doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of kkearn. Thanks! I had HopSlam last year but it was not fresh. May I say fresh is better for sure. Pours cloudy orange with a thin, sticky white head that leaves a good bit of lace on the glass. Smells citrusy, slight metallic twang, fresh hoppy. Tastes citrusy as well, on the sweet side of hoppy bitter. Full body, nice carbonation that fades quickly. Top 10 DIPA for me.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle (Batch 8278) and served in a tulip. This beer poured a clear amber color with a thin, lasting beige head that left some nice lacing. The aroma of the beer was surprisingly sweet. It was made up of huge, sweet grapefruit, mango, and orange, sweet honey, along with a hint of caramel sneaking in. The flavor consisted of moderately bitter grapefruit rind, sweet honey, ripe mango, and fresh pine needles. The sweetness of the honey along with the freshness of the hops made an amazing combonation. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and slightly resiny with very mild carbonation. An amazingly well done IIPA. In a style that can be very repetative, this beer truly sets itself apart from most of the pack. Delicious!!!
Rakluba (33) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a solid beer. Aroma of honey, hops, and grapefruit. Beautiful red/orange look with a white head.Taste of brown sugar, honey, hops, grapefruit, and a little bit of spice. This beer is dank...
BenDover (216) - Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy golden color, white foam.
Aroma of HOPS.
Taste of HOPS. OH MY GOD.
If you like a hoppy beer you will love this.
NDBoom337 (1) - USA - JAN 29, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked this up in DC right off the truck. Came home & popped one open eager to try. Brew is a lighter amber than most IPAs w/ white head. First smell encompassed by hops & citrus. The first sip knocks you back, but sort of soothes as covers the whole palette. Tastes mostly as it smells, with a hint of honey/sweetness at the end. Many of the complexities of this brew are subtle that blend nicely together.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a small white head that fades and leaves some lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, sweet malt, and honey. Taste is the same as aroma but has a slight lingering acidic bitterness that tastes like grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with a strong amount of bitterness. Very good.
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. My bottle was clear orange (I didnít think bellís filtered!) with a white/orange head. Aroma is pretty strong especially as it warms, mostly grass, sweetness and bitter citrus. Flavor is extremely hoppy with bitter fruit, great acid and pine from the hops. Mouthfeel is the winner of this offering with a really interesting viscosity that coats the palate partnered with soft carbonation. Very good, but a bit of a disappointment and lacks the complexity for me to consider it excellent.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. good flavor but the finish was a litle too light for a Double/Imperial. A must have for us hop lovers.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 Bottle. Pours a golden/amber color, with a medium white head, and nice lacing. The aroma is very hoppy, as the name would imply, with grapefruit, pine, juniper, and some sweet caramel. The flavor is very hoppy, so much so, that you can’t really taste the malt at all. There is a little burn in the hops at the end, that says "you’re going to need tums tonight!" I do get a faint but of caramel in between the pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Maybe after some aging, the flavor will settle some and I can re-rate it.
MrKrinkle (10) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was somewhat hesitant about this beer, seeing it as just some other kind of beer that Bells would throw out. I was disillusioned. This is a great beer. Heavy on the citrus notes, but not overwhelming and does not linger too long. The hops taste balances very well.