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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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10,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,264
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,047
Gots: 1,568 | FT: 40
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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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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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

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4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear, dark amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is monumentally hoppy, promising a serious IPA. Flavor is hoppy in the extreme, making this beer taste like a liquid pine tree. There is just a hint of honey sweetness that nicely offsets the firm but not fierce bitterness. Texture is rough and tingly, leaving behind a strong fizz. Recommended to all hop-heads.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,264 ratings.