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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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9,708 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,708
Reviews: 3,110
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,837
Gots: 1,435 | FT: 43
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.

(Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004)
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

A- Poured into my favorite snifter... a light somewhat fizzy 1/4 inch head appears and disappears leaving some spotted lacing. Beer is light amber color and slightly cloudy

S- At first, has a mellow citrus nectar aroma. After some swirls of the glass a bitter skunkiness combines with the citrusy honey smell... delicious

T- At first sip, wasn't getting a lot of the honey... but as the beer warms a pleasant yet subtle honey flavor accompanies the awesome bitter hop flavor... superb!

M- Light medium body with light medium carbonation

D- I wish I had been able to get more. Wasn't expensive, but would have been worth every penny had it been more

CHEERS!!

01-22-2010 02:12:25 | More by bbeane
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weasbri

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

Light orange color, just okay head and lacing.
Here comes the good part: one sniff and your senses start to light up. Bright and citrusy are the words that come to mind. I mean, even my sorry excuse for a nose can pick up the grapefruit and pineapple aromas.
The flavor is much more pine resin laden. Not a bad thing, just very different from what you pick up in the smell. Definitely lots of bitterness.
Like many other people, I wonder how this could possibly be a 10% ABV beer. It's big on the hops, but nothing like an imperial stout where you get a lot of vinous qualities from the alcohol. Very smooth and goes down easy. Dangerously drinkable.

01-21-2010 23:10:26 | More by weasbri
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OttoBomb

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 20, 2010). Batch "9470" is printed on real label, which according to the website was packaged on Dec 23, 2009.

Eyes: Pours a hazy amber with a nice fluffy head. Not much lacing though.

Nose: Boom to the nose. A nice, strong hoppy, honey-grapefruit aroma erupts from the glass. Some pine, but an overwhelmimg grapefruit citrus smell dominates.

Tongue: A powerfully bitter hop punch hits, but is perfectly balanced by malty sweet grapefruit/pineapple punch. The bitterness in inescapable, but dissipates nicely under the weight of the sweet malt. Some bitterness lingers, but not close to the original punch.

Mouth: Some lively carbonation, but not too much that it overwhelms the palate. Just enough bubbles here to balance the smooth syrupy texture.

Libation: Christ, this is a good beer. I've had Hopslam in previous years and this is probably the best yet. Save for the 10% ABV, it is eminently drinkable. This brew appears simple but is surprisingly complex when you stop this analyse the taste. It has a complex honey and hop base, but strikes you with all kinds of floral aromas: fruity, spicy, and interesting. It is crisp and smooth, but mostly umami overall. I rarely drink just one, simply superb.

01-21-2010 21:17:53 | More by OttoBomb
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BillyBoysPie

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

From a growler into a flute. I had a small portion at lunch - the rest is for some friends.

Transparent copper-gold with an eggshell colored head. Lots of lacing.

Rich hops - grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of the honey it's brewed with. A little bit of clean bitterness and pine. I can't wait to taste it.

Well balanced beer. The strong hop flavors aren't out of control and contain a great depth, and the honey keeps the hop flavors from being too bitter but doesn't make the beer cloying. Grapefruit, and lemon zest begin the beer, moving into honey flavors. The pine and traditional hop flavors finish the beer with a clean bitterness.

Spot on for a really well balanced DIPA. There are other beers trying to be stronger and more meaty, but this beer passes these up by far - and raises the bar on them. I'd say skip beers like the 120 IPA and stick with this. It's loads better.

01-21-2010 16:28:19 | More by BillyBoysPie
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%

I had this on tap last evening at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA. Served in a pint glass.

A - A slightly burnished golden shade w/ mild haziness - still able to see carbonation rising somewhat rapidly in the liquid. The head is approx 1 inch and snowy colored. The bead is very fine and a film of lace holds on the glass

S - lots of hop fruitiness w/ tropical, citrus and slight herbal notes. There is a mellow malt sweetness as well as interesting floral note in the background.

