Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.85/5 rDev +8%
Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A: Pours deep golden, almost a rich honey color. Hazy white head with staying power, and ample lacing sticks around for the entirety of the beer.
S: Sweet and hoppy. You know what you're going to taste when you smell this beer. I'd almost prefer it to be even stronger.
T: Wow. Huge hop flavor throughout, slightly sweet, bitter without being overpowering. Subtle honey notes bring out the complexity of the hops. It's unbelievable, getting even better as it warms slightly. So balanced, beautiful flavor. I don't know that I've had an IPA that I prefer to this.
M: Smooth and balanced. Hides the 10% ABV well, dangerously drinkable. My only note is that I'd like a hint more carbonation.
O: Stunning beer. Glad I was able to get my hands on some of this... I've now had it on tap, and I've got a few bottles. Easily one of the best I've ever had.
04-11-2012 22:43:15 | More by mjord23
4/5 rDev -10.9%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a light orange with about a finger of white head. Aroma of citrus and honey. Taste is about the same. Medium bodied with a somewhat sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty good. I would gladly drink again in the future.
04-11-2012 05:11:34 | More by jmagnus87
3.93/5 rDev -12.5%
Received in a trade, Thanks Chris!
Bottled 12/29/11. Pours slightly hazy amber. A good pour reveals a medium head & releases great hoppy aroma. Still get a good amount of hops even 4 months post bottling. Can taste the booze on the finish but I'd imagine the hops would mask this when tasting fresh.
Overall a great drink, would love to try again hopefully fresher to compare. Definitely surprises at 10%!
04-11-2012 03:55:42 | More by queens1130
3.88/5 rDev -13.6%
A: Darker than bottled; no lacing and the head was merely a sheet of bubbles. This is of course normal for casked beer if I understand correctly.
S: Not as pungent as other forms. Definitely well hopped; however, it seemed to be primarily floral in character.
T: Hops are more assertive in the taste. A lot of citrus, floral, and maybe some mild (very mild) spiciness. Still more toned down than other forms.
M: Definitely more crisp than heavy;Very low carbonation.
O: Glad I got to try a unique version of this wonderful beer.
04-10-2012 21:45:19 | More by brown2cu
4.39/5 rDev -2.2%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass. This bottle is only eight days old!
A: Pours a clear gold with a one-finger white head and a medium amount of visible carbonation.
S: Tropical fruit, pineapple, dank hops with citrus and pine. Essentially no malt aroma that I can find.
T: Hops! Tropical, orange citrus, pineapple, grassy dank pine. Just hints of a cracker malt flavor in the background. For the amount of hop flavor & aroma, it doesn't come across as particularly bitter - perhaps due in part to all of the fruity flavors the hops give off.
M: Medium body, nice amount of carbonation, and a moderate alcohol presence given the ABV - but the alcohol does become more noticeable as the beer warms.
O: I've had this before, just now giving a proper review. It's a very tasty beer, not sure it quite lives up to the hype (this year or any other year), but still something I'll pick up when it's available for sure.
04-10-2012 02:35:16 | More by macrosmatic
4.31/5 rDev -4%
Bottled 1/9/13 poured into GI tulip
Pour: This offering from Bells is copper-orange with a 1 to 1 and 1/2 finger size head quickly dissipating leaving a fair amount of lacing behind. Some carbonation is evident as are some alcohol legs.
Smell: Some moderate citrus orange and pineapple but there is an overall sweetness that I would assume is from the added honey. It actually smells like a fruit bubblegum to me. This is what differentiates Hopslam from other DIPA's for me to date.
Taste: More citrus with orange, pineapple and lemon than pine like. The hops are mellowed big time by the overall sweetness that is Hopslam. Quite sweet mid palate and this actually seems to cut the bitterness maybe too much. This is why I enjoy Hopslam though for a change of pace. There is the hop presence but the sweetness makes it so highly drinkable, especially at 10%.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a sort of sticky feel and moderate carbonation. No alcohol burn at all.
Overall: I can see why so many people seek this one out. It is like I said a nice change of pace for this style with the added honey sweetness. It is so dangerously drinkable at 10%.
04-09-2012 22:36:43 | More by sleuthdog
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
A: Pours a bright gold, a little darker and bolder than a mead.
S: Powerful (and delightful) aroma with some deeper grapefruit notes, a noseful of hops with every sniff.
T: The honey is noticeable, but definitely a good thing. A subtle, bright sweetness that doesn't cloy, well balanced by deeper citrus fruit notes of the hops. Perfect amount of bitterness. Wish I could have had it on tap.
M: Caught some of the presence of that 10% alcohol here, but nothing that would dissuade a drinker. Smooth otherwise.
O: A great beer. Pretty pricey where I'm buying but definitely worth a try if you've got the money. I'm now convinced I should add some of that honey to my own homebrew dipa, it definitely adds a great dimension to the Hopslam.
04-08-2012 22:06:24 | More by Jrny2Hoppiton
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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