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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

9,861 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,861
Reviews: 3,116
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,894
Gots: 1,480 | FT: 42
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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Photo of underwater_
1.78/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

undetectable nose gives way to four loko syrup and and little, simple bitter. watch out miller high life, we found out how to replicate your bite and it only takes six hops.

my friend said hopeslame is teh beaster's knees but now he's gone and he's not coming back.

underwater_, Feb 25, 2014
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

jmbraxton, Apr 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

kingsuecac, Sep 05, 2014
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

ChainChompsky, Jan 15, 2014
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

aint_it_strange, May 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

adriabeasley, Aug 09, 2014
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

Msundt, Jan 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

zaraspook, Sep 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

Fellatamas182, Feb 18, 2014
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

2Shaws, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mwa423
2/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a - pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with no head to speak of.

S -orange bitters, lots of alcohol and hints of hopslam's citrus glory.

T - incredibly barleywine like with overwhelming alcohol and a harsh biting bitterness that cloys to the back of the throat.

M - mouthfeel is overly rich, biting and slides down the throat like slime.

Overall, avoid the cask. What is amazing in bottles and life changing on tap is actually awful to drink.

mwa423, Mar 31, 2011
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

rmarks9, Jan 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

nicholas527, Jan 22, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -49.9%

Phil_H, Feb 04, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -49.9%

SalTnutZ1, Mar 28, 2013
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2.33/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Obviously a very hoppy beer. Can smell and taste the hops instantly. Opaque golden in color with a good size head. Hints of both citrus and wheat could be tasted in this beer. Very high alcohol content, but almost can't taste it due to the other strong flavors. This beer was a smooth beer to drink. I enjoy hops but this beer just had too much for me.

sween100, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of stimulus
2.4/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle.
Batch #9470, bottled in December of 2009.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with light white lacing.

S: Aromas of melon and hops are prominent.

T: Melon and other citrus flavors show up, but they are absolutely dominated by the hop bitterness and alcohol burn, which linger.

M: Medium bodied and sticky with very high carbonation.

D: This is not a very drinkable brew, imo. Knowing this was a hop bomb, I tried aging it about 9 months, and it's been 8. That didn't help this brew one bit, as the hop profile STILL annihilates any semblance of a malty balance, and not to my liking. After having and enjoying beers like Ruination and Arrogant Bastard, and even any of the DFH DIPA's, I feel like all of them are very well balanced, but this was not. Bad batch perhaps, but I have been unable to find any indication of the sort. Note: compared side by side with DFH 90 Minute and Double Trouble, both of which showed balance in comparison.

2/26/11 Edit: After going through a fresh six pack, I feel like the beer was a bit past its prime when I initially rated it, but I feel like the beer still suffers from a lack of balance. I tasted a lot of honey rather than melon, but the honey never blends well with the hop character and the malt bill is just not enough to keep this beer from being overly harsh. At one point, I compared this to a Troegs Nugget Nectar, and the difference was remarkable: The NN tastes like a finished product while the Hopslam is still a mess.

stimulus, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of afoltz2
2.42/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm one of the few that wasn't head over heels for this brew, and the reason is very simple - Hopslam has a very strong mango flavor to it, and I don't care for mango. That flavor even comes through in the smell, which I confirmed from another person before I poured it out of the bottle.

I liked the way the brew felt due to the hoppiness, but the end of each sip proved too citrusy for me. The beer, despite a high ABV, did not have a strong alcohol taste, which was nice, and had a good appearance in the glass.

HopHeads who love this beer and appreciate the citrus flavor rightly make this their beer of choice, my brew taste just runs towards ambers & stouts.

afoltz2, Jan 30, 2012
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2.45/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Batch # 9471. I am not sure what is going on with this batch. My local store usually carries outdated beer so I had to double check the batch number on Bell's site to make sure this wasn't last years batch. It is fresh...packaged on 21 of Dec 09.

Huh...the reason why I checked was because this batch has no bitterness to it. None. I have been a huge fan of Hopslam but it seems like it has been getting weeker and weeker over the years. Twohearted is way more hoppier than what I am drinking right now. This seems to be roughly the same bitterness level as a Sam Adams (~32 IBU)...enough to dry the palate but not enough to produce any bite.

A few years back this beer was thick, dark orange, malty as fudge, and supercharged with IBUs. You seriously felt like the dude in the picture when the hops kicked your butt. Last year it seems like they backed off on the IBUs (perhaps because of the hops shortage?) but it still filled the room with hops aroma.

This year I get only a small hint of hops in the nose. It is mostly just honey that I smell. The taste is really sweet as well. Way too much honey and residual sweetness for my ideal DIPA. This is more of a mead than an IPA, for sure not a double IPA/Imperial IPA.

I am pretty disappointed with this batch. I honestly think that I have a batch that they forgot to add the bittering hops to. So sorry Bells...I wouldn't recommend Hopslam to anyone if they are looking for a good DIPA.

SpinachEater, Jan 12, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -44.3%

Guzzi, Mar 10, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -44.3%

tfsimpkins, Feb 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -44.3%

OriolesFan1008, Feb 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -44.3%

Johnkazzy, Apr 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -44.3%

JohnnyK, Feb 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -44.3%

ManicalMerchant, Feb 19, 2014
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,861 ratings.