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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

10,364 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,364
Reviews: 3,151
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,158
Gots: 1,679 | 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:
Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004

Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.
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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wish it wasn't seasonal because its a great IPA!

Photo of bobbypaulson
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of obrienc
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Markus98
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sparty1224
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 1/10/15, making this 11 days old.

A: Pours a nice, bright golden color with a 3/4 finger white head. Perfectly clear, no haze.

S: Pineapple, mango, peach. A touch of honey sweetness here, much more prominent than previous vintages.

T: Great, complex hop flavor up front. Several different varietals give way to a nice mixture of grapefruit, peach, banana. Back of the mouth gives more piney and resinous flavors.

M: Nice and full. At 10%, alcohol is well hidden here. Finish is not overly bitter or bruising, but it does stick on your tongue for a while.

O: So I had this fresh on draft just yesterday and am able to compare to the bottle version directly. I do slightly prefer this more on draft, as those pours were a bit more aromatic for me, the flavors popped just a touch more, and the mouthfeel was a bit more creamy and smooth. Nonetheless, this beer, in any format, is outstanding. It's refreshing to drink a mixed-hopped DIPA after so many single-hopped beers (mostly of the citra variety). This one is so well balanced and complex. Nice to see the honey come through much more this year as well. Unlike some people on these forums, I've actually grown more fond of this beer over time and I think it ranks right up there with the best of the DIPAs.

Recommendation: A must-try for any craft beer fan. Drink it fresh!

Photo of ZachDow7
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BoyDrinksWorld
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of strandm
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KBS
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffh84
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chefrhetkwon
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bells knows how to make an IPA

Photo of TrojanRB
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DannyG24
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer! Wish it was brewed year round!!

Photo of Eagleyes
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goblue2354
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AndyBeerGuy
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MRN
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of docoman
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had the 2013, 2014 and now 2015... I think I like the 2015 much better than 2014 and little better than 2013 (from what I can remember freshly having in 2013). I didn't really enjoy last years version, this one seems smoother and more refreshing than last years. Would recommend trying. As beer starts to warm up the honey flavor really kicks in.

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One word.....Amazing! A hop heads dream......this is a treat!

Photo of jrborchert74
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KZane
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 98green
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaulyB83
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 01/08/15 Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

L- Medium amber, looks like honey, good clarity, two finger slightly off white head dissipated quickly to a ring.

S- Big hop aroma on this beer, hop dankness, mango, pineapple, maybe a little stone fruit, I believe I'm getting quite a bit of Simcoe and Citra here, I know I've read that this is exclusively dry hopped with Simcoe. I swear I can smell a slight presence of the honey. The abv is only slightly present.

T- The dankness comes through more in the flavor, pine that you don't get from the aroma, and then some of those fruit notes come through, finishes with a light bitter bite and a definitely lingering honey flavor can be detected. Some of the alcohol comes through, a bit more than I'd like but only a slight warming on the tongue.

F- Slightly syrupy but a good mouthfeel for such a big beer.

O- An amazing beer that is worthy of hype and one every hop head should try at least once. The honey adds a dimension to it that others do not have, for me I find it takes away slightly from the hops but it still works, it just might not be everyone's cup of tea. Another thing I have found is that this beer is really best within the first couple of week from bottling. I find the alcohol can become more present at about a month, it's the same problem I have with Oracle as well. But the aroma of this beer is up there with all the others, very bright and a definite slam in your face.

Photo of jiggidy
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,364 ratings.