Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
lots of initial head on pour on orangey brown. I grabbed this as an IPA, and then I find out quickly its a double hophead and higher alcohol than I expected. Its a bitter, sucking the leaf sucking the lime hop delivery that works and is satisfying aftertaste, not in your face or substantial malting as in other DIPA. My tongue was frozen later on. Good carbonation. Good but overated.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
To be honest, I had no idea on what style this was when I had it. Received thru a trade with Ogglethorp (thanks!). Aroma is really outstanding with huge notes of grapefruit coming thru. I didn’t get really much else because the hops were so overpowering. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much else than grapefruit in the nose. Mouthfeel was a bit harsh but nothing too bad. Flavors were grapefruit, lemons and a little malt. My buddy I was tasting it with described the flavors as being ragged and he was dead-on. There wasn’t anything clean or refined about this. It was good drinking, but I think due to the overpowering one hop taste and aroma I couldn’t drink more than one. There is something to be said about mixing things up a bit.
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 I just can’t really see how you could make a beer, saturated in hop goodness, taste much better than this. It’s amazing.
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2009
Batch 7690 ~ Packaged on October 25, 2006
11/20/2006: Wow, my mouth is watering just smelling this beer! The aroma reminds me of a freashly opened can of mandarin oranges in light syrup mixed with some fresh peaches. The beer is a hazy bright orange color with a large foamy, cream-colored head. Even after the head falls, it leaves a nice bubbly crown and heavy, detailed lacing. The flavor is rich and packed with a wonderful apricot/peach hoppiness and a sweet malty base . The long finish is slightly sweet with hints of alcohol, grapefruit, and a smooth hop bitterness. It has a slightly thick body and feels great in the mouth. This beer is extremely well balanced and the alcohol is amazingly well hidden for the 9.5% ABV that’s in there! Be careful with this one because it goes down extremely smooth and fast! Bell’s Hopslam isn’t quite a juicy as Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA or sweet and thick as Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA. However, it somewhere in between the two and packs a great apriot/peach/orange/grapefruit flavor!
12 fl. oz. bottle. Score: 8/4/9/4/18 = 4.3
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Batch 7690 ~ Packaged on October 25, 2006
11/18/2009: Bell’s Hopslam Ale... Aroma: Still plenty of hops, although not quite as vibrant or juicy, more like aged; dried candied pineapple, red grapefruit, tangerine and clementine peel; some toffee malt. Appearance: Cloudy tarnished gold color; frothy crown; plenty of floaties. Flavor: Plenty of toffee and caramel; moderate bitterness; nice accompanying alcohol burn; aged/dried citrus and apricot; the floral qualities are coming through more now. Palate: Fairly thick, although still very smooth. Overall: This beer has become a very nice barleywine-style ale!
12 fl. oz. bottle. Score: 8/3/8/3/17 = 3.9
Dogbrick (8133) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2010 This brew is a hazy orange/amber color with a medium thick cream-colored head that dissipates slowly. Thick coating of lace on the entire glass. Huge grapefruity hops in the nose, along with a touch of sweet malt. Medium-bodied with a rich hoppy character that is full of zesty citrus and some pine, along with the nice sweet malt and honey that balances it all. The alcohol is well-hidden but you can tell it is there. Some sweet malt and fruit flavors are underneath as well. The finish is nicely bitter and lasting, retaining the citrusy hops feel. Not one of the "punch you in the face" IIPAs but a wonderfully balanced and delicious beer that I look forward to every year.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz - batch 7690 - Aroma is juicy fresh floral hops, earthy citrus hops and alcohol. Pours orange with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is incredibly balanced for such a hop bomb. Lots of carmel follows the intense citrus and floral hops. Palate is sticky and tart. A very nice brew for the hop lover in all of us.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A really good IPA. Exciting bright orange color with a white head. Aroma of acidic citrus and pine - taste to follow. Alcohol flavor is definately present. Hoppy and delicious. Bells does IPAs the right way - a terrific brew. My full rec.
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle, Obvious hoppy nose per the name, but also quite alot of citrus, taste is very hoppy (duh) and then nice citrus and pine taste, very very tasty in my opinion, no taste of the over 9% ABV just a great beer to drink. However, after drinking another IIPA following after this This seems very much as one of the better IIPA’s but not the best.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 A hazy apple cider candle color with a small head. Strong pine aroma with what seems a crystal malt backing. Pine taste some citrus. Good palate as no alcohol or plastic taste. Gets watery at end. Does not remind me nor is it better than 2-heart, which is a shame.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours a nice gold color with a nice, fluffy white head. As one would probably guess, the hop smell is very prevelant. I smell a very heavy earthy tone to this beer, lots of pine and citrus. Taste is a little more on the citrus side, with a little bit of the pine in the after taste. Seems to have just a bit of sweetness to it. Oddly enough, this was not as hoppy as I would have thought. The malt in this beer compliments the hops making this one great beer.