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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,380 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,380
Reviews: 3,108
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1,736
Gots: 1,328 | FT: 44
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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Ratings: 9,380 | Reviews: 3,108 | Display Reviews Only:
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Czar_chasm

Michigan

5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-23-2012 18:45:55 | More by Czar_chasm
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MattBreight

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

06-23-2012 14:06:22 | More by MattBreight
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Dubbs


4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

06-23-2012 06:07:40 | More by Dubbs
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jculler82

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev 0%

06-21-2012 12:31:08 | More by jculler82
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev 0%

06-20-2012 18:45:37 | More by hiphopj5
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on-tap at the Eccetric Cafe at the Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo MI. I didn't realize it was available this late in the year.

appears a hazy orange copper color with small white head. hoppy aroma is fruity - I pick up a lot of pineapple. taste is actually fairly balanced with caramel malt, finishes hoppy though. medium body and carbonation works for the beer. A bit of booziness, but in a good way.

overall - honestly I was expecting more based on it's reputation. A very good DIPA, and I'd certainly seek it out again. But not a top ten for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 02:27:05 | More by jmdrpi
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pauljunk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

06-19-2012 23:13:21 | More by pauljunk
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Jerhad

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%

06-19-2012 21:41:12 | More by Jerhad
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rmank

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

06-19-2012 12:53:03 | More by rmank
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oldwhaler


4/5  rDev -11.1%

06-19-2012 07:01:28 | More by oldwhaler
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

06-18-2012 19:15:47 | More by bpfrush
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IndianapolisDrinker


4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

06-18-2012 06:00:37 | More by IndianapolisDrinker
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belgianfiend

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-18-2012 01:45:27 | More by belgianfiend
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djbst73


4.5/5  rDev 0%

06-17-2012 21:49:51 | More by djbst73
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rundocrun

Iowa

4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 1/25/12, so nearly 5 months on this one. Poured into pint glass.

A - A half finger of fine white head forms. Body is deep honey and amber. Cloudy. Not sure if it's chill haze or the natural appearance of the beer. Retention is decent. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrus bomb. Tons of lemon and orange peel. Some sharper resiny and grapefruit notes as well. Grassy, slightly bready, and hints of tropical fruit.

T - Malt is noticeable up front. Caramely and sweet. I also get some mango, lemongrass and pine flavor toward the front. Slightly more tangy, spicy and bitter toward the middle. Bitterness really takes hold on the sides and back of the tongue, but doesn't destroy my palate. Juicy, hoppy, and lemony finish. What I feel sets this DIPA apart, though, is its incredible balance. There is a definite smooth malty backbone that holds its own all the way through the finish.

M - Medium-to-thick body. However, it is most definitely not syrupy and cloying. The finish is quite clean semi dry. Incredibly refreshing for such a big beer. Boozy warmth is just barely noticeable.

Overall - The guys and gals at Bell's should be congratulated on this one. I can tell a lot of careful thought went into selecting the ingredients for this beer (rather than just chucking a ton of different hops into a strong pale ale base).

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 00:22:46 | More by rundocrun
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soccerfancooch

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-15-2012 19:40:08 | More by soccerfancooch
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mjr2377

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

06-15-2012 13:01:34 | More by mjr2377
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beernut

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-15-2012 11:48:48 | More by beernut
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NodakEric

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-15-2012 02:27:49 | More by NodakEric
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LawNoosh

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-15-2012 01:59:32 | More by LawNoosh
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powder245

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2012 23:45:18 | More by powder245
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Wow, this is a gorgeous beer. The color is a deep, rich gold, almost approaching an amber/copper color that is reasonably cloudy. The cream-colored, three finger thick rocky pillow of head that crowns this beer is the icing on the cake; though it does eventually subside into a much more manageable one finger, the foam takes its sweet time crawling down the glass and leaves a bit of lacing in its wake. This beer also sports some alcohol legs, though they are not very obvious, which is surprising at a massive 10% ABV.

Smell: Citrus, honey, pine resin, and just a whiff of alcohol simply pours out of the mouth of the glass, taking over any and all air above or around it. It is very densely hoppy, and really quite a pleasing (and perhaps sweet) smell. At the very tail end there is just a hint of apple.

Taste: This is such a dense and complex beer; it is a real challenge for the palate, in a very, very good way. The hops are there up front and pack a punch, but it is merely a glancing blow as the honey really balances this DIPA out. After that, in a surprise for an Imperial IPA (at least in this reviewer’s experiences), the malt comes through, adding a strong caramel flavor. Finally, the honey comes back, quickly followed by a second round with the hops, which the beer ends on. There is a bit of rind in the final bout with the hops, which adds a welcome astringency and forces the mouth to water.

Mouthfeel: "Thick" is the word for this beer. It is practically syrup sliding down the drinker’s throat and leaves the sticky residue one would expect. It isn’t overly fizzy, but it is still refreshing. After only a brief appearance in the nose, and a no-show in the taste, the alcohol finally sneaks its way into the mix by giving a very pleasant warming feeling as the glass empties.

Overall: This is a personal favorite of this reviewer, and it never fails to satisfy. It really has everything a drinker looks for in this style, plus an amazing addition in the honey, which balances this into one of the most drinkable DIPAs on the market. One must be very careful drinking these because of the ease that they keep going down, and the hurting another six-pack will put on the pocketbook. 19/20

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 20:55:39 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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TequilaTom

Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-14-2012 18:12:34 | More by TequilaTom
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Zbrown2307

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

06-13-2012 22:24:16 | More by Zbrown2307
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Umby2K

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-13-2012 06:33:35 | More by Umby2K
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 9,380 ratings.