Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bell's Brewing HopSlam ALE!

So after a typical Tuesday at the office it was time for a beer.  I raided my stash fridge, which typically houses my favorite, off the wall, and special beers.  Today was the day to try one of the beers I won at the last NFBL (North Florida Brewers League) meeting.

First off, I love the label on this beer, man being smashed by a giant hop, that is only a premonition of what is to come.  The beer pour smoothly into my pint glass, gold to light amber in color with a 1/2" white head and the kitchen begins to smell like a hop farm....I'm falling in love and I have not even tasted it yet.  The aroma of Hopslam is floral, earthy, fruity and citrusy.  The flavor is malty sweet at first with slight hints of toffee for a split second, then like a platoon of warrior hops (no pun intended) the citrus, and pine take over and the taste of bitter hops over take your mouth.  This is a hop heads delight!  It packs quite a punch at 10%abv!  Pick one up and try it!  Hop Heads REJOICE!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Excessive HoppYness IPA

Today was the the day my small batch of IPA was supposed to be finished.  So needless to say I have been looking forward to this all day.  This morning I took a 22oz bomber that had been conditioning for the past 2 weeks from the bar and let it chill in the fridge all day.

When the popped the cap off, I heard the psst and saw the waft of co2 ease from the neck of the bottle.  That is always a good sign for a brewer!  The ale pours smoothly into my English pint glass and the wonderful aroma of citrus hops begin to tickle my nose.  This wonderful IPA is light brown or Amber in color and has about a 1 inch off white head.  The aroma is slightly citrusy, floral, and slightly piney. My first sip is smooth and creamy on my palate, carbonation is perfect.  The citrus hops come through in the flavor but a strong malt backbone drop kicks it and the flavors compete nicely.  I can say this IPA is NOT just about the hops!  I am very proud of this IPA, and will be making a full batch as soon as possible!  Hop heads will love it!

Ahh, I almost forgot, for those of your that are interested this beer is 80IBU and 7.5% ABV (according to the beer calculator and my OG.)

I am going to rate it A+ but I'm bias since it's my own! =)


Monday, April 11, 2011

Please forgive!

Please forgive me for being a slacker....Work has been nutty, we have been working on the brewery.  Excessive HoppYness is now climate controlled! We have Maya's Maple Ale still on tap, Kickback Chocolate Stout in bottles getting lovly, and a very limited edition brewers special IIPA that will be ready this week.  The IIPA is something in the neighborhood of 80-90IBU's and 7% ABV, but don't worry it's not for you! You can't handle it!

Also I have Bluescreen Ale fermenting away getting ready for P4P (Pints 4 Paws) on May 21st.  Swing by and check us out at the Market Square Pavilion with the North Florida Brewers League in Tallahassee and have a beer!

I plan on getting some more beer reviews up!  With the first one being my IIPA! 

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