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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

9,528 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,528
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,773
Gots: 1,370 | FT: 43
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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longarm

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this first at a Larry hosted event recently in D.C. (incidentally, go if you ever have the chance. Larry Bell is a great host.) I was most impressed with this beer during the tasting and wanted to get my hands on some again. Here's are my thoughts on a bottle provided by a friend from Virginia.

Light orange with huge, fluffy head. Exceptional.

I can smell the grapefruit-esque hops, wafting from the glass sitting 6 feet away. Delightful citrus aroma. Not much malt, but I could stuff my head inside of a glass and bask in the delight of pure, fresh grapefruit. Maybe a bit one-dimensional, but who's complaining?

Flavor is fairly well balanced for an AIPA. Initially sweet, but this doesn't linger and the hops move-in to balance without being too bitter. Enough malt to stand-up to the hops, but nothing cloys. Nothing about hops overwhelms on the side of bitter as the name would suggest. The hop-"slam" seems all in the nose and this is just fine with me. Nice crisp finish.

Don't let the name worry you. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer, likely to be enjoyed by both hopheads and beer drinkers even a little afraid to try hoppy beers. Thanks to Mr. Bell for bringing another great AIPA into an already crowded market. I think this one has staying power.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 21:35:31 | More by longarm
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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,528 ratings.