brewmaster420 (6) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great beer smells like heaven and tasts like you are in heaven and after a couple of these bad boys you might think you are in heaven
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours nice light amber with a decent head the clings to the glass. great use of honey in this beer. the hop profile is great and showcases the fresh citrus quality of the hops.
ketchepillar (1196) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not incredibly bitter, but still hoppy and delicious enough to leave the tongue writhing for more. Definitely quite drinkable for an IIPA. The hop profile lacks the intricacies and changing personality of the 2 Hearted, but instead hits you with a blunt solid block of hops (to steal the words from crowderm).
dchmela (3055) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Whewww! Got one of the last six packs, thanks Solan. Was going to wait to have one, but I think I will put off work and test drive this beast. Pours out a nice deep amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is very strong citrus, grapefruit, floral, honey,and pine. An amazing explosion of taste upon the first sip. The hops are incredibly dominant (duh!) and has an almost grapefruit dry/bitter taste. My wife almost spit it out and said it tasted just like grapefruit juice (well i like grapefruit juice!). After a few sips you start to get hint of malt and honey, but it is a struggle for them to be noticed. Be careful of the subtle 10% alcohol, it is well hidden. Finishes pretty nice, with only a mild bitterness left on the tongue, which you would expect. Overall, an intense experience of slamming hops for people who like to abuse themselves in such a manner. I might like to see a touch more of the honey or malt poke through, but otherwise, wonderful.
mcart034 (36) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours amber/orange with only a slight head. Aroma is of hops obviously, very floral, citrus with underlying malt. Taste is extremely citrusy as one would expect from an imperial. Finishes bitter and clean. Alcohol is moderately well hidden even though it is detectable. A very nice beer from Bells, one which Iíd drink as often as I could.
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft and many bottles. Good enough to rate. Hazy orange. Smells of citrus, malts and of course hops. Taste of caramel, fruit and hops. Do not taste honey as the bottles say. I believe this is a very smooth beer and love how the alcohol is disquised by this intense hops. Warms me tummy right up! Amazing beer that bells should make year round!
jercraigs (10302) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 2008-02-16. Orange body with a smallish off-white or beige head (3+). Big fruity aroma, modest citrus and lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, underlying hop resin. (8+) Tons of hops in the flavour - orangey citrus, more tropical fruit and pineapple as in the aroma. Flavour has a decent amount bitterness throughout, but is not abrasive and is well integrated by hop bomb standards. Alcohol is present but not obtrusive. Smooth medium palate. (3+) Very good. 8+/3+/9/3+/17-18 On tap @ Coleís in Buffalo.
2013-02-19 crisp orange body with a small beige head. 3+ Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, modest citrus character and notes of citrus oil. Flavour is pleasant, fairly bitter throughout, pleasant citrus melange of orange and tangerine with a mild green hop undertone. Moderate alcohol in the finish and undertones distracts from the otherwise pleasant hops. Average plus to medium bodied palate, modest carbonation. Very nice but I want just a touch more oomph to the citrus still. 7/4/8/4/15 Bottle courtesy of rudolf
danielocean03 (1) - Geist, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12oz brown bottle, Bellís Batch number 8278
Poured a semi-traslucent coppery hued orange with a quickly dissipating bone-white head of foam that leaves moderate sticky lacing. Aroma is primarily grassy and floral hop notes, sweet grapefruitiness, caramel malt undertones. Taste is very much of the same, big hoppiness right up front, juicy grapefruit, practically seamless transition into the malty backbone. Leaves a slightly drying lightly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied brew with lower levels of carbonation, washes down the gullet smooth and easy. Suprisingly well balanced, I had a few of these from last yearís introductory batch and they seemed hoppier than this. Ovearall an outstanding IIPA at any rate, would highly recommend seeking out.
ChainGangGuy (4883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Appearance: Pours a translucent, orangey body with a full, foamy white head.
Smell: Wow, they ainít kidding. Redolent scent stinking of fresh grapefruit, pineapple, and passion fruit.
Taste: Malts are obscured, perhaps rightly so, by the extreme hoppiness. Tons of intense, juicy fruit hop flavors with a moderate kick of bitterness. The 10% abv is very well hidden. Bittersweet finish with a lingering tropical fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Distinct oily juiciness to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Extremely hoppy, but it still displays a relatively good balance.
pkbites (916) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Easily in the top 5 of the best beers Iíve ever had. Aroma is of caramel, malt, and grapefruit. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with an off white head that fades except for a thin veil that floats on top. Nice, semi-sticky lacing. The malty foam oozes down the side of the glass after every sip.
Has a creamy texture on the palate. The first few seconds it hits the tongue itís actually smooth. Smooth as the prom queens thighs. Then the hops attack your taste buds. A painfully good bitter after-taste leaves you wishing you had bought more of this than you did. 10% alcohol? No way! There is no hint of ethanol to be felt. No burn, no high octane taste. The alcohol content is undetectable. Hopslam is amazing! Made in Comstock, Michigan it is proof that there are some American Brewers that can make excellent beer! The macros should be ashamed that they donít make stuff with this much character and flavor!
Thumbs up, Bells! Thumbs up!