Beer Review: Bell's Hopslam Ale

An easy-to-drink double IPA

A review of the Bell's Brewery Hopsam Ale.

Every season brings a new offering for craft beer lovers to obsess over, sometimes more than one. In the early part of each year, an unarguable favorite is released by Bell’s Brewery of Michigan: the highly regarded, honey-infused, double IPA called Hopslam Ale. I was happy to get my hands on a bottle of Hopslam just five days off the bottling line for this tasting and review.

Poured into a tulip glass, Hopslam appears a cloudy golden color. Unfiltered proteins stay suspended in the beer, and they carry bursts of hop flavor unrivaled in bite and freshness. Although biting, the brew is also nicely balanced by its sweet honey flavor, which counteracts the bitterness without becoming cloying.

All of these tastes combine for a very dry and refreshing finish, and with a 10 percent ABV, Hopslam’s ease of drinking can be quite dangerous. Despite the evenness and refreshing qualities of the brew, this is definitely a beer for hopheads (it may be a bit too much for newbies or the faint of heart).

Considering the hype that now surrounds this label, the fact that it doesn’t disappoint is a very nice surprise. Quite the contrary. Hopslam carries a strong, refreshing, powerful blast of hops balanced by a perfect amount of honey, making it a beer that should satisfy every hophead’s dream. As with all IPAs, Hopslam is best enjoyed fresh. When you find it, drink it — don’t sit on this one!

— Mike Lorenz, The Drink Nation

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Beer Review: Bell's Hopslam Ale

Beer Review: Bell's Hopslam Ale

Every season brings a new offering for craft beer lovers to obsess over, sometimes more than one. In the early part of each year, an unarguable favorite is released by Bell&rsquos Brewery of Michigan: the highly-regarded, honey-infused, double IPA called Hopslam Ale. I was happy to get my hands on a bottle of Hopslam just five days off the bottling line for this tasting and review.

Poured into a tulip glass, Hopslam appears a cloudy golden color. Unfiltered proteins stay suspended in the beer =, and they carry bursts of hop flavor unrivaled in bite and freshness. Although biting, the brew is also nicely balanced by its sweet honey flavor, which counteracts the bitterness without becoming cloying.

All of these tastes combine for a very dry and refreshing finish, and with a 10% ABV, Hopslam&rsquos ease of drinking can be quite dangerous. Despite the evenness and refreshing qualities of the brew, this is definitely a beer for hopheads (it may be a bit too much for newbies or the faint of heart).

Considering the hype that now surrounds this label, the fact that it doesn&rsquot disappoint is a very nice surprise. Quite the contrary. Hopslam carries a strong, refreshing, powerful blast of hops balanced by a perfect amount of honey, making it a beer that should satisfy every hophead&rsquos dream. As with all IPAs, Hopslam is best enjoyed fresh. When you find it, drink it &mdash don&rsquot sit on this one!

Hopslam Ale Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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4.35 /5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although previously consumed a review hasn't yet been posted. So, this time, a twelve ounce brown bottle has been emptied into a clear pint glass. It looks good, but not inspiring. The color is a bright and light copper-amber, on the translucent side. There's only a slight head and no glass lacing. The aroma begins to improve expectations, as there's malt, hops and even honey to detect. The taste starts with a good full on earthy malt character. This never gets bitter, but it never gets too sweet. The body is near perfect and the balance of malt to hop is unassailable. That must be quite the accomplishment, since honey is in the mix. A wonderful exchange of sweeter malt and mild hops that 0deliveres a tasteful brew that may disguise its high ABV better than any other. Outstanding.

4.96 /5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Walking home from a hard days work. The sun is showcasing it’s vast array of colors on the landscape before me. Making my way to the stoop of my trailer, the main concern is to get out of these shoes. Plopping down to un-suffocate my feet, they decide to show off a few new blisters. About time for some new boots, I suppose.

Taking a moment to just relax and calibrate myself, my neighbor approaches me. “Looks like you could use a beer”, he says to me.

“You read my mind”, I eagerly reply. “What’d you got to share?”, I say.

“This here is Hopslam”, he kindly answers.

“Hopslam, huh? Never heard of it. Let me take a look. Bell’s huh? It’s been a few months since I’ve had a good, craft beer and I thoroughly enjoy their Two-Hearted Ale“.

“Well, this will make you forget all about Two-Hearted and it’s odd, fishy label“, my neighbor adds with a warming smile.

“That so huh? Well let me get two glasses from the cupboard and we’ll partake“.

“All right, sounds good“, he says in agreement.

Making my way back outside, I pour my neighbor his and then my own.

