480 ratings.