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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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10,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,169
Reviews: 3,131
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,998
Gots: 1,550 | FT: 38
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

VonZipper, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Golden transparent body with a thin bone white head.

S- Piney hops dominate the nose.

T- Tastes like sucking on fresh hop oil. Delicious piney with a hint of citrus hop flavor.

M- Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel.

O- I would be surprised if there was a more hop forward, hop dominated beer.

stephenjmoore, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Prospero
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is slightly grassy and floral with hints of honey coming through. Pours a nice light orange color and white head. Taste is pretty amazing, I'm not typically a grassy hop person, but the balance of hops they used, the floral notes went really well with the honey and sweet caramel malt bill on this one. Fairly bitter but expected and I really think they nailed the malts on this one to give it a complexity you don't get much with some DIPAs, mouthfeel is a little less drinkable as it's got a good amount of body to this beer. Great beer overall.

Prospero, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of JHenning87
5/5  rDev +11.4%

JHenning87, Jun 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

JSchock7, Jun 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

ForrestChess, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of baconman91
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
Photo of tARsh
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IPA and balance.
True to their mission Bells yet again smacks us with balanced flavor. Unabashed pine and hops are somehow sublimely balanced by subtle malts and a touch of sweetness followed with classic IPA citrus.
I personally fail to see the point in descending into descriptors of head and smell; this beer just tastes amazing.
However a word of warning; when beginning your beer journey this is no entry level IPA.

tARsh, May 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

TheBronze, May 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

cshull, May 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

316nuts, May 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

dmsulli, May 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

BenH1068, May 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

astebelton, May 29, 2012
Photo of DonDirkA
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose of pine and resin, slightly floral with a sticky sweetness backing it up. Tastes of heavy hitting pine hops up front backed up by orange-lemon citrus bitterness all balanced by a honey sweetness. You get a nice warm tingle deep down inside from the alcohol, but none of the boozey heat in the taste. This lives up to all the hype I've heard. Fan-freakin-tastic.

DonDirkA, May 29, 2012
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4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Low and fading head, moderate lacing, scent of hops present, with a strong organic chemistry lab/pine campground presence, not really strong citrus to dominate. Color is a rich, slightly fogging copper orange typical for the style. Tastes fruity, malty, slightly sweet with strong, sustained hop echo, but nicely counterbalanced by all the flavors. Some presence of alcohol evident, but not really prominent...a bit more drinkable (going faster) than other DIPA's. Mouthfeel is substantial, with moderate to heavy, active carbonation. Another delicious one from Bell's and recommended again.

Revised, fresher review: OK, so I'm trying an eight day old Hopslam, and I've changed my mind. I wish I could have one of these every day. Now I get even more fruit, passionfruit, and maybe even guava, and I can't believe this is 10% ABV. So a I go from a previous 4.75 to a almost 5.00. This one is near perfect for me.

Bitter_Echo, May 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Gabbyaboutipa, May 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

ucsbmullet, May 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Tunguska, May 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

jeff96gt, May 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

powpig2002, May 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Hophead2112, May 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

resistdefy, May 26, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a slightly hazy dull gold tone with just shy of a finger's head; off-white on that count. middling retention but great lacing.

no surprises in the nose which offers an aromatic potpourri of hops: getting a lot of citrus varietals but also notes of pine, honey, and a touch of malt. it's an exceptional aroma matched only by the flavor, which follows through in fine fashion with a big citric/grapefruit wallop, some pine, and a little background, honey-like sweetness. just enough balancing malt. very, very tasty beer. a true superstar DIPA.

medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. pretty damn drinkable considering its double-digit ABV. hopslam's fans are legion so there's not much to say about this one that hasn't already been said, but it marshalls that hype for a reason. easily one of my favorite DIPAs.

originally reviewed: 02-21-2011

BostonHops, May 26, 2012
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,169 ratings.