Doofgoblin (410) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Phantasmagoric. Aroma is big hop notes of citrus fruit and resin. The taste is where itís at though...with daffy amounts of grapefruit and stone fruit hop flavor. The malt backbone also gives it a fat, roundness that is a crazy balance of sweet, chewy malt. Finish is not too mad but easily as bitter as most single IPAs these days--this is probably the most surprising but appealing aspect. Overall, outrageous... I see why people like it.
stoutgap (44) - Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to snifter,amber to golden in color,nice lasting head with legs. Nose of grapefruit and and malt.Nice pine and grapefruit, but the perfume on the back end really kill this beer.Over all not a bad beer just not a great one worthy of the hype.
bursprak (1161) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Dangerous Bottle Share 6.0. Clear bronze pour with a generous head. Loads of tropical fruits on the nose, mangoes, lemon zest, pineapple and some green apples. Taste has a solid malt sweetness, tons of hoppy notes, pine needles, grapefruit and mangoes. Very solid stuff!
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Amber with a white head. Piney and fruity aromas. Lots of bitter, spicy hop flavors, malty, light caramel, but itís all about the hops.
jflopsu (761) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear rust orange with head. Has a strong floral hop aroma. Has a strong sweet floral hop and light fruit taste. A lingering bitter hop taste.
ChrisSc (393) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis.
Pours cloudy orange-hazy in color. Small offwhite head with lacing.
aroma is heavy on citrus - grapefruit, lemon. Floral hints and a little resin as well. Malt.
Taste is mostly bitter with subtle sweetness as well.
Body is heavy with soft carbonation. long finish.
This is a nice double IPA, the aroma is nice, and the bitterness level is good. It is missing some depth and complexity though. I believe there are other DIPAs (i.e. Surly Abrasive) that are better.
Couch0508 (75) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís not my favorite ipa but it is still a decent choice if you are a fan of IPAs. Itís my favorite Michigan made ipa for whatever thatís worth
OKD10 (13) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
In a bottle at a local dive bar called Burro Bar. A: canít comment on because I was too afraid to have this liquid bliss poured into a glass at this bar (very few still have it in Jax). S: Between the whiffs of cigarette smoke I smell sweetness and floral notes. T: Sweet like sugar, hoppy, sweet again; loads of hops extremely low bitterness, extremely smooth and drinkable- similar to a witbier- as well as light and refreshing. Lemon, pinesol burn, but not overwhelming. If available all year around it would be my first recommendation into the world of IPAs. A sweet, euphoric bliss in this dank, harsh underbelly of Hell they call a bar.
ContemplateBeer (1676) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 Looks like Iím about the last regular on Ratebeer to not rate this beer. Itís not my first time having Hopslam; about eight years ago (pre-RateBeer days), before anyone in Louisville seemed to know about it, I picked up a bottle at World Market. Considering that the most extreme IPA Iíd had to that point was 60 Minute, it was a mind blowing experience at the time, expanding my idea of what beer could be exponentially. So, here I am in 2015, and "Session IPA" is the vogue thing (which is a positive thing in my view). Since I donít stand in crazy lines for releases, I had to wait until Hopslamís popularity waned a bit. Now is that time, in Louisville at least. Iíve seen it on the shelves in almost every legit shop Iíve walked into recently, so I finally decided, after eight years, to give this beer another try. Not sure why I felt the need to type all of that. Aroma: Herbaceous honey peach wine. Appearance: light copper pour with a sticky white head that settles into a slight skin. Flavor: Matches the nose; a little more herbaceous up front, but peachy throughout and moreso in the finish; not as bitter as I expected it would be, and fairly smooth for itís 10% ABV. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: I like this; itís a fairly intense beer, but itís never so abrasive as to be undrinkable. I can see why people get into it.
Maverick34 (2506) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from my crappy local Giant. Big surprise. Aroma was a bit funky not as good as expected after initial open but it improved. Poured a pretty ambery orange. Juicy citrus, pretty bitter, well hidden Alco. A nice iipa