Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4/5 rDev -10.9%
I was not sure of all the hype when I was luckily able to try this on tap. This definitely did not dissapoint.
A: Poured ruby orange (low lit bar) with perfect hazy white head. Lacing was very apparent after each sip.
S: Very fruity/pine scent up front, sweet honey and fruit cake like aroma to follow.
T: This guy hit the spot..then so did the next, then the third. Starts off with a the hoppy fruit and dissapates into the yummy sweet but not too sweet fruit cake in the smell. Ends with the honey and malts balanced with the pine/fruit.
M: This was bar none the best mouthfeel of an IPA I have ever experienced...atleast that I can remember to this point. Very oily and thick in the mouth with the perfect amount of carbonation so as not to induce a large belch after each sip but not flat, just perfect.
D: Top notch. I was exposed to many differnt options of amazing beer on tap and could not leave this one. After two on an empty stomach getting thrown back fast, maybe it's too drinkable.
02-07-2008 14:54:19 | More by dsigmon
4.3/5 rDev -4.2%
A- Poured a Hazy copper color with a nice amount of thick head look heavy before even tasting it.
S- Scents of bright citrus hops ruby grapefruit, apricots and honey malt sweetness
T- Starts with a lot of bright citrus fruit hops then moves on to malt balance and finishes with super bitter resinous hops
M- Just what a DIPA should be heavy and coating in the mouth
D- This is a great example of a go for broke intensely hopped beer which still manages to be balanced. Due to the high ABV and sheer amount of hops I think I could only do about two of these before moving on but none the less another fantastic brew from Bell's
06-22-2008 01:38:40 | More by UA8
4.83/5 rDev +7.6%
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a bright, clear golden orange topped by a frothy, creamy white head.
Glorious aromas of hops on top of hops on top of hops: fresh cut grapefruit, orange marmalade, lime zest, and earthy pine resin. Light toasted malt lingers in the background, but this is definitely a hop lover's beer.
Maltier on the palate than expected, with the toasted and lightly bready note out front alongside a touch of caramel sweetness. But not to be cast aside, the hops quickly butt in and steal the show. Bittersweet orange zest and pith, oily resin, and a mildly pungent peppery spiciness abound. Fades into a sweet but earthy honey flavor, toasted almonds, and bitter pine needles, with a lingering finish that just keeps going, evolving all the way. In a word, dynamic.
Medium to full bodied and quite firm, but somehow drinks like it's light and soft. Oily and sticky, facilitating the unending finish. Is this beer really 10%? Quite possibly the most drinkable double IPA in production.
01-31-2010 23:37:26 | More by wnh
4.68/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
02-01-2011 03:57:18 | More by Snow81
4.72/5 rDev +5.1%
Poued froma bottle into a snifter
Same story here as Naterock we got this and feel very lucky still got 1 more.
A-Very clean copper nice head and laces throughout the glass.
S-Clean crisp nothing overpowering anything else which is incedible for a double IPA citrus, honey and hops all there and noteable.
T&M-Can't do it justice the blance ond sm oothness of this beer is something that all brewers stiver for and if they dont they should i love saying that this was anything but a typical IPA or double IPA it was incredible. Nice medium body perfect carbonation level for what they were going for.
D-Anywhere anytime if i see it consoder it purchased.
07-09-2008 03:40:18 | More by SpecialK088
4.05/5 rDev -9.8%
Pours out an orange color, almost amber. Very perfectly clear, with a 1cm white head, with minimal lacing. Looks just to style, I like the appearance. The smell is filled with fruity hops, and the honey sweetness is very present. There's also the entire range of hoppy smells in there, which is nice: orange zest, herbal, floral, earthy, leafy. Very nice, but not the most completely overwhelming nose of hops. The taste is very rich. I get loads of fruity hops with quite a nice grapefruit sweetness. The bitterness isn't actually overpowering - I can find some balance here, and there is plenty of hop flavor. I love the late hops. The taste of the honey on my tongue is really nice, adds a bit of complexity to go with the hops. The mouthfeel is right about what you'd expect, full of hops, nice carbonation, not much of an alcohol burn. I found myself diving back for sip after sip, and the 10% didn't hit me until the end.
I wish I could've gotten my hands on it back in January, but more than happy to have it now.
03-04-2009 02:10:36 | More by taylorhamrick
4.83/5 rDev +7.6%
Thanks to khumbard for the fine box today. I couldn't help but open a hopslam immediately.
Golden amber, barley fields coated in fine wildflower honey, the finest days on a sunny farm. Citrus and pine, muted behind a rosy wink of delight. Smooth and crisp, who said it is 10% I do not believe! 5 or 6, sure, but no this cannot be that big.
May the fine ladies and gents at Bell's be thanked, especially that cute dread-head girl who served me this august.
01-16-2010 00:01:38 | More by olympuszymurgus
4.18/5 rDev -6.9%
Bottle from the bottle
Looked fine from the bottle.
Smells: pine, hemp, hop, and resin
Tastes: Like a good rope, and a pencil factory
Overall, this is a good beer. It is a beer for the hop lover. Quite frankly, I would choose Hoptimum over Hopslam. However, Hopslam is a great beer in its own right.
02-13-2013 02:44:26 | More by BierStein711
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,772 ratings.