In each bubble, I can see myself. In some bubbles I am smiling, happy as a kid at Christmas time. In some I am singing, loud joyous hymns. And in others, I am just dancing, without a care in the world.

“This is gonna be a good beer”, I says to myself.

Once my nose breaks the plain of the rim, I am welcomed by the most magnificent aromas. Fresh pine from my hikes up northwest in America. A slight honey scent straight from Winnie’s home.

I start to get excited. My first sip transcends my imaginary being of myself into an altered state of another dimension. I am in a room. Yet it is a room that goes on forever, so it is not a room at all. Up above me, out of reach is a treasure chest. I can’t seem to reach it.

Out from the void, appears numerous pine cone entities. From the cracks of their cones, they are perspiring honey. They assemble themselves in the form of a ladder, forming a perfect ascension to reach the treasure chest. As I climb, each one seems to rub my back for an eternity. The feeling is not felt, for I am not of this body. I make my way upwards, dauntlessly, smiling as I reach the treasure chest. As I approach, it opens automatically.

Inside is a picture of me as a baby. My innocence. I have found what was never taken from me. I have found my Self.

3.53 /5 rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time distribution this year in San Diego, CA. Seond time trying. I honestly do not understand the hype on this beer. It is mediocre at best. No hop nose to speak of and a cloyingly sweet finish. It DOES have a nice appearance. Had a Bear Republic Apex immediatly after and it blew it away. There are so many more easily attainable beers out here in Californa that leave this in the dust.

4.62 /5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant ruby-gold with a 1-finger head into an over-sized wine glass. Has a crisp, clean look to it. Happy carbonation bubbles running up the sides of the glass show this beer is alive! Very nice amoeba-like lacing.

S: Fresh floral and grapefruit-citrus bouquet fills the nose. There are some sweeter pineapple hints, along with a good dose of honey and just a whiff of alcohol. I could smell this beer all day long.

T: Wonderful balance between hop bitterness and the malt/honey sweetness. Very impressive for a beer this heavily hopped with a high abv. The citrus flavors are just delicious and the finish is a nice, dry hop-honey.

M: Like the label says, a tongue bruiser! But in a "I'll bruise your tongue but then French kiss the hell out of it to make it feel better" kind of way. The lovely hop and malt balance really spreads over the palate for a refreshing and complex feel.

D: For a 10%, big hopped beer, too good! So delicious and well-balanced that I could enjoy several if I didn't have self-restraint.

3.5 /5 rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Way overrated and nowhere near the hype. Had 2 of my 6 pack and gave the other 4 away to friends. To each their own. But there are much better beers at a much better price point imho.

4.1 /5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its living off it's reputation

Still a fine beer, however it has been passed as beer has evolved in this Golden age. This beer is thin, unbalanced, and short on flavor compared to other beers that are currently in top 200. It's good but its relying on a built up reputation over time.

4.5 /5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 01/08/15 Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

L- Medium amber, looks like honey, good clarity, two finger slightly off white head dissipated quickly to a ring.

S- Big hop aroma on this beer, hop dankness, mango, pineapple, maybe a little stone fruit, I believe I'm getting quite a bit of Simcoe and Citra here, I know I've read that this is exclusively dry hopped with Simcoe. I swear I can smell a slight presence of the honey. The abv is only slightly present.

T- The dankness comes through more in the flavor, pine that you don't get from the aroma, and then some of those fruit notes come through, finishes with a light bitter bite and a definitely lingering honey flavor can be detected. Some of the alcohol comes through, a bit more than I'd like but only a slight warming on the tongue.

F- Slightly syrupy but a good mouthfeel for such a big beer.

O- An amazing beer that is worthy of hype and one every hop head should try at least once. The honey adds a dimension to it that others do not have, for me I find it takes away slightly from the hops but it still works, it just might not be everyone's cup of tea. Another thing I have found is that this beer is really best within the first couple of week from bottling. I find the alcohol can become more present at about a month, it's the same problem I have with Oracle as well. But the aroma of this beer is up there with all the others, very bright and a definite slam in your face.

4.49 /5 rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Absolutely beautiful crystal clear golden color. Fairly effervescent. about 3/4 inch of white foamy head immediately after pouring.

Smell: Intense hoppy aroma, almost floral. Mostly hop aroma, but can sense the heavy malt backbone that carries the hoppy bitterness and piney floral notes.

Taste: Malt flavor first, then I get that beautiful piney hop flavor that dominates the nose. Then a slight bitterness and a hint of boozy flavor near the very end.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied for a double IPA. Still a bit of swirl in the glass.

Overall: A delightful double IPA. Great balance between malt, hop aroma, and bitterness.

