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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

9,852 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,852
Reviews: 3,116
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,889
Gots: 1,482 | 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 Hobbit
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MooseBoose, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of bfields4
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Crisp clear golden color. Nice frothy head laces the glass very well.

Hops blast off this guy. Pine and citrus are very prevalent. Lemon to grapefruit.

Sweet to the taste. A very present honey mellows the powerful hops. Herbal and citrus play very well off each other. While it is a super hoppy beer all the flavors come off very well balanced. The bitterness reminds me almost of apple juice.

Wonderfully smooth and drinkable. Has just the right touch of alcohol to help provide a kick to the flavors. It is lightly carbonated. Believe the hype... worth seeking out.

bfields4, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of krisandajt
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to review this bad boy for a while now...finally got the chance.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear, golden color. Head foams up nice, about two finger widths. Settles slowly with some nice lacing left behind.

Smell: Hoppy, just a bit of pine, nice! Not overwhelming either...it actually has a slight bit of sweetness to it.

Taste: Smooth and hoppy. I was expecting more of a hoppy punch at the end, but it is actually finishes off nicely. Bitter but not overwhelming, with just a little bit of pine. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was okay. I was expecting a little more carbonation and a heavier feel to it. Regardless, it was smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable if you like hops (which I do). High ABV makes this less of a session brew and more of a one-timer, atleast for me. Still, I will definitely be drinking more of these in the future.

krisandajt, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Snow81
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden orange

Smell: nice floral and citrus notes on the nose

Head: not much head dies out right after the poor

Taste: Great! super hoppy but find when its fresh it seems a bit hot with a mouthfull so this gets better with age...3 years

Weight: has some maltyness to it but still lighter style DIPA

Finish: The hop lingers after for quite a bit with some stickyness going on.

Snow81, Feb 01, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Topher78, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Spike-likes-beer
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Spike-likes-beer, Feb 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

plinythederek, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Braden
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Braden, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of bosco7
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with plentiful head.

Orange, lavender, pine resin and some strawberry in the nose. The aroma doesn't really entice me much. I find Two Hearted to much more appealing in the nose.

Big malty start that is overtaken with candy orange, mango, tobacco, floral/perfumey, and pine needle flavors. Some booze which was expected. Finishes very bitter with some residual sweetness. Nice flavors.

Medium-big mouthfeel with some carbonation bite. Nice DIPA but I think that prefer Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Still good and worth trying.

bosco7, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of pest
5/5  rDev +11.4%

pest, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

DersOne, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of MeisterSmudge
3.5/5  rDev -22%

MeisterSmudge, May 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

VaTechPhilly, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of mattyrubes
5/5  rDev +11.4%

mattyrubes, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Nutwood
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Nutwood, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of j0hnc2468
4/5  rDev -10.9%

j0hnc2468, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of JohnG190
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a thin, white head. Little lacing. Lots of hop resin, tropical fruit and biscuit aromas on the nose. Honey notes on the palate with nice hop bitterness. Very dry. Some heat from the 10% ABV. Super smooth with a medium body. Nice level of carbonation. Overall, Bell's Hopslam is unlike any other DIPA out there, well crafted and balanced, it's definitely worth seeking out!

JohnG190, Feb 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

MrNate, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ScottJWing, Oct 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -33.2%

beefsquatch, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of brewmudgeon
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

notes from 1/20/2011: won't change any ratings, still an excellent beer. just noting the nose while very good does not blow a person away and, more importantly, the pale malty sweetness is so intense it makes me wish for more bitterness to balance it out. back to back against double trouble, the founders offering seemed to bring enough bitterness to give it the edge in drinkability.

a 4 clear light golden apricot. almost no head, quickly to a ring, scattered spots of lace.

s 4.5 fresh green herbal citrusy hops. grassy/piney/fresh parsley-like. some sweetness is noticeable too. yeast rolls, water crackers. the sweet malts are becoming more predominant the more i inhale. the smell is similar to a 90 minute when you can find a 90 minute in good shape--but this smells better, fuller, fresher and less green. the hops also have that noble quality, so it's also reminiscent a SA imperial pilsner, but less one-dimensional and far less alcohol presence despite the higher abv.

t 4 this is one malty iipa. thick, smooth, and sweet. the hops are there in good quantity but are barely a match for the residual sugars. at first i detect no bitterness whatsoever, then a few little bites--nibbles really, until the beer starts to warm. (it better hurry up with the warming though, as every sip demands another, bigger sip.) in intensity, the hop aroma is like a 9, the flavor a 7, the bitterness a 3 or 4.

m 4 med-full bodied, syrupy, moderate carbonation.

d 4-4.5 insanely drinkable for 10% abv! i haven't had many beers this strong, but this is easily the most drinkable of any over 9%, even of any over 8%, that i've experienced. the back of the bottle says this is a "biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale." don't think i can agree. it's more a sinful, sticky, hop candy of a dessert.

brewmudgeon, Feb 07, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Yoda22
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a brilliant copper/orange, medium haze. 1 finger head that dissipated fairly quick. Good lacing.

S- Oh wow. Where do I begin on the the smell. It's just amazing hoppy goodness but I am having trouble separating out the smell. The first things that come to mind are pine and vanilla? There is also some sweet citrus in there, orange-like. Some honey or caramel as well.

T- Delicious as advertised. There definitely is a "hop slam" as the bitterness hits you up front but balances nicely with the sweet malt; the bitterness lingers long after as well. The alcohol bite is noticeable but considering this is a 10% beer it's really masked quite well.

M- Great full body, almost creamy. Perfect smooth finish that just leaves you wanting more.

O- Worth the hype, definitely worth of the high ratings.

Yoda22, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

jburns301, Aug 04, 2014
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,852 ratings.