M- The feel is great - bitter up front w/ spicy hops and resinous floral character w/ a moderately high level of bitterness throughout and more than medium body w/ mild sweetness to anchor the hops w/ a significant yet well placed alcohol texture and semi dry finish

T - The taste is a blend of all things hoppy-pine and citrus like tangerine with a tinge of lychee, and grapefruity bitter tastes. The beer is slightly herbal, bordering on grassy, but clean with lemony tang that leads to a sweet honey tinge of malt much like green tea with the honey soaked sweet edge. The flavor has plenty of citrus peel which also seems to give off a piney aspect with a moderate alcohol taste in the finish

D - A well rounded IIPA, so tasty yet not extremely drinkable since by the end of the pint you feel, well...hopslammed. The beer is great fresh and I prefer it to the bottle, but should be approached with a reasonable amount of caution as it tastes similar to many beers well below its level of abv

01-21-2010 15:05:48 | More by Slatetank
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EehaiCJ

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

This is the first time I've felt compelled to review a beer. My first notes date back to 12/30/06, and each year Hopslam never fails to satisfy. This might be the best batch yet.

Batch #9470 - Pours a clear orange with a frothy, soapy head that recedes to a thick ring that's easily revived, with intricate but messy lacing. Big, bright aroma of fresh grapefruit and piney hops with underlying floral notes. Quite sweet up front, followed by a medium-to-full and resinous body, finishing with an acidic and juicy punch of fresh grapefruit and tangerine. Transitions quickly into a piney hop aftertaste mixed with more tangerine and pineapple accompanied by a strong bitterness that builds and lingers. Drinkability is superb - this is a dangerous beer at 10%, it keeps begging for another sip, and eventually another bottle. Despite the sweetness I wouldn't call it balanced, it's definitely hop dominant.

Easy drinking, big fresh hop flavors, with a strong mouthfeel from front to back. Great stuff, and a very consistent seasonal. We might miss out on a lot of quality west coast offerings, but Hopslam isn't a bad consolation prize.

01-21-2010 06:03:43 | More by EehaiCJ
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to Hayesez.
A nice coppery color, decent lacing and a bit of a head to the beer.

Smells overwhelmingly of hops and more hops. Then pine and citrus follow.

The taste is well shockingly not overly hoppy. It has a nice balance of straight hops, crisp pine and just a hint of grapefruit at the end. Disappears nicely making you want to have another sip right away.

It has a slight carbonation to it. A dry aftertaste is left after a bit if you don't have more.

I could have a few of these which is saying a lot since i don't usually enjoy IPA's of any sorts. This however is an exceptional IPA no matter how you look at it.

01-21-2010 04:43:50 | More by Kelp
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travduke

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

Thanks Bill for throwing this in as an extra. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: 2 finger head, copper body, nice lacing. This beer looks perfect.

Smell: Amazing! Hops, hops, hops! Piney, citrus, floral.

Taste: Taste is even better than the smell. I see why they call this HopSlam. Very well balanced with the amount of hop flavor.

Drinkability: This is 10%? I could drink 6 of these if I didn't know. There is no alcohol smell at all. Its true brewing genius.

Side Notes: I am very happy with this, definitely going to search for more of it.

01-21-2010 03:54:03 | More by travduke
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afausser

Montana

4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

Picked up a couple bottles at Beer Run in Charlottesville, and paired with Teriyaki tofu stir fry, which by the way worked excellently.

A: Pours a dark honey with a fluffy finger of bubbly fluffy head. A bit of glittery lacing slinks down the side of the glass after each sip, with little bits sticking to the side of the glass. Wispy on top and hazy throughout with very tiny bubbles slowly making their way to the top in a fine stream, leaving the thinnest of rings around the glass.

S: Smells like walking into a garden. Sweet honey, yeast/bread and heavy floral scents as well as cinnamon and some nice spicy notes--and tropical fruit-pineapple is present, and passion fruit almost predominates. As expected, a ton of bitter hops which nicely are complemented by the floral, grassy, and sweet apple notes. As it warms, has a nice peppermint (and ground black pepper) addition.

