Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I just love hoppy beers, and this one is hoppy in the best way. Pours hazy orange with a white head. The aroma is very floral, peach and grape, and the taste is sweet malty, alot of grape, maybe chinook hops, a bit peach that gives some freshness. Medium body with a sweet light alcoholic, dry, hop finish. Another good beer from Bell´s, more please!!!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 I have been seeking this for awhile, and Shigadeyo grabbed me a six pack. Thanks Craig! Pours hazy amber with a white head. Sweet grapefruity hop aroma with a tad amount of alcohol in the background. Initial flavor of pale malts, lemon, apricot, and grapefruit that transitions to some mild grassy and pepper hop bite. Nice amount of sweetness. Juicy and semi dry finish with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Alcohol slighlty detectable. Nice beer. In fact, I just brought home a 12 pack from my travels to keep in the fridge.
Batch 8278. This years batch does not disappoint. It seems a tad drier on the finish, but otherwise still has this addictive quality to it. It is also very easy to drink. This is very unique in the world of IIPA’s. I am going to up the rating, because the more I drink this, the more I like it.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is hazy golden amber with a big bubbled off white head...smell is super strong citrus hops...lemons and grapefruit...taste is sweet lemons and citrus...some malt, but strong citrus and alcohol sweetness...nice...
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Pours a clear orange with bubbly off white head. Nose is herbal with oranges. Flavor has a bitter beginning with herbal citrus flavors. Palate is smooth and not overly thick. A solid DIPA.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz Bottle, Batch #7690. Pours a transparent honey peach color with a thin layer of wispy white head. Heavily hopped citrusy aromas of spruce boughs, white grapefruit, and some softer notes of clover honey. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel thats a bit on the heavy side for my preference in the style, but it doesn’t get syrupy by any means. Some lightly sweet honey caramel malts start out the palate before a dousing hop cleansing. Some strongly bitter pine and pulpy white grapefruit finish out the cleanly bitter final smack. The alcohol is very well hidden, leaving only the the fabulous hops reside left to sting the tongue. Thanks, Tom!
claybuster (1) - USA - DEC 27, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Bottle from trade with OhioDad. Thanks Scott! Pours a hazy orange with lots of carbonation and beatiful white lacing. Earthy, floral and citric hop aroma-a lot of grapefruit. mmm. This is tasty. A bit of pine needles, more grapefruit, fresh chewy resinous hops, and a sharp and efficient malt backbone. A great double ipa with very nice balance. I like hop heavy IIPA’s and this one does it just right. This is wonderful stuff.
BigBeer45 (1326) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Bottle, poured orange amber, looked like orange pop, very hoppy fragrance, citrus & some flowers, malty, a white head, lots of pineapple, some pine needles, Hopslam is the Big Brother to Two Hearted Ale, one of the scents reminded me of walking through a Pine tree forest in Canada off the shores of Lake Superior, thick chewy ale, taste of malt, biting hops, lots of pine needles, like a pine needle soup, lots of orange & grapefuit, on the tongue, when drinking this Hopslam, I am going up and down a wild roller coaster of hops, leaping and bounding over a mountains of hops, woo hoo!
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unfiltered peach in color. Thin but fully sustained pure-white foam. Hefty hop aromas of cantaloupe, tangerine, mango, and pinesap. Sharp hints of green onion. Delicate honeyed malt sweetness. Vivacious bottle-conditioned carbonation expands on the palate. Body is dense and oily from the get-go, with not a whole lot of brightness to go along with it. Quickly becomes astringently syrupy and borderline cloying, due to the concentration of resinous hops. Sweetness wanes slowly as there’s just enough acidity to lift some of the sappy weight. Crisp, crackery malts generate some cleanliness by imparting a dusty dryness along with fluffy touches of fresh biscuits, as do fresh mangoes and some shimmering citrus qualities, but an unpleasant sweetness and sogginess persists. Finishes remarkably balanced, with plenty of succulent hop flavors gently caressing then deflecting the spicy and grassy hops. Soggy/overripe tangerine notes increase at higher temperatures, but the mango remains relentless and salvages some of the essential brightness. Overall, the aroma could use a bit more cleanliness and more hoppy brightness. The flavor is also on the sweet side, which causes the hops to come across as being slightly muddled. And with the exception of some chewy yeast and slightly tacky textures, the level of attenuation is so close to perfection...just not quite there. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but very close. A few very-minor adjustments would make this a real standout. A solid effort from a great brewery.
pineypower (2736) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Santa. Pours out a very attractive copper color with a nice lacing head. Aroma is of citrus and some grassy notes. Very nice flavor starts with some citrus hops with some sweet notes to add some balance. Very well balanced beer that was as drinkable as a mild ale, I honestly thought this wasn’t a double IPA until I looked at the ABV.