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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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8,782 Ratings

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Ratings: 8782
Reviews: 3087
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%

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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4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glass Used: Tulip

Appearance: A beautiful misty copper-orange body lurking beneath a jam-packed white foam. As you drink down this hoppy concoction layer upon layer of ringed lace is left behind. During this journey, a steady trickle of minuscule bubbles make their way to the surface.

Smell: I get the honey from the get go followed by floral aromas, stone fruits - dark plum, nectarine, a punch of citrusy-fruit hops. The malt waifs around and mingles with these scents.

Taste: Pretty close to the nose with the addition of a bigger citrus sweetness followed by more malt and the trademark hop kick to the mouth. Bitterness lingers for a while before fading.

Mouthfeel: With the aroma and flavors, I would expect this to have a bit heavier feel than it did. Nice bodied; medium at the most. Well carbonated.

Overall: I love the smell of this DIPA. Ranks up there with the best I've had. Definitely a beer all DIPA lovers need to have once in their lifetime.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 03:34:55 | More by darthvohn
Photo of RobbDogg

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade, and glad I got the chance. An excellent beer overall. For me, Not the most attractive on the nose, but not unpleasant. Honey and a little citrus. Not much bitterness which would have been nice to offset the sweetness. An original tasting beer, so I score it highly in taste for originality. The 10% alcohol is mostly masked, although sometimes I feel it tastes vaguely of a fruity cocktail. One to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:17:56 | More by RobbDogg
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 01/21/14

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange amber with a slight off-white finger width head. Good retention results in a fair layer of suds across the surface. Strong lacing left around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Scent hits on citrus pith and a touch of honey backed by a strong bready aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose to a degree. Profile is similar, but drinks stronger than the nose would have you believe. Orange peel and a touch of grapefruit upfront and throughout. Underlying honey sweetness and fair bready notes. Finishes with a light pith bitterness and a faint, long lingering honey sensation.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. 10% ABV? Hard to believe, but this buzz tells me otherwise. Utterly drinkable for such a monster brew.

Overall - Didn't quite live up to the hype for me, but it is still a hell of a beer. The flavor is pretty good, I'm just not head over heels in love with it. Too much honey, maybe. Really didn't bruise my tongue as the bottle suggested, but then again my lupulin threshold is pretty high these days. Stupid drinkable. I could probably knock back 3 of these without trying and get into trouble. Good thing it ain't from 'round these here parts!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 02:33:03 | More by TheSixthRing
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4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Beer pours a brilliant, glittering yellow-golden. A two-finger head of very tight, thick eggshell-white foam with a crown of loose bubbles falls at a moderate pace, leaving a thick ring of pocketed lace around the glass. Eventually, all that is left is a solid, thin blanket of sheen across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a soft, muted sunset orange and somewhat opaque, with a thick column of bubbles rising slowly up the middle. Traces of residual sugars on the sides of the glass linger, but not enough to call them legs.

S - Fresh pine backed by ruby red grapefruit and hints of mandarin orange. Nicely toasted malts and Jolly Rancher sugars push up through the hops on the ABV, which is present without being hot. As it warms, slightly acrid floral notes appear, followed by tropical notes opening up, such as mango.

T - Hop profile shifts to a noticeably more bitter one, featuring dry floral, herbal, a bit of resin, and hints of lemon rind. Toasted malts with notes of light caramels and hints of orange sugars provide a foundation in the background and somewhat of counter-balance, but make no mistake - the hops are the featured act here. The ABV is remarkably well-hidden. Bittering hops dominate the finish.

M - Fizzy, with mouth-filling carbonation. Body is on the light side, but solid. Components are well-integrated and rich with quality. The hops really take hold in the finish, creeping into the back of the nostrils and lingering on the tongue.

O - Better balanced than an all-out hop bomb, this is a big beer that's all about celebrating a variety of nuances various hops will produce, both in the nose as well as on the palette. It's expensive, but worth it if you're a fan of big and bitter. Watch out for the ABV, though; it will sneak up on you!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 15:58:57 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. This was bottled on 01/28/14 so is about a month and a half since bottling.

Appearance: Pours straight amber with a half finger of sticky white head, that slowly fades to a rim around the glass.

Smell: Resin, honey, citrus, "tropical" hops, hint of pine, malts. Big "dank" quality as well. Definitely hop forward; nice and pleasant.

Taste: Really restrained for a 10% DIPA. Honey, resin, citrus, mango, pine, pineapple, malts. Nice IPA flavors blended well together. Slight alcohol on finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Finish is a bit bitter with just a dash of heat.

