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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,257 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 10,257
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,041
Gots: 1,566 | FT: 40
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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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.04/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spent most of the weekend trying to secure a few six packs of this year's release of Hopslam. I let it sit in the fridge a few days before giving it a whirl. Poured a hazy golden color typical of American IPAs. Smell was terrific with the hops overtaking everything else which is expected. Front end was fantastic with the abundance of hops and bitterness. Thought the back end was a little too sweet for me but guess that is where the honey comes in. It was great to finally try this beer since I have heard about it for quite some time. I expected a lot more from this beer and that was probably due to the hassle getting ahold of it and the hype surrounding Hopslam. Overall it was a great IPA, one that I could drink regularly. It wasn't the best IPA I have tried but it was certainly one that I would order. Not sure if the $18.99 per six pack and the hassle acquiring the beer were worth it in the end.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The amount of trouble and dollars i went through to get a six pack of this particular nectar generated high expectations. Hopslam is good but not great. In my experience, the honey impartment blurred the hop intensity. Mouthfeel is spot on and the 10% is hardly noticeable. Kudos for this. That a brewer can generate this type of excitement: double kudos. For me the beer not only doesnt live up to the hype, i can probaly find two or three readily available brews at a more approachable price that deliver more. But i can also see how this appeals to many afficianados due to its subtleties and present hoppiness. Could probably be a great introductory example for those who want a big sweetish Iipa on occasion. Maybe i am just cranky that i had to monitor a beer store's twitter feed to score some of this ...

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4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow. very white foamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Strong hops, pineapple, honey, lemon, orange, grapefruit, some sweet malts and some sugars.

Taste - Starts out very grapefruit and pineapple forward, but with a nice lemon and honey flavored background. Lots of orange and some citric notes. Sweet sugars mixed with a decent malt backbone round this out.

Mouthfeel - This is what really sets this beer apart. Sweet citric hops along with lemon and honey coats the tongue. Palate gets more hops, along with sweet sugars and a solid malt profile. The finish is incredibly smooth and hop forward.

Drinkabilty - At 10% the beer is so smooth and easy to enjoy. The hops are very diverse and are both sweet and bitter strong. Every year I have this beer I like it more and more. Only knock is the price. World class, a must try!

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4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Whole Foods in Wexford. That was the limit. I remember really enjoying last years batch, though I only had two bottles, one of which was not ideally fresh. Freshness is not an issue here. Bottled 1/16/2014.

A- Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Great Lakes snifter/tulip thing. A finger of creamy off-white head dissipates quickly. A slightly hazy golden/burnt orange color. Really nice. Spotty lacing.

S- Pretty good hop presence. Faint pine, heavier on the tropical fruits, with mostly grapefruit and orange coming through. Unmistakable malty and sweet. Almost candy-like. Maybe a little too much so, especially for an IPA. Booze is able to push its way through. Not overwhelmingly so, but it's quite obvious. Evens out as it warms. Not amazing, but not bad at all.

T- Underwhelming. It's good, but I don't think it's fantastic. Doesn't quite have the lunch I would expect. Very tame hop presence. A little too sweet for my taste. Alcohol is too evident. I expected more.

M- Well done. Medium carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. Goes down smooth enough. Light alcohol burn.

O- I like this beer, but I want to like it more. I'm not crazy about it. There are many other IPAs I would rather drink. That being said, it is good. Just didn't live up to the hype for me. Maybe it was this year's batch? Not sure... Will gladly finish of this six-pack, but won't go out of my way to get it again.

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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 12/20/13 consumed on 1/27/14. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep orange with great clarity and two fingers of slightly off-white head. Good retention, looks pretty drinkable for being 10%.

S- Getting tangerine first, then pine with some slight tropical notes of papaya and grapefruit. The alcohol starts to come through as it warms but it is pretty subdued for 10%. Got a real syrupy smell to it as well. Has a bit of a Fruit Loops smell to it.

T- This is not off the charts bitter but a smooth bitter seemingly around 70 IBUs. Similar to aroma with the citrus and grapefruit, pine, and light tropical notes. A very nice balance of bigger hop flavors and aromas. Some toasted malt on the back end.

M- Medium with good amount of carbonation and very drinkable for a 10% beer.

O- A great full flavored and aromatic DIPA with a long smooth bitterness that is all the things I like in an IPA. One note to make is that this beer goes south very quickly and needs to be consumed within a month of bottling. This last bottle I had of my 6-pack was really starting to be taken over by the alcohol and the malt was more noticeable in the end of the beer.

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4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting to try this legendary DIPA from Bell's. Will be fun to how it stacks up to some of my favorites in the style. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 12/27/13 and poured into the IPA-specific glass from Speigelau.

Appearance - Pour yields a massive three-finger head of creamy parchment colored microbubbles. As it rests, a few bubbles grow and burst, leaving some pocking throughout the foam. As it begins to dissipate, it leaves pronounced, thick streamers of suds down the sides of the glass, as well as a one finger perma-head atop the body, fueled by a rush of effervescent carbonation rising up from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass. The body is a rich blend of oranges and ambers, with some lighter golden highlights in places. Slightly cloudy from the unfiltered nature of the beer. A beautiful beer in its entirety.

Smell - I'm a little surprised it's not more aromatic, but with a little bit of coaxing (and warming), I start to pick up notes of citrus and clementine, but more of a tropical presence, with notes of mango and papaya. In addition to the big fruitiness, there is a subtle earthiness, and a gentle sweetness of honey. I can't help but wonder if the delay in delivery to the KC market and passage of a month since bottling has taken a bit of the brightness off the aroma that I've read about in so many other reviews. Either way, it's quite good smelling.

Taste - Here, the citrus and tropical fruit notes are at the forefront, with orange zest, fresh mango and passion fruit, as well as a pleasant malty sweetness. The use of honey really serves to smooth out the taste and does an amazing job of mellowing the 10% abv. The aftertaste is pleasantly cloying, lingering with a creamy bitterness that doesn't overpower. Like with the aroma, there is a hint of earthiness that serves to balance the massive fruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and heavily carbonated, with a semisweet finish that lingers on the palate. A little bit of chewiness complements the otherwise juicy characteristics of this beer. Far too easy to drink for such a strong beer.

Overall, a really wonderful take on the style that makes it quite clear why this is such a popular beer. One of the more balanced DIPAs I've had and the use of honey makes for a uniqueness that you don't get in other beers of the same style. I'll certainly make a point to see this out on a yearly basis, and I might sit on one bottle just out of curiosity to how well it holds up over time. I think it may have jumped to the front of the line for me in terms of offerings from Bell's. Just an outstanding DIPA from the Midwest that certainly represents itself well compared to the heavy-hitters from the Northeast and Southwest.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,257 ratings.