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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

10,378 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,378
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,165
Gots: 1,694 | 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:
Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004

Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.
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3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hermatza
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BobJude
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wiseguywood
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bosoxbennie
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerampage
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured one with a good friend.

A: Pours nicely. Sunny orange color and single finger head on top. Awesome.

S: Intense hops. Citrus and Pine. Smells delicious. Malt is sweet smelling which I assume is due to the honey as well. Very fresh smelling. Can I drink this through my nose? Maybe.

T: Bang! If you're a hop head you'll enjoy it alot. Its bitter as hell initially, but gives way to a nice malty sweet finish with the citrus revealing itself along the way. First drink is always a bit shocking. Second one reveals why this beer has such a great following. At 10% you know your drinking a big one. The booze is present, but fits just right with the rest of it. Its big flavor from start to finish, and the beauty of this beer is its drinkability.

M: Awesome smooth mouthfeel. Malty and full. Juicy just like it looks. Carbonation is completely spot on.

Overall: From pour to finish it seemed to last maybe 10 min. Is it allowable to make a 10% DIPA so damn drinkable? Yes! The mark of any good beer is your desire for its next drink, and this one is pure lust from a hopheads perspective. Its a different beer from the start to the finish, and as my comrade finshed one swallow before myself, and he said, "Damn, that was delicious." I think that sums it up perfectly.

Photo of 30helens
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bob_d
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amcloud
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tbart75
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blankenhoney
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottles dated 1.8.15 and enjoyed out of a Hopslam glass between 1.15 and 1.25.15.

A: Pours a mostly clear coppery orange with a soapy, 1-finger head. Minimal retention and lots of soapy lacing on my glass.

S: Pungent aromas of resiny and pine-heavy hops, followed by notes of candied orange peel, generally intense citrus aromas, and thick, bready malt. Kind of like a grown-up's version of orange juice. Good stuff, but fails to signal the flavors that are about to blow up your mouth.

T: One week after bottling, Hopslam leads with enormous flavors of piney and resiny hops that are insanely bitter. That quickly gives way to orange peel, creamed honey, a hoppy tingle, and a nice alcohol burn. White peach skin, too (srs). Hops are fragrant and floral, and balance perfectly with the strong malt presence. Bottles consumed further away from the bottling date lacked the hop wallop up front, but were still delicious.

M: Vinous, oily, and lightly syrupy, with a lovely dry and bitter finish. Hopslam is incredibly crushable, especially because there's no fooling yourself you're drinking a 10% beer. You know having more than 2 bottles in a sitting would be a mistake, but you grab a third bottle with ZFG.

O: One of my favorite DIPAs, and the beer that sent me spiraling into craft-beer madness 2 years ago. Hopslam is phenomenal even 3-4 weeks after bottling, but the fresher you can find it the better. Those bitter, biting, and dank flavors you get with an ultra-fresh bottle are about as good as it gets in the DIPA realm.

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4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kelly_James_Tellez
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.86/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joe12pk
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Five day old bottle poured into a snifter.
Well, it wasn't too bitter or bruising, thank God. I DID, however, find tangerines, grapefruit, ummagumma fruits and a nice touch of honey dancing on my tongue. Great malt backbone with just enough alcohol presence so that I wouldn't drink this jewel too quickly.
Beauty, thy name is Hopslam.

Photo of Eddyfunt
4.04/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BauerPower
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mchegash
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a DFH IPA glass

Appearance - 4/5
A bright, vibrant, clear golden orange, with about 1-2 fingers of slightly tan head. An average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 3.5/5
Pine/resin hops. Smell was not as strong as I was expecting.

Taste - 4.5/5
Strong, smooth flavor. Pine, resin, slightly floral hops, balanced with sweet malts. From all the hype about this beer, and the description on the bottle of, "A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale", I was expecting a lot of bittness and intense hoppiness. Instead I felt this beer was only moderately hoppy, balanced very well with the malts. Also, it was not very bitter. But for me that is a plus. Many IPAs are way too unbalanced (in the hops direction). This was perfectly balanced. A strong hop flavor, without overpowering. This was a very good IPA. Also, despite the 10% ABV, the alcohol was undetectable.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Very smooth, medium bodied, carbonation is fairly light. Only slightly bitter. Overall this beer has a great feel.

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall this was a very good IPAs. I'm not a very big IPA fan, but I figured a beer of this level of notoriety deserved a review. In my opinion, the beer is good, but doesn't really seem like anything that special to me. Not sure why all the hype, but regardless, glad to enjoy a good beer.

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4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ER527
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of kogutmic
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Woolly60
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chart813
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lateralundertow
3.86/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,378 ratings.