Saturday, February 10, 2018

Bell's Hopslam Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 1/17/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 31B Alternative Sugar Beer (base style: 22A Double IPA)

AROMA: Big West Coast-style hops (citrus and tropical fruits). Pale base malt is present with slight caramel component, but no toast. No discernibly honey aroma. Clean alcohol presence, but faint. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of amber/copper (7-9 SRM). Large white frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong hop flavor of citrus (especially tangerine) and tropical fruits. Bitterness is quite strong, but more dank than dry. Malt presence is fairly simple, but intense with slight caramel taste. Honey is undetectable as a flavor, though there is a strong, clean, neutral alcoholic character due to the honey being used as an additional fermentable. Overall taste is good, but not amazing. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Texture is quite smooth. Hops linger, but are with no harsh astringency and are quite tolerable. There is a gentle warmth from the 10% ABV. Remarkably drinkable for such a strong brew. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Very good as a DIPA, but honey doesn't do much other than up the alcohol content. Interesting recipe, though. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

NOTE: See my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/02/bells-hopslam-ale-chadz-beer-reviews.html

See my 2014 re-review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/03/bells-hopslam-2014-re-review.html

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