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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
99
world-class

11,075 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,075
Reviews: 3,316
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,250
Gots: 2,286 | 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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured into a snifter and the color is a dark golden color with a very frothy creamy off white head with tight bubbles, it almost looks like the top of a root beer float, The lacing on the glass is so sticky and thick that i let it sit for a minute or two. I reached in with my finger and rubbed some off and it was almost like cotton candy on my finger..It appears to be sweet,sticky, nectar given to us only by the masters at Bells.

S: oh my lord! Pineapple,Mango skin,and a little bit of peach with a generous amount of alcohol on the back end to enhance these amazing aromas. I am picking up on the honey mixed with some sweet malty goodness that is just seducing me.

T: wow this is everything i hoped it would be and then some! Sweetness up front with bitterness int he middle and a tad bit of alcohol on the back end..The pineapple with the honey mixes together then the hops just smack you in the face.The simcoe hops shine though on this one and i am just amazed at each sip how delicious the beer really is. This is a close second to Heady Topper if not neck and neck...wow.

M: Medium body feel at first then the honey just make this beer coat your mouth giving it a sweet,sticky coating that just lasts forever..each drink blows me away.

O: In my opinion this is the second best DIPA in the world only to Heady and im still not sure if its neck and neck, this beer has the greatest mouth feel i have ever experienced in a beer..Just a superb brew and i cannot get enough of it! This is a pricey brew at 16.99$ a 6 pack but its worth it! One of the most enjoyable beers i have ever had..period.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What can be said? I'm an IPA guy, and this is my second favorite beer. Being seasonal, I'm shocked to find it, let alone a case of it. It drinks easy and hoppy at first, but finishes with a strong alcohol bite. Being a DIPA, I would expect nothing less. Took a vacation to Michigan just to hit the the triangle of breweries and Bell's was both my wife and my favorite. They do not disappoint.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Original Review: 2/2013
On tap at Maduro, Madison. A beautiful pour in a Bell's tulip glass. Inch of fluffy snow-looking head. And glacial lacing on the glass.

It's often more of a challenge to write a review in a bar, given all the distractions and working on a cell phone touchscreen keyboard. That's particularly true of the cigar bar. Great aroma, though the cigar smoke in here is obstructing any and all nuance. I'm getting generic concepts of high hop bitterness, the foundation of bready grains, and a syrupy sweetness.

in the mouth the hop bitterness and candy sweetness team up to beat back the tobacco smoke. There's only room on my pallate for one alpha flavor.
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UPDATE 2/24/15
Oh, man. Delish. This is a fresh Hopslam (bottled in January, 2015).

Still not as good as on tap, which I've had twice in the past two weeks and loved, absolutely. Today, this beer has an astringent aftertaste (which was not present in the tap beer), and it hurts it significantly. Still, amazing, though.

I'd give this bottled Hopslam a 4.30.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,075 ratings.