T: Tastes quite similar to the smell, though 10 times hoppier. The bitter notes blend nicely with the floral ones, and the light (but strong) hoppy aftertaste has a hint of honey as it disappears. There's a bit of tropical fruits here too, especially as it warms, but not nearly as obvious as in the smell. There's a bit of mango and passion fruit but not really the pineapple that was in the nose. Piney and minty, with peppermints and spearmints. Bitter and strong, but never biting. Slight sweet caramel notes in the background, and a bit of fresh orange and the slightest amount of lemon peel. I would have expected far more grapefruit out of this one considering the amount of hops, especially as it warms. However, the most citrusy note I get from the taste is lemon.

M: Medium bodied with nice, tiny dancing carbonation bubbles. A slight hoppy and floral aftertaste, but it's light and unintimidating. A little warmth, but it's minuscule for a 10%. At times dry, but at other points comes across also as juicy at the same time. It's cool going down but a little warm in the aftertaste.

D: One of this beer's best features is appearing simple but surprising you at every turn with complexities. It has a solid honey and hops base, but with all kinds of floral scents, tropical fruits, and spices. Its smooth yet crisp, and cold but finishes warm. Excellent.

01-21-2010 03:41:10 | More by afausser
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biggred1

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

Hazy copper with a small eggshell cap that leaves sticky rings of lace on the glass. The smell is pretty hop forward with dank and fruity pineapple and grapefruit rind hop notes with just a touch of honey. The flavor on this one is like drinking fresh hops straight up with just enough malt backbone and light honey sweetness to keep it in check. The alcohol is well hidden. Mild carbonation and medium bodied. Hopslam actually almost lives up to it's hype. This is what I look for in a DIPA. This beer is pretty darn hard to beat when served fresh.

01-21-2010 02:40:44 | More by biggred1
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MURF0320

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

I was so excited, and extremely suprised, to see this on-tap in the crappy little town I work in.
Poured an almost clear, bright, orange-honey with nearly an inch of white creamy head. Good rentention and lacing throughout. Smell is amazing...crisp floral hops, fresh citrus and pine. Taste lets the hops explode. The bitterness is so crisp and fresh and is perfectly balanced with smooth honey and a very light malt presence. Ever so slight alcohol presence that actually compliments the total balance and adds a bit of warmth. Mouthfeel is very nice. Very smooth, nice amount of carbonation while still having an almost creamy feel on the tongue. Semi-dry finish that lets an almost perfect bitterness, that begs for the next sip, linger on the tongue. It's amazing how quickly you will find yourself at the bottom of this 10% abv. I really had to resist the urge to have another, which was probably a good idea. There's always tomorrow. Highly recommended, especially for a draught that you can get on the east coast.

01-21-2010 01:13:47 | More by MURF0320
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ghostee

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy light orange color with about one finger of creamy white head.

Smell is HOPS! Just taking a sniff I can tell this will be nice and hoppy. The smell of hops is slightly sweet.

Taste starts off sweet with honey and sugar and some hoppiness. The sweetness dulls a bit and the hops get more intense. The finish is hoppy and bitter, and lingers, with a taste of grapefruit.

This does not taste like it's 10%, it's very tasty and drinkable. I could definitely see having a few of these in a night. However after finishing a couple I quickly came to the realization that this is a 10% beer.

While this is bitter and hoppy it is just so darn enjoyable. I can definitely see why people track this down every winter.

01-21-2010 01:10:54 | More by ghostee
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an Ithaca tulip.

A: Gentle pour creates a 1.5 finger coarse white head with moderate retention. Beer is a semi-clear orange. Great lacing, like a crown at the top of the glass.

S: Honey is strong in this one. Citrus, cane sugar, grapefruit, subtle piney hops. Nose is overall very crisp and pure though the honey sweetness can be a bit overpowering.

T: Grassy, pine hops, honey, malty backbone. Hops build in the middle but it's well balanced by the honey flavor. Finish is slightly hoppy but not overwhelming. An incredibly balanced beer with no real overpowering flavor. A bit of a citrus sourness at the end also. How this beer can be 10% I have no idea... no booziness in the nose or taste whatsoever... just pure deliciousness all the way!

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse, cabonated, and crisp. Very clean and easy to drink. Finish is quick and lingers just the right amount... a subtle twinge of hoppiness.

