mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Bells Hopslam has a very nice light amber color with a dense matching head. The aroma is notably hoppy with citrus undertones.
While I enjoyed the initial taste, the bitterness becomes biting with every swallow. That said, Hopslam does a great job covering its 10% abv with a fresh, hoppy, citrus finish.
This is not a beer to drink as a thirst quencher. However, it was enjoyable nonetheless.
sk8terboy240 (3) - toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
it dried out your mouth a lot on fridays but it did make me thirsty for more and more. Other than that all and all a good beer to drink on a colder day, not on a hot sweaty day.
swoopjones (6701) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#800 On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Pours a beautiful golden orange. Huge pineapple grapefruit hop aroma. Sticky sweet citrusy hop presence. Goes down smoothly for a 10%. Very good & well worth the wait
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. brown bottle. Batch 8283. Served in a shaker pint. Golden with a slight haze. Appeared to be bottle conditioned. About a finger of fine bubbled white head. Huge hop aroma along with some fruit. I get strawberries for some reason. That’s a first for me. There is a good amount of malt, but immediately the hops jump out at you. Long, lingering hop pucker. There is more fruit in the finish. Hops are slightly vegetal. Alcohol is warming.
A little over the top, but that is good sometimes! A must try if you think you are a hophead.
brewmaster420 (6) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great beer smells like heaven and tasts like you are in heaven and after a couple of these bad boys you might think you are in heaven
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours nice light amber with a decent head the clings to the glass. great use of honey in this beer. the hop profile is great and showcases the fresh citrus quality of the hops.
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not incredibly bitter, but still hoppy and delicious enough to leave the tongue writhing for more. Definitely quite drinkable for an IIPA. The hop profile lacks the intricacies and changing personality of the 2 Hearted, but instead hits you with a blunt solid block of hops (to steal the words from crowderm).
dchmela (2766) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Whewww! Got one of the last six packs, thanks Solan. Was going to wait to have one, but I think I will put off work and test drive this beast. Pours out a nice deep amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is very strong citrus, grapefruit, floral, honey,and pine. An amazing explosion of taste upon the first sip. The hops are incredibly dominant (duh!) and has an almost grapefruit dry/bitter taste. My wife almost spit it out and said it tasted just like grapefruit juice (well i like grapefruit juice!). After a few sips you start to get hint of malt and honey, but it is a struggle for them to be noticed. Be careful of the subtle 10% alcohol, it is well hidden. Finishes pretty nice, with only a mild bitterness left on the tongue, which you would expect. Overall, an intense experience of slamming hops for people who like to abuse themselves in such a manner. I might like to see a touch more of the honey or malt poke through, but otherwise, wonderful.
mcart034 (36) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours amber/orange with only a slight head. Aroma is of hops obviously, very floral, citrus with underlying malt. Taste is extremely citrusy as one would expect from an imperial. Finishes bitter and clean. Alcohol is moderately well hidden even though it is detectable. A very nice beer from Bells, one which I’d drink as often as I could.
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft and many bottles. Good enough to rate. Hazy orange. Smells of citrus, malts and of course hops. Taste of caramel, fruit and hops. Do not taste honey as the bottles say. I believe this is a very smooth beer and love how the alcohol is disquised by this intense hops. Warms me tummy right up! Amazing beer that bells should make year round!