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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,105
Reviews: 3,320
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,255
Gots: 2,304 | FT: 76
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy amber with an off white head with excellent retention. The lacing is splendid. It holds for a second or two and then falls uniformly back into the brew. Very nice to watch. The aroma is very much filled with citrus and resinous pine, along with a floral sweetness and a detectable malty backbone. The taste transfers from orange to bitter grapefruit, but then the bitterness just about disappears to reveal malt with a nectar like sweetness. The finish comes back with a bitterness stronger than the introduction. The mouthfeel is excellent. Thick and rich with a delicate kiss of carbonation.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow... Wow... Did Raul just get himself a diet Stone? Mild aroma, thin-ish textures on the tongue, and a taste about as inspiring as a Kardashian having a baby. Raul was stoked on getting hooked up on this through a trade, but for now he will be looking forward to Zombie Dust.


*Raul would like to revisit this one. He was just settling into the craft game, and although Raul does remember not enjoying this in the least, he'd like to try it again as his palate had no turned into platinum

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2/7/13 Bell’s Brewery | 2013 Hopslam | 12oz Bottle

Appearance- light copper honey color, slight haze, white lacy head

Aroma- very hoppy, lots of piney grapefruity notes, a little citrus and spice, slight malt character, just a hint of honey sweetness. Smells very similar to Ithaca’s Alphalpha

Mouthfeel- It’s got a great feel to it. Light CO2 makes for a smooth experience, full bodied, well balanced and juicy

Taste- It’s an interesting progression. A little bitterness upfront leads into a sweet malty center, but then the bitterness makes an impressive comeback on the finish. Pine and grapefruit, toffee sweetness, almost quinine like on the end

Residual- lingering bitterness (in a good way), touch of sweetness, leaves you thirsty for me

Overall- The closest comparison I can draw is Ithaca’s Alphalpha, and honestly… Alphalpha is better.

This is overhyped for sure. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great DIPA. There’s plenty of character to make it a good and tasty beer, but $20+ for a six-pack? Never again. I think I need to stop going on the forums before trying a beer.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,105 ratings.