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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