jeremyh70 (560) - Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2013 Hazy golden yellow with half a finger of white head with good lacing. Dank aroma with grapefruit citrus and some of that ammonia cat piss smell. Can taste the honey and malt sweetness first then grapefruit and some piney hop flavor. Mild bitterness follows and you’re left with a nice balanced aftertaste. Full mouthfeel that is also sticky with a moderate carbonation. I was surprised how balanced and drinkable this was. Very nice double IPA.
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smroush (6) - Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely copper color. Almost no head. Pronounced pine hops aroma. Some clear sweetness on the palate from some combination of the high alcohol level and the honey. Taste quite complex and very well balanced; definitely not just a hop bomb. One of, if not the, best imperial IPA I have ever drank.
Chad9976 (1067) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 1/17/14 and came as part of a six-pack for $18.99 ($3.17 per bottle or $0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy shade of orange/amber. Some carbonation visible. Pours to a large, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Strong hop aroma of resin and stone fruit (strawberries?), with minor alcohol present.
Taste: I first tried Bell’s Hopslam back in 2010 and have not had the opportunity to drink it again until now. It’s not quite as I remembered, though I’d venture to guess the recipe has evolved over time so it’s probably a different brew every year. And while this beer garners a lot of acclaim (read: hype), I don’t think it’s quite the 100/100 beer it scores on ratebeer.com. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a very good beer, but there are better ones.
Since this is a big-bodied beer, it’s no surprise there’s a discernible malt character right away. Plenty of pale/amber malts as well as a strong honey component create for a rich, almost sticky sweetness right off the bat. There’s some orange juice concentrate as well, coupled with a strong, but gentle alcohol warmth. Through the middle and on the finish the hops come rushing in full force. They’re of the piney/resiny type, or some kind of citrus extract as they’re more dank and chewy than crisp and tart. They leave a dry, starchy aftertaste, which is also accentuated by the alcohol. I’m not sure why this beer has to be this huge, though. I’d think a slightly leaner version would be a little more palatable, but this is still a great example of the double IPA style.
Drinkability: Weighing in at 10% ABV, Bell’s Hopslam is not a beer to be taken lightly. Though it’s definitely lighter and more drinkable than you’d think. The mouthfeel is thick and soft, but with a smooth texture that goes down surprisingly easy. The alcohol is a definite factor to this beer’s character, but it’s not distracting. This is a beer to enjoy as the annual treat that it is.
stoutnick (328) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at One Mile House, NYC. Cloudy peach. Aroma is a bit muted. Taste - lovely sweetness and fruitiness with a touch of a bitter finish. Like the vibe here- high drinkabity for a DIPA. The flavours of a big barleywine without the body. Overall great beer.
EyeAmBaldman (93) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Lupulin fest in St. Louis. Pours golden with a slight white head. Smelled funky, citrus and straw. Taste was not what I expected. A bit of honey on the tongue and citrus notes. After taste was like sunshine in your mouth. Wasn’t very bitter like I expect from an IPA. Darn good.
WavyMan (8) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed this in White Bear Lake with a crummy reuben sandwich and fries. Great tasting beer helped me forget the bad meal. I will have the brew again for sure.
frlrv1020 (38) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like heaven! Beautiful golden color. Perfectly balanced for a big beer. All kinds of fruits and flowers in the aroma, with a lot of honey. Nice bitter kick on the palate.
Sikash (229) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle with a nice clear orange color and a white fizzy head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is fruity, spicy, a little pine and lemon with a good nice sweet hopiness. Flavor is heavily hoppy with a majority grassy/pine flavor and a decent amount of citrus fruit and malt. Mouthfeel is bittersweet. Carbonation is vaerage. Overall a solid IPA.
blazin_buddy (4) - - MAR 12, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong sweet aroma followed by some nicer fruit/citrus notes. Nice clear body and smooth on the mouth with great taste. Small white foam head retention. Notice some yeast and fruit estery notes that are more noticeable than some hop characteristics that may be due to age.
WillDunn (20) - - MAR 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh on tap and in bottle. One of the best. Admittedly, this year I wasn't as overwhelmed with Hopslam as in past years. Like all of the best IPAs, its finest moments are fleeting and there is so much good hoppy pale these days that it doesn't stick in my mind as it once did. I'm on to Abrasive and Permanent Funeral and Fatamorgana, and Hopslam is now more part of a list than standing on its own.
Patrik (189) - - MAR 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2014 Jävlar vilka fina dofter. Blommbutik blandat med fyllda fruktskålar. Smaken extremt balanserad med massor av frukt å blommor . Inget sticker ut. Vad gör denna DIPA så fantastisk ? Jo den smakar inte bara grape å citron som de flesta gör numera. En av de bästa öl jag någonsin druckit. Tog två st. Dagen efter tog jag en å jämförde med utmärkta Dogfish 90 och Hop Slam var en division bättre.