Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Haskellís. Tryin to give them more business since Total Wine came into town. Pours a honey-golden color with a 1-inch tannish head with a bit of staying power. Aromas of big hops, flowers, citrus. More hops in flavor, slight caramel malts, and pine resin. Medium/high carbonation and full bodied. Nicely balanced hop bitterness in the flavor but overall, not very complex. Still a good IIPA. Bells does great things with beer.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 bottle - batch 8283. a very well balanced IIPA... nothing too over the top and nothing too weak... itís really just right... although I prefer a bit more hops, Hopslam is one of the best and most drinkable IIPAs out there. pours a deep orange/amber with a solid white head. really nice deep hoppy aroma with a crisp citrus (lots of grapefruit) overtone. balanced over the palate, with the bitterness hitting the front and back... nice lingering finish. There are some honey and citrus / fruit notes on the finish as well. Overall, a great beer that is worthy of the hype and high ratings.
umphan (2) - Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best beer ever assembled. Iíve got 10 bottles of the first run left in my basement, they age great. This years run says "brewed with honey" on the label is the only real difference. A local place here bought a keg for $220.00 and it could be better off of the tap. Iím not sure though, I bought a case of this years batch and from the bottle to my HQ crystal pilsner glass it smells just as juicy. Enjoy!
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Thanks to Jason (JB175) for sending me this one. An above average IIPA, but doesnít do anything above and beyond like DFHs 90 Minute (great malt profile). Itís one of those beers thats very good but kind of a been here, done that type of brew. None the less it looks great, pours a slightly hazy amber hue with a decent head. Great flavor typical of most higher end IIPAs. Citrus fruits come through nicely. Nice and floral. This one smells great! Very nice on the palate, not too syrupy like a lot of IIPAs this high in ABV which is good, but still very full and satisfying. Overall a very good IIPA, just doesnít bring anything new to the table.
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber with thick frothy head. Decent lacing. Could smell the floral aroma as I poured it. Very hoppy, floral, some spice, fruitiness and sweetness. Flavor is hoppy and floral with an almost candy sweetness on the finish. Some oranges and maybe some other fruit as well. Nice body with a good finish. Super beer!
joemeshuggah (2) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2008 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hands down the best IPA I have ever had. Extremely well balanced...hoppy and sweet. I read in another review that it is similar to Troegs Nugget Nectar, only more delicious. A very good analogy...but let me emphasize that it is WAY more delicious. This beer lives up to its hype and high ratings.
Arayaga2 (2188) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with big white head. Decent floral aroma without being seriously resinous. Taste is standard IIPA, but a bit drier. Kind of disappointing, given this beerís serious rep.
FleeVT (40) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy hopslam Batman, itís loaded with hops.
12oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. A moderately cloudy brew with a lighter amber color and nice 3/4 inch head. You can smell this one in the next room. Delicious! A nice balance of citrus, mango and papaya, with extreme hops. The nose on this is fantastic. Itís hoppy, but not overly bitter like some others. The palate? Again, this beer delivers. The balance is unbelievable. Citrus and hops up front with a slight malty sweetness, a faint trace of honey, and a slow finish that leaves you wanting more. Not overdone on the alcohol either, which is hard to believe at 10%. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lingers a little which I enjoy in this one. Would I order this again? Yes please! The whole package delivers, a nice brew (or two) to cap off a work week. Just full of flavor.
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW!!!! 12 oz. Snifter Draft at Beer Engine in Lakewood, Ohio. During a Bellís special event they had this on draft. This is a punch in the face and a hop-headís wet dream. What else can I say! One hell of a Imperial IPA!
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, Baja Bean, Staunton VA. Orange with white head. Nose of fresh, juicy hops, mainly pineapple and orange, with some medium caramel malt in the background. Flavor is again really juicy hops, very fruity, with enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. Some malt flavors come through to help balance the hops, while the finish is hops-sweet. Overall a very sweet, juiicy IIPA, with the alcohol entirely hidden. I found myself wanting a little more bitterness and pine resin, but this was darned tasty, and, really, insanely drinkable!