4.88 /5 rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What a great welcome to the Beer Advocate community. Berg77 generously gave me 2 bottles of this to try along with a plethora of Iowa Beer Distro tips and info. I knew Hopslam would be good, but I was beginning to think that it couldn't possibly live up to the hype.

I tried a glass up at a friends cabin this weekend and can say that I would not change a single thing about this beer. Looks beautiful in a glass I could smell it all day and it has a perfect balance of sharp, hoppy bitterness and delicate "nectar of the gods" sweetness. Would definitely drink another glass of this liquid gold. in fact, maybe I will today. Thanks again Berg77 for the gift!

4.2 /5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

So, given the name, we can probably assume this is going to slam our palates with hops and then twist our minds with that interesting honey addition. We're ready for this beer geek, hophead legend.

Bright amber in color, topped with a lively, foamy, off-white creaminess that rises high and settles to a good two-finger-thick head--sticking to the glass and not going anywhere anytime soon. The aroma? Massively aromatic with some raw honey and floral perfume that nearly intoxicates on the spot. Some caramel too. The taste? It sneaks up on you. It's light at first, opens up to some sweet honey, toffee candy, alcohol, and then come the hops. It begins with some hemp oil, little bit of ruby grapefruit, white pepper, and then intensifies as it coats the palate with a slickish consistency. Chewy. Fruity esters in the middle. Alcohol says hello and reminds us that we're being slammed, as it reintroduces the hops, which have made camp on our palates at this point. They hang out well into the linger. Finishes with a dried grass, hoppy finish, faint soapiness, and alcohol fumes on the breath.

We've been HopSlammed. There's no going back. The Alström Bros want more. Please send full cases to the address listed on our website. Cheers!

3.52 /5 rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into 13 oz snifter, nice light amber color. Nose is decently hoppy and piny, just a slight hint of tropical sweetness. Taste is really average, like a semi sweet semi bitter IPA, am very thankful this was a two can limit at my local bottle shop. This beer is not worth repeating, especially with the astounding array of better option available. The definition of a hype beer!

5 /5 rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has been hoppier in the past, but I'm going to let it slide this year. This is the only IPA that really delivers for me, aside from Palate Wrecker. If I could take this beer to bed, I'd divorce my sweet, MPDG wife and live happily ever after even if it means I don't get any more hand-knit orange socks. All jokes aside, (are they jokes, really?) this is pretty much my go-to, so it's a good thing my local beer spot has me on speed-dial and saved me 6 cases.
Fire is hot, ice is cold, Hopslam is IT.

4.13 /5 rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: Canned on 01/15/19, revisited on 01/21/19.

Appearance: Pours out a nice dark and almost hazy copper orange color with two fingers worth fluffy off white head. Fairly standard but it looks nice.

Aroma: While I am no haze craze fanboy, I will admit that they by and large are much more aeromatic. Not to say that this doesn’t smell good, it does but it never seems to explode with the bouquet of aromas which I am now used to. Anyway, I get a lot of sweet honey up front which has an almost burnt aspect to it or perhaps caramelized is a more accurate word. There is also the standard pine, bitter grapefruit zest, and a decent amount of tea leaf aroma and green onion. For it’s name, Hopslam lacks some of the deep, bitter, resinous elements of other double and triple IPAs, at least on the aroma.

Taste: The taste fairs better than the nose as there is an initial rush of assorted hops that overtake the palate before dropping back to allow for the honey to come forward. The honey sweetness rises quite quickly and just as the question “is this getting too sweet?” creeps into my head, the hops return with that deep resinous prickly hop bite and bitterness that was missing from the nose. While the bitterness isn’t anything wildly out of the norm for an IPA this big, the fresh hop bite lingers for a good while and has a little spicy burn. There is a notable floral taste in here as well, perhaps it is a hop variety or maybe they used wildflower honey. I also get some deep herbal notes as well, but nothing that is really definable. The mouthfeel is medium-full standard DIPA style and pleasant enough. It has a standard chunky malt backbone which veers a little too close to the syrup like character of say Dogfish Head 90 Minute. The rush for Hopslam seems to have subsided over the past several years and I can understand why to some degree. The first time I had it, I thought it was awesome, of course that was three hundred beers ago. It is still a well made and enjoyable offering but for the price and limited timeframe of availability, it simply cannot compete with many of the beers being churned out by many of the newer smaller more adventurous local breweries. I get the feeling that Bells has become complacent riding on Hopslam and several other limited releases, everything now unfortunately feels old hat about this one. Hopslam even has some trouble when compared to the, honestly somewhat better and cheaper year round offerings like Stone Ruination.

