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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

9,526 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,526
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,773
Gots: 1,370 | 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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IPA4LIFE

United Kingdom (England)

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found the last bottle of this they had for sale at AJ's on the north side of Tucson. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Clear golden golden slightly orange color with about one finger of off-white head. Head retains a small amount of foam on the edges of the surface of the beer. Lacing is very minimal.

S- Really sweet aromas to start off with. Notes of raw honey and sugar, followed by light hints of tropical fruit and some alcohol. Not as hoppy as I expected, but still not bad by any stretch of the word. Impressive, but not the greatest aroma I have ever seen, to be honest.

T-Ok, this makes up for the slightly-less-than-amazing aroma. The taste is awesome. Rich malt character up front, characterized by some sweet caramel and honey notes. A nice touch of alcohol on the mid palate, followed by a very very nice hop profile. Hops contribute some tropical fruit and spice, along with grapefruit and orange peel. The hops flavors smooth into a really nice, rich bitterness, which competes with a slight hint of alcohol for your attention throughout the end of the taste.

M- Really smooth and silky. Relatively low carbonation is great for the style.

O- This is a good beer. It is an excellent beer in-fact. However, I'm not sure that it is a 99 out of 100. I really love the complexity of the flavor profile, but the aromas were just a touch muted in my opinion. Still awesome, and I encourage anyone who has the chance to try one to do it. Awesome beer, but as is usually the case with these things, the hype just slightly overpowers the real thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 14:08:34 | More by IPA4LIFE
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a a clear lighter golden color with nearly a finger of off white head, excellent lacing, ok retention.

S - Tropical juicy fruits and citrus, some sweet caramel/honey flavors.

T - Tropicla sweet fruits, lots of sweet citrus, a little malty sweetness. Sweet fruits/hops are amazing, nice aftertaste, malts come in at last second.

M - Drinkable, medium carbonation, medium bodied. Nice bitter & refreshing quality.

O - A delicious tropical sweet fruit hop slam. the rarity is worth +.5

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 06:07:34 | More by MacQ32
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nrombes

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

03-14-2012 04:29:03 | More by nrombes
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javiernano

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

03-14-2012 03:59:46 | More by javiernano
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randomjazzr

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

03-14-2012 03:40:50 | More by randomjazzr
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought an un-priced 6 pack of this from a Philly bottleshop for the priced of a used videogame.

A Bigger one finger foamy head comes down and leaves a little bit of lacing. Body is a nice clear orange with some carbonation bubbles.

S Big sweet tropical fruit here. Mango, pineapple, sweet grapefruit

T Big time sweet sticky hops and fruity bitterness (sounds weird). The honey is lightly detected in the middle and the finish sweet, somewhat malty, and a bitterness that lingers. Does not drink 10% at all. borders 4/4.5

M Lighter feel on the tongue and a medium to high carbonation. My mouth is left sticky and slightly syrupy after each sip

O Nice DIPA that does not drink like it. A little sweeter than I expected but very good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 02:06:59 | More by Gushue3
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ensign11

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-14-2012 02:02:28 | More by ensign11
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-14-2012 00:14:43 | More by mctizzz
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ahatcher78

Florida

5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-13-2012 23:59:57 | More by ahatcher78
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Troville1990

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

03-13-2012 23:14:23 | More by Troville1990
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laxer8811

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

03-13-2012 20:57:38 | More by laxer8811
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statum75

Georgia

5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-13-2012 17:03:07 | More by statum75
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TheLastEngineer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

03-13-2012 13:36:20 | More by TheLastEngineer
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Dan25D

California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-13-2012 06:23:20 | More by Dan25D
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Mark4prez20

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

03-13-2012 03:29:39 | More by Mark4prez20
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Steasy66

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter
A Amber, think head that fades fast
S Fruity, Floral Hops
T Sweet front end, floral hops, bitter finish
M Thickness and carbonation are just right
Overall, very nice IIPA, looks, smells, feels great, could use a bit more sweetness and citrus hops in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 02:53:38 | More by Steasy66
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RonnieRotten

Michigan

5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-13-2012 00:50:30 | More by RonnieRotten
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howard12

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-12-2012 19:07:59 | More by howard12
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JimmyTango

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-12-2012 18:35:33 | More by JimmyTango
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mkurre

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-12-2012 15:44:18 | More by mkurre
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KingStephenR

New York

5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-12-2012 02:47:08 | More by KingStephenR
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beerbomer

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

03-12-2012 02:43:18 | More by beerbomer
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schoun

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

03-12-2012 01:29:02 | More by schoun
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really, really good beer and I and really like IPAs so I may tend to rate this style a little higher than most. One of my top beers on this site though is Central Waters Double IPA so I made sure to have a Hopslam and a CW DIPA back to back to make sure I could compare to the Hopslam to the "gold standard" (for me at least) of IPAs.

This beer had a nice amber look to it as I poured with some nice carbonation and a small white head.

I could smell the welcome scents of an IPA: hops, citrus and pine all came through.

It had a really good taste with the expected bitterness of an IPA followed up with grapefruit and other citrus fruits. The mouthfeel was very good but nothing special.

So I really liked this beer and my guess is that it's score will put it amongst my top 10 but when compared to Central Water's Double IPA, this will probably rank as my second favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 01:03:05 | More by mjpolzin
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beerbitz

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

03-12-2012 00:23:43 | More by beerbitz
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,526 ratings.