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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,384 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,384
Reviews: 3,108
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1,737
Gots: 1,329 | 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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bdbd

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

02-25-2012 07:15:14 | More by bdbd
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irrgalaxy

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth - the honey takes the edge off the hops. Effervescent, but with small bubbles - not overly carbonated. Really delicious double IPA - one of the best I've had. Expensive for a weekly beer, but is a really excellent treat. Interested to try cellaring a couple to see how they age.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 05:12:21 | More by irrgalaxy
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Cecilia

Missouri

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-25-2012 04:29:46 | More by Cecilia
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One2Remeber

Florida

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 9oz shaker.

A: Frothy white, thick head. Light golden body with a honey colored hue. Crystal clear body, especially for not being filtered.

S: Pine heavy, light citrus, with a dominant sugary malt aroma which carries the pine hops.

T: Juicy as could be with a huge citrus, grapefruit burst after pine strikes the pallet with a prickling feel. Sweet, light malt backbone with a sugary rush to help the sticky hops gracefully slide. Sticky tar taste resinates.

M: Bitter, more on the malt/honey side. Tangy. Clean bubbly carbonation relatively high. Tangy, zesty hop feel on the back end.

O: Nothing like it. Drinkable is an understatement. Flavors are in your face without being over the top. Nicely in check with hefty malts, sugary honey, piney hops and an exciting level of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 03:41:36 | More by One2Remeber
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rfranklin7

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-25-2012 02:20:37 | More by rfranklin7
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WesM63

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-25-2012 02:09:09 | More by WesM63
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GripitandSipit

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

02-25-2012 01:45:51 | More by GripitandSipit
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Sudsanonymous


5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-25-2012 01:15:39 | More by Sudsanonymous
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patpbr

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours orange with a foamy head. Presentation is great.
S- Nice fragrance combination, Grapefruit, hops, honey and floral.
T- Opens up with hops and sweetness, honey, some pine and citrus. The alcohol is pleasantly noticeable.
M-Full body and bitter,a nice lingering, sticky feel.
O-This is a hop lovers dream. It gets you right away.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:55:37 | More by patpbr
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bucksbeerman

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bells Hopslam Ale
Bottle 2/28/12
Smell very hoppy, nostrils tingle every time you put the glass to mouth, Hint of grass
appearance golden, very little clouding, 2 finger head, head lasts forever
nicely carbonated, incredibly long lasting lace,
taste hops dominates, followed by citrus, and lastly hint of sweetness on tongue…honey taste lingers…this beer is everything it claims to be
taste alcohol in the belly…10% abv
Never had a beer this hoppy…and sweet at the same time…well done
guess I been hopslammed

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:03:14 | More by bucksbeerman
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Shooter1960

Florida

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-24-2012 22:55:07 | More by Shooter1960
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AllenJasper

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle to Mug
Bottling date printed off the label :-P. But I looked it up and batch 10938 was bottled on February 10th. That's only two weeks ago.

A: Golden orange in soft light, and light golden between my computer screen and I. One finger of white head with great retention. Decent lacing.

S: Grapefruit, mango, slight hint of berries, and of course, piney hops.

T: Follows smell, but the honey is apparent in the taste, a sticky sweetness. Alcohol taste comes out as it warms.

M: Not as sharp as one might think with bell’s description (A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale.) The sticky sweetness lasts quite a long time.

O: I first had this beer two years ago… long before I had tried anything else like it. It has been my favorite beer since. I plan on aging the last two bottles, how long? As long as I can wait.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 22:51:50 | More by AllenJasper
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abcramer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-24-2012 22:09:15 | More by abcramer
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-24-2012 20:22:04 | More by kaelingirl
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robbydb85

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-24-2012 19:30:31 | More by robbydb85
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BLang

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-24-2012 18:43:19 | More by BLang
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Unchi

California

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-24-2012 17:32:24 | More by Unchi
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bcsbeer

Florida

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-22-2012 05:44:57 | More by bcsbeer
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bigben94

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-22-2012 04:58:04 | More by bigben94
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. Back label says 10914 PKGD, so no readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch head that bears little retention and fritters down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass leaving bumps of lacing. Surface foam is in a mold pattern indicating healthy yeast.

S- Grassy, pungent hops along with sweet, biscuity malts. Quite floral and almost perfumey.

T- Bright, intense bitterness assaults the palate but holds back enough to let the malt duality play its part. On second sip, the hops don't let up and continue to make their presence very known. Upon the third sip, one notices that the booze is quite toned down for a full 10% ABV. By the time the fourth sip is taken, you can start to notice the honey come in and complete the sweet finish that the malts begin. After the fifth sip, the palate is almost fully acclimated to the hop bite and can now appreciate the synchronization of all ingredients in the flavor profile. Remarkable.

M- A dry afterfeel plus jaw clenching from the bitterness, at least during the first few sips. Medium-low carbonation.

O- I like it better on tap, but this is still a leader among IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 04:50:08 | More by Immortale25
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YalovaIA

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

02-22-2012 04:30:39 | More by YalovaIA
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juliusseizure

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

02-22-2012 04:28:11 | More by juliusseizure
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Jsmitty1967

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-22-2012 04:23:05 | More by Jsmitty1967
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jtesterman

Missouri

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-22-2012 03:21:21 | More by jtesterman
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: MBronze amber color with a fonger of head. Left Thinck lacing that was very sticky and never seemed to fall.

S: Citrus is overwhelming upfront. Some nice floral hops and some caramel malt.

T: SLAM!!! slam is right! HOPS are amazing in this one... definately the key ingredient but not overwhelming to the sense that it is bad... becasue wow!!! Nice sweetness from the orange. Nice piney bitterness!

M: 10%...really!!! No sign of boozyness. Nice balance to this medium bodied beer.

O: Look forward to this beer each year. Defiantely my kind of beer! Besides the price... this beer is PERFECT... even with the price... I am happy to pay it because this is truely worth it!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:42:52 | More by OleJohnnieAle
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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