2.61 /5 rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

First off, this may be the most overrated beer on the market. I used to love it, but something happened when Bells decided to can it vs bottle it. The current rendition has light head though does leave nice lacing. The golden color is slightly hazy but pretty clean.

I can't smell any notes off this can at all. Nothing.

The taste is mostly alcohol. Not much smoothness and not real drinkable. Pretty disappointing. I've now drank 4 of these out of six and am pretty sure that Bells has somehow messed up previously great beer.

4.5 /5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2016 can (within a week of shipment) poured into a pint glass.

Just going to keep this short and sweet. Everything about this beer is great. From its hazy yellow-orange glow and creamy head to its honeyed hop flavor, nothing is overpowering and the flavors just meld together perfectly. Its sweetness from the honey perfectly balances the hops that hit you in the face. I'm not a big fan of hops for the sake of hops, but this brew just sings in harmony with all of the other flavors.

The only downside is that it is seasonal and must be had fresh. Other than that, get it if you can and savor it.

3.29 /5 rDev -26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bought a 6 pack of cans from Consumer's Beverages in Kenmore NY, Feb 2016. Poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Unofficial Beer Review | Bell's Hopslam Ale | Holy Sh*t!

A couple of days ago I was sending a fax in the brewery offices when my coworker Jeremy approached me and handed me a bottle of Hopslam Ale from Bell’s Brewing of Comstock, MI. Bell’s doesn’t distribute this far east so I was pretty pumped to try it, especially after hearing so much about it over the past year.

“A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale. With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect?”– printed on the back of the label.

Appearance: Hazy, light amber color with deep orange hues. Poured with a thin, white foam lace on top. Strong, visible carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Sharp scent of dark fruits (cherries). Also some pineapple, tropical fruits towards the finish. Pungent, resinous hop overload. Subtle but complex biscuit malt aromas compliment the hops nicely. Candy. Gives off a slight warning to the 10% ABV in the nose. Very fresh in respect to the marked packaging date of 12/29/11. Not the youngest Hopslam out there I’m sure but still holds up nicely.

Taste: Very smooth. Delicious hop flavor…absolutely delicious. Hops coat your entire mouth. Perfect level of carbonation helps promote the balance between malt and hops. Definitely get that dark cherry flavor up front but then it gives way to the more tropical hop flavors at work. This ale is brewed with honey and you can definitely taste the subtleness of it.

image courtesy of Bell's Brewing Inc.

Overall Thoughts?: Wow. This beer was rated in RateBeer’s Top 10 Craft Beers for 2011 and definitely deserves to be there. Just the perfect combination of malt complexity and hop-forwardness which hides the strong alcohol so well. It’s definitely bitter, but not as bitter as I thought it would be. The hop flavor really lingers in the aftertaste, just like after eating a bunch of Starbursts. Really good. Really creamy. An excellent version of an Imperial IPA. Hats off to the brew staff at Bell’s…Anyone who’s a fan of big and smooth Imperial IPAs must seek this one out. I love the label too.

Review: Bell’s Hopslam Ale

Each year Bell’s Brewery releases its version of a double IPA, and luckily for everyone the Michigan-based brewery makes an aggressive effort to get its beers out to as many people as possible. Even some of Bell’s limited beers are not terribly difficult to track down.

This year’s Hopslam unleashes beautiful aromas of pine, citrus, honey, and lastly hops. The first thing you’ll notice about Hopslam is its nose with six different hop varieties used, they add a surprisingly earthy aroma to the overall flavor profile. The nose of this year’s batch starts with the beautiful aroma of pine needles, next is the wonderful accompaniment of grapefruit and citrus, and lastly you get the hops and honey.

The pour is a nice beautiful color of gold to orange/amber and the flavor is all there, right up front, very bitter and hoppy to start. A very front-loaded beer, you get a ton of grapefruit/citrus notes to start it off then a lot of hops. Like the name suggests this is not for those that do not enjoy a titular slam of hops and floral tones.

Even with its abv of 10% it goes down exceptionally smooth, with a nice clean finish. During fermentation honey is added to the batch. This wonderful addition increases the alcohol, yet creates a nice, smooth follow-through.

The Facts

  • Beer – Hopslam
  • Brewery – Bell’s
  • Brewery Location – Comstock, MI
  • Availability – Winter
  • Style – Imperial IPA
  • ABV – 10%
  • IBU – 70
  • Serving Type – Bottle into snifter
  • Appearance – amber with slight cloudiness.Good white head with a lasting ring and excellent lacing.
  • Aroma – Strong citrus hop aroma with some malt sweetness. Slight piney aroma on the end.
  • Taste – Citrus hoppy taste dominates. The middle is full of malty sweetness, with the finish going back to piney hops.
  • Mouthfeel – Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation and nicely full bodied.

