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Review by everetends on 06/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 1989
Old Review
12 oz bottle thanks again to hwwty4 and served up in that DFH shaped pint. Well, been hearing quite a bit about this guy and now I have the honor. Lets do this.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber that has some nice carbonation movement to it. Held to the light, a pretty nice golden yellow. The head is the bad part. Got a little less than a finger of white head, but it had pretty much zero retention. Fell to a thin white ring that left a bit of sloppy lacing on the glass. Problem is that it is not very sticky at all.

S: Smell is quite fantastic. Big turn around from the look for sure. The hops come out and in a big way. The heavy grapefruit presence is very nice. Then behind that comes a whole pine forest. The pine is oh so nice. Sometimes the pine can be too much but this is real mild but real present at the same time. There is a slight honey sweetness going on in the background but the hops are all over this nose. Nice.

T: Good Christ, HOPS. The hops go down pretty much the same way as in the nose. Big time pineapple goodness coming out with flesh, rind, and skin all over it. The pine cuts that with a sweet resin presence that is damned near perfect in the mix. The last bit of hops is a nice floral touch that rounds out all these flavors and really attaches well to the malt and honey flavors. Malt is light and this beer is no where near balanced, but the malt does push up nicely and tries to add some sweetness to this hop bomb. Very good flavor.

M: Medium bodied brew that has some nice carbonation to it, making this pretty big DIPA easy drinking. ABV, for being so high, is pretty damned nonexistant. Nice touch of hops bitterness and resin sits on the palate in the aftertaste. Sticky and oily slick.

D: For such a big ass beer, this is highly drinkable. The look was the only let down this beer produces. That smell, taste, and feel is damned near perfect and makes this a fine beer that stands with and higher than most DIPA I have ever had. God this is good.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-07-2009 05:46:49

Served In: Bottle

Review by tavernjef on 05/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 12 18 5 9 2010
Muted light golden brown. Very closely resembling the look of a brown beer bottle well lit from the back. Puffy white capping of foam sits a top for a bit, then crunches down to a good bubbley skim and a good amount of lacing tickles the glass with a pattern of a receeding bubble bath.

Beautiful aroma! Sweet, alive, pungent, and fresh-as-the-day-it-was picked hoppyness that has a remarkable tone of wet pine soaked with all sorts of tropical, musty, fresh fruityness seeping with mango, peach, pineapple, and green grape mush. You can smell it the second it pours into the glass....wonderfully forward and pungent with fresh hops.

Dullish tropical fruity sweetness superseeds over a sticky pine sap tone thats seemingly dark and deceptively light with a creamy centered bite and low toned bitterness of fluffy pine and orange oils. Great balance in the taste here. Hop Slam delivers a bold, yet yielding balance of hops and malts that creates one hell of a one two punch to the delight of the taste buds. One punch of hops that brings in pine and orangey oil stuff, two, malts are sweet and sticky with a semi creamyness providing a down slide for the hops in which to ride down and grab all sorts of mixtures within the tropical wellness of vitamin filled pith, oils, skins, and crushed fruit.

Light and fluffy, but somehow weighted and oily with a wonderfully smooth creamyness that hides behind a feathery dryness of toothened hop bite and tropical pithyness that lasts and floats; and floats and lasts. Again, the balance here is quite favorable and welcome. No ABV evident until late after the glass or two has emptied...

A very nice IPA2!! Bell's did their homework with this one. The balance is spectacular! I could, and can, drink this til' tomorrow. In a word...YUM!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Soneast on 02/09/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 19 5 9 0
Pours a somewhat hazy, orange color with a 2 finger off-white head that has some good retention, leaving a 1/4" creamy layer atop the beer. Minor lacing evident.

Aroma is predominately made up of floral grapefruit as well as other citrus aromas.

The taste was a prominent sugared grapefruit initially, balanced admirably by a delectable sweet flavor. Just an amazing balance of flavors. While the hops are present (and how!) they don't kick you in the face, it's a much more subtle hop profile due to the amazing balance. The finish is slightly dry and quite bitter.

This medium bodied beer has an appropriate amount of carbonation to give it a creamy texture that leaves a nice slick of deliciousness on the palate. This is a very drinkable beer, almost TOO drinkable. I was surprised that I couldn't detect any alcohol on the nose or tongue considering the 10% ABV.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 0
Thanks go to kryptic for this one!

Pours a deep, brassy color, a shade or two towards the coppery side. Pours slightly syrupy looking- this I love. The vigorous pour reveals one finger plus of creamy, tan head that decides it will hang with me a bit. When it finally does reduce, there is a nice collar aound the glass, due to the slow, active carbonation on the rise. Some lacing.

Aroma is of sticky citrus hops - tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest. The honey really comes through, very pronounced, along with sweet malts. Totally into this now... (as usual).