Overall: Very drinkable for 10%. Nice hop flavors. Very well put together. I would definitely go to this one pretty often if it were in my area.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 23:16:09 | More by Resuin
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4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hopslam pours a clear yellow/orange with a moderate sized creamy white head on top. The foam fades slowly leaving a thick layer of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with tropical fruit, pine and some earthy hop notes. A touch of caramel malt is also present. I had an expectation of a strong hop aroma and was surprised with what I found.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with tropical fruits, like mango, coconut and pineapple. Sweet caramel malt lingers throughout and nicely balances the hops. It finishes moderately bitter with an earthy, grassy hop funk. Once gone the malt sweetness and tropical fruit lingers on the palate.

This 10% beer hides its abv well. It's a sipping beer, but each sip goes down quickly. The great mouthfeel and balance of hops and malt make this a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 22:04:00 | More by WanderingFool
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Ontario (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not uber fresh, bottled January. ChurchKey in DC. From notes.

A - Poured hazy dark golden with a thick off white head of two fingers. Great lace rings and a half finger retention.

S - Pungent hops, honey, dank, melon, pine. Quite nice.

T - Woah. Big pineapple core, pine, lot's of citrus, honey, bread, gripping with lot's of resin. Excellent stuff. A bit floral and some boozy, syrupy fruits come out later.

M - Good carbonation, full body, nice honey and bitterness to finish with some booze.

O/D - This is legit. Lives up to the hype for sure. So flavourful, complex, and lovely to sip. Not as easy drinking as Heady Topper, but they're different styles of DIPA. Lovely in it's own right.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 12:25:32 | More by tbeckett
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New Hampshire

4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip shaped glass. Dated 1/10/14 so it's exactly two months old. I'm guessing most will say i need to have it fresher but this is the best i can do here in New Hampshire.

I thought it presented almost perfectly, creamy off-white 3/4 head, some lacing as i go. Hazy, dense copper color, very pretty. The smell is good but not what drives the beer, musty & funky with a hint of sweetness. The taste is bitter and hoppy, no real fruit presence. Not sure if it's the honey that slightly offsets the bitterness but it works non-the-less. Overall, this a bubbly, carbonated, hoppy happy beer. Their isn't even a slight hint that it's 10%, no boozy taste or smell. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 22:48:13 | More by mjstacker
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District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Dogfish spiegelau glass.

First look is a light amber color with some haze. Smells very inviting with with floral honey and a citrus mix - I am going to say clementine and tangelo. Taste is very sweet - very prevalent organic raw honey. Still very tasty. Apparently this years release is not up to par when compared to previous years but I still think it is a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:35:33 | More by hops202
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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 1702 in Tucson, Arizona, served in a pint glass.

I got lucky and got served a pint instead of the 10 ounce pour the menu said I'd get. The beer arrived with a finger-thick head that was chewy looking and persisted well. The liquid was golden and copper with some light carbonation, plus had a bit of a hazy look.

Quite a bit of sweetness to this beer on the nose. There's a potent sweet malt aroma, fruity and citrusy hops and a subtler, resinous piney hops.

As the aroma led me to believe, this beer was sweet, very heavy on some berry-like, strawberry flavor. On the back end, I get the more resinous, spicy and piney hops. There's a thick mouthfeel to the beer and it's not until about mid-palate that the bitterness emerges, persisting until the finish. Supposedly this beer is ten percent ABV, but I'd never guess.

I found this beer delicious, but not particularly hopped up and aggressive as I'd expect from an Imperial IPA. Still, I liked the sweetness and the berry flavor and armoa that aren't common in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 04:13:06 | More by ONovoMexicano
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North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in a pub glass

A: Dark orange with a 1cm head that dissipates and leaves a thick lacing on the glass--beautiful.

S: Big hoppy blast as the cap came off and it just gets better and better as it warms. Some sweetness.

T: Pungent bright citrus notes balanced by a big malt bill that keeps the hops in check enough to completely hide the 10%. Citrus and tropical fruit everywhere.

M: Tiny bit on the thick side but what you expect for something so big.

