barncatmatt (2283) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 12oz bottle from a trade with mcbackus. pours a slightly hazy orange with a nice off white head. aromas are a perfect combonation of hops with malt backbone. flavours are perfect enjoyable hops with the malt backbone holding everything together and making this a most drinkable IPA ive ever had. this is the most perfect IPA i could ever imagine. thanks matt im glad i have 2 more.
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Magic_dave6ís disco dance tasting. Tastes not as bitter as I was expecting from this monster. Peachy nose with some slight cough medicine amongst the hops. Really sweet fruity long taste, with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Absolutely excellent, from someone that doesnít like IPAs.
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
I read the label after I bought it. This should teach me not to shop for beer while stoned.
Iím going to take into consideration that the label told me it would be bitter, and because of that I will not mark it off for taste.
But I will say that if you donít like it bitter, donít get this. I wish I hadnít. I swear it made my tongue bleed.
The beer looked great, a nice unique orange color. It smelled very hoppy with underlying hints of honey. (the label also mentions being brewed with honey, which was why I grabbed it)
The bitterness was too much for me to handle, though. I couldnít even finish the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Poured cloudy, orangy amber with a dense, tan, fomay head that left light amounts of lace on the glass. Nose was sharp grapefruit, caramel, with very little pine resin. Flavor was sweet caramel up front followed by a burst of hop citrus. The finish was a sharp hop bite that was in balance with the initial malty taste. Very hoppy and bitter in the finish without being astringent or too biting. Nice alcohol warmth in the finish and a nice, firm mouthfeel.
Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a decent, but not exactly rocky head. Aroma was wonderfull piney, citrusy hops. Flavor was full-on but more balanced by sweet malt than the Hop Slam name would imply. Full-bodied, bracing hops flavors abound. This beer is great for the first three quarters of a glass but I found its attributes surprisingly faded for the last portion. Canít explain it. I love hoppy beers and this is a good one. Might have been a fluke. Iíll try another bottle tonight. Quality and attention to detail is evident. This is a fine ale made with top-notch ingredients.
BR007 (14) - Strongsville, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orange, nice two finger head. Taste is citrusy, maybe a touch too sweet, but the nice hop "slam" does seem to make up for it. The hoppy aftertaste is quite good. Have several in the fridge to enjoy.
bubbleflubber (2207) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange-amber into the glass, ever-so-slightly hazed, leaving lace from a diminishing froth. Sweet bouquet of candied fruits and honey... quite nice. Nothing about the ABV is obvious in this brew. There starts upfront a sweet malt, with citrus, thin caramel and honey. The bitters begin mid-palate, and donít squash the mouthfeel. Well done finish, with bitters mixing with rind zest and a hint of pine. Maybe the most quaffable higher ABV brews Iíve ever had. Nicely bittered, nothing overdone, and very complex in flavors. Everything comes together perfectly, integrating for a smooth palate offering. Bells rings up another winner with this delight!
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to dchmela for this tasty treat!! Pours deep amber gold with a minimal white head. Huge hop aroma of pine, honey, and citrus. Honey and grapefruit dominate early, sliding aggressively into a hugely lasting bitter finish. Pretty full mouthfeel. Pretty huge beer.
sverhage (7) - California, USA - MAR 28, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice esp. for a 10% beer. No apparent alcohol. Very hoppy. Well made. Like the addition of honey. Not syrupy or cloying like Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. Nice. Buy again.
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 2010 bottle, this years batch is everything I remember from my original rating. grapefruit, a bit more citrus rind, honey, and some mild bitterness. this is soft and gentle but a big beast at the same time. fantastic stuff and the alcohol is so well hidden.
2008 bottle my wife brought back for me when she went on a business trip. thanks wife, she also brought back a few other bells brews and these are the first i have tried. poured into a snifter has lighter carbonation visible and a thin lacing layer of light tan froth and a light ruby amber color. the smell is absolutely heavenly. there is the sweetest grapefruit hops i have ever smelled mixed in with fresh real honey leaving aromas of grass and wildflower pollen from the fields the bees fly about. light caramel and citrus rinds make the aroma like hops colliding with a candy store. at this point i wish she could have fit cases of the stuff into her suitcase but this one bottle will have to do. the taste is incredibly smooth without any heavy biting from the hops or alcohol really being noticeable. the main attraction is clearly the hops. they are fruited nicely and offer a little pine but donít become resinous. sweetness is at a perfect level and it moves to finish dry with bitter at the side of the tongue. this is just amazing stuff. perhaps because it is rare to get and my wife brought it back for me it tastes even a bit better than it really is.