Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.47/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The Slam has landed! 13-day old bottle.
12oz bottle in a brandy snifter.
Appearance: honeyed golden amber color. Bright, glowing, and beautiful. Pretty haze-free. Nice two-finger head from a rather vigorous pour that has receded to a thick ring and splotchy surface foam. The lacing is lacking.
Smell: Huge hops. Tropical fruit medley. Tart mango, starfruit, papaya. The malt presence is impressive, too (although, obviously not in the forefront). I get some honey and malt breadiness to bout with these mega green hops. Pretty noticeable alcohol smack in that nose, as well. I mean, we're talking 10% here. Alright, time to drink...
Taste: Big leafy hops with a tropical fruit twist. Some citrus. Picking up floral honey, lime, pineapple, and almost celery juice/green vegetable juice in the finish. My girlfriend tossed up that she tastes cucumber skin, and that ain't far off. Bitter on the tart side, but very bitter (and not astringent in any way). Clean and salty finish where the alcohol is uncovered a bit. Amazingly deceptive. Great malt sweetness underlying with a doughy breadth. More flavors uncover as it warms; some tangerine, some white pepper spiciness... this is one juicy IIPA.
Mouthfeel: Deceptive carbonation... it's not showing in the glass, but I can feel it scraping my tongue. This beer is slightly heavier than just medium-bodied. Somewhat sticky. I MUST add that this beer is ridiculously drinkable. That alcohol is really only prominent in the nose, at first. And then, once you've started drinking, you can't detect it anymore (uh-oh).
Overall: A few big pluses with this beer for the style: not overly sweet, no shortness of hop bitterness, not difficult to drink, superb aromatics. Great beer!
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2012 02:51:05 | More by thecheapies
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