The hop bitterness is beginning to subside with this batch of Hopslam - but it still damn tasty! It takes on a different kind of balance now. The big citrus taste is still there, it's just a more "gentle" slap across the face. I believe it allows for the malt backbone to show itself a bit more, lending to a greater balance here. The honey in the taste is quite evident, and pairs itself with the alcohol warmth of this in a spectacular way - and it is this aspect that carries through the lingering finish. Phenomenal.

Medium to full in body, smooth, syrupy and creamy in mouthfeel. Excellent carbonation for this style.

Fresh, this is a hoppy beast. With a bit of age, still a beast, but a beast with a greater sense of balance. This is truly a pleasure to sip on any time of the year... a true icon of the beer world.
Must Try!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KAF on 12/02/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2008
This is amazing when fresh (not bad when aged 6 months either). The pour has an orange hue with a small head. You immediately get an aroma full of citrus hops and some kind of sweetness as well as grassy hops. The taste is great. Hints of citrus and grassy hop along with honey and grapefruit.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tjthresh on 07/28/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 10 18 5 9 2008
12 ounce bottle poured in to a snifter. Texas orange with a short lived creamy color head. Very clear. Orange pith, wet grass, simple syrup, honey, maybe maple are in the nose. Lots of tongue coatig grapefruit and tropical hop flavor the finishes with a pleasant bitterness. Flavor lasted from front to back for several seconds. It keeps going and going. Thin and light on the palate, a sixer of this could go down in no time. My new favorite Bells? It certainly doesn’t beat out Expo, even though its more drinkable. Your night my last longer with Two Hearted. I think Hopslam beats it out though.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by MikeWeiss on 04/07/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 19 4 9 2008
Reviewed on 04/06/2008

Batch 8285

A - Clear golden, almost amber, color, similar to the color of a prescription drug container. Numerous minute bubbles in the head and fewer that that slowly drift up throughout the rest of the beer.

S - Primary smell yields mostly strong grapefruit, making it hard to take in much else. Secondary smell gives way to hints of pine and other citrus, most notably lemon.

T - Very strong upfront grapefruit flavor that slowly gives way to a sweet bitterness. After taste is a mix between grassy and piny hops. The beer is not hot at all. In fact, there is no noticeable taste of alcohol, especially for how strong the alcohol content is.

M - Very smooth at first, and becomes more thick and bubbly as it moves to the back of the mouth. The thick feeling disappears when taking the next taste of the beer.

O - One of my favorite brews in general, and definitely at least top two of ones that I've had from Bell's so far. Would almost be a session beer for me if not for the high ABV.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 03/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 3 9 2008
Surprised I hadn't reviewed this one already. I know Beagle sent me a couple. Maybe the "other" site lost my review. That's my story anyway.

Batch 8285, Feb 2008

Color is medium to dark orange, Good head, not a lot of bubbles. Smell is all hops, with citrus, sweetness, and only a little pine. Taste is only slightly bitter at first, but the hops stand out. A bit more muted than the smell led me to believe. Balanced maybe. Malts stand out at the end of the taste. Sure the hops are there, but I don't feel "slammed" right now..... Feel is good and sticks around for a little while.

Overall, it's very good. Not sure I'd rank it up with the very best DIPAs, but if not, it's only a step behind. I think the biggest knock for me, and it's a personal thing here, is that it's not as "oily" as the other top ones. The feel is different. Also, I'd like the citrus hops to stand out a bit more. But seriously, that's the only things I can find with this one. And those aren't much. This is a great bottle from a great brewer. Don't think twice about getting it if you can.

Served In: Bottle

Review by seaoflament on 02/19/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2008
A big thanks to ncvbc for this fresh bottle. Batch # 8277

Pours brownish, orange color with an inch of foam which leaves some lacing as it settles to a thin layer.

Big citrus aroma upfront, lots of grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple, and nectarine. A touch of honey in the background but very faint; then the toasted malts and bready notes come through the assault of hops. Some caramel and toffee aromas. Very hoppy yet with a strong malt presence to keep this one balanced. For some odd reason I’m getting some cheesy aroma as it warms up.

Taste is of bitter citrus zest with some toast and caramel following close by. Somewhat grainy and dry in the finish. I’m also picking up a slight presence of alcohol in the aftertaste. Some lingering bitterness in the finish, along with bitter grapefruit, lemon and toast. The alcohol is a little more noticeable as it warms up.

Mostly smooth on the tongue with just enough carbonation to clean the palate, well done.

While I’m not blown away by HopSlam (I had it before but it was a few months old), this fresh one is mighty tasty and one fine balanced DIPA.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tangfoot on 01/03/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 4 10 0
Originally reviewed 12-21-2006 and 4-23-2007

Incidentals: I reveiewed this beer about four months ago, and was less-than impressed by it. Since that time, this beer has become one of my favorite IIPAs, and I thought it would be a good idea to rereview.

