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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,092
Reviews: 3,318
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,253
Gots: 2,296 | FT: 75
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.4/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

lucky enough to have found 2 bottles of this at my local brew store, one for me and one to share with my pops. hope it lives up to its billing?

appearance: pours smooth like gold nectar with very little head

smell: very hop forward, hence the name, herbal and citrus notes abound

taste: smooth with moderate carbonation, extreme hops, notes of honey, bitter aftertaste

mouthfeel: rich and tingling to the palate but a bit too much carbonation

overall: very hoppy but not enough malt to balance out the bitterness. did not live up to its hype. there are much better offerings out there for beer of this style. would much rather have a GUBNA, Hoptimum or Hercules.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of LaurensDeJong
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No need for me to repeat everyone else's review in detail, just summarizing that yes, indeed, Hopslam is unbelievably good. Absolutely lives up to expectations in every aspect. Had to hold myself back not to drink all six at once, which would have been funny given its ABV (key takeaway is that you don't taste the alcohol).

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just in general summed up this beer reminds me of Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty when he becomes god for 7 days. Bell's Hopslam is one of the most well rounded beers I have had in quite a while. Its very easy to sum up in word AMAZING!! for the everyday IPA drinker!

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank through my half-case so quickly that I nearly forgot to do a review, so here goes.

For me, this is what an IPA should look like. Clear and golden with a creamy white head. None of my pours yielded too thick a head, which I found a bit surprising.

As soon as I pour it, the aroma fills the room. Not overpowering, but intoxicating nonetheless. Fantastic hop bouquet. Pine dominates. Very sweet. The fruity aromas are brighter and more tropical than in most IPAs.

Taste is near perfect as far as I am concerned. Piney hops upfront. Seems like it might get overwhelming when the sweet malt backbone kicks in just enough. More pine with some citrus towards the end. The finish is what really distinguishes Hopslam for me. A subtle yet still assertive fruity blast, pineapple for me, that rounds out the beer perfectly.

Still one of my all time favorites. I will buy it every year.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,092 ratings.