Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.45/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a three finger cream light brown head off the pour into a pint glass. Very good retention off the pour and very foamy. Some faint cloudiness but not much, with a nice golden dark brown color body. This is a decent looking beer.
Smell is a big but enjoyable surprise. It's all aromatic hops, but extremely grassy, like a fresh cut lawn. Big inhales really bring this out and you get almost a chlorophyll buzz going. Honey doesn't come out first on the nose until after you taste it.
Taste is a big surprise. Sweet front but not syrupy, of honey first, then a giant hop play in the mouth, with a bit of a tangerine finish. Mouthfeel is a little dry, with a rooftop palate dryness. The honey addition to this really balances out the bitterness and distinctly improves the beer. Feels carbonated to some extent but it isn't as if something is playing in your mouth with tingles or gas. I think if it didn't have the honey this would not be as good. Also the ABV on this for 10% is well hidden and you can't even notice it.
A well done tasting beer that doesn't taste like a gimmick or a stunt. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2011 18:08:50 | More by smakawhat
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