Bill Becker (1770) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 19, 2017 RunDocRun (2) - - NOV 27, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle date of 1/25/12, so nearly 5 months on this one. Poured into pint glass.
A - A half finger of fine white head forms. Body is deep honey and amber. Cloudy. Not sure if it’s chill haze or the natural appearance of the beer. Retention is decent. Minimal lacing.
S - Citrus bomb. Tons of lemon and orange peel. Some sharper resiny and grapefruit notes as well. Grassy, slightly bready, and hints of tropical fruit.
T - Malt is noticeable up front. Caramely and sweet. I also get some mango, lemongrass and pine flavor toward the front. Slightly more tangy, spicy and bitter toward the middle. Bitterness really takes hold on the sides and back of the tongue, but doesn’t destroy my palate. Juicy, hoppy, and lemony finish. What I feel sets this DIPA apart, though, is its incredible balance. There is a definite smooth malty backbone that holds its own all the way through the finish.
M - Medium-to-thick body. However, it is most definitely not syrupy and cloying. The finish is quite clean semi dry. Incredibly refreshing for such a big beer. Boozy warmth is just barely noticeable.
Overall - The guys and gals at Bell’s should be congratulated on this one. I can tell a lot of careful thought went into selecting the ingredients for this beer (rather than just chucking a ton of different hops into a strong pale ale base).
From Feb 2007
Pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy orange with a smallish head of foam that quickly shrank and then left no trace.
The smell is a very hoppy with big notes of grapefruit.
The taste on first sip is certainly hoppy. Plenty of grapefruit hitting my palate and hitting it in a good way. I note a good malt presence that gives it a nice sweet counter to the hops. It seems to be in perfect balance.
Man, a few more sips in as it warms up a bit and the hops are now in almost total control and..I'm loving it. Oh wait, there goes that malt presence again; dang, just when you think the hop bitterness is going to take over completely, that malt comes back and yells at you. ;^) Even the finish, at various times, seems to alternate between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. I shake my head on how this could be so...
I appreciate DIPAs that are hop dominated and ones that have a good hop/malt balance and this one is an excellent example of the latter. I wouldn't hesitate to try HopSlam again. Not for a second. ;^)
Bottom line: Absolutely delicious. Thanks to Wasatch for allowing me to try this wonderful brew! DaRoguebastard (2) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2017 does not count
An extremely well made IPA, citrusy and piney, not sure it's worth all the hype though. Bacchus66 (932) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2017
12oz bottle at home. Golden orange with a sticky white head. Hops, hops, hops. Grapefruit, orange, mangoes, peaches, gooseberries, floral and citrusy hops, caramel and bread. Oily texture. Juicy, bitter finish. The hops more or less mask the alcohol here, be careful. Great stuff. ronnie_c (5) - - AUG 15, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2017 Just awesome. The honey adds the perfect touch to the immense amount of hops in this beer. Iznogud (4312) - CROATIA - AUG 6, 2017
Canned, 355 ml at The Raven Cafe, Prescott, AZ. Pours cloudy orange, white head. Strong hoppiness, pine, citrus, grapefruit, malty, some sweetness, strong lasting bitter finish. Medium+ bodied. Nice one.
blackoutblues (13) - - JUL 7, 2017
Amazing beer. Not too taxing on the palate, but with a good strong hop flavor and aroma. Strong citrus notes. Drink it fresh.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone LiwkoLiwko (545) - POLAND - JUL 2, 2017
Piwo ze styczniowego rozlewu, więc nie pierwszej świeżości. Mimo to jest powalające. W aromacie intensywnie owocowo. Ananas, brzoskwinie i cytryna. Piwo niemal klarowne. W smaku słodko gorzko. Spora goryczka, ale nie zalega. Mega pijalne. Topowe. Mniam.
Jest ciało 🍻 shobramberg (27) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2017
The beer’s got a great look: orange/light amber with a bubbly head. Even though it’s an older can at this point in the year, the moment I cracked it open the aromas from those Northwest hops exploded out. Dominant floral aromas, raisins and a boozy note to finish things off. It’s also got a bit of a bready aroma in there too, which is surprising to pick up in a DIPA. Overall, it’s a deep, complex beer that held up over the last few months nicely. It’s in the ballpark of a Pliney. bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 14, 2017
Can. Amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and pine aroma with tropical fruit. Summer fruit and grapefruit flavor with light pine. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pine and grapefruit lingers with summer fruit and light malt backing. Honey slightly noticeable. elbernays (1676) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 3, 2017
Can shared. Pours amber with white head. Aroma is honey, sugar, candy floss. I would imagine this is a bit older as hops have died a bit. Flavour is a thick caramel sweet with a wet honey finish. Smooth and still a good beer.