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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,062 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,062
Reviews: 3,310
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,247
Gots: 2,280 | FT: 73
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

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy deep orange amber color along with a large white head.

The aroma is extremely challenged. It almost smells like nothing when cold. I had to smell random things in my room to see if there was nothing wrong with my smelling sense. One of the most aromatically challenged hoppy beers. As it warms, there is pineapple, mango, sweet grapefruit, lots of sweet malt, resin and dankness.

The beer follows with some pineapple, grapefruit peel, then grapefruit jucy. Bitterness is throughout of older of floral, green earthy, and herbacious hops. A dominate note of the beer. Honey comes through slightly if one is looking for it, but not obvious. Then onto a caramel malt with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol pops in the middle, but The finish is of grapefruit peel, resin, pine, and again those floral and herbacious notes.

In the end, aroma is extremely blunted. Not as hop forward on the flavor as I would imagine. Quite hyped, but well crafted and one of the better double digit ABV hoppy beers. I did blind taste it with Sixpoint Hi-Res though and that beer won over this.

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Brew date on this bottle was 1.2.14 and poured it on 2.17.
This beer poured copper orange with a light white froth head. The smell is a balance of sweet malt and a balanced hop. The aroma was good but it lacked that pungent citrus and pine that others have. Taste was good with sweet malt grain and hop bitterness. The booze showed thru a little much for my taste and I didn't get any citrus from the hop but more bitter resin. The bitter lingers a little long and over powers a bit. It just didn't have the body and was almost astringent. If you love a bitter leaning IPA it's your beer for sure and overall a top 10 IPA for me just not my favorite.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,062 ratings.