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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