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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,108
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,256
Gots: 2,306 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1/23/13 bottle into a ::gasp:: shaker pint.

A: golden, straw. Half inch head. Fluffy, resinous lacing on the entire glass. Brilliantly light.

S: A load of hops. Tropical; pineapple dominated with sweet orange peel and grapefruit. Faint smell of alcohol.

T: the smell is outstanding, but this is where the beer really exceeds my already over-hyped expectations. Loads of hops. Ldrinking sweet grapefruit juice. No sharpness or raw hop bitterness in the finish. Incredibly balanced: like the brewers extracted the floral aspects of pounds of hops (for this single beer) and left behind any of the hop acidity.

M: Velvety and resinous. Often with DIPAs, it feels syrupy, or alternatively, flat. This beer is light on the tongue and quenching. Unreal how smooth it goes down for %10 ABV.

O: Can't say a bad thing about it. Felt like a sucker buying a $16 sixer and wanted to find fault with the almighty HypeSlam, but this is as close to beer perfection as I have had the pleasure of tasting.

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4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date of 1/9/13

A- Crisp copper color with a clean, clear appearance. Large, dense white head of about 1.5-2 fingers. Great lacing and retention. Perfect carbonation

S- Strong fragrance of pine with floral aroma. Sweet honey and biscuits.

T- Wow. Multiple waves of flavor flowing over your taste buds. Pine from the aroma hits you first, then some citrus, followed by some sweetness, and finishing a terrific touch of bitterness. The balance of this beer is simply amazing. The honey used in conjunction with the malt base makes for a fantastic combination. You wouldn't notice the 10% abv based on the taste. Well hidden.

M- Texture of the beer is spot on for a double IPA. Mid-full bodied. I was expecting the finish to be dry, as common with most IPA's brewed with west coast hops, but that wasn't the case here. Exceptional job of balancing the sweetness with the simcoe hops.

O- I was a little skeptical of the hype surrounding this beer. But i have to admit, it lived up to, and possibly exceeded my expectations. I am reluctant to hand out big scores on the beers I rate or review, but this is certainly one of the best double IPAs I have ever had. A big thanks to my friend Rachel for sending a bottle my way to let me experience it.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a cloudy yellow orange color, with more light yellow colors on the top and getting darker as it goes. maybe a fingers worth of white foam. tiny dots of lacing rest against the glass.

S - at first it smells like I walked into a florist. Exceedingly floral. Underneath the bouquet of flowers (pun intended) rests a basket of fruit. Citrus and tropical fruit to be exact. Notes of sweet and bitter orange peel, mango, tangerine and sugar coated grapefruit pulp. Hints of earthy pine come out as it warms.

T - Lightly sweet malt profile, almost like honeycomb cereal. hop flavor enters quickly with "green" herbal notes as well as bright citric bitterness. Mostly bitter orange peel and grapefruit rind in the center while hints of mango and pine needles add depth of character. Candied grapefruit pulp flavors on the backend. Floral, pine and bitter citrus notes seem to linger for days...

M - medium bodied with a slightly watery texture with medium carbonation.

O - Excellent double IPA. I have not encountered an ale with such a floral character. I do prefer pine notes but this is quite enjoyable still.

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4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass

A - translucent orange honey color. Poured cold, an inch or so of white head, a c Rowan retains throughout, pretty heavy lacing.

S - smells great. Some citrus, pine, dank musty hop smell.

T - kind of a one two punch of citrus oily hops and then piney bitterness right thereafter. Finish is smooth and sweet. Really well put together.

M - solid, low carb, oily, nice.

O - you can definitely sense the quality that's put into this brew. Everything very obviously fits together well. Not my favorite IPA by any stretch, but really nice.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,108 ratings.