valpoaj (661) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012 Update: 4 years of palate refinement and a fresh tap pour was a true eye-opener - incredible aroma, oily, clean body, and citrus from beginning to end. Leaving old comments, but re-rating this beer to give it the credit it deserves... (old rating 3.3).
Much thanks to Nolankowal for the bottle! Pours a deep, opaque apricot color with very little head. Aroma is really intense (Iím thinking after one inhalation that there may be some hops in this beer)...Iím catching the bulk of the hop aroma being piney and woodsy, with some citrus (grapefruit) hops mixed in there as well, but not getting the citrus hops as the dominant feature like others. I really enjoyed the aroma on this one...I could sit and sniff this glass all day! Flavor is all hops...very bitter from start to finish with a bitter aftertaste. Some malt characteristics are noted mid-drink, but disappear quickly and are replaced by piney hop flavors. Some orangey/citrusy hop flavors are in there as well. Unlike others, I did not find this drink to have much of a malt backbone to stand up to the hops, and found the hops overwhelming. I was expecting this to drink very similar to a Dreadnaught, but the Dreadnaught was leaps and bounds ahead of this beer in terms of drinkability. Palate is somewhat oily, but not remarkable, and I felt this was an overcarbonated beer. Alcohol is very notable, although I donít find this to necessarily a bad thing. Iím glad to have tried this beer, but unlike the majority, this is a one-and-done for a non hophead like myself. Far from my favorite IIPA. Dare I say my least favorite Bells product other than the Cherry Stout to date? Blasphemy!
utopiangator (3) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy orange. Never had an aroma quite like it, almost like an apple cider, but with a hint of citrus. Very balanced, very drinkable. Almost too drinkable at an ABV of 10.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Pours a cloudy amber with little head. Aroma is of PEACHES along with other citrus notes, unrreal. I couldnít put my finger on it then I had my wife whiff it and she nailed it. First 10 Iíve ever given for aroma. Flavor is well balanced, alcohol is well hidden by the massive amount of malt and hops. A great brew from Bells.
7/8/2008 Let one sit for a couple of months and let me say that this beer is heeps better when fresh. I’ve been drinking hopslams off and on since march and I’ve witnessed the degradation of an awesone fresh brew. This beer is now overly sweet. Anyone who gets a bottle of this now shouldn’t judge this brew on an old bottle, hops are there but overriden with sweetness. sweetslam after a couple of months.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orange with a small lacy white head. The nose is citrus and sugar cane. I could smell it forever. The taste is slight tangerine with a little sweetness and the Hopslam. Too over the top for me on the finish but the hop heads will love it.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Rusty Diamond for this puppy! Poured a bright orange-amber with a small sudsy whitish head. Lots of grainy, resinous and sweet notes. Like many big hoppy beers, but strangely balanced by the honey and bland of malts and hops. Still quite bitter, but a nice imperial IPA. Much love!
cykyc (28) - USA - MAR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(I first enjoyed this at Barley Johnís, on tap. This is my taste of the bottled version.)
The brew has a light, mellow hops aroma. The flavor rises on the tongue and tastebuds. Itís not as strong as some double / imperial IPAís initially. Itís actually a bit mellow at first. But, then the flavor just rises up like a wonderful sunrise! I taste earthiness, then the hops, and then spices. Itís as enjoyable on tap as it is in the bottle!
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Awesome. Powerful IIPA that starts with an appealing hazy orange color. The scent is a massive dose of pineapple and other fruit. The taste though is anything but sweet. Its bitter with a long aftertaste.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a cloudy golden amber with a foamy off white head. Aroma is dominated by citrus and floral hops with a nice touch of maltiness, grapefruit and pine. Flavor once again dominated by citrus hops. Nice malt backbone with hint of citrusy grapefruit and lemon. Alcohol very well hidden. Sweet bitter dry hop finish. Perfection!
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nose is citrus hops with a sticky sweetness. Clear orange, light head. Amazing flavor, sweet orange and smooth bitterness. Fantastically drinkable. An immensely successful 2IPA.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2011 bottle from ucusty, thanks dude! tutti fruitti aroma like childrenís bubblegum, yet strangely not artificial. was this from the honey? sharply bitter, at first i donít find it like these crazy over the top nw ipas, but as i continued to sip, the surrounding bitterness built up to a happy peak. --- Batch 8908 opened 1/12/10 with just over a year on it, recently received in a trade. Looks spectacular in the glass, photogenic shapely white head over amber gold. Getting oxidized at this point and as the hops are falling off itís drinking more like a sticky barley wine. Not all that tropical. Now I must get this fresh! 012811 Batch 10115, sent as soon as foppa could send it, thanks dude. Back to the inviting gummy tropical notes, fresh and sticky. Yes, this deserves its acclaim. Bright and sunny, grapefruit and honey accented with pine tar. Dig it.