thebrownbomber (6) - Walker, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2007 does not count
Slightly opaqe orange color. Pours with very little head. Nice citrus hoppy(obviously) aroma. Citrus flavor with a heavy hop kick, but not as bitter as expected. Almost has a barlywine feel to it. Slighty oily finish that diminishes quickly. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Cloudy orange color. Aroma of floral and citrus--especially grapefruit-- hops. Flavor like a grapefruit bomb--very zesty and bracing, with some tangerine, but not all that bitter. Body comprised more of a lighter cookie malt than the richer caramel/toffee malt of other 2IPAs. Leaves a mild "citrus oil" finish on the tongue. Actually quite resfreshing. biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Wow, this was like... completely awesome. Not just brutally bitter, but awesome hop flavor that makes you think you are sucking the juice out of a head of hops. YERM. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Pours a lightly cloudy hue with a light white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, a hint of oatmeal, and grassy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with flavors of the same with pineapple and grapefruit. Nice brew. I love bells. imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2011 My new favorite DIPA. Can’t add much to what’s already been said, big strong citrus aroma. Big strong hop flavor that’s perfectly balanced without being too bitter or overbearing. Would be higly drinkable if it weren’t for the high ABV. Have 1 and really savor and enjoy it or have several but hand your keys over first!
My first visit here in over 3 years, my how the time has flown! Hop Slam is still my favorite IPA. It’s the IPA I compare all others to. The only downside is, none can compare. I hate that it’s only available once a year but I compensate by buying several cases when it is around. Expensive but definitely worth it!
oakbluff (448) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
Pours a wonderful clear light orange color (with the exception of the massive amount of floaties). Aroma is out of this world. Fresh pineapple and other tropical fruits. Good frothy white head and decent lacing. Taste matches the aroma- just an assault of fruits and hop flavour. No astringent bitterness whatsover. Just amazing- trust Bell’s to accomplish that. Along with the hops is a sweet malt back bone that gives a rich mouthfeel. I would say that this is a balanced DIIPA despite the hops. Exceptionally drinkable which would be very dangerous. I would love to try this on tap one day. Alcohol is absolutely hidden. Finish is a bit spritzy from the caronation but finishes clean somewhat bitter.
Best IIPA I’ve had the opportunity to sample. mephisto (1288) - TAIWAN - MAR 4, 2007
"holy mother of beer!", i thought when i first tasted this brew. strong grapefruit/grassy aroma that foretells what’s coming. hugely hoppy but very well balanced by it excellent malt profile. probably the best double ipa i’ve had, very pleasurable to drink. frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy orange-apricot color with a foamy whitish head. Aroma is quite pleasant, of very strong grapefruit and orange. First impression is a very creamy mouthfeel, then an intense lemon/orange peel hop flavor. The creamy, slightly prickly carbonation style perfectly balances a resiny, juicy hop base. On finish, the flavor turns toward bitter, and the drink leaves a clean, dry aftertaste. This is a delicious snack, thanks Indra! luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Pours a white foamy head with a dark golden straw color. The nose is nice, nothing I haven’t had beforeThis one is bitter all the way through. The maltiness is overshadowed by the massive amount of bitterness with grapefruit and a slight sweetness coming in the end. Just the way I like it! Notes of alcohol come through after this one has gone down the hatch. This is excellent! ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle. Via trade with Ughsmash. Batch 7690. Somewhat murky pour with a copper color just this side of orange. White lacing but no head. Buttery hop aroma with tons of grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit and some strawberry notes. Big fruity bitterness. More grapefruit in the flavor as well and flowers and pine. Hop forward and dry. Quite malty mid-palate but it finishes dry and bitter again. A great IIPA.