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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,832 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 8832
Reviews: 3093
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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AmitC

Indiana

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

This is the first beer that i bought a case full of. As soon as i had first one, i was grossly underwhelmed. I was expecting a hop bomb, it certainly was not that. This is my fifth bottle since then.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 1/3/2013. A very slight haze. Color is amber orange or exactly the honey color. Has a good two to three fingers thick pour depending on how you are pouring. Off white color. A decent lacing. Head persistence is good but not anything exceptional. A slight unclarity, but still very fine appearance. Lack of bubbles and very calm.

Aroma has been varying depending on the bottle. Sometimes hops have been very upfront, some times malty, bready sweeter tasting aroma with a good mix of hops. Floral and citrus hops are dominating. A very good malt backbone, that gives it a good soothing smoothness. A little bit of herbal spiciness to the nose as well. No alcohol whatsoever.

Taste is a slightly sweet due to upfront honey and some dry fruits may be. A very solid and sweet looking malty, bready backbone. Hops do have a strong presence, giving it some oily feel. Herbal, Citrus and slightly earthy hops dominate. Bitterness is there in the aftertaste, but not worthy of a name like Hopslam. Not tongue biting or anything. An IIPA, that imo will be appreciated by those who do not like overly hoppy beers. A very well balanced finish that fails to give prominence to anything be it malts, hops, honey or alcohol. A nice blend of everything is what makes this beer great.

Mouth feel is on the medium side. A lot of oily and resiny feel that is very much appreciated. Low on carbonation is another good thing. Complete lack of any astringency. Alcohol is very well hidden for a 10% ABV. Smooth as hell and drinks very easy. This makes it a dngerous beer to have a plenty of. You consume a lot of alcohol without feeling anything. You realize only when your head is dizzy. Definitely will make the head spin, if you have two in a row.

The USP here is balance and smoothness, which you won't find in the best of IIPAs, that makes it a winner. Personally there are much better Imperials than this, but this one is one of the smoothest thing that i have had overall.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 4.25

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 19:21:01 | More by AmitC
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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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