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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,995 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,995
Reviews: 3,125
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,941
Gots: 1,515 | FT: 41
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Prager62, Jun 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Thedaver4220, Jan 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

LouDogg114, Feb 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

bigbeerfan, Jan 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Braden, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle with freshness code: 8285.
Label illustration depicts dude flat on back after being slammed by giant hop mass. Nice visual metaphor.

Pours a light copper with a thin, creamy, egg-shell colored head. Minimal carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Initial nose of pineapple and lots of it, followed by notes of spruce, honey and cinnamon bread.

Starts off sweet - citrus, honey and brown sugar, moves on to a well-balanced amalgam of piney hops and malt. As it warms, Hopslam becomes bitter, yet never biting. Finishes dry and, at 10% Alc., somewhat hot.

Sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Very hard to believe this clocks in at 106 IBUs. Extremely drinkable for such a high ABV. Not all that sessionable, but worthy of slamming two.

Three Floyd's take note. This is what Dreadnaught should aspire to be.

CaptainIPA, May 11, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

zachattack555, Apr 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preview: "The Bell's Brewery batch number you searched '10115' is a Bell's Hopslam Ale and was packaged on January 11th, 2011." The beer is a bit over 3 weeks old and was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A gorgeous, clear, honey orange color with a nice off-white head. The foamy two inch head slowly collapses, etching the glass with permanent lace.

Smell: One word says it: Wow! This is the most amazingly and powerfully aromatic beer I have ever experienced. As soon as the bottle is opened, it starts. After it hits the glass....there is an aroma cloud that envelops a 2 ft area around the pour. The smell is incredible. Pineapple, mango, peach, honey, grapefruit, and pine. I could smell this all day.

Taste: The taste blows me away. A changing flavor profile throughout the experience is quite unique. The first taste is all pine and bitter. The next several sips highlight the honey and grapefruit. Then some malt. Each sip has flavors to savor. Flavors mellow and get more floral as it warms. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a pleasant oily feeling left on the roof of the mouth from the hop resins.

Drinkability: Superb. You would never know this weighs in at 10% ABV. Each sip has me muttering things like "ahhhh", "amazing" and "incredible". Very few beers do that. Very few.

Overall: Despite all the hype....there is definitely a reason with this one. This has got to be my favorite beer...definitely in the top 2 no doubt. Bell's has done a great job here. If not for the ABV...I could drink these all day long. I was lucky enough to procure a case worth of these and will be spacing them out nicely over the next month or so. Even my wife (not a big beer fan) loved this one. Sadly, while I wish this was available year-round...at least there will be Bell's Two-Hearted Ale to fill in the gap. Get this beer if you have not tried it while it is still available.

Brunite, Feb 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ejw127, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

jcb7472, Mar 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Vlaminck, Feb 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

fishmich, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Liberatiscioli, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

ScotNH, Mar 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

cd_beer_disapear, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

loverofthecraft, Jul 29, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy Crap in a pita! A bold beast that is absolutely outstanding! The color was not what I was expecting. A little bit more orange and murky than what I'm used to, but not offsetting in any way. Smells like someone juiced a grapefruit on a pine tree. Taste is pretty dry with a bitter following. Overall, an oustanding beer that really hits the spot.

jdubjacket, Apr 14, 2008
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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
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

brendaniel, Jan 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

weerezboy, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Chrixsus, Jan 27, 2013
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4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours clear amber with off-white head.

S: Intense pine and citrus hops, some alcohol.

T: This is about as hopped as you can get! Resinous pine and dank, citrusy hop flavor is what this is all about, accompanied by some honey and a fair amount of bitterness.

M: Slick medium body.

O: This stuff is so delicious! Widely available and affordable at only $14.99/6. This may be the closest thing to a perfect beer. Whatever you do, don't pass this up!

d5001986, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

berkshire413, Mar 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Dagsy, Apr 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -33.2%

beefsquatch, Mar 20, 2014
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,995 ratings.