farlane (5) - Leland, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2008 does not count
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If I had had this beer 15 years ago when Bellís was getting rolling I would have probably wet my pants. Itís a testament to how far theyíve come that I can say itís good, but not great. (for great see Bells Two Hearted Ale).
Nice creamy head (not super enduring though). Itís way hoppy, but the nose is a bit stanked at 40-52 deg which put me off a bit. Iíll try it again a bit warmer. You can definitely feel the 10% alcohol but itís not overly present in the taste.
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanx to ElMatador for this.poured copper with a small lacing head.Full onslaught of fresh hops streaming out of this.This is definately a hop head dream beer. Lots of piney hop flavor.Quite smooth and easy to drink.Lots of freshness in this.The alcohol didnít make its presence at all.Hoppy bitter finish.
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from jessbnjess (thanks babycakes!). Pours reddish with somewhat small amount of head. Aroma is slightly hoppy along with some malty sweetness. Taste starts off with piney hop bitterness and followed by caramel malt background. Way too smooth for a beer of this heft. I thought I could drink a bunch of these, had I had multiple bottles. Palate was thicker than average and finished bitter. Good stuff, though I must say I was expecting more hops.
GMCC2181 (1582) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2011 Mini keg from stfun*******in early 2011....Smell of hops, citrus and pine. A beautiful rustic red color. Small head, just one finger. Smooth was my first thought. Really smooth. Perfect blend. Hopslam has almost the perfect mixture of hops and all other ingredients. Nice bitterness but not to bitter. Excellent texture as well. Over all a great beer. Thanks STFUN for another awesome beer.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - FEB 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for hooking me up on this one
Bottle poured a nice copper with a white head that leaves quickly
Tons of piney hoppy aroma but along with that some nice sweetness
Great crisp almost snappy mouthfeel thinking about doing some hot wings with my next few
This one is well balanced for a hop bomb bitter yet sweet enough to make it extremely drinkable although 10% might be a good reason to keep them to a minimum
vordeburg (2) - Clarkston, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iím a huge fan of insanely hoppy beers, this is far from dissapointing. I want to make out with this glass of beer. $17 for a sixer, but damn! Canít be beat.
Plus, I support Bellís as a regional company willing to take a risk. Chicagoland anyone? Pulling out from a huge market because your distributers refuse to carry anything but your flagships is awe inspiring.
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfect pour, if I do say so myself. Beautiful pillowy head. If I could fit my noggin in the glass Iíd probably lay down on it for a while. Amber color. Aroma = full power. Maybe one of the most pungent beers that Iíve encountered. Taste = a bitter, citrusy hop roundhouse to the palate. Absolutely delicious, although the alcohol is a bit more present than in the first three bottles from this sixer (bought a few weeks ago). Scratch that, just the first few sips. Fairly solid malt balance. An extreme brew for sure, but not too bad considering itís 10%. If you drank a sixer of these youíd be hopblitearted. ADDENDUM: Raising the overall impression. Probably due to the high alcohol or simple palate habituation, the last third of the beer is absolutely amazing. The hop "slam" has worn off, now itís smooth, malty goodness with a sweet hop finish. Amazing.
Palidor19 (3136) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Piney and citrus hop IPA to the max!! There is deep caramel flavors as well. even at 10% this beer hides it very well. a beer you must try!!
nick76 (4363) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2008 The aroma is very and I mean very hoppy with pine, citrus, pineapple, as well as sweet malt and honey. The appearance is orange amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma and very good. The palate is smooth. Overall this is killer.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Draft. Pours a cloudy Amber with small off white head. The Aroma has lots of citrus especially grapefruit. The flavor is full of hops but also has a nice sweetness. This beer has real depth with fruit and caramel in the flavor. The finish is not to bitter and lingers nicely. Really nice.