D: I can't imagine a beer more drinkable than this. Flavor is fantastic. Mouthfeel is excellent, helping me enjoy the balance of this beer. Clean, crisp, and incredibly refreshing, though this is a seasonal, its a beer for every occasion and weather. Hot, cold, mild, whatever you're doing and however the weather outside, you just can't go wrong with Hopslam.

01-21-2010 00:59:03 | More by SpeedwayJim
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +8%

I bought the last case at Bound beverage in Bensalem PA. Poured into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy apricot with a very fluffy soapy looking white heading. Leaves a mess of lacing everywhere.

Smell to my surprise is extremely fruity.Bubblegum,pear, and nice floral aroma to kind of bind thing's together.

Taste is amazing. Again tastes of bubblegum and pear and some nice fruitiness. The only thing I got wrong was the hops. They are in full force and is light but it is like drinking hop juice. The slightest bit of biscuity malt that matches well with the sweeter side of this beer that I can only think is honey.

Mouth is medium bodied but with a little warmth on the tongue. Very bitter on the palate and a lingering but very nice lingering of hops. Super smooth green hop juice is what I think of.

Drink is excellent. I have never found a IIPA that tastes this good yet. I am not a heavy drinker but when I drank this I found myself four deep without even realizing. The 10% ABV is very well hidden and this stuff literally goes down like water. EXCELLENT !!!

Pointless addition the following year and this shit is still spot on. Absolutely amazing.

01-20-2010 23:29:47 | More by TheFightfan1
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EighchBrews

Kansas

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%

This was my first experience with Hopslam. I enjoy cask beers in general so this was definitely a treat. Thanks to the Flying Saucer in KC for this opportunity.

As I approached the firkin, I was picking up the aroma from those who passed by me with their full glasses of Hopslam. So before really getting to examine the appearance I was struck with smells of sweet citrusy fruit. As the bartender handed me my Bell's tulip, I gazed deep into the hazy golden-orange elixir. Being a cask beer their was no head, but only a few soap-like bubbles lingering on the surface. With the beer in hand I began to pick up more of the sweet malty characteristics in the aroma.

The first taste was, of course, exceptional. I immediately knew this beer deserves all the hype it gets. Hops! and a lot of them, but not just the bitterness. Tropical fruit along with some piney resinous flavors. From what I have heard about hopslam is that it contains honey. It is definitely apparent and along with the malt provides the perfect backbone to this wonderful beer.

Cask beer doesn't have the carbonation of other serving styles, but I am a big fan of cask beers so I like that. However, there was a bit of slickness to the beer as it warmed. This is definitely nit picking as it didn't deter me from drinking three of these.

Hopslam is everything I expected and more. For a 10% hop bomb this beer is SUPER drinkable. As I said, I had three of these and besides being a bit tipsy, I felt great. If I had more time and $$ I probably would have ordered another.

01-20-2010 22:56:44 | More by EighchBrews
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punkrkr27

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

Slightly hazy orange-gold pour with a small white head. Aroma is lots of citrusy hops and honey sweet malt with a little bit of noble hop spicinesses and a hint of orange zest. Tastes like a glass full of wet, juicy, piny hops with a little noble hop spice and a very slight malt background. Body is a bit on the thin side with a tingly carbonation. Note: Batch 8283 seems to have a sharper pine note to the hop profile.

01-20-2010 19:49:03 | More by punkrkr27
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mizzourah

Missouri

4.93/5  rDev +9.8%

I had this on tap at Sycamore Restaurant after missing out on all the cases in town. Needless to say I was anxious to attack my palate with some HopSlam.

A- Poured into a Bell's tulip glass, the elixir was had an orange hue with a one inch white head, which left beautiful rings around the glass as I quaffed down the drink. It was very clear without much carbonation.

S- It's named HopSlam for a reason. My nostrils were overwhelmed by grapefruit, floral hops, and the slightest touch of honey and alcohol.

T- Wow. This was one tasty beer. Even my roommate, who detests my hoppy beers, found it appealing. This is definitely one hoppy beer with grapefruit and florals dominating the palate, and I did not pick up much piny flavors. The honey and alcohol are present in the finish, although they are not overwhelming, along with some wonderful bitterness.

M- It is a bit chewy, which I expect out of a great IIPA. I would have liked a little more carbonation but this was not a real drawback. It had a wonderful feel on the tongue.

