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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,148 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 10,148
Reviews: 3,131
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,987
Gots: 1,547 | FT: 37
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 loverofthecraft
4/5  rDev -10.9%

loverofthecraft, Jul 29, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -2%

kplooki, Nov 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of muletrane
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Nice light amber almost orange colour. 2 fingers of white head with nice tight bubbles, good retention and lacing.

S: Big citrusy grapefruit and orange peel notes. Slightly sweet (maybe from the honey). A touch of alcohol.

T: A very nice balance between the citrusy hop profile and the sweetness from the honey. A blast of citrusy hops up front and a smooth sweet honey flavor on the back end. Finishes with lingering bitterness. A touch of alcohol as it warms.

M: A very smooth DIPA! Maybe it's the added honey that gives this beer such a smooth mouthfeel. Hops and honey coat the mouth. Moderate body with light carbonation.

Overall this is a top notch DIPA. One of the best. Very drinkable for the abv. Very smooth with an excellent hop profile and balance. Worth seeking out if it's available. Tastes amazing on draft!

muletrane, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of drxandy
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a standard pint glass from 12oz
poured a beautiful hazey golden color kinda thick and resiny

smells like a hop bomb! loads of hop oils blowing up your nose, citrus peel and honey

tastes like bitter hops, citrus, sweeter edge honey/caramel malt, the alcohol heat has died down a bit from the bottle i had earlier in the year, blended nicely but the hop smack has faded a little too - still drinking great though, tastes like it's in its prime.

mouthfeel felt oily and coated my mouth with lucious hops, bitter and crisp

drxandy, May 08, 2008
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

jcb7472, Mar 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

canadianghetto, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Prost76, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

koes0024, Mar 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

plinythederek, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

JLeet, Oct 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

bcuz7, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

cfadams17, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of kkleu357
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

Finally get to try this one. Have been looking forward to it for awhile. Golden hazy color. One inch fluffy head. Malty sweet aroma hits you first. Then the hop smell comes through. The flavor of this is very well balanced. Grapefruit, caramel, hops. The honey makes a nice touch of sweetness.This is a very good beer. Only complaint is it is just a touch too sweet. I would like a little more of the fruit to come through and a little less sweetness, then I’d give it a 5.

kkleu357, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of TheBierBand
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Heorot in Muncie, IN. Served in a tulip glass with a generous 1" off-white head over a orangy colored beer. The head lasted quite a while and left lots of clumpy lace as I drank.

Aroma: I could pick up lots of citrusy hops... like orange peel. But this was balanced off by a generous helping on toasted malt too.

Taste: Quite good! a rich, robust dose of citrusy hops that is well-balanced witha sweet caramel and grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and with good body. Carbonation is medium and provides a nice body and weight to this beer.

Drinkability: Excellent. Could enjoy a few of these.

TheBierBand, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Converge
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a yankee pint. Bottle in January. Not optimal freshness, but it'll do.

A - Pours a hazy rusty amber hue with a dense foamy off-white cap. Tons of effervescence flowing up the glass. Nice dense head retention and sticky, thorough lacing.

S - Super hop forward. Crisp pine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and peach. Fairly fruity with a tropical twang to it. Subtle caramel malt, just enough. Nice mix of sweet and bitter in the hop bouquet.

T - Fantastic. A delicate balance of palate-intensive hop assault, but the bittering character is brought back just enough. And its tasty as hell. Pineapple, mango, green apple, and grapefruit giving it an excellent tropical fruit hop barrage upfront. Floral notes abound as well, with a crisp and zesty citric quality. Minimal malt in the profile. Overall, it feels very fresh, balanced and drinkable. Holy hell this is a great beer.

M - Medium bodied, but lots of lively but fine bubbles of carbonation. Smooth, but a little warm and oily, as DIPAs tend to be. Sticky on the lips too!

D - This is a benchmark for the style of the 'double' IPA. Most in the style are merely IBU bombs, with an obnoxious palate wrecking bitterness and lack of any real flavor. This isn't. Reminds me of a domestic favorite of mine, Red Racer IPA, in that it has tons and tons of flavor but is still immensely drinkable. Absolutely delicious DIPA, and that's coming from a guy who doesn't really care for the style.

Converge, Apr 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

cclark67789, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

hermit990, Jan 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

beb86, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Phocion
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A local bar got a case of this stuff in last night and since I haven't been able to find it anywhere else I decided to try a bottle. Expertly poured by the bartender into a Unibroue tulip. Bright cloudy orangish-tangerine color with a massive white head that took its time to fade away into a thin crown that stayed until the last sip.

Massive nose that wasn't as bitter as I had expected, but nonetheless was very pleasant. Definite billing of citric hops; thick fruity aromas such as apricot, peaches, oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple with a tiny hint of pine as well. Nice malt base for the balance; caramel and honey.

Very bittersweet flavor from the citric fruit-salad with just a touch of sweet malts to keep them in check. Very dry finish.

Excellent carbonation and definitely quite a bit of body to this one. Strangely I have never had a beer that could feel so creamy yet so dry and crisp at the same time. For a DIPA approaching 10% I had absolutely no problems finishing this and the only reason I decided on a Two-Hearted afterwards was that I still had to drive home.

Phocion, Jan 25, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orange, not quite clear. Big off-white head. Leaves lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S - huge blast of sweet mango, very tropical

T - powerful mix of hop flavour, bitterness, maltiness, and alcohol. More mango goodness, but also lots of grapefruit. Aftertaste is incredible, hop flavour lingers forever.

M - somewhat sticky, but by the time you swallow, the bitterness and drying alcohol have more than cleansed your palette. Overall body is med-light. Alcohol is smooth, but it's tough to mask 10%, so it's pretty warm.

D - flavours and aromas are oustanding, and incredibly easy to drink

The few Bell's beers I have managed to sample have all been absolutely top notch, and this is no exception. This has everything that I'm looking for in a big IPA. Not much more to say, except believe the hype!

Thanks to Demcorhip for the bottle!

markaberrant, May 11, 2008
Photo of uustal
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy orange color with a huge white head. Awesome lacing and head retention. Aroma is noticeable even on the pour. The honey stands out along with awesome tropical fruits, mangos. Absolutely wonderful aroma. The honey sweetness begins the flavor profile, followed by those big tropical fruit flavors. Then a second kick of hops, this time of the floral, pine and citrus variety add a bit of bitterness, but a great blend with the honey sweetness to the last half of the beer.

uustal, Feb 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

jsilva, May 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

TheRealDBCooper, Jan 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Quafftastic, Jun 21, 2013
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,148 ratings.