From Bell’s Brewing –A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale. With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect?
Original Gravity: 1.087
Alc. by Vol.: 10.0%
Avail. Pkgs.: 4/6/12 oz. bottles (case), 15.5 gal. keg
Dates Available: Limited Release January 7th through February
State Availability: FL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, OH, PA, VA, WI
Appearance: A dark auburn-orange with an eggshell white, creamy head. After sipping, sudsy lace remains.
Aroma: Green pear,mandarin orange, and peaches. I also find a smell associated with Orange Jell-o.
Taste: Orange, mango and tart peach. After the wonderful lineup of fruit flavors, I get a mouthful of piny, spicy bitter hop notes. The level of sweet malt held all this fruity and spicy hop goodness together, but didn’t seem “sugary.”
Mouthfeel: A tad astringent, a bit on the heavy side, but not syrupy. The flavors linger for a while without coming across as sticky.
Overall: My first Bell’s beer, and I am very impressed. I am a fan of an over the top Double IPA, and usually brace myself for something chewy or something that makes me pucker. This beer somehow packed all those hops in without compensating balance. Worth all the hype it receives. Special thanks to Dakine from ratebeer.com .