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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

9,853 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,853
Reviews: 3,116
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,891
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 jburns301
4/5  rDev -10.9%

jburns301, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of DaveAnderson
2.98/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the most inconsistent beers I have ever rated. I liked almost everything about 2009 and 2010, except the honey aroma.

Everything changed in 2011, though. Suddenly, I was drinking a near-perfect DIPA. Abundant pine and citrus on the nose, and balance on the tongue.

Too bad I am reviewing 2012, then. I found very little to like about this beer. It looked great in the glass.

But that's where the fun ended. I took a whiff, and was happy to note the absence of honey. But where was the rest? This beer is supposed to smell like *something*, for crying out loud. I was halfway through this beer with my nose buried in the glass before I could sense anything at all.

And where was the balance? There's no sweetnes to balance the bitterness. This might have been OK in an aromatic beer, but not in this one.

Blech.

DaveAnderson, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Thedaver4220
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Thedaver4220, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of RandyBoBandy
5/5  rDev +11.4%

RandyBoBandy, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of cbeer88
5/5  rDev +11.4%

cbeer88, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of goldbot
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange in color with not much head. Some good lacing but the head dissipates really quickly. Intense citrus aroma with tons of tropical fruit; grapefruit, mango, pineapple, etc. Taste is more fruit, very citrusy. The preceived bitterness is only moderate. Not boozy at all considering the high ABV. Could pass it off as a regular IPA, other than the intense amounts of hop aroma and flavor. Still a great DIPA.

goldbot, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of quine
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

quine, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of twenteone
5/5  rDev +11.4%

twenteone, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of TubbyDullard
3.5/5  rDev -22%

TubbyDullard, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

OleDixie, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of CORKSCREWFISH
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

CORKSCREWFISH, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of BeRanger
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a 12oz bottle into a Petrus Tulip.

A: Pours orange, one finger of white head that dissapates rather quickly. Little to no lacing is present.

S: Very fruity, citus fruits such as grapefruit are definitely present with honey. The hop smell is very minimal.

T: This has to be the smoothest DIPA I've had - including Dreadnaught. Fruity tastes up front, finishes with a little bit of a honey and hop taste, not bitter - perfect.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

O: Outstanding. It's downright scary that this DIPA is 10% because it could easily be a session beer. I could drink these until I pass out, which by the 10% ABV wouldnt be very long. I'm glad there is plenty to go around this time of year. Good work Bells!

BeRanger, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of pinnser
5/5  rDev +11.4%

pinnser, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of brewtus
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- pours light orange, clear, nice lingering two finger head that laces perfectly.
S- floral hops, bready, sweet honey, earthy, slightly malty, some ginger
T- warm hops, not harsh at all, very very well balanced. Like the smell, a lot of floral hops, honeysuckle, citrus, biscuit, the honey is notable but not in a sweet way.
M- as expected for a 10% , a little thicker but spot on.
O- so my first few I've drank through the week I thought it was a bit over rated. After sitting down and picking it apart, I realize this is one of the most enjoyable IPAs I've ever had, the honey gives it a nice district flavor without making it sweet and the flavors compliment eachother perfectly. I can't believe how drinkable this is for a 10% abv beer. Worth the large price tag .

brewtus, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Tyrus
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Tyrus, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Ultimate
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Ultimate, Apr 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Barhoppin13, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Swaino
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Light amber color, caramel, high carbonation, almost champagne-like with all the bubbles. Great lacing. A couple turns of the glass brings the head right back.

N- Light citrus, lemon peel, malty but not overpowering. Slightly boozy. Notes of pine.

T- Piney up front, some citrus, each sip brings on new complex flavors as it warms up. Bitter but just enough to keep you coming back for the next sip. A little boozy at the end. Finishes with a strong hop and pine.

M- Strongest part of this beer. Smooth, tangy, leaves a thin pine coating.

O- Well rounded. Tastes different each time I have one, even in isolation. Remarkable balance for its ABV. Feel like the beer matures during the 15 minutes it takes you to drink . Well done Bells!

Swaino, Feb 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

brn9000, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

GinsuDave, May 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

KWMiles, Jan 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Flashyspoons, May 19, 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%

hmmmbeer10, Apr 03, 2014
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,853 ratings.