AAAHHH. Just as it always is. IPAs continue to get bigger and more extreme but this big boy stays the same. Annual treat--have enjoyed for years and never disappoints. Others may blast you harder or remove all your enamel but this one stays wonderfully drinkable. I don't know why every craft drinker wouldn't want at least one sixer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 16:01:25 | More by surfcaster
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3.29/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is medium strength, more dank spectrum than fruity. Taste is sharp hoppiness, mixed dank with some fruity notes. Honey is very present, much more than I was expecting, and I don't particularly care for the sweetness it contributes. Wanted to really like this beer, but the honey and the hop profile were both disappointing. Very smooth for a 10% ABV beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 15:57:00 | More by Maurizio
Photo of bruinhoppy


4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had been looking forward to this beer for several months and was able to find it at a Whole Foods in my area. The store kept this beer in their backroom with strict limits per customer. Now I know why.

Great pour with noticeable head. Slightly hazy caramel color.

Immediate strong hops presence and followed by slightly sweet after taste.

Hints of banana and caramel.

Waited a long time for this one and was not disappointed. I should have found a way to buy more since now it appears I have to wait till next year for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 05:16:44 | More by bruinhoppy
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North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

120z bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Transparent amber color, with a on finger cream color head. Looks like an IPA.

S- Sweet honey, malt, pine forest, biscuit, some bitter soap and light citrus aromas.

T- Fresh hops up front, some bitter flavor in the middle to end. Smooth alcohol burn. Honey, malt, soap, lemon, and grapefruit.

M- Perfect for the style. ABV is hidden well. Medium carbonation and body is somewhat sticky.

O- I have had this gem a many of times and this one was a little more than a month old and it was great. Fresh is best on this one. Last year I had it 3 days after the bottle date and it was one of the best IPA's I've ever have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 17:36:12 | More by NCalement
Photo of JohnCassillo


4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Acquired 12 oz. bottle via trade; poured into tulip glass

A: Opaque copper/orange, with very little head at all; looks incredibly bright.

S: A powerful blend of citrus fruits, pine and honey that lingers throughout drinking.

T: The citrus takes a backseat to the honey and hop flavors, which come at you right up front. Can definitely taste the alcohol content, but it's still well masked by the other delicious flavors.

M: Warm and a bit heavy, with very minimal carbonation.

O: Glad I finally got to check this one out -- it's an absolutely delicious DIPA, and thoroughly delivers on its name. The price and fervor around it may seem a bit much, but sticking strictly to the beer itself, it's a well balanced drink that shows off the immense talent of the good folks at Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 12:40:39 | More by JohnCassillo
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4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - Darker amber than most IPAs, with some cloudiness. Poors with a decent head that receeds.

S - Get a malty honeyish smell, with a little dank citrusy smell in the background. Pleasant but not memorable.

T - Much more malt and sweet honey forward than most IPAs, which shouldn't be a shocker. A little hoppy bitterness on the finish. Interestingly different than other IPAs.

M - Great silky mouth feel. Very good for an IPA. And I had an abrasive just before this review which I thought had a terrific mouthfeel.

O - Not up there with the other highly rated IPAs per my personal tastes. Could be it's different enough from what I expect from the style that I'm not appreciating it enough, but I've had both plinys and kern citra, within the last month, a can of abrasive just before this review, and I'd drink all three of those repeatedly before having hopslam again. Bottle was dated 1/11, so probably by it's best by date. Stupid polar vortex delaying shipping. However this review seems to correspond with my remembrances from past times I've had it that it didn't blow me away, even the glass I had at the brewery, so I'm posting it. This beer has never been one of my personal favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 07:13:45 | More by Wolberjs
Photo of Everything_Belgium


4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh man this is a good beer. My friend texted me and said " you better get over there and get some Bells".

Man was he right!

Poured into tulip glass. The smell was wonderful. Sweet goodness.

The taste. Oh man. This is a double ipa ladies and gentlemen. Super sweet hops perfectly balanced.

This is one beer I will be buying again though expensive.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 01:05:41 | More by Everything_Belgium
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3.68/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear / Golden with a 1/2 finger head poured from a 12 oz bottle. Lacing dissipates relatively quickly.

Aroma: Grapefruit, spice, sweetness ( malt/honey), alcohol.

Taste: Bitterness with flavors of grapefruit, spice, pine, alcohol with some residual sweetness from the malt & honey.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied, smooth, mellow carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 23:46:26 | More by ready2brew
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5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had to review this beer after trying it for the first time because I am not a hoppy beer/IPA guy but was blown away by this superb beer! Tried it in a sampler and promptly ordered a whole one.

