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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

10,363 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,363
Reviews: 3,151
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,156
Gots: 1,678 | 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:
Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004

Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.
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Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/8/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Some light booziness shows up as it warms. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon/orange zest, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding double IPA style. All around awesome complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagriley
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonross07
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of J2A2
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leroybrown10
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Noticeable hiss when the bottle cap is popped open. Pours a deep golden color that reminds me of the honey that is added to this beer. Seems thick. Pale cream colored head that is one finger thick. Heavy, sticky lacing left behind once the head settles. Tiny bubbles rise in a continuous stream from the bottom of the snifter.

Major hop aromas. Citrus flavors of mango, grapefruit, tangerine and orange. Some mild pine. Heavy sweet honey. Some underlying bready malt.

First sip is sweet honey and a citrus hop assault on the taste buds.. Mango and orange. Sweet caramel malt provides some balance to the hops but are still close to being overwhelmed. Some peppery notes. Sour grapefruit and resiny pine on the back end.

This is a oily IPA which leaves the tongue feeling thick and coated. That oily nature causes the flavors to linger and intensify with every subsequent sip. Medium carbonation and a little alcohol bite but though not as much as the 10% abv would lead you to believe.

An excellent hoppy DIPA that does have some sweetness and malt balance. Only a trace amount of bitterness. Fairly easy drinking as well which could get you in trouble with the 10% abv.

Photo of joeyjoey104
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Hammer28
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great incredibly smooth IPA. Pretty on point

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wish it wasn't seasonal because its a great IPA!

Photo of bobbypaulson
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of obrienc
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Markus98
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sparty1224
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 1/10/15, making this 11 days old.

A: Pours a nice, bright golden color with a 3/4 finger white head. Perfectly clear, no haze.

S: Pineapple, mango, peach. A touch of honey sweetness here, much more prominent than previous vintages.

T: Great, complex hop flavor up front. Several different varietals give way to a nice mixture of grapefruit, peach, banana. Back of the mouth gives more piney and resinous flavors.

M: Nice and full. At 10%, alcohol is well hidden here. Finish is not overly bitter or bruising, but it does stick on your tongue for a while.

O: So I had this fresh on draft just yesterday and am able to compare to the bottle version directly. I do slightly prefer this more on draft, as those pours were a bit more aromatic for me, the flavors popped just a touch more, and the mouthfeel was a bit more creamy and smooth. Nonetheless, this beer, in any format, is outstanding. It's refreshing to drink a mixed-hopped DIPA after so many single-hopped beers (mostly of the citra variety). This one is so well balanced and complex. Nice to see the honey come through much more this year as well. Unlike some people on these forums, I've actually grown more fond of this beer over time and I think it ranks right up there with the best of the DIPAs.

Recommendation: A must-try for any craft beer fan. Drink it fresh!

Photo of ZachDow7
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BoyDrinksWorld
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of strandm
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KBS
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffh84
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chefrhetkwon
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bells knows how to make an IPA

Photo of TrojanRB
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DannyG24
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer! Wish it was brewed year round!!

Photo of Eagleyes
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goblue2354
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,363 ratings.