Appearance:
Original review: Good. Deep golden color with a very white, frothy, thick head. It is unfiltered.but has a very clear appearance to it.
New this review: There are many columns of bubbles eminating from the bottom of the glass.

Smell:
Original review: Good. Very hoppy and green. Has a very fresh smell to it.
New this review: There's a strong sweetness that I did not notice in the earlier review, and the hops are truly exquisite.

Taste: Original: Slightly above-average. I've had some damn fine California IPAs and DIPAs, and while this one is in the ballpark, it is certainly not on par with the best of them.
New this review: Perhaps it is the fact that this beer has been in my cellar for a couple of months, but I'm really tasting a sweetness that I have previously only experienced in Dreadnaught and Racer 5. This beer is turning into something truly special.

Mouthfeel:
Original review: Average. Mouthfeel is always average unless something jumps out about it.
New this review: The oils and resiny feel of the hops are apparent and the beer leaves a decent aftertaste.

Drinkability: Slightly above-average. The alcohol content is way to high to drink more than one serving, but it would fit in well with a night of IPA exploration. I prefer the Two Hearted Ale as my Bell's IPA, and this one feels contrived and like they were trying too hard to go all "California".
New this review: I now realize that this is not meant to be in the same category as Two Hearted, and the two beers are truly different from each other. The DIPA is alive and well in Michigan, Larry Bell has produced another winner.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 0
Review from 11/05/06

Batch 7690

A - Pours a light golden/straw color. Transparent with lots of tiny bubble action. Big bright white head is sort of a cross of soapy and fluffy. Nice lacing.

S - Brilliant floral hoppiness here. Grapefruit sweetness is most noticable with unlderlying pine sap hoppiness. Can't wait to dive in.

T - Wow, I expected Two Hearted x2 and it wasn't even close. Starts with sweet grapefruity citrus hoppiness. It then moves into a nice sweet pale male. Finishes with a pine sap hop note that is nice and sticky. Great DIPA that brings sweet floral hops to the forefront.

M - Medium bodied. Somehow sticky and crisp at the same time. Nice clean feel.

D - Bell's hit it on the head here. Great beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 19 5 9 0
Wow, this is a great brew.I take back what I said about beagle haveing a midwest bias against Stone 10th. Stone couldn’t hold this brews hop sack. Very hoppy nose, that transfers nicely to the taste. I LOVE the maltiness in this brew. The perfect finish. again, a great brew sent by beaglemac :highfuckingfive:

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by beagle on 11/25/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 2 10 20 4 10 0
Kudos to Larry and the Bell's brewers. This is a great beer.

Served via a 12 oz glass to a snifter (as are all bottled beer by myself).

I blindly bought a case of this at the Bell's general store (as I love IPA's especially 2IPA). At $44 a case/$12 a 6er. I figured Bell's must know this is a good beer.

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Started clear, but quickly turned a clearish orange in color. Small head, which dissipated quickly.

Taste: at first a fruity taste hits yours tongue followed quickly by the bitterness you would expect from a DIPA. A little less harsh bitterness then I expected, but none-the-less it is present. As for the fruit taste, I cannot put my finger on it, as stated before, it could be grapefruit and apricot, but not sure. It sure is special.

Mouthfeel: As stated before, less harsh then most DIPAs, and quite smooth.

I will be enjoying this case and maybe a few more for many weeks.

GOOD WORK BELL'S!


NEW 2008 REVIEW!!!


2008 batch 8277

This beer looks exactly like last years brew. Same small quick dissipating head with that beautiful orange color. The smell is out of this world. I love the smell of this brew, I think I could smell it all day long. The taste is much more harsh this year it seems. The alcohol is harder in this one. Thus kinda putting the grapefruit and other flavors on the back burner, unlike last year. I give this batch a slightly lower taste score then last years batch just because of that alcohol burn. All in all, still one of the best beers out there.

Served In: Snifter

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 4 9 0
Received in a trade from mac300. Thanks, man!
Right when i heard Bell's (one of my favorite breweries) was going to do a DIPA i had to set up a trade.

Poured into a Rogue pint glass

Appearance is good. Dark orange color with haziness. Small amount of yeast on the bottom of the glass. Barely any head or lacing.

Smell is very good. Citrus hops and semi-sweet tangarine. Images of walking through a field of hops and citrus fruits come to mind.

Taste is very good. Same as the smell but much more intense. The hop bill is extremely well done in this DIPA. Bittering and citrus hops are everywhere here. The malts give off a great semi-sweet after-taste. Well balanced yet the hops dominate, which is how a DIPA should be, imo.

Mouthfeel is very good. This beer dances over the tongue and cheeks like a thing of beauty. Carbonation is almost perfect.

Drinkability is very good, as well. I can kill at least 3 bottles in one sitting.

Overall: An amazing beer from an amazing brewery. Right up there with some of the best West Coast DIPA's. Highly recommended.

Served In: Pint Glass

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