Bell's Hopslam Ale | Kalamazoo, MI | American Double IPA | 10% ABV.
Bottle on the left: Packaged January 16, 2014
Pours an orange amber color with a hint of brown as well. Head is creamy and retains its shape throughout the tasting of the beer. Smell is sweet and malty, with hop character being very faint. Carbonation is moderate to light with a medium to full body. Taste is bready and malty, with a chewy consistency. The beer tastes much more bitter than I remember, and the honey flavor is nearly gone.
Bottle on the right: Packaged January 18, 2015
Pours an orage amber color, much lighter than the 1 year old version. Head is very small and fades to a lacing for the remainder of the pour. Smell is sweet and hoppy, with hints of honey, grapefruit, and some spice. Carbonation is moderate with a medium body. Taste is sweet, yet bit, crisp and smooth. The honey flavor matches perfectly with this hop bomb of a beer. Finishes crisp and keeps you wanting more.
From the two above reviews it's pretty obvious which I prefer, right? Even though I didn't care for the aged version, I am glad I tried it out. It is always interesting to see what beer does over time. The moral? Drink your IPAs fresh, or not at all.