joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big Red Bloomington
Hopslam is one of those beers you can smell from a couple feet away when itís opened. Pure fruitiness. Poured this into a snifter upon opening and got myself a semi-clear copper colored hop-bomb. Not much head to speak of and thereís a huge amount of floating particles. Iím guessing proteins. This is my fourth bottle from this 6-pack and the first two I donít remember seeing this but the last one I did. I also remember better heads but this one just wasnít there. Maybe a little too cold? Big and little carbonation bubbles rising from random points throughout. The head there is does leave small drink history lines though. The particles and lack of head hurt the appearence of this beer.
The smell does make up for the lack of appearence. Starts with big juicy pineapple and grapefruit. I can just picture them squeezing the juice into each bottle. Maybe thatís where the particles came from, pulp. Anyways, There is even a nice spattering of pine oil. The pine comes through after all the fruit juiciness. Thereís the smallest amount of malt and booze coming through but the hops knock it all back. One of the beers that will make your mouth water.
Big hop bitterness. Just the way I like things. The fruitiness in the flavor leans more toward the grapefruit side. Sweetened grapfruit but with the bittering effects of unsweetened. There is a caramel malt backbone that tames things down slightly but stays where it should, in the back. The pine needle hoppiness comes back a little on the finish but itís accompanied by a slightly astringent alcohol bite that dries things out. This is something else I donít remember from the first couple bottles but was more evident in the last. Not bad but does detract slightly from the flavor.
The mouthfeel is really well done on Hopslam. Itís medium bodied and in no way viscous like many other IIPAs. The pure hoppiness gives a pleasant numbing effect on the tongue and lips. Leaves a decent coating as it slides through.
This is one to sit down and sip but the sipping could last quite awhile. tastes good with a nice body to sit and enjoy a couple at a time. Just watch out for the abv.
This is a quality made beer and another winner from Bellís. Like I said throughout the review the first couple bottles from the 6-pack were better in almost every aspect. I picked this up about two weeks ago and itís been in the fridge so aging shouldnít be it. I still really enjoy this but the first couple bottles were exceptional. I still think the price is solid for such a nicely made beer and that it was available in Illinois.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Thanks Ughsmash). Pours a hazy ambe/golden volor w/ a 1 1/2 finger white head. Lots of floaties. Very strong grapefuit aroma, with a little caramelness thrown in. Flavor is heavily bitter with the hops - lots of the grapefruit, with some bready/yeasty notes. The malt comes through a little more as it warms, helping to cut the bitterness a little. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very crisp and drinkable. The hops definitely packs a wallop....oops, I mean the hops really slams you!!
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared at a Cellarís tasting. Lots of frothy white head on this orange colored beer. Green over the top hop body that doesnít manage to hide the alcohol.
rickgordon (3843) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanx to Marsiblursi.
Hazy orange colour. Concentrated juicy aroma, with tropical fruits like lychee. Itís loaded with it! Flavour is a little more beery, with sweet malt, but a grapey backbone from loads of hops. Flavour and mouthfeel are both very, very juicy but as stated above, 70 IBU is not that much at 9,5% abv. Tasty beer.
BeerMaestro (1) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smoothest drinking beer I have ever had at 9.5% Alcohol %. Every sip of this Double IPA is excellent
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Peter for this bottle. Pours a dirty burnt orange with a slight small, but ever lasting head and lacing. Wonderful aroma. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and pine, but thereís some caramel, biscuits, and sugar there too. Taste is equally balanced with a strong malt taste of biscuits, caramel, and sugar. Hop flavor is wonderful and significantly less bitter than I expected. Tons of lemony/orangy/ hop flavor. The bitterness in the finish is strong, but not compared to others in the style. Thereís a well rounded piney wood aftertaste, and the malt presence still lingers. Drinks creamy and smooth all the way, feels a little thick in the finish, but thatís fine. I could fault this beer, but what for?
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Dangerously drinkable, heavy sweetness with a powerful mix of hops. Very piney, resinous, grapefruit. But this is just way to easy to drink for a 10% DIPA. And thats a very good thing.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is earthy and sweet caramel with a bit of toastiness. Nice amber orange color with a light tan head that remains until empty. Very bitter with medium sweetness which is very typical of the style. Big body with a creamy texture. Finish is very bitter. The alcohol could be less pronounced in my opinion.
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Batch ID #7806. A hazy rust-colored pour with a thin light-tan head. A strong aroma of oranges, pineapples and resiny pine needles. Full-bodied and sticky. An ample base of malts and caramel starts things off. A good deal of juicy fruits present (peaches, pineapples and pears) that I donít remember when I first had this months ago. Aging has definitely added some fruitiness and mellowed the presence of alcohol. Finishes with some pepper and lots of drying, bitter hops. The alcohol is very well-hidden. Iíd like to thank this beer for getting me ridiculously drunk countless times.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy copper, a nice sticky cap of white. Big green minty, cola, spicy hops; marmalade riding along underneath, and a touch of weed. Juicy Fruit flavor, pear, peaches. Sweetness blends so softly with the hops that the bitterness is pretty restrained overall. Ginger, musk, a bit of toasty baguette. Palate is soft and delicate--though there is a bit of alcohol heat. Pleasant, very drinkable beer. The aroma especially felt like a nice step away from the usual IIPA.