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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

11,093 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,093
Reviews: 3,318
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,253
Gots: 2,296 | FT: 75
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

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick note before reviewing: I went to the website and entered the batch number just for kicks (I know this beer is fairly recent because it hasn't been long since I bought it), and the number came up as invalid. I noticed the site has been revamped recently, so maybe they're still having some issues with it. Either that, or this is a counterfeit beer, and my whole review is a lie. I'm hoping for the former.

A- Golden orange with a decent yellowish-white head after a vigorous pour.

S- The aroma hit as soon as the bottle was opened. Fantastic hop smell of oranges and flowers with a nice underlying sweetness.

T- Nice resiny hop flavor backed by a substantial malt presence. The hops are huge, but they are balanced out by the underlying honey-like sweetness. Of course, the hops still clearly have the upper hand. The bitterness is substantial, but not overwhelming. The only thing that mars the flavor a bit is the alcohol, which seems quite strong at times. The ABV is a little over 9%, but if I didn't know better, I'd guess it was closer to 11 or maybe even 12%.

M- Pretty full-bodied; you can tell you're drinking something substantial. Carbonation is fairly low, but still present.

D- The drinkability takes a bit of a hit because of the alcohol and the overall richness. Some people I've talked to said they finished bottles of this beer in just a few minutes and that the alcohol was well-hidden, but that hasn't been my experience. It takes me a while to finish one, and I typically wouldn't want another after that (although there are definitely exceptions to that).

This is a very good beer and a great example of a Double IPA. It's just not the best one I've ever had. The flavor and aroma are very good, but it doesn't hide its alcohol well, and that hurt it some, in my opinion. Still a great example of the style, and I would suggest buying some if you get the chance. Recommended.

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3.43/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, batch # 8912, which was born of Jan 13, according to the website. So, over three months. The beer is underwhelming. Aroma is hoppy, possibly a little solventy/resiny. Taste is sweet, almost to the point of cloying. There is a bitter grapefruit rind finish. I believe this is my first DIPA and I find it oddly disappointing. Given my anticipation of bitterness, I thought I would welcome a sweet malty backbone more. But it might actually be too sweet. 10% alcohol? That will be a hoot when I try to stand up.

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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from tap, poured into an unfrosted pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy oranage/golden color with a medium off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Smells of sweet hops with a citrus background. Sweeter than other DIPAs.

T - Wow. The hop punch is there, but not the expected super-hoppy/super-bitter taste. Hops are quickly met by a honey-lemon/orange combination. Finishes on the sweet side, which counters the bitterness. Probably the most unique DIPA I've ever had.

M - Plentiful carbonation with a medium body that finishes on the crisp and creamy side. No alcohol sensation on the finish, either.

D - I just now noticed the high ABV...wow! I honestly had no idea when I was drinking this. Anyway though...this ranks very firmly in my top 3 DIPA's and I want to have this on hand at all times. Compared to others, $45/case sounds great to me. Amazing, just amazing.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of plfahey
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium yellow to gold in color with light haze. Moderate white head with good retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Holy hops! What an amazing hop bouquet-citrus, pine, pineapple, grapefruit, resin-this beer smells awesome. Some light bready malt peaks through the hops, and there's a faint whiff of alcohol as well.

Flavor-Smooth piney and resiny hop flavors take the forefront, with some citrusy hop flavors as well. Some slight bready, caramelly malt sweetness peeks through in the center, before being wiped from the palate by moderately high hop bitterness. The hop bitterness carries on far into the aftertaste, but is smooth and pleasant. Light hop flavors of resin linger as well. Truly delicious.

Mouthfeel-Moderate to moderately full body and moderate carbonation come together to give this a firm, yet silky smooth feel on the palate. Though there's definitely some bitterness here, at no point does it even verge on astringent. There is a very light alcohol warmth in the finish, which is the only hint you get that this is a 10% beer.

Bravo. I'm tempted to say that this is the best DIPA I've ever had. The hop aroma is great, but that can be said for several other great DIPAs. What truly sets this one apart is the smoothness of the flavor and bitterness-it's so refreshing that it almost begs you to drink more. This is a fucking awesome beer.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a neighborhood pub in a brandy snifter. The beer is a golden/orange color with some hop haze and a small but clingy white head. The aroma is intensely hoppy, slap you in the face American hops, tangerine and apricot aromas come to my mind. The flavor is like the smell, very very hoppy with a solid yet not overpowering hop bitterness. There is a bit of sweet malt and a warming quality from the high ABV, although that is appreciated and is not harsh. The carbonation is medium and body medium as well. Overall an intense, well crafted, very enjoyable beer. At its ABV it is amazing how drinkable this beer is, I especially enjoy the over the top hop flavor/aroma and yet not exceedingly bitter.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light amber color with strong visibility of carbonation. It has a quater inch white head, that has very good retention. What an incredible aroma, strong hop scents, with citrus, pine, and earthy fragrances attack the nose. Malt starts the flavor off well, then it blends into this intense hop flavor. The hops start slowly with a light citrus flavor, it then it gradually becomes more pronounced as it reaches every taste bud on the palate. A light feel on the tip of the tongue, but it gains heftiness as it flows towrds the back of the throat. Quite frankly, this is an amazing beer, incredible aroma, intense flavor (106 IBU's !), make this a must try beer for any hophead out there.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,093 ratings.