Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 8283, 12 oz bottle. Poures a mild hazy golden color with a small white whispy head. Nose of ripe grapefruit, dried mango and more citrus punch, one dimensional aroma. Initial taste of sharp, crisp grapefruit moving into a more piney hop bitterness. Caramel sweetness counter balances to do a degree with the hops overpowering, for a true hop slam. Finshing dry and continuing with the sharp bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium body. 10% is masked very well. Palate duration is above average. Above average head retention and lacing of the glass. I wasnt overall moved with the beer. I think it is great double IPA but felt that some qualities missing. The overall increased due to that I couldnt believe this was 10% abv. Easy drinking brew and this one will catch up on you.
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. [Thanks to ????] @ <a href=http://ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eventID target=_new> Zythos Bier Festival 2008, Sint Niklaas, Belgium. Unclear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, heavy hoppy, pine, grape, orange - pineapple. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (010308)
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 12 ounce bottle from Illini08. Thanks, Jeremy! Wow, I wish I could have a case of this stuff... pours a beautiful amber color with a one finger width white head. Immediately when I started pouring the beer, I could smell a rush of citrus fruits and hops. It was very inviting. As the beer warmed I could smell strong grapefruit aromas with a nice touch of hops. Taste was a perfect mix of citrus, hops, and bitterness. Extremely refreshing and kept a wonderful taste in the back of my mouth. If I could obtain this on a regular basis, I am sure I would have a fridge full of it. It really is that good...
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2015 Re-rate 4/15: Bottle sample at a tasting at Drorís place. Thanks Ariel. Packaged 1/20/15. Clear golden. Aroma of slightly stale hops, somewhat piney. Flavor of sweetish malt, a honey note, slightly stale piney hops, and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied. 6/3/7/3/14=3.3
(3/1/08) Sample from a bottle (I think jerc brought this one - thanks!) at the RB table at Zythos Bier Festival 2008 in Sint Niklaas. Amber-colored. Big citric hoppy aroma. A very bitter flavor with tons of citrusy juicy hops and some malt and caramel. A lot of grapefruit in the finish. Really great. 8/4/8/4/16=4
Hoonerific (16) - USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definately lived up to its name. Smelled wonderfully of hops. Had a lovely orange color to it. Tasted very complex and hoppy with a good amount of bitterness - but not enough to knock you over. Aftertaste started to become slightly medicinal about 3/4 of the way down. Pretty good IPA but would reccommend Surly Furious over it any day.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 12oz bottle from a trade with mcbackus. pours a slightly hazy orange with a nice off white head. aromas are a perfect combonation of hops with malt backbone. flavours are perfect enjoyable hops with the malt backbone holding everything together and making this a most drinkable IPA ive ever had. this is the most perfect IPA i could ever imagine. thanks matt im glad i have 2 more.
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Magic_dave6ís disco dance tasting. Tastes not as bitter as I was expecting from this monster. Peachy nose with some slight cough medicine amongst the hops. Really sweet fruity long taste, with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Absolutely excellent, from someone that doesnít like IPAs.
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
I read the label after I bought it. This should teach me not to shop for beer while stoned.
Iím going to take into consideration that the label told me it would be bitter, and because of that I will not mark it off for taste.
But I will say that if you donít like it bitter, donít get this. I wish I hadnít. I swear it made my tongue bleed.
The beer looked great, a nice unique orange color. It smelled very hoppy with underlying hints of honey. (the label also mentions being brewed with honey, which was why I grabbed it)
The bitterness was too much for me to handle, though. I couldnít even finish the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Poured cloudy, orangy amber with a dense, tan, fomay head that left light amounts of lace on the glass. Nose was sharp grapefruit, caramel, with very little pine resin. Flavor was sweet caramel up front followed by a burst of hop citrus. The finish was a sharp hop bite that was in balance with the initial malty taste. Very hoppy and bitter in the finish without being astringent or too biting. Nice alcohol warmth in the finish and a nice, firm mouthfeel.
Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a decent, but not exactly rocky head. Aroma was wonderfull piney, citrusy hops. Flavor was full-on but more balanced by sweet malt than the Hop Slam name would imply. Full-bodied, bracing hops flavors abound. This beer is great for the first three quarters of a glass but I found its attributes surprisingly faded for the last portion. Canít explain it. I love hoppy beers and this is a good one. Might have been a fluke. Iíll try another bottle tonight. Quality and attention to detail is evident. This is a fine ale made with top-notch ingredients.