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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

9,370 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,370
Reviews: 3,108
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1,733
Gots: 1,321 | FT: 44
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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busternuggz

California

3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle dated 1-26-12.
Thick, pillowy, eggshell colored 1/2" head, clear goldenrod color with lots of bubbling action from the bottom of the glass. Head clings to the glass and retains impressively.
The nose is a little hard to distinguish, but it's fresh and hoppy. Kind of a lemon/orange combo, some kind of faint tropical fruit.
The taste is a hop assault; more than any other IPA I've had, it just tastes like bitter, leafy hops. What it lacks in complexity it makes up in richness. There's some pine and a little bit of honey, a bit of grapefruit zest in the finish, but mostly just planty, bitter hops.
Nice light texture to it, which is impressive considering the ABV. I want to call it fluffy, in a good way. Slick and clean.
A good and unique DIPA, but doesn't live up to the hype for me. This beer is excess over finesse, and to it's credit it does that very well; but I would like more complexity and subtlety in a DIPA before I call it "world class".

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 05:15:50 | More by busternuggz
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Beezee

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-17-2012 04:34:46 | More by Beezee
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syu3003

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-17-2012 03:53:49 | More by syu3003
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LiquidDegenerate

Florida

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-17-2012 02:10:36 | More by LiquidDegenerate
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-17-2012 01:59:51 | More by uvm2003
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BRISKELTON

Georgia

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-17-2012 00:24:32 | More by BRISKELTON
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-16-2012 23:59:25 | More by John11486
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gregy55902

Minnesota

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

I had this on-tap last month and it was extremely good. The bottled version doesn't disappoint either:

A - pours from the bottle into my snifter a subdued orange color with half a finger of white head. The head recedes leaving a nice ring of bubbles and foam in the glass. 4

S - Huge citrus hops, piney hops, honey, bready malt. Did I say HOPS? 4.5

T - Follows the nose, but is even more refined. Incredible balance. Citrus hops upfront, followed by a faint sweetness from the honey and a nice malt backbone. Like a fine wine it should be savored, but that is hard because it is so easy to drink. One review simply called it 'God-juice' and I cannot disagree. 5

M - Incredibly smooth. Alcohol cannot be detected. Perfect carbonation. I just want to drink more and more of it. 5

O - I have officially been HopSlammed. I only wish it was more available - I now see why this beer has a religious cult type of following. Best DIPA I've had so far. Now if I could just find Pliney... 5

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 23:56:12 | More by gregy55902
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CarpalTunnell

Virginia

4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-16-2012 23:27:26 | More by CarpalTunnell
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Finatic

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz cold bottle dated 1/26/12 poured into a chilled Duvel Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a small head and lasting lacing that hugs the glass.

S: Very tropical as hints of pineapple, mango and grapefruit hit the nose immediately upon opening the bottle. Slight traces of pine and of course the Honey which offsets the tropical notes perfectly.

T: Citrus and pine ring of the palate and then the malt backbone kicks in offset by the wonderful honey flavor.

M: Has that classic oily resinous mouthfeel much like Odell's Myrcenary has. Medium bodied and good carbonation.

O: Definitely a top 5 DIPA and a pleasure to drink every Jan/Feb.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 22:55:19 | More by Finatic
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jamiekimble

Florida

4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-16-2012 21:24:59 | More by jamiekimble
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seanpackage

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-16-2012 19:39:04 | More by seanpackage
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fjl77

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-16-2012 17:32:12 | More by fjl77
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nocontroln

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-16-2012 16:13:17 | More by nocontroln
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ridedatrainmarv

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-16-2012 14:32:28 | More by ridedatrainmarv
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marshmeli

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

02-16-2012 14:16:10 | More by marshmeli
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FunkyFibes

Florida

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-16-2012 11:57:48 | More by FunkyFibes
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bullywee

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-16-2012 11:19:34 | More by bullywee
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ricksrealm

Florida

4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-16-2012 10:36:05 | More by ricksrealm
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-16-2012 09:40:23 | More by bigbeers84
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LaCoursiere

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-16-2012 05:50:23 | More by LaCoursiere
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Vicsvapo

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-16-2012 05:04:36 | More by Vicsvapo
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RunForYourBeer

Indiana

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

Bottled 1/9/12

A: Pours copper with a thin white head.

S: Lots of hops. Grapefruit is the strongest with hints of grass, pine, and citrus.

T: Not surprisingly, very hoppy. Grapefruit is first followed by some citrus and piney hops. Finish has a bit of maly sweetness.

M: Medium and a bit oily with medium carbonation.

O: Very good beer. The hops are fresh and flavorful. This is one I'll get again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:00:34 | More by RunForYourBeer
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BeerNutz324

Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass

Ap- pours a bright amber color with a white head that goes about a 1/4 inch. Retention is decent and hugs the glass well. Excellent lacing on the glass.

Ar- one of the best smelling DIPA's I have smelled. Huge grapefruit and citrus notes mix well with some pine. The biscuity malts balance this one out nicely. The honey comes through in the nose too.

T- The taste not as powerful as the nose but follows it closely. Grapefruit, citrus, honey, pine and malts are balanced amazingly well.

M- a little sticky, good carbonation, medium body. For 10% the alcohol doesn't really warm the mouth that much. A great oily hop prescence is left in the mouth after the swallow.

O- Truly a great DIPA. Honestly one of the best I have had. The drinkability for 10% is astounding and the balance of flavors is amazing too. Another great one from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:28:36 | More by BeerNutz324
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-16-2012 03:22:47 | More by FeelinSurley
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 9,370 ratings.