Bell's Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by trxxpaxxs:
3.48/5 rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Big thanks to wintbs379 for this one.
Bottled on 12/30/11 (2 and 1/2 weeks old).
A: Pours a nice deep golden verging on amber. There is about one half of a finger of frothy pure white head. There is some decent lacing as it drinks.
S: The nose is more sweet than hoppy. I'm actually a bit shocked. For a beer called "Hopslam" I expected this beer to be overloaded with citrus, pine, and/or tropical fruits. I'm picking up caramel, lemon, and mango in the nose. It smells nice.
T: It starts off with a nice blast of tropical fruits, but then I get some of that malty caramel. The mango and pineapple flavors linger through to the finish where I'm meet with some serious booze. Almost too much booze. I know it's 10%, but damn.
M: Medium bodied beer. This beer is highly carbed and a bit stingy on the tongue. There is also quite a bit of noticeable booze.
O: I'm not really all that impressed. The nose is too muted by the malt, the taste has too much booze to it, and the mouthfeel is too harsh. You won't find me buying a ticket for the hype train for this beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2012 23:03:40 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.05/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.
A - Beer pours a brilliant, glittering yellow-golden. A two-finger head of very tight, thick eggshell-white foam with a crown of loose bubbles falls at a moderate pace, leaving a thick ring of pocketed lace around the glass. Eventually, all that is left is a solid, thin blanket of sheen across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a soft, muted sunset orange and somewhat opaque, with a thick column of bubbles rising slowly up the middle. Traces of residual sugars on the sides of the glass linger, but not enough to call them legs.
S - Fresh pine backed by ruby red grapefruit and hints of mandarin orange. Nicely toasted malts and Jolly Rancher sugars push up through the hops on the ABV, which is present without being hot. As it warms, slightly acrid floral notes appear, followed by tropical notes opening up, such as mango.
T - Hop profile shifts to a noticeably more bitter one, featuring dry floral, herbal, a bit of resin, and hints of lemon rind. Toasted malts with notes of light caramels and hints of orange sugars provide a foundation in the background and somewhat of counter-balance, but make no mistake - the hops are the featured act here. The ABV is remarkably well-hidden. Bittering hops dominate the finish.
M - Fizzy, with mouth-filling carbonation. Body is on the light side, but solid. Components are well-integrated and rich with quality. The hops really take hold in the finish, creeping into the back of the nostrils and lingering on the tongue.
O - Better balanced than an all-out hop bomb, this is a big beer that's all about celebrating a variety of nuances various hops will produce, both in the nose as well as on the palette. It's expensive, but worth it if you're a fan of big and bitter. Watch out for the ABV, though; it will sneak up on you!
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 15:58:57 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Bell's Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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