D- Is this really 10%? The alcohol was well hidden and I could drink this all night. The hops were not overwhelming and the sweetness of the honey helped balance the finish. I'm glad I was finally able to try it and only wish I had managed to pick up some sixers.

01-20-2010 05:32:50 | More by mizzourah
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cassanoj

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful orange honey colored head with a big white head and a truckload of lacing.

Smells like ...SLAM! I swear a whole hop just smacked me in the face. Fresh, hoppy, a bit floral and tropical fruits burst onto the scene, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, the whole island. This is the hoppy, citrusy assault I look for when drinking a DIPA. Sweet, yet bitter.

The taste brings...ANOTHER SLAM! I'm getting my ass kicked by this one. Others have said it before, but I must reiterate - Like chewing on a hop. A bit of malt in the back keeps this monster together while hops and citrus dominate the forefront. This is 10% abv?! Prove it! Awesome, awesome, awesome.

My mouth is still numb from the beat down it just endured. Sticky, sweet, smooth, bitter. This beer is a paradox to my tongue.

I could drink HopSlam all night and then I would die a happy man. Some would argue that this beer is just loaded with hops without much complexity, but I dare those people to find many a tastier beverage.

*I have to drop the smell of HopSlam just a tad after getting a whif of Pliny the Younger on Monday. While HopSlam is a gem, that dry-hopped for a month goodness of PtY is just killer.

01-20-2010 04:09:12 | More by cassanoj
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billyb14

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Has a 3 finger head won't budge! Extremely billowly. As soon as I started pouring I thought Wow, this smells like honeysuckle. Very fresh and moist. Nice.

Semi-clear golden color. Bubbles steadily rising to the top, but not over active.

At first taste, I have a hard time believing this one is 10%. It hides it extremely well. The bitterness, although very high, isn't unpleasant at all. It's got enough of a malt presence to not make it entirely one sided. The honey is there, but very very subtle. It adds a nice touch and I'm glad they didn't go too crazy with it.

Drank this one with my beer-chili and it was faaaantastic. Overall a very drinkable 10% DIPA. Marvelous.

01-20-2010 03:23:23 | More by billyb14
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llllDrGONZOllll

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +7.6%

Batch #9505 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Thank you Mr. Hoover for getting me a bottle while I am waiting impatiently for my own case to take it's good ol' time to get in my Beer Ark. So this being my first time to score a bottle...last year too little too late. I am pouring the only bottle I have. The hype machine is in full swing and the forums are abuzz with its overpriced, unavailable, overrated, not as good as anything brewed in Cali, gotta have it, can't get it Hopslam!

So it first glace she is a lovely mash of yellow with hues of gold. Amidst the beauteous body mad rushes of co2 race to the surface. I notice the fluffy cream colored head that has traces of lacing. I have brewed with honey and unless the brew has wheat the head retention is usually not this resilient.

The aroma is mostly hop forward in a piney grapefruit character. Stronger whiffs reveal a little alcohol along with faint traces of honey and grains. Well the first sip was quite a treat. I have been waiting for ever it seems for this moment to get here and I don't want to be let down. I am not disappointed. I find this to be quite unique in my experience with beers of this style. Tastes of honey with grapefruit pounding my tongue a slight heat from the 10% ABV. This is a solid ale. I can take large quaffs and I can sip it just the same. The hop flavors range from pine, grapefruit, minty, a tad of funky/skunky. The grain bill while seeming to be much more simplistic with only a trace of caramel, this body allows the honey to take on the other profiles of sweet.

With this many flavors going on at once it would tend to be a ale with a giant carry over of after tatse. i find this not to be the case at all. Hopslam finishes cleanly for an ale of this style. That can be quite dangerous for this bad boy.

01-20-2010 03:13:46 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
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techfed87

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

Batch #9505, Shipped on January 5th

Pours a very nice head to it, with solid bubble density.

Scent is very floral, with heavy overtones of pineapple. Color is a reddish-amber tone.

First sip has some very deep flavors. The hops are definitely there and are in full force. Aftertaste is very bitter, with a sense of the oily residue from the hops evaporating off of your pallet. That in itself makes it distinctive from other types of DIPA's out on the market. That combined with its distinctive accent of pineapple really blends to make one of the finer, richer DIPA's out on the market today.

