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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

11,117 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,117
Reviews: 3,324
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,254
Gots: 2,313 | 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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Photo of joeseppy
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of RodneyFarva
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. packaged 1/15/13

a: pours a fairly light golden, a bit lighter than many other DIPAs that have a deeper color. 1/2 inch fizzy white head, slowly dissipates

s: incredibly floral and hoppy. lots of tropical fruits: mango especially, pineapple, papaya, mint as well. one of the most fruity and floral aromas. can almost smell the hop resin

t: light and fruity at the beginning, same tropical fruits, then a heavy resinous hop bite in the middle, and stinging hoppiness in the finish.

o: crisp and light for 10%, mixing nicely with the heaviness of the hops. simply excellent DIPA.

Photo of Treyliff
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/13/13, poured into a tulip glass.

A- pours crystal clear golden-orange color with a two finger foamy white head that reduces to a small layer skimming the top, leaving textbook lace around the rim.

S- wow, hops punch in the face! Sharp and pungent citrus notes, oily resin, some floral notes, citrus pineapple and papaya and a very refreshing mint leave smell. Just a touch of yeasty malt on the end with a bit of dank. Quite complex.

T- the thing that's immediately stands out upon the first few sips is the complexity of the hops. I'm getting citrus, mango, papaya, grass, fresh mint and just a touch of pine. The alcohol is noticeable but not 10% noticeable, just enough to warm up the palate. With the complexity of the malts, it doesn't rip my tongue out. But rather leaves an intense hop linger that lasts long after the sip. Malt it noticeable but this is obviously a hop show.

M- medium body, moderate carbonation, just enough to give it a kick. Quite possibly the creamiest mouthfeel I've experienced from a DIPA, the finish is velvety, leaving just enough alcohol to let you know it's there.

O- After finishing half of the glass I'm still picking out little subtleties that pop out from the hop profile. This is the best DIPA that I've had, nearly perfect mouthfeel, hidden alcohol and a solid flavor profile. Worth seeking out.

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on the bottle said the January 2nd 2013.

A - Poured out a nice frothy 2 finger off white yellowish head that leaves great lacing. It is hazy golden color that is clear but looks as though there is something extra in it.

S - This one really lets off some hop aroma. It is really dank and pungent with a "citrusy" orange smell. A wonderfully sweet cascade of hops from this makes my mouth water. After drinking this beautiful smell fades away so if you like the scent smell it before you drink it.

T - Again like the nose, a pungent dank citrusy (orange, lemon) hops which leads into a bitter bite on the back end. This one is relatively sweet and honey-ish but not cloying with minute amounts of alcohol on the aftertaste. So bitter it has an astringency to it on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep the flavors going. My tongue can feel the bitter bite of this brew in which it feels like it was scrubbed clean by the hop oils. Slightly sticky. Interesting what it does to the mouth for sure.

O - This brew is what ended up getting me into drinking true craft beer. I may be bias toward it but it is non the less one of my favorite Double IPA's even though it is ridiculously priced. I look forward to drinking this every year and so should you, cheers!

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. dated 1/10/13

A. A nice light amber color which has a head that lingers and leaves lacing on the glass.

S. I get grapefruit and other tropical fruits with just a touch of pine and some malt. My words are not doing this justice as this may be the best aroma ive ever smelled coming off a beer.

T. This is way more balanced than I expected. It starts with a bite of hops and then transitions into the tropical fruits I smelled.It finishes with soem malt and leaves a little bitterness. No alcohol is noticable.

M. A medium mouthfeel with some decent carbanation.

O. This is an excellent beer and drinks like it should be sessionable.

Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -33%

Photo of bob_d_j
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of rjcoy06
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Hopmarc
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jhartley
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of OleDixie
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of BrettHead
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of regspeir
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Have had this a few times in past years but never got around to reviewing this. Bad oversight, as this is a GREAT DIPA. Pours a cloudy orange with plenty of carbonation evident and a two-finger head that gradually gives way to a foamy coating. Lacing is perfect evidence of each sip. Nose is overwhelming citrus (especially orange, grapefruit and lemon), but hints of honey are there as promised. Taste: The one disagreement I would have with Stone is that his is NOT a "biting, bitter, tongue buster," although elements of each descriptor are there. I find it actually much better balanced than that, the honey backbone probably doing the most to sorta' tame these very wonderful hops. Taste is at first dominated by the citrus but this is so beautifully balanced by the honey and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, and aftertaste is a sweet bitterness that is not overly cloying. Certainly, there is enough bitterness and dryness to satisfy DIPA fans but this is a VERY refreshing and crisp end to a very special beer. Come on, can't SOMEONE do this ALL YEAR? I LOVE this beer!

Photo of SciFritz
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of kendrahayes
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Jay43613
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would have given this beer all 5's, but with a beer touting the name "hopslam," I would expect it to be a little more bitter than it was. It did have a curiously sweet taste to it, and would definitely drink it again. Nice job Bell's.

Photo of Ambock119
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of cofeeguru
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jasoncheb
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Since this was my first time tasting this beer, I tired to go into the first bottle with an open mind; ignoring the reviews I had read on BA.

Appearance - Deep yellow-orange. Straight down pour provided about a half an inch of head.

Smell - Not as much initial nose as I would have expected. There is still plenty of aroma, however, sweetness came to the forefront rather than the normal citus/pine smell I would have expected.

Taste - Certainly not a DIPA that would cause your taste buds to beg for mercy on the initial sip. Very smooth DIPA that hides its 10% ABV very well, did not taste "hot" at all.

Mouth - Very complex, with a sweet, yet hoppy, initial bite.

Overall - Excellent offering from Bell's which differs slightly from the other classic DIPAs. An easy to drink beer that has enough kick and complexity to keep you coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of ChopsMeister
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,117 ratings.