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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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JNewbs

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-20-2012 15:06:44 | More by JNewbs
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montyeric

Michigan

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-20-2012 14:16:59 | More by montyeric
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Ultraman9000

California

4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-20-2012 07:19:05 | More by Ultraman9000
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch number 10914. Bottled 1/26/12. Grapefruit, grass and pine dominate but it's the sweet backbone that sets this apart. It's beauty is that it can be so satisfying in bitterness but shows just the perfect amount of molasses/malty sweetness that it justs tastes amazing. Great making of 10% abv. How could you not look forward to its release every year. Earns its reputation each and every time.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 05:50:50 | More by KickbacksSteve
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szartman

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-20-2012 02:49:48 | More by szartman
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TheSamsquanch

New York

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-20-2012 02:18:25 | More by TheSamsquanch
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) This is a golden/amber with a slight haze. A pretty routine pour yielded a half a finger of white head, that settled quickly to a wispy dusting. This had decent lacing.

S) Nice floral aromatics combining with citrus fruit. Pleasingly sweet with a hint of grass or evergreen. There's some alcohol on the nose too.

T) Here's where I pick up that honey. Nice citrus flavor, some peaches. I tasted Juicy Fruit bubble gum. This is grassy at the end, with some alcohol heat. This leads to a tingly citrus rind aftertaste.

M) Initially I was thinking medium bodied, but as I was sipping, and it warmed, it felt more full. This is a definite sticky mouth coater, with a good amount of carbonation.

O) The alcohol could have been slightly less detectable, but considering the ABV, this is highly drinkable, which means I will proceed with caution since this is a work night. This is a must purchase every year, and without a doubt, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:03:53 | More by RoamingGnome
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1p5v

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-20-2012 01:23:07 | More by 1p5v
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a half finger head that settled rather quickly. Beer is a bright molten copper color,
and the lacing is thin and wispy.

S: I had forgotten to include the smell aspect of the review initially, so I will leave it 'as is'. However, know that you will not be disappointed.

T: Grapefruit, citrus, lemon, honeycomb, malt. As it matures in the mouth, the hoppy bitterness intensifies but in a creamy, sweet way. Leaves the palate with a sweet honey, dry biscuit twitch. ABV is where? It enhances the flavor.

M: Unreal. The sticky resin of Hopslam coats the palate like gorilla glue on a hot summer day. Carbonation is absolutely perfect, tingly and full.

O: Unbelievably drinkable, the Hopslam puts it out there and I accept unconditionally. World Class.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:41:17 | More by cooler4life
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MegMeg

Florida

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-19-2012 23:38:48 | More by MegMeg
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demuzik

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deceptive gold with a hint of amber; moderate to low head.

This beer is hoppy - surprised? The hops in this year's brew are varied giving it a complex hop taste, personally can't pick out the varieties used. Quite bitter though not strong on the pine; more spice, and brunt bitter on the tongue.

The honey traces across the tongue and the entire beer lingers in the mouth; if I didn't see it say 10% ABV on the bottle, I'd never believe it.

Last half of the glass/bottle finds it hop heavy, the seesaw heavily weighed on the hoppy side. To compare to others in the genre, I prefer Pliny for it's balance and pine-ey ness; this is definitely not a West coast beer, it makes perfect sense its a Midwest beer since I find it tasting somewhere in between Pliny and Dogfish Head.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 23:37:35 | More by demuzik
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Balvenie

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-19-2012 22:04:09 | More by Balvenie
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TicoCali

California

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-19-2012 21:46:49 | More by TicoCali
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meanmutt

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-19-2012 21:22:36 | More by meanmutt
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freakboyfish

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-19-2012 20:25:07 | More by freakboyfish
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BuddytheElf

Virginia

4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-19-2012 18:49:35 | More by BuddytheElf
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MkUltra84

California

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

02-19-2012 17:34:41 | More by MkUltra84
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ChocolateJesus

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-19-2012 16:44:46 | More by ChocolateJesus
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mylar

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-19-2012 14:51:40 | More by mylar
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NFMSKRS

California

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-19-2012 06:15:25 | More by NFMSKRS
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dasmusik

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-19-2012 05:39:09 | More by dasmusik
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clarkw42

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

02-19-2012 04:08:47 | More by clarkw42
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keanlacrosse

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-19-2012 03:12:21 | More by keanlacrosse
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dooleyra

California

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-19-2012 02:34:47 | More by dooleyra
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USMCYoder

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had two bottles poured into a pint glass

A: Fantastic head. Very big. One lasted and the other one kind of disappeared on me. Orange/Amber in color but very clear.

S: Up front I smelled the honey which caught be off guard, but not in a bad way. From there I got some citrus and hops that were very well balanced.

T: Hoppy up front, followed by a sweet honey taste. Seemed to lack some type of malty or other flavors.

M: Light and clean for an IPA. No harsh aftertaste but there was some remaining hop in the back of the mouth.

O: Fantastic IPA. So glad I bought it even though the high price. Hops aren't over powering and the honey/citrus help balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 02:30:50 | More by USMCYoder
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 9,384 ratings.