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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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100
world-class

8,779 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 8779
Reviews: 3087
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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MCain04

Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank 6 days fresh. First beer of the 3 6-packs I purchased - I've been anxiously awaiting this release. Poured into a Hop Leaf Tulip.

Appearance: This is a very pretty beer. Pours a clear golden color with a thick, 2-finger cream/white head. Plenty of lacing on its way down.

Smell: Wow. Might be the best-smelling IPA I've ever come across. Pine, citrus, peach, and pineapple leap right out at you. Very nice hops on the nose.

Taste: Well-balanced. Sweet and honey tastes upfront. The hops are present throughout, with a wonderful fresh taste, and good bittering hops as well. On the maltier side, not surprising given the ABV, but really nicely balanced and enjoyable.

Feel: Good carbonation, pretty dry. Not quite as smooth and creamy as my gold standard Heady Topper but very easy to drink. Much lighter than expected for the ABV. No heat whatsoever in this one.

Overall: Well worth $18/6-pack. A real treat to drink fresh. Given how fresh, this would probably sneak into my top 5 DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 10:19:04 | More by MCain04
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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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