ScotYankBard (16) - USA - FEB 7, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The olí Hop Slam. This brew is great for all the hopheads out there. If you love cascade hops this brew is for you. I personally didnít take to the overpowering grapefruit flavor of the cascade hops, but the 10% alcohol catches up with you. Enjoy hopheads enjoy.
hombrepalo (1924) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Why is this not sold in ILLINOIS? Damn this is a great beer! This has to be my favorite IIPA, even better than FFF Dreadnaught. Poured an amber traslucent color (almost glowing), light head, quickly fading. Floral/ wet hop aroma. Taste like sweet candy and hops perfectly balanced citrus taste. Incredible beer. At 10% you would be shocked as the alcohol belnds in nicely. Canít wait to go to Wisconsin to pick up some more of this spectacular beer.
london1o1 (14) - USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I donít understand. Itís incredibly hoppy, and has a decent amount of bitterness to it, as well as substantial alcohol content, but the commercial description of, "A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale," seems not only incorrect, but also far less appealing than the actual product. The alcohol is fairly well concealed, and the bitterness is perfectly balanced with a powerful floral sweetness. This floral sweetness also makes up most of the aroma, which has strong grapefruit characteristics. This is one of the most well-balanced, complex big hop beers on the market.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 First of all, I have to send out a huge thanks to SpudClampDawg, who sent me some of this out of the kindness of his heart. Thanks also go to franksnbeans and tytoanderso, who also hooked me up with a couple bottles. Pours a relatively clear golden-orange color with a moderate off-white head. Spectacular fruity (citrus), floral aroma with a bit on pine. Moderately sweet citrus entry with slight piney undertones that carry into the bitterness that the hops provide. Not overly aggressive or bitter, which was quite enjoyable. Way too easy to drink for a 10% beer. Great beer, thanks a ton to everyone who sent me some, because I am going to love having these around.
raiderfost (168) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! Ive been waiting for this one for awhile now and it was worth every minute. Pours a a wonderfull amber with a very small white head. Hops, citrus, hops, citrus. hops and hops.Great brew.
I hope to get my hands on more. Thanks Kevin.
bigtaster (778) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 Pours frothy white head and golden amber color with mild opaqueness. Strong aroma of green hops, almost like fresh cut pine. An obvious big hop flavor, citrus, light malt. Finishes long with mild bitterness. Overall almost perfect IIPA.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím not sure how a regional beer with hundreds of ratings and a great reputation escaped my grasp for so long, but seeing this (for the first time) on the shelf today, I quickly grabbed one. The beer pours a dark orange, slightly murky, with a large, but quickly fading off white head. Nose is hoppy and sour citrus, and a noticeable sweetness, as well. Flavor is similar...hoppy, yes, but not just for the sake of hoppiness. Itís a deep hoppiness, with alcohol notes, and some sweetness that makes the beer somewhat reminiscent of a barley wine. The finish is long, but surprisingly mild for a beer of this strength of flavor. Overall, a well crafted brew.
nimbleprop (5569) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím known around my circle of friends for knowing a lot about beer, always having a variety of beer around and as the one always trying new brews. After I finished my first bottle of HopSlam my unwitting friend asked, "Well... how was it?" As my eyes rolled back into my head I told him... "Itís like drinking adult candy."
Pours a translucent amber brown with orange edges and a creamy white head that ringed the glass. The aroma is great, strong hop but not overwhelming; resin, pine, grapefruit, lemon candies, grapes. The bitter hoppy, citrus flavor rounded out with strong sweetness from the honey they brew with, caramel malts and toffee/caramel flavors. Finish has some lasting bitterness, but also some lasting sweetness. Thick and a little syrupy in the mouth and a little salty on the lips and cheeks. This beer is a lesson in balance. Hops are capable of providing more than just bitterness. Bells HopSlam proves that hops, like Peter Sellers in íDr. Strangeloveí , can be both the main character and the supporting actor.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Pours copper color with very thin head. Aroma is like sticking your nose is a handful of fresh hops. Overpowering in a good way with a sweetness lingering just offstage. Taste is complex and amazing. Hops... sweet... hops again... then citrusy sweetness. I tend to write off IPAs, as they all tend to seem pretty much the same to me, but this one is amazing.
Rerate: On my third straight Hopslam tonight and it burns. It burns! And itís so good. Yes!
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of theisti. Pours a orangish amber with a thin off-white head. The nose is pine and citrus hops. Taste is hoppy, hoppy with a sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium with a bitter hop aftertaste.