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 (1661) - 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 (2493) - 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
BucannonXC5 (1019) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glass: .25L (8.5 oz.) glass
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Feb. 19, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 19, 2015
Poured an orange, honey, mostly clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of off-white, rocky head when I got it. Some bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Great circular, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention. (Sight - 4.63)
Smell was pretty damn fantastic. Got tropical, Citra, flora, Amarillo, Simcoe, mango, orange and nectarine rind. (Smell - 4.75)
First thought on the taste was so smooth. Got Citra, floral, tropical, bitterness late, mango, Amarillo, honey, caramel, orange and nectarine. (Taste - 4.50)
Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish, but still smooth. (Feel - 4.50)
Just a terrific IIPA. Would love to have it again. (Overall - 4.50)
4.56 100 A+
John25 (939) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2015 Bottle. Completely hidden 10%. Citrus and light pine with a big honey finish. Clean mouthfeel. Really great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
HomerBeerOdysy (64) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
APPEARANCE - 3FH that lasts, light, clear, amber.
AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, fruit, citrus, raisin.
TASTE - Hops, bitter, yeast, sweet, nutty, pine.
MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Decent carbonation, dry, smooth, lingering, warming.
VALUE - $9.00 for a 12-oz. draft. Average.
OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Quaffable, ABV well-hidden.
Nero55 (829) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper with small off white head. Aroma of pine and flora hops and light biscuit. Medium body, strong pine and citrus hop bitterness, slight earthy notes, and almost no alcohol notes.
cmiller54hr (47) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured into 12 oz tinman glass. Very piney but very smooth taste. Hazy appearance. very balanced ipa
Vestergaard (698) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3 weeks old bottle thanks to Bursprak! Pours a clear amber with a medium big, white, soapy head. Aroma is very fresh, green and fruity. Greenhouse, tomato plant, Haribo peaches. Very complex upon being so nice and fresh! Taste is very very good as well! Nice, hoppy bitterness and the perfect amount of malt sweetness, which is fairly little. Damn, this is good! Smooth body and medium carbonation. Boom! Just saying: Best IIPA iíve had so far!!
RasmusOtt (1397) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 month old Bottle thanks to Bursprak. Pours orange amber with an off white head. Aroma of nice floral notes, citrusy hops, weak "greenhouse" (in a good way), peach, sweet orange, candied peaches, a slight note of honey and sweet malts and some grapefruit. The taste is fairly bitter but has a nice sweetness to it that creates a gentle balance. Lots of peach, big fat citrusy hops, grapefruit, floral notes, sweet orange and weak eucalyptus. Despite my skepticism this did not disappoint me! Wow!