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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

9,738 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,738
Reviews: 3,113
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,845
Gots: 1,442 | FT: 43
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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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-05-2012 19:26:48 | More by Johnhaley1989
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patdrive

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

10-04-2012 03:03:11 | More by patdrive
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Swonkie

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

10-03-2012 02:15:40 | More by Swonkie
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev -10.9%

10-03-2012 01:27:27 | More by dunix
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Benwasright

Virginia

5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-03-2012 00:03:30 | More by Benwasright
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beenitty

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

10-01-2012 21:07:09 | More by beenitty
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CruisaC

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

10-01-2012 19:06:49 | More by CruisaC
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.9%

10-01-2012 17:19:59 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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Slothrop


4/5  rDev -10.9%

10-01-2012 16:32:24 | More by Slothrop
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Phacoman

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-01-2012 02:19:38 | More by Phacoman
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SummerGoodSummerBetter

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

09-30-2012 07:48:17 | More by SummerGoodSummerBetter
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sbrotschul

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

09-30-2012 04:08:05 | More by sbrotschul
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NumenFlumenque

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.4%

09-30-2012 02:38:56 | More by NumenFlumenque
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dampfire

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

09-28-2012 22:51:47 | More by dampfire
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bryoung


4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

09-28-2012 21:58:49 | More by bryoung
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DDKennemore

Missouri

5/5  rDev +11.4%

09-27-2012 22:55:52 | More by DDKennemore
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PatrickMDunleavy


5/5  rDev +11.4%

09-27-2012 04:54:54 | More by PatrickMDunleavy
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Diesel17


5/5  rDev +11.4%

09-27-2012 03:22:01 | More by Diesel17
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mikeradebaugh

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.4%

09-27-2012 01:42:23 | More by mikeradebaugh
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dcolatriano

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.4%

09-26-2012 16:06:11 | More by dcolatriano
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ChanChan

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

09-25-2012 15:02:43 | More by ChanChan
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.51/5  rDev +0.4%

Had on tap at Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI, also many times out of the bottle. Pours a golden, light-amber with a moderate amount of haze to it, micro particles sift through the brew upon which a two-finger, creamy, light beige head rests and leaves nice amounts of fuzz on the glass. The aroma of this beer hits your nose mid-pour. Up close, things begin to get magical. Humongous citrus aromas; grapefruit, pineapples, tangerines, lemon zest - a wild, sweet, fruity explosion crowds your nostrils. Mild resinous, pine, and hop aromas make their way in as well - after all, this is HOPslam. The nose is absolutely brilliant and does nothing but get you excited to finally bring this one to your lips.

Take one sip - BOOM. MF'ing hop slammed. The hop bill is one of the finest and most robust out there, and you'll realize that when you finally gulp this sweet nectar. Piney, oily, resinous and slightly dank hops will seize your palate and engulf your taste buds immediately. This bitterness here is certainly dominant, but in the best way possible. After some time, some more floral and perfume-like aromas and tastes emerge, just icing on the already delicious hop cake. The heavy hop flavors are much more pronounced on the palate than in the aroma, which is to be expected. The citrus is not to be forgotten, either - it resides just under the thick layer of hoppy goodness; more pineapples, grapefruits, orange and lemon zest... Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.

Not picking up much malt, if any at all. But at this point - who cares? This beer wasn't made for the malt. There's enough to give it some kind of a backbone, but that's about it. Any other non-pale malts were probably in very small quantity and just for the color. This beer is about the HOPS, anyways, and any malt distraction would do nothing but make me angry. The end of the sip and a touch of the aftertaste contains an extra dollop of sweetness - could this be from the honey, perhaps? It's hard to pick any actual "honey" flavors amidst the hop assault, but the sweetness of Hopslam doesn't go unnoticed and gets more vibrant as the beer gets warmer. Definitely a subtle, unobtrusive addition that sets Hopslam apart from other DIPAs even more so. The mouth is wet, slick, and on the thicker side, though not as lumpy as you may expect a 10% ABV beer to be. Carbonation is spot on, letting the flavors pop without being abrasive.

Hopslam is, simply put, one of the best DIPAs in the world. A fantastic hop profile that gives off an orgasmic aroma and a wonderfully complex yet drinkable flavor profile. Despite the 10% ABV, the alcohol does nothing more than provide a teeny, tiny bit of warmth. One of the most drinkable DIPAs you'll ever find. If you're looking for a hop explosion, look no further - get yourself some HOPSLAM.

09-25-2012 03:25:56 | More by tectactoe
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

(Taken from notes of sampling in Feb. 2012.)

Pours a nice medium-light amber with decent head. Aroma is surprisingly muted for an IIPA. The taste, however, is anything but mild. A lovely balance of herbal hops and sweet malts. You'd never know it was 10% ABV as you could easily drink several of these (much to your detriment).

One of the best IIPAs out there. Get it if you can!

09-24-2012 19:53:55 | More by JimsArcade
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amnesia85

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -10.9%

09-24-2012 01:22:22 | More by amnesia85
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DennyCrane

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.4%

09-22-2012 00:52:46 | More by DennyCrane
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,738 ratings.