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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,827 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 8827
Reviews: 3092
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.

(Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004)
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

RE-REVIEW: Bottled 12/20/13 and poured 2/13/14, so it's not the freshest bottle.

Appearance: Just as I remember. Beautiful golden color. Slight haze. Two finger head leaves lots of lacing. Maybe the best beer I've ever seen. (5/5)

Smell: Also as I recall. Massive tropical fruits with a particularly peachy "aftersmell." Plenty of honey sweetness. (4.75/5)

Taste/feel: Not what I remember, and that pains to say. It's a 2mo old bottle, but the taste is so much different than I remember it being. Sweet peach sort of flavor on the front with a bit of tropical fruit flavor and a decent sweetness, and then a throw of bitterness with malt at the finish. I recall Hopslam drinking like honey, hop, nectary goodness with flawless balance. This is a disappointment in comparison. Alcohol is warming in the belly, which is fine, but also in the flavor as well. I recall it being well hidden. This truthfully tastes like a different beer. Good? Hell yeah, it's still a good beer, but this isn't nearly as unbelievable as I initially thought. Mouth feel is a bit thinner as well. Beer's not tasting as sweet -- again, more bitter with alcohol not very well hidden. A decent bit better as it warms. (4.25/5, 3.75/5)

Well, that's that. I understand this bottle is two months old, but I don't believe Hopslam would change so dramatically. What I loved so much about Hopslam when I had it last year was its awesome honey sweetness and ability to hide its alcohol. I'm left unhappy with this beer compared to my initial opinion. Still, this outshines most in the style. I'll have to try it again next year. I like it a lot, but I've had better for cheaper.

(4.25/5)

ORIGINAL REVIEW: Bottled 1/03/13, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Appearance: I'm just not used to seeing such a high ABV beer have such a sexy head and with such beautiful lacing. The beer APPEARS filtered, and has a perfectly clear amber/gold color. (4.75/5)

Smell: Absolutely stunning. Super grapefruitty from the hops, but then there's plenty of honey sweetness... smells like candy. (5/5)

Taste/feel: The taste is just... the score's justified, put it that way. I didn't think beer could taste this good. It's got a super nice bitter bite , but the honey and malts mellow it out. As I've seen other people say, Hopslam isn't really an appropriate name for this beer, because it's actually incredibly balanced ... the honey flavor is utterly outstanding. The mouthfeel is also among the best I've had in any beer. Extremely smooth, lightly carbonated, and just a delight. I'm assuming the smoothness in this can be contributed to the honey that the beer's brewed with. Holy God is it great... I'd also have no idea that this was 10%, as it drinks like a 7%. (4.75/5, 5/5)

Truthfully, the perfect IPA. It's super hoppy like a DIPA ought to be, but the amount of honey makes this beer drink and, as I said, smell like a candy. I may have now found a favorite beer. Makes me proud to live in Michigan.

(4.75/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 17:23:02 | More by Alextricity
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Illmaticzx

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter 1 finger of off white head

Golden clear appearance
Piny, grapefruit smell with a tinge of honey
Malty taste upfront then Piny Resinous hops then honey sweetness aftertaste
Some of the hops taste familiar some distinctly different and just a little dankness
Medium mouthfeel
Overall this is a heavyweight, high Abv, highly hopped
Not a high drinkability, definitely a sipper, being that it was difficult to find doubt i would go out of my way to drink again but if i found some sitting there id pick it up

Serving type: bottle

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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Michigan

3.51/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer is 10%ABV. Golden clear honey in appearance. Served in a snifter. A hint of fruittiness in this beer but lives true to its name and is extremely hoppy - HOPSLAM. Drinks very smooth for a beer with 10%ABV. I would certainly reccomend this beer to any avid beer drinkers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 15:04:36 | More by gogreen99
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phartman133

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When on-tap and poured, this beer has a fairly large head. If you've had Bell's Two Hearted Ale it is very similar to that, but with more of a kick. With an ABV of 10% you can definitely taste the alcohol in this beer. It is a great beer if you are looking for a high alcohol content beer

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle bottled on 1/16/14 poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a translucent golden orange body, with an off-white 2 finger head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: CItrus and floral hops, some boozy sweetness.

T: Honey and citrus hops dominate. Along with some dank hops when i burp.

M: Crisp and bitter. Alcohol is fairly well hidden for the ABV.

O: Its alright I honestly don't see the reason for all the hype. I may get it on draft if i see it, but for $20+ a six pack its a bit steep.

Serving type: bottle

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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