jcr (2084) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 1-16-09. Bottle. Clear, light orange body. Next to no head. Nose of grapefruit, orange peel, resin. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and moderately bitter. The finish is moderatley to heavily bitter with a moderately sweet aftertaste. Chewy. Seems to get sweeter every year. If this gets any sweeter, I am going to reduce my rating.
1-20-08. Bottle. This yearís release presents a sweeter, orange citrus backbone that is much more noticeable than last yearís. The nose is still filled with juicy citrus fruit ó orange, grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine. But the flavor is sweet grapefruit juice ó still heavily bitter, but now moderately sweet. I like the balance better.
2-12-07. On cask at BWW, Indy. The bitterness is even more pronounced in this daft version, muting most of the edgy sweetness.
11-17-06. Bottle. When I think breweries that know their way around hops, I first think of Three Floyds and Stone and AleSmith ó and Bells. So it didnít surprise me that Hopslam was brimming with juicy citrus aroma and flavor. Cloudy golden pour with comfortable off-white head. The nose is strong and filled with sweet oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine and apricot. The flavor is 95 percent hops ó bitter almost from the start and lasting well after youíve swallowed. There is a little sweetness around the edges. Full body. Moderately thick, chewy texture with a raspy feel and resinous coating. Canít help but think of a thicker, richer version of Two-Hearted. Nice dry finish. 9-3-8-4-17.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 I must admit I am disappointed by this beer. Yes, itís delicious. Yes, it smells yummy. But I expected a Dreadnaught level beer, and this one, for me at least, does not have the malt backbone of Sir Naught.
For Godís sake, let this one warm up. It is a very very very good ale and needs to be drunk at a civilized temperature.
This baby is just a tad bit of malt from dreadnaught. That in itself is a feat.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As has been stated many times, the grapefruit hops aromas infiltrate the air. Itís immediately apparent that thereís a ton of hops present in this beer. The colour is an interesting shade of orange with a white and somewhat thin layer of foam on top. The flavour is initially sticky and sweet but a flood of hops fill your mouth. Thereís so much citrus and fruity hops in here that itís a bit of a departure from the overly bitter and resiny IPAís Iíve been having as of late. That departure is a nice thing, however. Iíd say move over two hearted, but at the same time this is so good and almost of a different category.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Yowza! The hops literally leap from the glass and into my nose. Oranges, grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple...could this get more tropical? Some candied sweetness taboot. The hops continue to shine in the body - and they are even more defined. More fruitiness is unfortunately balanced by very little malt, but thatís OK. I could drink these all day long. This defines hop juice. A tiny alcohol burn in the finish is the only real hindrance.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 Bottle courtesy of hippie4beer. This beer is the most different IIPA that Iíve tried. Pure grapefruit/citrus hop aroma and flavor. Beautiful pour w/ a great head w/ nice lacing. They squeezed every ounce out of those 70 ibuís. Very nicely done. An EXCELLENT IIPA.
POD (198) - USA - NOV 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wham! Bam! Iíve been Hopslammed! Yep! Thatís how it hits you! This isnít your Aunt Gertrudeís "I couldíve had a V8?!" kinda beer! Oh no. This is an ultra-fortified Anita Bryantís... "A day without Hopslam is like a day without sunshine!" kinda beer!! Holy Citrus Batman! Pouring the beer was akin to peeling a grapefruit! Hopslamís BIG BOLD blasts of citrusy fruit aromas opened up my sinus cavity. Mouthfeel, was medium to thick with lots of hoppy bitterness cutting through the tang. Flavor was consistent throughout with traces of lemon and tangerines mixing with California grapefruit and blood oranges. Aftertaste was a splendid dry yet lingering orange zest or grapefruit rind combined w/hops-arama. I actually feel healthy after drinking this beer! Good stuff! Hopslam made me very Hoppy! (Groan)
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 Orange juice, tangerines, mango, pineapple, apricots...what IS this stuff, a beer or an alcoholicís tropical fruit slurpee?!? Starts out with an over-the-top nasal hop assault...all citrus and pine...all of which emanates from the beautiful coppery golden pour. In fact, the aroma alone might be enough to satisfy some novice hop-goblin...but not me! I am instantly blown back upon enjoying the first sip...a ridiculously lopsided lupilin rush twists my tongue in circles and leaves me loose-limbed and longing for more. Then and only then, does the wild citrus-fruit flood unleash itself upon the palate, as if trying to make up for the merciless tongue-buckling that just preceded it. 9.5%...I donít taste any of it...but believe me, itís lurking in the shadows alright! The caramel and toffee malts try mightily, and yet ultimately fail, to harness this hoodoo hop-bomb...but I say, "Ride the Lightning!"
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Semi-translucent with a white spider web stretching on top, leaving white doily lace. Truly an ambitiously green aroma: citric green centennials assault the nose with honey suckled marigolds, lemon grass, brazed pine resin and pink grapefruit plucked way too prematurely (in a good sense here, though the produce guy would likely disagree.) Lovely, balanced flavor is affirmed at first sip. Fruity apricot chews and nectarines imbed a sugary sweetness as dried fruits should (again, sorry produce guy.) Greasy, oily hop juice is in full existence in every imaginable way. Sugar-coated grapefruit gets some rock candi sweetening but the mean-green-cream machine canít be altered from its course. Dry tongue scraping comes about after a good candle wax coating is lifted. Freshly cut spring morning grass gets kicked into shinguards, where it eventually fornicates with apricot cleats and honeyed daffodil stems. Oily palate procession walks out with sweet apricots, nectarines and ripening grapefruit.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Thanks Kingpin fot the first taste of Hopslam. Another big wonderful hop bomb from the Midwest, a huge grapefruit and pine explosion on your nose,even bigger on your palate,as big a pure citrus taste as Iíve ever had in an IPA, just not enough malt backing to be a true DIPA, but as a card carrying hophead,I could care less. Would never guess its 9.5 ABV, Its been such a great year for hop brews in this part of the country, and this is a fitting way to end 2006,the year of the Midwest Hopbombs
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. Nice huge hop foward aroma of citrus, pine and some oranges. Malt finds it way through. Great mix of citrus and piney hops with sweet malt. Malt backs it up enough to let the hops be strong but not unbalanced. Moderately bitter semi-dry finish. The alcohol hides well with just some warmth within. Very drinkable and dangerous.