juiceisloose (1603) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
This one poured a deep orange color with a medium foamy white head that left a little lacing in the glass. The aroma is of fresh hops, pine, grapefruit, and resin. A really nice fresh smell to this one. The flavor on this one is outstanding. The grapefruit and piney hops come through first but are balanced immediately by a toasty caramel malt background mixed with a touch of honey. The flavor is bold and just gets better with every sip. It has a medium-full body with a smooth finish with some slight hop bitterness on the backend. This one is perfectly balanced and full of flavor. This is easily one of my favorite double IPA’s to drink. Bells is where it’s at. PorterPounder (8355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 Rerate Had on tap for the first time - so much better - juicy fruit goodness even more delicious Original 4.3 Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 12 oz bottle - you gotta love a liquor store that sends you an e-mail when a new beer arrives! Medium copper pour, sticky, eggshell-white head with some sticky, clingy lacing. Fresh, bold, strong sprucey aroma, blasting at first with full resins. Mellows and warms after a while to a soft floral-like bouquet. Flavor presents so much more than a citrusy grapefruit bomb that is to be expected at 10%. The bitterness is there but balanced oh so well against a sweet caramelly, nutty back end with a touch of honey. Also detect some nectarines and white grapes. Thick, rich mouthfeel without being tongue-numbing. One of the most weel-balanced 10% abv beers I have ever consumed. Excellent Double IPA - Bells rings true again! valpoaj (755) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012 Update: 4 years of palate refinement and a fresh tap pour was a true eye-opener - incredible aroma, oily, clean body, and citrus from beginning to end. Leaving old comments, but re-rating this beer to give it the credit it deserves... (old rating 3.3).
Much thanks to Nolankowal for the bottle! Pours a deep, opaque apricot color with very little head. Aroma is really intense (I’m thinking after one inhalation that there may be some hops in this beer)...I’m catching the bulk of the hop aroma being piney and woodsy, with some citrus (grapefruit) hops mixed in there as well, but not getting the citrus hops as the dominant feature like others. I really enjoyed the aroma on this one...I could sit and sniff this glass all day! Flavor is all hops...very bitter from start to finish with a bitter aftertaste. Some malt characteristics are noted mid-drink, but disappear quickly and are replaced by piney hop flavors. Some orangey/citrusy hop flavors are in there as well. Unlike others, I did not find this drink to have much of a malt backbone to stand up to the hops, and found the hops overwhelming. I was expecting this to drink very similar to a Dreadnaught, but the Dreadnaught was leaps and bounds ahead of this beer in terms of drinkability. Palate is somewhat oily, but not remarkable, and I felt this was an overcarbonated beer. Alcohol is very notable, although I don’t find this to necessarily a bad thing. I’m glad to have tried this beer, but unlike the majority, this is a one-and-done for a non hophead like myself. Far from my favorite IIPA. Dare I say my least favorite Bells product other than the Cherry Stout to date? Blasphemy! utopiangator (3) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008 does not count
Pours hazy orange. Never had an aroma quite like it, almost like an apple cider, but with a hint of citrus. Very balanced, very drinkable. Almost too drinkable at an ABV of 10. grandridge (228) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Pours a cloudy amber with little head. Aroma is of PEACHES along with other citrus notes, unrreal. I couldn’t put my finger on it then I had my wife whiff it and she nailed it. First 10 I’ve ever given for aroma. Flavor is well balanced, alcohol is well hidden by the massive amount of malt and hops. A great brew from Bells.
7/8/2008 Let one sit for a couple of months and let me say that this beer is heeps better when fresh. I’ve been drinking hopslams off and on since march and I’ve witnessed the degradation of an awesone fresh brew. This beer is now overly sweet. Anyone who gets a bottle of this now shouldn’t judge this brew on an old bottle, hops are there but overriden with sweetness. sweetslam after a couple of months.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours a cloudy orange with a small lacy white head. The nose is citrus and sugar cane. I could smell it forever. The taste is slight tangerine with a little sweetness and the Hopslam. Too over the top for me on the finish but the hop heads will love it. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Thanks to Rusty Diamond for this puppy! Poured a bright orange-amber with a small sudsy whitish head. Lots of grainy, resinous and sweet notes. Like many big hoppy beers, but strangely balanced by the honey and bland of malts and hops. Still quite bitter, but a nice imperial IPA. Much love! cykyc (28) - USA - MAR 4, 2008
(I first enjoyed this at Barley John’s, on tap. This is my taste of the bottled version.)
The brew has a light, mellow hops aroma. The flavor rises on the tongue and tastebuds. It’s not as strong as some double / imperial IPA’s initially. It’s actually a bit mellow at first. But, then the flavor just rises up like a wonderful sunrise! I taste earthiness, then the hops, and then spices. It’s as enjoyable on tap as it is in the bottle!
jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Awesome. Powerful IIPA that starts with an appealing hazy orange color. The scent is a massive dose of pineapple and other fruit. The taste though is anything but sweet. Its bitter with a long aftertaste. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Pours a cloudy golden amber with a foamy off white head. Aroma is dominated by citrus and floral hops with a nice touch of maltiness, grapefruit and pine. Flavor once again dominated by citrus hops. Nice malt backbone with hint of citrusy grapefruit and lemon. Alcohol very well hidden. Sweet bitter dry hop finish. Perfection!