chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is some really good stuff, didnít realize it was 10%. Pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Aroma of grapefruit mainly. The flavor is actually quite balanced and I thought easily drinkable. Nice amount of citrus hops and the sweet honey mixes well with it. Very good beer from Bells, one of my favorites.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful golden orange and amber color. Aroma of just picked grapefruit and wildflower honey. Somehow the strong hop taste balances and completes the slightly sweat citrus flavor. Definitely my favorite IPA, up there with my very favorite brews.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Crystal clear, golden color. Thin white head. Aroma of citrus hops. Flavor is sweet and hoppy. Nice bittersweet finish. Alcohol warms up as the beer opens up.
mcox90 (1904) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Acknud. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head & spotty lacing. Nose is pine cone & flowers. When I first received this bottle I was a little nervous. With a name like Hopslam I expected it to be overwhelmingly hoppy ( Iím not a hophead ). Actually itís quite good. Hop flavor isnt over the top & thereís a fair amount of malty sweetness. Alcohol is tucked away in the background. I didnít realize I was drinking a 10% brew until I went to rate it. Like I said, quite good.
desurfer (1283) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a slightly cloudy, deep amber with a pillowy white head. Aroma full of flowery hops and sweet, doughy malts. Flavor is fairly hoppy with plenty of citrus and pine character, but this appears to be drowned out by the massive malt bill and ensuing high alcohol content. Honestly, thereís not much here for a hophead to get excited about. The sweetness is the over-the-top character here. Pretty good, but I was a bit disappointed.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 overall impressive beer for high ABV but not over the top bitter. Pours an orange color with a thick soft head. Blend of much citrus and pine and the honey adds that mild sweetness that counteracts the pungent hops and high ABV. Goes down dangerously smooth and quickly. Good full mouthfeel for an DIPA. This is my "desert island" beer for sure.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden color under a small off white head that settles down to a good film over the top. Aroma is interesting. A lot of grapefruit smell with a slightly sweet note that is really good. The obligatory hops piney notes, but mainly a good sweet/sour grapefruit that I really like. Taste is surprisingly mild, not the assault of hops that you come to expect from a West Coast IPA which is a definate change. Very sweet, grapefruity notes with a sweet almost sugary backing to it. A faint alcohol taste to remember it by, but mainly I get a very piney aftertaste that sits on the back of your tongue. Very good, definately deserves itís billing.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Acknud for sending along this tasty treat. Pours from the botttle a slightly hazy, but bright orange/copper color under a creamy 1/2" beige head. Retention is strong throughout the glass with just a few streaks of lacing noted. The intial aromas were big-time essence of Juicy Fruit gum and freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice. This was nicely supported with smells of sun-drenched fresh pine needles, lemon zest, tangerine and some faint sweet honey/floral notes. The 10% alcohol shows up faintly in the aroma serving to amplify the above. The aromas were basically all about the hops, but whoís complaining? Fantastic! Palate was very smooth, silky, creamy with a nicely subtle carbonation. Flavor was extremely well balanced here between the hops, malts and honey. Yeah, it was definitely dominated by the hops; lots of citrus rind, honey drenched grapefruit and pine. But the late palate delivers a subtle, but balancing presence of orange blossom honey and light crystal malt sweetness. Finishes with a firm hop resin bitterness and a warming alcohol presence. A very easy-drinking big DIPA. As the last swallow is consumed all you can think of is "Iíd love to do another!" A must try for ALL hopheads!
clitzy (2) - USA - MAR 21, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am a big fan of the Bells Brew and have been hunting this one down for awhile before a friend of mine brought one over. my biggest complaint is that it is too hard to find here. i am a loyal DFH 90 minute drinker but would drink this as my change of pace IPA if more available.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not as bitter as the arrogant bastard ruination. In fact, this brew had a much smoother flavor to balance out the hops than I had expected. Very nice