Why did I chose this beer?

Again, not a beer I chose. This brewski was given to me by my very classy buddy, Mr. Dan Jolly. He may not seem like much, but this fine gentleman knows his beers. I was looking forward to this can when he told me he got his hands on it.

Bell’s is a very reputable brewery and has tickled my taste buds plenty of times. This will be beer No. 1666 that I’ve ever tried, so let’s not hope something satanic happens.

How was it?

When you first get a glimpse of the can art, there is a massive hop crushing the very life out of a, for all we know, innocent man. This poor fella didn’t have the slightest clue what he was getting himself into.

The head on this beer is super unique. Sure there’s the stereotypical double IPA aroma, surrounded by the alcohol scent, but this one is different. You get the honey in the scent. I usually don’t get that from the smell of this type of beer. When you take a sip you get almost exactly what you smell. A sweet DIPA. Weird, right? Not weird because it tastes like what is advertised to your nose, but weird because it’s not actually amazing.

It’s a solid brew, don’t get me wrong, I just expected more. There’s no “harsh” bite that you get from other DIPAs. When I reach for a double IPA, I want that hop bite. It’s a pleasant beer with the honey. Without the honey, I feel this would be “just another DIPA”.

The shelf life on this beer is “best enjoyed as fresh as possible”. Maybe I waited too long (3 weeks)? Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and gave it a 3/5 on my double IPA scale.

Beer review: Hopslam Ale Bell’s Brewery, Comstock, Michigan

Notes: It&rsquos noted that it contains honey, and it pours that color with very light haze.

Thoughts: So, let&rsquos talk $17.99 ($19.34 with tax, or $3.22 per 12 ounces). Is Hopslam worth a king&rsquos ransom, or is it simply overhyped and overpriced?

If you watch the video on the brewery&rsquos website featuring an enthusiastic John Mallett, Bell&rsquos director of operations, you will come away convinced that it&rsquos absolutely worth the money! Perhaps. Others might balk at paying wine money for beer just on general principle, because there are many big double IPAs out there for a more reasonable price.

But I say &ldquoWhy not?&rdquo for a once-a-year treat from the well-known Kalamazoo-area brewery that produces stalwarts such as Two Hearted and Oberon ales, among many others.

Though it has six kinds of hops, with an infusion of dry-hop Simcoe, Hopslam is not a festival of bitterness. Thanks to the honey and added malts, there is a slight sweetness that gives it a well-rounded, easy drinkability (though it has double IPA heft, it is not overly thick and heavy).

With the robust ABV, it&rsquos smart to limit the consumption at one sitting, but Bell&rsquos does tout Hopslam&rsquos freshness and says it&rsquos best enjoyed right away and not shelved to open later.

Around my house, beer tends not to last anyway, so I won&rsquot have any problem with that. I just won&rsquot check my bank account after that trip to the carryout.

Review Of Bell’s Brewery Hopslam

There was a time when the only way to get Hopslam was to find out when it was being delivered to your local bottle shop so you could be there when they opened. Or attend a special tapping of the beer.

While the demand has lessened slightly, the excitement over this annual release still remains very strong.

Some may claim that the hype is just a product of the short time frame that this beer is available. However, Hopslam has kept up its popularity for years which proves that craft beer fans love more than just the hype.

Luckily, it is much easier to get and is no longer one of the unicorns of craft beer. In fact, it seems like it lasts on shelves for a number of weeks after being released in recent years. In my opinion, this is the perfect balance of supply and demand of an annual release.

Hopslam has an ABV of 10% and IBUs of 22.

Here is how Bell’s Brewery describes Hopslam:

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repertoire.

Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

Bell's Brewery, Inc. Two Hearted Ale

Aroma: “Orange peel, clove, citrus, and fruitcake with a slight earthy grassiness and mild malt biscuit-like sweetness. Some grapefruit, some mango, and pineapple. A little lemon and a little orange are present on the nose with a slight herbal note.”

Flavor: “Spicy rye-like character with hops-driven flavors of orange, mango, and peach. Solid malt structure with substantial body and residual sweetness to keep bitterness in check. Excellent creamy mouthfeel. Big sweetness up front with almost a low caramel note. On the second sip, the sweetness faded, and the malt balanced perfectly with the fruity hops and slight bitterness.”

Overall: “A nicely integrated IPA—the beer delivers a unifying impression of fruit and malt. Rich and juicy hops flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon notes with a bitterness that rounds out the taste. Everything is well-balanced.”

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