OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours amber with a nice fluffy offwhite head that faded pretty quickly.. Good aroma of tropical fruits.. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, some pine there as well. Flavor is grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and some good caramel malts behind it. Smooth full bodied and easy to drink.. Nice bitter finish.. Quite balanced.. Alcohol covered well. This one is dangerously easy to drink and amazingly tasty.. Iíve been looking forward to this and I wasnít disappointed
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have been anticipating this brew ever since I heard there were rumors of a new bells iipa (four hearted ale anybody?). I liked this beer quite a bit. The aroma was really nice, with pineapple, mango, grapefruit, piney resin, centennial hop flowers, even smelled a little like sugar coated fruits. I liked it lot. The flavor was nice, nothing great but it was good. A lot of the same cam through in the flavors with a really big bitter finish that left you wanting to drink more. Overall another excellent beer from Bells...but would ya expect anything less from them?
drfabulous (3370) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh mother. Iíve been waiting months for this And it is good. Hops in your face. In your mouth. Just the right solid punch you need when you canít drink an IPA without hops.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice orange with small but persistent head. Wow, awesome aroma of grapefruit and other citrus fruit. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit on the tongue with a very sticky mouthfeel. Top notch IIPA.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 Pours a clear golden orange with a yellowed off-white head. Resiny aroma for sure, gobs of pine and citrus with some malyt and a bot oí funk? Some pineapple as well, for the most part pretty fresh in the nose. The flavor is a bit hot woth some nice sharp bitterness torwards the back of the tounge...nice amount of malt to keep it all in check. Smooth carbonation, creamy, with hot boozey elements...sweet in front, dry in the middle with a long bitter end through the sticky finish. Pretty nice stuff, though the flavor does seem a bit metallic at times. Overall, a few minor quirks keep this one behind two-hearted for my must-buy-once-a-week list.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 Bottle: Huge hop aroma with lots of citrus, grapefruit, pine, and pineapple. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a large white with orange tint head that has good retention. Very good lacing. Flavor starts pretty sweet with orange and pineapple. Big hoppy finish with lots of grapefruit, pine, and light acidity. Definitely a hop monster, but still balanced. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather creamy with very mild carbonation. Glad to find out this wasnít a "one and done". A beer that I will make sure is always around the house.
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 Poured with a pale color, nice white foamy head, great aroma of hops, grassy and floral, piney hop bitterness with some grapefruit flavor. The hops burned the top of my mouth and tingled up into my nose. Not the same floral/citrusy hop flavor as two hearted, but more bitter. Very good.
Cliff (398) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a slightly hazy light copper with a thin white head. lots and lots of hops in the aroma. citrus and floral w/ a slight pine undertone. aroma carries over into the flavor with a nice malty sweetness that almost balances it out. still a little on the extreme hoppy side, but its a IIPA, so thats fine with me. medium mouthfeel and a bitter finish. good IIPA.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I would agree with Bellís description of a Tongue Bruiser. Very flavorful, but so hoppy and without any malt balance, this beer is NOT of the same class as Stone Ruination or Three Floyds Dreadnaught. Nonetheless, this may be the hoppiest tasting beer I have tasted - and I prefer 2IPAs.
ElGaucho (2114) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 5/14/10- Sweet bubblegum aroma with plentiful hops. Aroma is very distinctive, but not dissimilar to Bells Two Hearted. Hazy copper with fine bubble carbonation. Strong alcohol profile; this brew is sweet, hot and hoppy. At various times Iíve had this beer when itís been one of the best beers Iíve ever had to just really good. This time is closer to the former. As sweet as Hopslam smells and tastes, I feel like it should be even a touch sweeter to be perfect.Thereís an alcohol harshness in the finish that wants to be cut somewhat. Still, a wonderful brew that was a wonderful addition to the beer world when it was born.
Previous Rating: 7, 3, 9, 3, 17
2004 GTM. Aroma not overly hoppy, more citrusy. Looks like a glass of grapefruit juice. Very cloudy, yellow. No head. After the Eccentric Ale, this is another extremely flavorful beer. High in alcohol and lots of hops. Nectar of the gods good.