michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 2/19/12: 12oz. Bottle (Bottled 1/9/12).: Aroma of hops, citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine. Poured amber orange in color with a tiny, off-white head that was really just a film on top of the beer. Hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit and a hint of malt. Medium body. Tingly, then very dry texture. Average carbonation. Hop, pine, resin, grapefruit, tropical fruit finish is lightly sweet and heavily bitter. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout. 8/4/9/4/17=4.2
1/14/07: 12oz. Bottle. Thanks to Mr Bendo: Aroma is all hops, citrus, grapefruit, and pine. Smells great. Poured orange in color with a great, big, slightly off-white, dense, rocky head that lasted. Great lacing. Tons of particles, big and small. Very cloudy. Sparkling. Flavor is very hoppy. Notes of grapefruit, pine, mint, and hops. Not sweet or sour. Surprisingly only medium to heavy bitterness. Huge hop presence hides the 9.5% ABV well. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Creamy texture. Long bitter finish. Very hoppy, but not as bitter as it could have been. Why call it Hopslam at only 70IBUs. This beer should be 140IBUs. 9/4/8/4/18=4.3
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
batch 7690, 12 oz bottle from my SS.
Pours with a huge, creamy off-white head that rides over a hazy, medium orange body.
Moderate bready malt aroma punctuated by a juicy, pineapple-mango hop aroma.
The flavor balance goes heavily to the bitter side with this IIPA. Pineapple mango hop flavor that finishes and bitter. Iíd like a bit more dryness with a IIPA that has this amount of bitterness.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/13/07. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained as a generous gift from mwsf on RateBeer 12/23/07. Pours a lightly hazy but still opulent golden tan with medium-sized pale off-white head, variously rocky and creamy, lasting long in a thin patty. Lacing is wonderfully dense and falls in patterned swaths, sticking from the top down. Floral and grassy bouquet with tons of fruits-- tangerines, grapefruit, bruised mango, overripe orange, and something oddly funky. Not quite sure if the funk here is from the hop combination or a fermentation character. No sign at all of alcohol, a notable achievement with this strength. Flavor is correspondingly grassy and fairly phenolic with some drying, straw-like presence. Brightly hoppy and citric with several of the same fruits, strong but balanced bitterness. Thereís some fruity tangerine-zest acidity and perhaps even saltiness in the finish. Malts take a dignified back seat overall, providing a crackerthin extra-pale toasty flour taste and letting the oily hops do the talking. The resultant body seems to shrivel up and fall off with the flavor in the finish, but for a Double IPA thatís better than having a body that is too full or syrupy and coats your tongue; it only means youíre primed for another sip just as soon as you finish the preceding one. Thereís also a lingering, lightly-scratchy tickle of the straw flavors. Iíd love to try this if they squeezed it a few points drier in the final gravity (without upping the phenols or creating any alcohol apparency), or with an EXTREMELY fresh sample or a dry-hopped keg. Still, itís hard to fault it for much of anything in particular (except for maybe that funk in the nose), as the alcohol is damn near undetectable and itís criminally quenching and drinkable overall. A damn good IPA.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Sersdfís. Nice pour. Hazy orange pour with a fine, foamy white head. Mega hoppy, tropical aroma, thick, sweet, and nice. Grapefruit, resin, all the nice elements a IIPA should have. Very similar palate, great bitter notes, huge finish. Nice warming alcohol, thick, chewy flavor. Really nice. Fresh and thick on the palate. Really, really nice. A really good example of the class, very balanced.
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
outstanding... anyone who remembers the initial releases of two hearted ale will be very pleased with hopslam. itís not as wildly grapefruity or out of control as two hearted once was but itís still awesome... the bottom end is full and unending... itís a perfect compliment to the total facial this brew gives... overall, very smooth, very harsh, very good.
islay (771) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 12 oz. bottle. The aroma contains apricot, grape juice, wine, and citrus hops elements. It is unique and powerful. The beer pours an orange/dark gold color with a small amount of cream-colored head. The liquid is cloudy, and there is a large amount of suspended particulate. The flavor is sharply hoppy. The fruit notes from the aroma are also present in the flavor, but they are not as strong. In particular, there is a remarkable apricot nectar taste. If you like American hops and fruit flavors, youíve come to the right beer. The alcohol is well masked. There is a good, biting, and long lasting bitter finish. This full-bodied beer is silky smooth yet still crisp and lively in the palate. It is very drinkable, and it leaves a nice, smooth after-texture in the back of the mouth. I was ready for the hop intensity of Hopslam, but the fruit flavors came as a pleasant surprise. The beer improves as it warms, and I suggest drinking it at near room temperature.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small white head, looks good, fair retention and a thin stringy lace. Hazy, orangey copper colored ale. Fairly aggressive nose, fruity, tropical, melony and some bubblegum notes as well. Body is medium, palate is lightly oily, a hint resiny. Plenty of hop flavors! Fruity, peaches, pears, grapefruit, light notes of pine and some burnt wiring and a hint pineappley. Malts are hidden in the big hop bill but appear as light caramel notes peaking threw. Finish is lightly sweet and hoppy with a fair bite. Props to my Secret Santa for this one!
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly hazed orange-gold with about 3/4" of white foam. So-so head retention and decent enough webby lacing. Good grapefruit citrus hop aroma.
Quite bitter hops - mainly citrus (lime then lots of grapefruit), though also a fair amount of pine. The malt is well in the background, and very overshadowed. There is a strong suggestion of an alcoholic kick in the finish. Nearly full bodied, quite mild carbonation. Long lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, not unlike licking a pine and grapefruit forest up one side and down the other. Then repeating. NOTE: I had this beer on tap at the Eccentric Cafe a few years ago and liked it a lot better. It was maltier and had some delicious peach/apricot fruitiness that combined with the hops were fantastic.
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - a birthday-presant for Jan (ōlbaren) from Engelsmann - thanks to both !! Unclear orange - white head. Flowery, orange, kamille, high hoppy, almost no malty taste. A clean hoppy beer - very good.
imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very impressive. This is by far the best beer Bellís has made large production runs of. Very pleasant and abundant hop aroma, very citrusy. I was initially concerned it would be unbalanced, but the balance was very good. Good work Larry.