Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.48/5 rDev -0.2%
Bought a 12 FL OZ (355 ML) bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.99. Poured from the (almost) Key Lime Green labeled bottle w/ giant hops that apparently killed a man into my 0.3L La Fin Du Monde Tulip Glass. Has 10927 PKGD, 02/02/12 A (bottle on date). Fresh!
Aroma- A very intense piney and grassy aroma are mixed together. A big time citrus note comes out as well. Not much honey here but tons of sweetness (probably due to the malt).
Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a reddish copper colored body that is deep but mostly good clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind in sud and lace form.
Flavor- Has a very sweet beginning (for half a second) and then tons of grassy hops hit the mouth. The lightest honey attribute finally comes around but really have to search for it... Malts are huge here! Medium-High Bitterness level finishes this one off.
Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and tons of sweetness and good hop that remain on the palate.
Overall Impression- While enjoying this one many times, I still don't find the honey it talks about except only in the background... I still would enjoy this over and over but would appreciate more pronounced honey if they put this on their bottles! Would STILL highly recommend this brew and will be buying multiple six-packs when able to.
02-18-2012 07:03:17 | More by DCon
5/5 rDev +11.4%
A - Rich orange color with a perfect head
S - Tons of citrus and hops and a bit of malt
T - This is the Holy Grail of IPAs. Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Great hoppy bitterness combined with subtle malt and some sweetness from the honey. It is the nectar of the gods.
M - Smooth and balanced
O - My favorite brew hands down.
02-18-2012 04:11:44 | More by SurlyZach
4.4/5 rDev -2%
Bottled on 12/29/11
Beer pours a hazy coppery orange with a decent white head.
Bright citrus zest and florals on the nose. Pine, mango. Everything blends together harmoniously. Some sweet honey and malt underneath it all.
Taste is lots of orange rind, bitter hops underlaying a boozy stinging finish. Some syrupy honey. Booze is more apparent as it warms.
Mouthfeel is full bodied.
A great brew. Very balanced for how big it is. I think this was my first imperial ipa. I was 20 at U of M in Ann Arbor, drank it straight out of the the bottle. Had no idea what I was doing. Thanks to my buddy Drew for sending this out to me.
02-18-2012 02:30:23 | More by natemort13
5/5 rDev +11.4%
Tasted side by side with Heady Topper.Color is an amazing deep sunset orange, absolutely beautiful looking beer. The nose is mind blowing, smells like a walk through a honey coated orange grove, amazing citrus/ honey nose, incredible. The taste is what is blowing me away, huge tangerine,mango,pineapple,and grapefruit all gently kissed with just a hint of honey, omg I love the taste of this brew. The mouth feel is perfect, bright carbonation that leaves the pallet bone dry and refreshed. The fact that this is 10% abv is a testament to the brewer,this is so balanced and refreshing it's scary. Please start distributing in So Cal guys....please ?
Thanks to NDAK for the trade.
02-18-2012 01:32:03 | More by OTB
4.63/5 rDev +3.1%
Pour = bright orange/copper slight haze. 2 finger head, dissipated quickly.
Smell = sweet grapefruit, peaches, tangerines. A bit of citrus infused honey. Some biscuity malt. A hint of piney resiny goodness. This stuff smells like sunshine in a bottle
Taste = Tangerine mixed with grapefruit,then dry as bone, followed by an alcohol warmth that follows it all the way down to the chest. Carbonation is just right, adds a little zing.
02-18-2012 01:14:22 | More by Bubbalito
4.29/5 rDev -4.5%
A - Rich burnt orange, cloudy, less than an "1 foamy head.
S - Fresh buds, with citrus, deep lingering and pleasant.
T - Rich, hooppy, grapefruit, long finish on the top of the pallett.
M - full, coating, good carbonation.
O - Not quite Pliny and somewhere just below Heady Topper. Outstanding non the less. Will seek some out to keep around.
Tasted side by side w/ Pliny & Heady Topper. 2/16/2012
Tasted side by side w/ Abrasive & Zombie Dust 2/12/2014
02-17-2012 16:59:01 | More by BrokenStones
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,774 ratings.