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 (224) - 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 (2804) - 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! slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Bottle. Nose is citrus hops with a sticky sweetness. Clear orange, light head. Amazing flavor, sweet orange and smooth bitterness. Fantastically drinkable. An immensely successful 2IPA. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2011 bottle from ucusty, thanks dude! tutti fruitti aroma like children’s bubblegum, yet strangely not artificial. was this from the honey? sharply bitter, at first i don’t find it like these crazy over the top nw ipas, but as i continued to sip, the surrounding bitterness built up to a happy peak. --- Batch 8908 opened 1/12/10 with just over a year on it, recently received in a trade. Looks spectacular in the glass, photogenic shapely white head over amber gold. Getting oxidized at this point and as the hops are falling off it’s drinking more like a sticky barley wine. Not all that tropical. Now I must get this fresh! 012811 Batch 10115, sent as soon as foppa could send it, thanks dude. Back to the inviting gummy tropical notes, fresh and sticky. Yes, this deserves its acclaim. Bright and sunny, grapefruit and honey accented with pine tar. Dig it. 37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
12 oz bottle. Havy orange-yellow with a thin, greenish head. Big citrus and pine aroma. Hops come through all the way through the taste. Malt backbone is strong though and the alcohol comes thru as well. Very drinkable for such a big beer.