ads135 (2911) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is excellent. I prefer it, in many ways, to the Hopslam. Both have a decent backbone in malted sweetness, but Hopsolution outdoes itself to compliment the harshness of the pine and grapefruit hops rather than simply balance the beer like the Hopslam. Tried with Dave and Breanna at the Hopleaf in Chicago, Aug. 2012.
jstraw (1914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 On tap at Jerryís. Copper-amber with big, creamy tan head / Sweet, winey nose of candied citrus and pine / Medium to full body, sweet and malty, with long biting hop finish / Flavors of pine, grapefruit, caramel, molasses and oak / A hoppy barley wine. 2008 release different from 2007.
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found this one bottled at the Binny’s in St. Charles, Illinois. Very deep amber color, slightly cloudy, with a thick, fluffy tan head, a very nice and complex nose of piny, rosy hops, molasses, grapefruit and sweet coffee, flavor is equally intense, with some bitterness of citrus but with a smoothness that is oddly missing from many Imperial IPAs. Strong finish. I really enjoyed this.
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber color with good lacing from a small head. Huge hops aroma. Caramel malt and toffee with some bitterness.
Daveh (14) - - NOV 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A mild version of Hopslam. Nice golden color and hoppy taste. Would be nice on a summer day.
commonshawn (354) - - JUL 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap in goblet at Sheffields in Chicago. Light Copper with really nice white head and excellent lacing. Smells really pine and citrus. Slightly bitter, but has sweetness and nice mouthfeel . Finishes with some resin pine. Generally a really good dipa, leaning on the hoppier side. Very good.
Narnad (1458) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found a sixer of this at my local shop. Pours dark copper with a solid creamy head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong of sweet malty tones mixed with a nice fruity and flowery hops smell. The flavor is very complex. It starts off with sweet malty flavor with a medium mouth feel. The flavor moves into a slight bitterness which is not overpowering and is very floral in flavor ending in a very sweet fruity flavor which remains on the palate for a while after a drink. Alcohol flavor is well hidden and flavors shine through as beer warms. Absolutely love this beer!
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Kumaís. This, to me, was something special. The nose was very nice, fruity and a touch of citrus. On the tongue, I got a lot of sweetness and fruitiness that turned into a very dry finish. Plenty of spice and citrus with a sturdy malt background. Itís hard to pick between this and Hop Slam. Simply awesome...
naivepegasus (337) - USA - JUN 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 ounce bottle. Apparently this is brewed specifically for Illinois. Pours a ruby-copper with a finger of slowly dissipating creamy off-white head. A kick in the nostrils of light fruity hops. It starts out with a taste of bitter hops, with some orange peel and grapefruit which goes into a strong maltiness, which goes back and ends with a bitter hop aftertaste. This is a really top notch double IPA.
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012
12oz Bottle. Batch #1. Pine. Towards cologne, which is unique. Pours a slightly clouded, orange-amber, with a silky lace of off-white. Flavor is heavy on citrus, pine, fresh grapefruit juice, a touch of fresh caraway sauerkraut and licorice. Bright, fresh, hoppy and clean. A nip alcoholic. Delicious and juicy. Palate is dry, with a bit of honey-sweetness. Very nice and unique. Good hop flavor, great bitterness balance with some sweetly caramel. This is fantastic.
12oz Bottle. Batch #2. Batch #8779. Nose jams together with apricots, white wine sauce, and a punch of resin-heavy hop oils. Some cool malt, light yeast, and genuine raw hop sugars settle in. Then it moves into a really delightful electric lime and lavender character thatís new to me. Subtle, but nice. This batch comes in a darker-than-I-remember ochre red-amber-brown, with a silky lacing in off-white. Hmm. Flavors are nice and delicate, but do not correspond heavily with hops. This peculiar mix of varieties has spawned some flavors I might not have guessed. Fresh pizza dough, light rosemary perfume, and then a giant wallop of fresh almond pastry filling. Delightful. Finishes in the backend with a high, but enjoyable nip of alcohol then a brash, grassy edge of hops I was expecting. Such deft balance in this beer, with a whole boatload of non-traditional flavors playing off a nice malt and alcohol basis. I know these beers arenít to most Americanís standards for Double IPAs, but itís hard to miss the excellent brewing and craft here. I think they need not be held to American hop light and be given lauds for continued fine brewing.