Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.51/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Had on tap at Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI, also many times out of the bottle. Pours a golden, light-amber with a moderate amount of haze to it, micro particles sift through the brew upon which a two-finger, creamy, light beige head rests and leaves nice amounts of fuzz on the glass. The aroma of this beer hits your nose mid-pour. Up close, things begin to get magical. Humongous citrus aromas; grapefruit, pineapples, tangerines, lemon zest - a wild, sweet, fruity explosion crowds your nostrils. Mild resinous, pine, and hop aromas make their way in as well - after all, this is HOPslam. The nose is absolutely brilliant and does nothing but get you excited to finally bring this one to your lips.
Take one sip - BOOM. MF'ing hop slammed. The hop bill is one of the finest and most robust out there, and you'll realize that when you finally gulp this sweet nectar. Piney, oily, resinous and slightly dank hops will seize your palate and engulf your taste buds immediately. This bitterness here is certainly dominant, but in the best way possible. After some time, some more floral and perfume-like aromas and tastes emerge, just icing on the already delicious hop cake. The heavy hop flavors are much more pronounced on the palate than in the aroma, which is to be expected. The citrus is not to be forgotten, either - it resides just under the thick layer of hoppy goodness; more pineapples, grapefruits, orange and lemon zest... Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.
Not picking up much malt, if any at all. But at this point - who cares? This beer wasn't made for the malt. There's enough to give it some kind of a backbone, but that's about it. Any other non-pale malts were probably in very small quantity and just for the color. This beer is about the HOPS, anyways, and any malt distraction would do nothing but make me angry. The end of the sip and a touch of the aftertaste contains an extra dollop of sweetness - could this be from the honey, perhaps? It's hard to pick any actual "honey" flavors amidst the hop assault, but the sweetness of Hopslam doesn't go unnoticed and gets more vibrant as the beer gets warmer. Definitely a subtle, unobtrusive addition that sets Hopslam apart from other DIPAs even more so. The mouth is wet, slick, and on the thicker side, though not as lumpy as you may expect a 10% ABV beer to be. Carbonation is spot on, letting the flavors pop without being abrasive.
Hopslam is, simply put, one of the best DIPAs in the world. A fantastic hop profile that gives off an orgasmic aroma and a wonderfully complex yet drinkable flavor profile. Despite the 10% ABV, the alcohol does nothing more than provide a teeny, tiny bit of warmth. One of the most drinkable DIPAs you'll ever find. If you're looking for a hop explosion, look no further - get yourself some HOPSLAM.
Serving type: on-tap
09-25-2012 03:25:56 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
4.39/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a tulip shaped glass. Dated 1/10/14 so it's exactly two months old. I'm guessing most will say i need to have it fresher but this is the best i can do here in New Hampshire.
I thought it presented almost perfectly, creamy off-white 3/4 head, some lacing as i go. Hazy, dense copper color, very pretty. The smell is good but not what drives the beer, musty & funky with a hint of sweetness. The taste is bitter and hoppy, no real fruit presence. Not sure if it's the honey that slightly offsets the bitterness but it works non-the-less. Overall, this a bubbly, carbonated, hoppy happy beer. Their isn't even a slight hint that it's 10%, no boozy taste or smell. Cheers.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 22:48:13 | More by mjstacker
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
Bell's Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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