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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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10,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,161
Reviews: 3,131
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,995
Gots: 1,552 | FT: 37
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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

MSG0125, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Sergeh, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

bahnfire, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Jho3325
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden with a good head and strong lacing.

Smell of grapefruit and citrus hops.

Taste is citrusy, but the beauty of this beer is the sweetness from the honey that balances the hops. This is not a palate burner DIPA, but the sweetness keeps you drinking this beer easily and dangerously since I got no hint of its 10% ABV.

This is a winner worth it's steep price tag. I love having a different type DIPA option.

Jho3325, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

runlikeakenyan, Jan 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Morakaton, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

StoutItOutLoud, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Beric
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: On tap, 12oz in a snifter
Served: 20 Jan 2014

Appearance: A hazy burnt orange color with a thin layer of white bubbles. Good lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Huge hop nose, but not as abrasive as some other DIPAS, a theme that will reappear multiple times in this review. Some sweet maltiness evident in the nose, but mostly hops.

Taste: A pure, thick hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit and pine. Very "juicy" hop notes overlaid on a sweet malt. Tastes somewhat like an imperial Two Hearted, which also has an excellent, sweet maltiness. Semi-sweet finish doesn't coat your tongue in syrupy sweetness, but also doesn't dry the mouth out.

Mouthfeel: Deceptively thick and creamy for an DIPA. Really compliments the rest of the beer well.

Overall: This isn't an abrasive, blow your face off DIPA. I had this one at a Bell's event at a bar in town and the representative made sure to emphasize that this isn't a West Coast style IPA. It's a lot like Two Hearted- an incredible, unique IPA that has different characteristics than their west coast cousins. This one is sweeter and thicker than West Coast DIPAs, which really tones down the hoppiness and makes it compliment the beer more than give it a shocking, abrasive edge. Expect something slightly different than you expect when you see DIPA and you'll be pleased with this brew. Expect something like Stone Enjoy By, and you're going to be disappointed when you aren't burping up hops every half hour for the next 3 hours. An incredible beer, and a must try for any craft beer aficionado.

Beric, Jan 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

krustster, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of VanBeer
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My heart swells each year when I see the new six packs of HS on the shelf. My other love, Mrs. Vanbeer, feels a little left out of the parade. However, she likes the beer too. But I am not the jealous type, except when she drinks "my" beer.

VanBeer, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

bcm75, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of JDizzle
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle drank 5 days after date on bottle(can't remember date?)

A: Light copper in color with a short white head- looks really nice.

S: Damn fine smelling DIPA. Grapefruit, piney, and sweet smelling. Not as hoppy as I had hoped for though compared to other DIPA's on the market- Enjoy By, Hop Ranch)

T: Wow! Such a great beer, it's a shame it's only around for such a short time. Super hoppy and bitter with a nice sweetness that will get to you over time if you have way too many(I have:) It's just such a good clean DIPA that doesn't really have any faults.

D: this one is very easy to drink fast and forget about the 10% ABV. You can put this up against most DIPA's in the world, even if it's a bit steep on price.

JDizzle, Jan 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

qazeqaz, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

NinjaPenguin, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

batfireman, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

moarmare, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Ri0
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottled on 1/2/14

A - Golden orange with a 1.5 finger of white head. Good retention and a thick white collar with a good amount of lacing.

S - It is a combination of bitter and sweet. Hops are up front with bitter citrus and pine, followed by a honey covered bread sweetness.

T -Big hoppy bitterness from the start that gives way to sweetness, but then right back to a bitter finish. The hops feature mostly bitter grapefruit and pine. The sweet honeycomb and honey drenched bread. It ends with a grapefruit peel and fresh pine bitter.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Sticky with a bitter aftertaste.

O - If you like a big bitter punch with a sweet mellow middle, you will enjoy this beer. One of the better IIPA's.

Ri0, Jan 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

WiggyKGB, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Jimbobebop, Jan 22, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stamped 01/03/14 poured into a DFH IPA glass.

A - Vibrant burnt orange color with 1+ finger of a white, sticky head. Great lacing on the glass.

S - Hop aroma fills the air as soon as I crack the bottle open, but not overpowering. More floral notes present...pineapple even...the sweetness of the honey smells delicious. Good lord. Smells so good as it is warming...more malty notes are now coming through with the honey...amazing.

T - Hops throughout, but surprisingly smooth. The honey tempers any bitterness and finishes with a malty & alcoholic flavor that warms as you swallow. Definitely want to enjoy this glass sip by sip.

M - Medium body with a smooth finish. Resinous texture from the honey stays around for a while.

O - Worthy of the praise and absolutely worth the wait. May try to snag one more 6-pack if I can, and would love to try this one on tap.

classytom, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Adkins721, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

Jpepe08, Jan 22, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden/orange with a one finger white head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing.
S: Hops with a hint of sweet honey mixed in.
T: Very hoppy throughout with a nice honey taste on the end. Alcohol is noticeable.
M: Medium light. Bitterness that leave palate dry.
O: An excellent DIPA. Glad I got to try this one.

N_Schleret, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Mplsbrew, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of lanciloti
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not as bitter as I thought it would be, probably due to the Honey. Bottle poured into a snifter glass. Bottled 10 day ago (1/11/14). Great fruity smell, very smooth. Almost a little too malty for me, but not really. Hopslam met all my expectations and then some. CHEERS!!

lanciloti, Jan 22, 2014
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,161 ratings.