Headbanger (3501) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle Batch 7741 courtesy of mreusch- A medium amber body with a nice white head and has a nice aroma of citrus, hops, and grapefruit. Taste of hops and more hops with a nice bitterness on the back end. A great tasting IIPA.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 16 oz. draft at Ashleyís. Golden orange, decent white head, citrusy, tons of hops of course, very strong, well-balanced and complete. Mmm.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle (Batch 7806)
Iíve been saving this for a while and finally decided to open it. After all, it was unlikely to become more of a hopbomb with aging. It had been stored in the fridge as long as I have held the bottle which has been about two months now. My palate might be adjusting because this was not as intense as I thought it would be from the description. Still, it certainly earns the category of double/imperial IPA without a doubt.
Aroma / Appearance - A coppery translucent body is decorated by a three-quarters finger height head. The thick lacing clings to the sides as if to indicate the levels at which the sips were taken. The nose of caramel, resin, grapefrui, orange and chocolate liquer reminds me of a young barleywine. It was very inviting; I could smell this one for fifteen minutes or more before my nose would burn out.
Flavor / Palate - The thick mouthfeel clings to the throat and tongue as the flavors unfold on the eager senses. Creamy caramel, vanilla, malts and the base bitterness create a rich complexity. The resinous grapefruit aftertaste intensifies over the course of the bottle until by the last sip it is pure hops. However, at no point is it so strong as to overwhelm the palate - it has a nice balance to it which makes it all the more enjoyable. It would be nice to put this side by side with a Ruination and see how they compare.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated at the Pewaukee Tasting II 5/5/07.
Clear pale gold, nice head.
Kicking hop aroma that reaches well out of the glass and just pulls your nose in
Flavor hops kick in hard, grapefruit and a little pine, some grass.
Finish mildly bitter
Sweetish medium bodied palate
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Big thanks to Matt for this one. Pours a hazy golden color with a white fluffy head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and pine. Big hop flavor with some hints of pint and citrus. Very good.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is sweet white grapes and lementine oranges. I can smell it from a few feet away! Pours a syrupy golen color body with a nice small off-white head. Flavor starts off with the same sweet grape/citrus as in the nose. This is quicky followed up with a more bitter hop tase thatís very grassy/piney and a good bit of earthy lemons coiming back in the finish. When this first came out I bought 2 and drank one, which I wasínt overly impressed with. The second of the two is the one Iím rating. Itís been cellared for about a year.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 Pours a nice clear orange color with a medium off-white head and nice lacing. The nose on this baby is perfect, a big, thick, soapy smell with a dosing of citrusy fruit and oh yes...hops...love the hops. I was impressed by the complexity of the taste and the mouthfeel. This is a mother of a beer...after each sip, I discovered something new and wonderful about this beer. A nice piney, grassy aftertaste lingers on the palate. I got this one as a single, and I am sad as watch the beer disappear...oh well...time to stock up on more of this. This is the best IIPA I have tasted to date.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: pours orangish with a white creamy head, with some floaties. aroma is very citrus hops, pine and caramel malt. tha flavour is a rush of goodness sweet malts mixing with a wonderful hop bitterness of citrus and pine. for all the hops it seems to be pretty balanced with the sweetness. a great beer.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled...average appearance with thin spotty lacing. Flavor is to die for - semi-sweet with loads of grapefruit, pine, and hints of caramel. Long lasting bitter-sweet tingles the back of the tongue. 9.5%? This barely tastes like 7-8% to me. Delicous in many ways - even for a critical hop head. !!!!
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.