502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAR 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 12oz. bottle into a sniffer. To me, the aroma was the most outstanding of the Hopslamís features. It smells very fruity, of sweet citrus and even very unique notes of pineapple. This was all accompanied, of course, by piney hops. The aroma is not very strong, but it is unbelievably pleasant, unique, and fresh. It poured a hazy caramel orange with a great soft white head of descent proportion; the head faded quickly unfortunately. It has an average IIPA palate: medium bodied with a carbonated kick. However, it was surprisingly smooth. The 10% abv. is very well hidden beneath the fresh flavor of hops. At first I was almost disappointed regarding the hops, feeling as if they were not as strong as the name and reputation suggest. But, the more I drank, the more the hops came alive. There was still a remarkable balance of malty sweetness, like biting into a tart grapefruit. Overall, great IIPA.
[RE-RATE] Bumping the score from 4.1 to 4.4. Sampled from a bottle again, same great look, same outstanding aroma, and even better flavor than I remember - such nice tart bitting and yet sweet grapefruit. So balanced. So NOT overly malty like many IIPAs. Alcohol hidden so well -- this combined with its soft feel and its outstandingly delicious hop profile makes this beer one of the most dangerously drinkable ones out there. One of the best in its class. Serve at cellar temp 50F. I serve nearly all my beers at this temperature and it truly seems to be the sweet spot for this one,
juiceisloose (1117) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one poured a deep orange color with a medium foamy white head that left a little lacing in the glass. The aroma is of fresh hops, pine, grapefruit, and resin. A really nice fresh smell to this one. The flavor on this one is outstanding. The grapefruit and piney hops come through first but are balanced immediately by a toasty caramel malt background mixed with a touch of honey. The flavor is bold and just gets better with every sip. It has a medium-full body with a smooth finish with some slight hop bitterness on the backend. This one is perfectly balanced and full of flavor. This is easily one of my favorite double IPAís to drink. Bells is where itís at.
PorterPounder (6291) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 Rerate Had on tap for the first time - so much better - juicy fruit goodness even more delicious Original 4.3 Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 12 oz bottle - you gotta love a liquor store that sends you an e-mail when a new beer arrives! Medium copper pour, sticky, eggshell-white head with some sticky, clingy lacing. Fresh, bold, strong sprucey aroma, blasting at first with full resins. Mellows and warms after a while to a soft floral-like bouquet. Flavor presents so much more than a citrusy grapefruit bomb that is to be expected at 10%. The bitterness is there but balanced oh so well against a sweet caramelly, nutty back end with a touch of honey. Also detect some nectarines and white grapes. Thick, rich mouthfeel without being tongue-numbing. One of the most weel-balanced 10% abv beers I have ever consumed. Excellent Double IPA - Bells rings true again!
valpoaj (663) - 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.