With it's $16 price point, one may be hesitant at trying this beer. My personal advice:

Don't be.

01-20-2010 02:15:21 | More by techfed87
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bigdonniebrasco

Kansas

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

I traveled 90 minutes, and showed up 3 hours early to try this....

Served in a Bell's tulip at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO.

I had waited (not so patiently) for this release for a LONG time! Appearance was a bright amber/orange, with almost no head. I think the previous reviewer stated that "all cask beers suffer from a nonexistent head". I will agree that there was no head on it, but I hesitate to say this golden elixir "suffered" from it.

This is a beer drinking experience that begins with a fruity waft as far away as arms length. The aroma is more reminiscent of a tropical fruit smoothy, than that of a beer.... but then again this is no ordinary beer! Without the punch of added C02 the nose is a little different, heavier on the fruit and lighter on the grass/pine, but like it was said before, just different, not detrimental.

The mouthfeel on this cask version is, in a word "slippery". The hoppy oils are there in spades, along with the hop bite we all showed up for. You WILL notice the malt and honey sweetness more in this "flatter" version than you will from draft or bottle.
I actually preferred the cask serving over the draft serving that I tried immediately after, although only marginally.

For me the drinkability of this amazing brew is actually enhanced when served from a cask. Not something that you necessarily need when talking about a 10% ABV hop-bomb.

I too, would like to thank the flying sauce for getting two of only THREE firkins in the entire state of KS! I'll keep coming back!

And Thanks to my friend Jim and his awesome wife, bro, and cousin for letting me tag along!

01-20-2010 01:30:28 | More by bigdonniebrasco
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sbw138

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured a bottle from The Foodery into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear golden, light amber color. About a finger or so, foamy white head. Beer left a strong lacing for the first sips, but began to weaken as I drank more of the beer.

Smell - Very strong hops, with a slightly sweet, malty background. You can faintly smell the presence of the honey they say is brewed in.

Taste - Hops, hops and more hops! What a great first impression. A mixture of piney, and grapefruit hoppy taste hit me first. As I drank more, I could begin to taste a subtle hint of honey. I was surprised this beer has 10% abv, I could really hardly smell, or taste that much alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium body. Not overly heavy like some IPA's with this much alcohol can be.

Drinkability - What a great beer! Something I will look forward to at the beginning of every year. A really pleasant beer. I wanted to drink a 6 pack at one sitting, but at 10% abv, probably not a good idea.

Serving type: Bottle.

01-19-2010 15:23:34 | More by sbw138
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Dead horse meet stick.

Pours a lovely shade of golden orange. Thick off white three finger head has fantastic retention. Leaves lace rings you could snow board down.

Aroma is like a beer geek fantasy. Piney, grapefruit and oranges drizzled with honey. They should make this into one of those little tree air fresheners.

The flavor is much the same as the nose. Just the right amount of hop bombs calmed by the kiss of honey. Perfect for my money.

Medium creamy body with moderate carbonation.

Overall one of the most drinkable high abv beers on the planet. I managed to polish off a twelve pack of this over the weekend.

01-19-2010 13:25:09 | More by beerwolf77
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ArrogantJaron

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%

A- It pours a clear goldish brown. A beatiful color. Not much head but a strong rocky lacing after every sip!

S- Strong sweet grapefruit is predominant throughout your nose. Surprisingly almost no alcohol smells in this big 10% ale.

T- Hopslam says it all! The first flavor is citrus (mostly grapefruit) and honey. That initial sweetness is immediately put in check by tons of fantastic hops! This beer is made for hop heads like me! Great balance between hops and malt! Bells does most things right and this is another amazing creation!

M- medium body, not to filling. It seems this beer is made to fit the hops that inspired it!

D- Again this beer is intgralling! At 10% alcohol, you expect nothing but booziness. Couldn't be more wrong! I could drink this beer at anytime of year at anytime of day. It's smooth hoppy flavor goes down all right! Extremely drinkable and a great beer!

01-19-2010 04:17:00 | More by ArrogantJaron
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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