glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yum. Lots of c hops and quite bitter. Good head. Aroma matches taste. Exactly whatís advertised, and I love it.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured from a 12oz. bottle into an oversized pilsener glass (review from Batch 7690 - bottled late Oct. 2006)
A: An absolutely stunning-looking beer, all golden orange and cloudy. Forms an ample cream-colored head with massive amounts of lacing. A beaut!
S: Smells delicious too, you can tell there are centennial hops in this brew (and at 100+ IBUs, a lot of them). Strong sweet floral & grapefruit aromas, HopSlam makes my mouth water.
T/M: Not for the faint of heart, this is a massive DIPA, both in body, ABV & taste. Loads of sweet malts massage the tongue up front, only to quickly give way to a bruising level of juicy, bitter hoppiness. HopSlam is at once both thirst-quenching and hangover-inducing.
D: If I were say, inhuman, I would drink these all day and all night. Since Iím not, Iíll say the reasonable limit is about 3-4 per night. Beyond that and youíre risking severe intoxication, as this beer is far too easy to drink given itís 9.3-10% ABV.
Highly recommended, one of the few beers that absolutely lives up to its massive hype.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whoa..Damn this is a hop lovers dream! My Euro friends would laugh at this, then I would exclaim that its for an Americanís taste, and they donít understand. Cloudy orange, head is gone quickly. Sticky on the lips, hop bomb that turns into a nice grapefruit flavor. it is a Hopslam, if youíre looking fo a balanced beer this isnít it, but for a hophead like me, its great. Thanks to Duane for the bottle!
khwheel (8) - USA - FEB 25, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Party Source on the KY side of Cincy. It lives up to the hype. Great everything, Will buy it again when I see it, hopefully Bellís will make it more available
GTown (127) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Eccentric. Pours orange-golden with a foamy white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine. I love Bellís beer, but Hopslam is too one-dimensional and unbalanced.
MadIndian (2366) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Thick orange pour with white head and strong lacing. Open the top and BAM hops in your face ! Grassy aroma with notes of fruit and pine. Not over too over powering in the hop VS alcohol taste. It is rather blended well and finishes strong. GOOD PICK STEG !
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled a few different batches thusfar. Lovely hints of grapefruit and lemon on the palate. My only complaint is its a bit medicinal and herbal and I just donít like Double IPAs with that character. But, it has a lovely malt character. Wish it was a tad bit brighter, but its a lovely DIPA. Itís no dreadnaught, but itís a dawn good brew.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled with Mad Indian. Pours amber with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, and caramel. The flavor is a full bodied caramel treat, with some non-over the top hoppy bitterness. Great body, excellent brew.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 attention all hopheads!!!! Definately hop massiove. Must have. Too bad limited.
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have smelled fresh hop flowers/buds on microbrew tours. When I opened this beer it was like I was holding fresh hops in my hands - very cool. I didnít realize the ABV was a whopping 9.5% (not printed on the label).......I guess I should have stopped at 2 beers last night but it tasted so good I had 3. All the Bells beers are great and this one lives up to that fine reputation. I just hope I can stop at 2 beers tonight...........maybe!