The color was almost orange in hue, with a slight head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was fantastic! I could tell by the smell that I was in for a treat, because it wasn't overpowering in the typical way that very hoppy beers are to me, but instead gave amazing floral and citrus notes. Mouthfeel was substantial compared to a regular IPA, and I liked the body and slight malty sweetness, which quickly gave way to the hops. Whatever combo they use was enough to convert me, because it was intense and complex without the harshness of most beers with that much hops. I'm guessing a lot of late additions and dry hops. You'd also never guess this was 10% ABV. I never order IPAs or DIPAs, but from now on, when I see this on tap, that's probably what I'll get.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2014 01:09:37 | More by aqualung23
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4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 12 oz. of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill, PA. This came highly recommended by fellow beer drinkers. Let's see how this matches up.

Appearance: Pours a golden, orange, hazy coloring that leaves behind a nice, frothy white foamy head that dissipates into a thin layer that follows all the way down to the last drop. Leaves behind an impressive lacing. Very nicely well done.

Smell: First noticeably are the hardcore aroma of hops. Wow, is this brew impressive in that department. Grapefruit hops are the first apparent smell. Purely citric is what makes up a majority of this beer. Pineapple, some orange, but not overpowering like some wheat beers.
Good, but not overpowering. Great balance.

Taste: Pretty much everything I've hoped for and more. Comes off greatly bitter, pretty much a perfect example of an IIPA. Grapefruit, lemon zest, tropical fruit, hints of honey. The bitter malts definitely balances the sweet honey. The aftertaste brings more citrus that is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. Finishes full bodied. Somewhat dry, but not overbearing.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was given a lot of good opinions. Boy, were they right. If you're a hophead and love it that way, you won't be disappointed. The pour was very impressive, all the way to the finial sips. Citrus hops were very apparent in this brew and made itself well known from the beginning. I would definitely recommend to a friend and will definitely have again. Hope to find it soon on tap. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 00:56:16 | More by DMXLOX22
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4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ap - Light amber to gold. It depends on the lighting. Like all Bell's beers, it's unfiltered, yet it isn't cloudy, or hazy. It's a little bit cleaner looking than Jai Alai. The head is an off-white fluff that clings to the glass.

Ar - Grapefruit with sugar, soaked in pineapple juice. With more pineapple juice! You can almost smell the alcohol, at least get a burn of the nostrils.

T - Less pineapple than the nose would suggest. But the grapefruit covered in sugar is there. The alcohol is hidden like a gem in the taste. I wouldn't be able to tell that there is honey in it, if it weren't listed. But, since it's listed, I (think I) can taste a tiny hint of honey in the aftertaste.

M - Perfect I believe. It's not too bitter. It's not too dry. It's not too sweet. The hops and malt and honey seem to intermingle perfectly. There's the perfect amount of carbonation tingle. Sticky, medium bodied, big IPA.

O - I was a bit more impressed with Hopslam this time around. I feel it's as close to perfect as possible for an imperial IPA right now. Go get'cha some!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 00:07:13 | More by KVNBGRY
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4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: looked fantastic with beautiful FL sunshine peering through the golden hop goodness.

S: I smelled it a lot.

T: great blend of flavor and bitterness. You could have told me the ABV was 6%.

MF: something I could drink everyday, all day.

O: Loved this beer. Much better out of the bottle than the tap that I had here in FL. I haven't had earlier versions of Hopslam but I will definitely have future ones.

Update: had a bottle from same batch 2.5 weeks later and the hops had fallen off a bit, still a great beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 16:07:27 | More by Beer4B
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4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a bottle. Pours clear amber with creamy head and lazy bubbles, ample lace. Aroma is of sweet flowers and sugar, first taste is nicely bitter balanced near perfectly with a honey candy sweetness that gives you a nice hint of sweetness but quickly subsides to flowery bitterness that finishes crisp with a sweet dry balance that makes your mouth water for more. Very ample on the hops without being just bitterness or flowery overtones. A delicious and quaff-able ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 12:55:28 | More by psugrad98
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4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/16/14. Another gem from my friend BigStein88.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear amber with an inch tall white head which receded to heavy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus.

t: Powerful citrus bite up front over a medium malt base. Very tasty, bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue but mellows out later, although hop power reemerges towards the end. You'd never know this is 10% ABV except for a mild throat burn.

m: Medium to full. Carbonation tingle persists.

o: Superb DIPA, far superior to the Two Hearted I have had. No wonder this is so hard to find.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 06:38:17 | More by scotorum
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4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfect color with a nice golden brown, and off white head.
S: I smell a lot of citrus with a bit of pine and honey
T: Very hoppy upfront but balance with a citrus fruit taste. Even with the high abv i can barely taste any alcohol.
M: Feels a bit heaver in mouth but still a nice smooth clean finish

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 00:46:14 | More by GinjaSlice
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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