Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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10,267 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,267
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,054
Gots: 1,570 | FT: 39
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.18/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Greg for the bottle.

Poured in to a tulip, its medium gold in color and quite hazy. On top sits a white head with good consistency. It starts off as one finger large and then recedes into a solid cap.

The aroma is weaker than I expected. It really isn't that intense at all. It has a general citrus and pine aroma, I would guess it uses Centennial and Simcoe in the hop bill. It's balanced more towards the pine, with just a touch of peach. It's a nice aroma, but it's on the weak side as far as DIPA's go.

The flavor of the beer is mostly focused on being brutally bitter. It is similar to licking the peel of a very bitter grapefruit. It's a bit harsh, but in a way that makes me want more. The sweetness to this beer is vague. There is no caramel, and the honey doesn't add enough for it to be recognized blindly. I can tell however that this beer uses highly fermentable sugars like honey, because the malt has no impact and lets the hops do their thing. Besides bitterness, the hops add a slight grapefruit flavor and some pine and menthol notes on the finish. There is also a touch of alcohol.

The palate is medium bodied with a relatively high carbonation. As it went on, I felt it was too much. I enjoyed the beer, but it needs more hop aroma and flavor....which isn't a good thing to be saying about a DIPA. I usually prefer aromatic DIPA's, and can care less about bitterness, so this isn't a favorite of mine.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of MrKennedy
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, thanks to Rifugium and pdeepak for the bottle. Into a Southern Tier tulip.

Glowing golden appearance with a hint of orange about it. Really nice, abundant head of white foam on top that drips lacing. Really good looking beer.

Smell starts of as being a bit herbal. The honey is evident, so too the orange and citrus coming out of it. A bit of hoppy dankness to it as well, makes it more intruiging. Great mix.

Love the honey influence with this. Not the heavy honey, but really light, lifted sweetness. Goes well with a decent malt base that hides well in the background allowing the fruitiness to come through with pineapple, sweet pine sap and sweet grapefruit there.

Sweetness, fullness and a lightness that you would not expect from 10% ABV. Found this super drinkable and fortunate that this is at home, do not get any sign of booze. Sufficient bitterness to keep you coming back.

Loved it! Overall it is fantastic. Gives the sweetness of honey without any cloying or harshness. Lifts the flavour profile and in an incredibly drinkable way. One of the best hoppy beers i've come across.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch 8907. Mostly clear deep gold-orange color with a small white head that leaves some spotty lace. Citrus, melon rind, alcohol, sweet honey, and spicy herbal hop aroma. Quite sweet, with a touch of honey and bread. Some fruity, citrucy hop flavor and a finish that almost gets dry and bitter until the sweetness comes back in and sticks to the back of the tongue. Medium bodied and rather light feel overall, which helps to partially mitigate the sweetness. This could use either a ton more hops, or a much dryer finish. I'll stick to two hearted.

Rerate: Same batch, a couple more bottles have been mused over. Impressions: The aroma is a nice citric-fruity hop and sweet honey malt combo, though it's a bit light for a double IPA. The flavor, while still falling more on the sweet side, is dryer than I had previously thought. It's not the residual sugar so much as the lack of stronger bittering hops that set the balance this way. I think that the fruity hop flavor and more modest bitterness combine to give a sweet, fruity overall impression. It is growing on me. A balanced and very drinkable IIPA. The body is about as light as I can imagine a 10%abv beer being. If it weren't for the alcohol presence, this could be almost a regular IPA. While I more intense and complex overall hop character could transform this beer into something amazing, it is still enjoyable and deserves a couple more points.
Rerate: on tap at Brickskeller. More bitterness and assertive hop flavors, still very drinkable. Freshness seems to be the world in this beer. Hopslam has beer my learning experience with balanced IIPAs, and I like it more every time I have it.
More Random Indecisiveness: had it again, and, eh,.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.1/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Batch # on back label, which yields a bottling date when punched into Bell's online dB.

Pale amber, thin creamy white head.

Notes of lemon & grapefruit make up the nose.

Sweet with a touch of biscuit. Finishes with big bold grapefruit flavour.

Medium bodies, moderate carbonation.

No real depth of flavour. Unremarkable.

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4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: HopSlam pours a slightly hazy tangerine-copper with a creamy ecru-colored head that sticks around a while, retains well, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Good appearance for a DIPA, but not a world-beater.

S: The aroma, however, is pretty awesome. The honey is detectable as a background element, but the main attractions are the juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromas that explode out of my glass.

T&M: Tons of tropical fruit, citrus, and slightly piney hop flavors here. Absolutely explosive flavor, even now in June. A delicate sweetness from the honey is what really masks the alcohol to me. The maltiness is lightly sweet and cookie-like, though it serves as a light background for the insane hop flavor. The finish is long, drying, and makes me salivate for more. Body is medium to full with a silky feel that's not syrupy or overly resinous and sticky. Very smooth feel.

D: By far the most drinkable DIPA I've had. In fact, this would be quaffable for a standard IPA. Despite its 10% ABV, this beer goes down incredibly easily. Hopslam satisfies hopheads, but will also likely convert many "non-believers" to the incredible potential of highly hopped beers.

Many thanks to mikereaser for allowing me to enjoy this incredible beer.

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4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/9/2012, so only two weeks old.

A - Pours a clear, honey color with a nice thin head and great lacing.

S - Strong citrus notes with honey and some pine present as well. A very strong and hoppy smell - I picked it up as soon as I opened the bottle.

T - Nice strong hops flavors that blend nicely with the honey and citrus notes. A bit of bitterness from the hops, but not quite in the form of a hopbomb.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation level and very creamy and drinkable. Smooth, and it hides the 10% pretty well. Amazing mouthfeel for a DIPA.

O - Hopslam is one of the best DIPAs out there and well worth the hype/price. I wish this wasn't quite the rarity that it is, but perhaps that is some of the charm. A must-have if you have any interest in DIPAs.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,267 ratings.