WisconsinBeer (711) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bright amber color with a slight foamy head. Sweet sugary malts roll into a slight alcohol tinge. Finish is big hops. Pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Yes, the hops are everywhere in this beer, but the sweet malts balance it out well. Nothing is out of proportion. The hops donít bury the beer as the label would imply. Either way, another solid Bellís.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay so I am not a hops fan but I have to give this beer credit. It pours a definite amber/orange mix with thick tan to white head. The flavor is overpowering with hops and grapefruit. The first thing I thought of with the flavor was grapefruit. Hops are, obviously considering its namesake, quite prominent. Body is medium to light.
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I would agree with Bellís description of a Tongue Bruiser. This has more hops in it than any other beer Iíve tasted. If you want to just suck on some liquid hops kool aid. This is the beer for you, but this ones is great and has alcohol....Hey HOPSLAM.
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I picked up a couple of bottles of this, and Iíve just had the first. I think Iíll wait a long while to take out the second, and then it will probably only be to trade with someone. Yellow, hoppy...itís not bad in that it has sufficient body to satisfy my palate, and the hops arenít ridiculously out of balance in some astringent-monster kind of way, but it still lacks in dimensionality. The alcohol is really well hidden. Itís still just a boring hop party.
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa í07. Quite possibly the perfect balance between being a great beer and session drinkability that Iíve ever come across. Most high-gravity beers I can only drink a few in a night, but I think I could drink this all night long. Pours an excellent deep orange color with perfect size head. Smell is dominated by pine/citrus, very refreshing. Taste is the same - strong pine/citrus flavor with a great balance of hops/malt. I would have guessed this was 6-7% ABV had I not seen the label. Would love to have a case of this!
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden orange with almost 2 fingers of creamy head that dies down to a layer sitting on top and huge lacing throughout. Smells of gynormous hops, pine, citrus and grapefruit. Tastes delicious. Huge hops, citrus, rind, grapefruit, pine and HOPS. Nice malty balance that lets this not be too over the top. I might not be getting the full hopslam effect since this is not a freshly bottled sample but this is up there and a delicious brew. Alcohol hides nicely and carbonation is perfect. No bitterness lingering. A classic.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Amazingly delicous. Citrus, pine and creamy hops. Hop juicyness does not linger but what does linger is great. Full body even looks good in the glass. Big fruit flavor of pinapple, grapefruit, lots of malts and nice rich body.
madsberg (10459) - SÝborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Thx to Ughsmash for this gem. Orange coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head, which is sitting perfectly on top of the beer. Citrus, herbs, flowers and sweetness in the aroma. Intense pinearoma. Very delicious. Flavour is very piney, almost sharp. Fresh citric, light sweetness and flowers again. Full bodied and very dry. Qutie refreshing. Heavy bitter end with light piney and citric notes. This is a beer to crave for.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I poured this into a DFH snifter. This beer pours very cloudy. I would have liked to see it cleaner. According to the BJCP, slight haziness is allowable if it is dry hopped, but this is a bit more than that. It doesnít seem to clear with time either. There is a huge hop bouquet even from a distance. Very strong citrus aromas, especially grapefruit, but slightly more bitter. The flavor is amazing though. It is not nearly as bitter as the flavor would have led me to believe. It is a dead ringer for actual grapefruit flavoring. The bitterness is only in the background, and there is enough sweetness to back it up. This is a great example of an Imperial IPA (except the cloudiness); perhaps one of the best iíve had.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, with an orange yellow hue. White small head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, visible carbonation. Nose was sweet, bitter, grapefruit, pineapple, and very hoppy. Flavour was thin, sweet, bitter, very hoppy and a somewhat lingering hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel was hoppy and thin. Medium body. Truly is a hopslam to the throat.