|Bell's Hopslam Ale|
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Original Gravity: 1.087
Malts: Two-row base malts, caramel malts for color
Hops: Blend of modern American high-alpha aroma hops, Amarillo, and dry-hopped with Simcoe
|Nice head, poured into a Snifter glass|
|Ready to enjoy!|
Appearance: Golden amber in color with a 1/4" creamy off-white head that settles out after a minute or so. The head is aroused easily. There is quite a bit of carbonation and very small bubbles rising from the bottom with larger bubbles on the surface.
Smell: The initial aroma is that of intense fruitiness and pine with undertones of lemon grass, grapefruit and hops. Much of this likely stems from the substantial dry hopping done after brewing.
Taste: A hopslam for sure! Very complex hop taste that is surprisingly drinkable at this alcohol level. It manages to integrate a lot of hop taste without being overly bitter. There are hints of citrus, sweetness and honey in it. It is a very smooth drinking beer for the amount of hops added during boiling and fermentation.
Mouthfeel: It has a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel initially. Some carbonation is noticed while sipping and swallowing. The slight bitterness of the hops hits you at the back of the tongue just to let you know you are still drinking a IIPA.
Overall: This is a great representation of an IIPA from a Midwestern brewery like Bell's. Although it is brewed and fermented with substantial amounts of hops, the malt, fruit, and floral aromas and flavors help to create an extremely well balanced beer which is something many Midwestern breweries value most in a beer. For a beer with an original gravity of 1.087 and near 10% ABV, it is very easy to drink and enjoy with others fortunate enough to grab hold of one of the few released each year.