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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

9,479 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,479
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,754
Gots: 1,356 | 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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ceight

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-30-2012 19:05:51 | More by ceight
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Canesfan22

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.9%

04-30-2012 16:20:02 | More by Canesfan22
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UnderJoath

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

04-30-2012 07:05:20 | More by UnderJoath
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jcjerabek

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-30-2012 02:00:49 | More by jcjerabek
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djtomain

Florida

5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-30-2012 00:24:48 | More by djtomain
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Johnkazzy


2.5/5  rDev -44.3%

04-30-2012 00:00:10 | More by Johnkazzy
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-29-2012 19:58:06 | More by Kunstman
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RobFetterer


5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-29-2012 18:41:22 | More by RobFetterer
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wiu992000

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-29-2012 16:54:05 | More by wiu992000
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Lolli1315

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy golden orange with an egg shell white head. After a little while the head becomes patchy with moderate amounts of lacing on the glass.

S- Big citrus fruit hops with a distinct pineapple smell. Some sweet malt swifts through in the background before piney resin takes cares of the finish.

T- Well rounded flavor with the citrus hops coming through again. The pineapple is still noticeable, but it is not as distinct as in the smell. Bitterness starts to rise in the middle and peaks in the finish. Towards the end there is a more piney and resin hop flavor. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but not overwhelming.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- Great Double I.P.A. I personally enjoy the pineapple and citrus focus that allows this one to be a little more distinct.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 04:43:03 | More by Lolli1315
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Fufsackbandit

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

04-29-2012 02:06:00 | More by Fufsackbandit
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JMBSH

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-28-2012 23:14:08 | More by JMBSH
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Ozzy2004Ironman

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-28-2012 22:37:16 | More by Ozzy2004Ironman
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matthageman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.9%

04-28-2012 20:34:03 | More by matthageman
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sennin

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-28-2012 17:10:37 | More by sennin
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None77

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

04-28-2012 04:14:17 | More by None77
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wyckydsceptre

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-28-2012 03:14:53 | More by wyckydsceptre
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RockOnKatie

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.9%

04-28-2012 01:21:01 | More by RockOnKatie
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, deep golden colour, Hopslam looks like honey. It has little carbonation and can appear almost sludgy depending on the angle. No head ever forms. The highlighting is dulled too, despite that it is light enough to allow moderate transparency.

Some IPAs simulate the effect of sniffing a baggie of hops; this IPA simulates standing dead center of a hop farm. You'd think you were submerged under an entire Pacific Northwest harvest. I don't like taking my nose out of the glass - I'll need a snorkel if I'm to drink this again. It is minty, herbal, and showcasing a lot of lime fruit.

The taste has pungency and a good amount of spice. That said, it is considerably less bitter than it let's on. The honey is surprisingly appreciable. Flavors of honeycomb and toffee are, believe it or not, more pronounced than the hops' contributions of leaf, lime, and pine. There's as much toasted caramel as there is grapefruit or flower petal.

The mouth feels privy to a lot of bark, rind, and resin - all goods features so far as IPAs are concerned. It is dry and to the uninitiated might feel like pine flavored sand paper as it runs over the palate. There's a dosage of alcohol esters noted as well, but they aren't entirely distracting. Still, it's not exactly what I'd call refreshing, all things considered.

As much as I have always enjoyed Bell's Hopslam, I can't help but say of it that it's the right size but the wrong shape. What I mean by that is that it has the right amount of bitter, tropical, herbal hoppiness but it all falls way to an overall toasty, sweet, and malty persona. Relative to similar stock in Bells lineup (and hype), it falls short of expectation.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 01:07:47 | More by biegaman
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TheHopHeadGirl

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer goes off the shelves fast. There's like a Hopslam cult or something. 6 packs sell in DC for $24-$30. I got a case of it passing through Donora Pa for $58. That was after calling at least 100 places to see if it was in stock. I first tried it when I bought 2 bottles of it on Ebay for $30+$10 shipping. Crazy. Great beer tho! Def one of my favs! A very comparable beer is Hoptimum, by Sierra Nevada. This is the 2nd year for it and it's starting to sell like Hopslam. Hoppy beer is addicting!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 23:04:26 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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muddah37

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-27-2012 18:48:50 | More by muddah37
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-27-2012 15:05:26 | More by calcnerd
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-27-2012 14:07:31 | More by Riggsy
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clb


4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-27-2012 03:19:49 | More by clb
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JimGlonke

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-27-2012 03:15:17 | More by JimGlonke
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,479 ratings.