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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,116
Reviews: 3,324
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,254
Gots: 2,311 | 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 Star80
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/15/13, extremely fresh. This was selling out super-fast and has quite a following.

A- Pours out a very pale copper color. Does produce a nice lacing on the glass.

S - Smells like wild and tropical fruits. Picking up some pineapple, mango, pine, and some citrus like grapefruit. Floral but doesn't seem as much as even Two Hearted which I feel I can smell a few feet away.

T - Taste is actually a nice melange between the tropical, citric and piney hops with some sweet pale malts to boot. I am getting some nice alcohol warming but for 10% it is pretty well hidden.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and slightly creamy.

O - Overall one wonders if this beer is worthy of the cult like following. Tough call but I can tell you it is a pretty nice DIPA if you're a hophead with taste for the tropical variety you will surely be satisfied. I will be among the followers next year.

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

Bottle date: 01/15/13. consumed 01/26/13.
poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A - beautiful golden with full finger white head. head dissipates after 4 minutes or so. lacing remain at high water mark.

S - Outstanding citrus, grapefruit, almost a granny smith apple candy sweet

T - Yep- just as bitter as it has been suggested. 10ABVs are well disguised. citrus flavor is huge.

M - medium viscosity. bitters holds on for a solid couple minutes.

O - Yes it is very good. Excellent DIPA. But this Event release date status it has gotten - way over hyped. That being said - i will continue to order it when i see it.

Photo of DudMan
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nrs207
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/23/13. Drinking 1/26/13.

A - Golden honey color. Fantastic looking, with nice carbonation and a 1 finger head. Nice lacing as well, basically as good as it gets.

S - Tropical fruits, sweet smelling. Faintest hint of alcohol, but it's 10% so it's more subtle than you'd expect.

T - Hardly any booze to speak of, and low on bitterness. Just sweet hoppy goodness and some malt to back it up. It's nice how sweet this is without being syrupy, which a lot of more "balanced DIPAs" can be.

M - Smooth and creamy, ridiculously drinkable for the ABV. Right up there with the best.

O - This is one of the best balanced DIPAs I've had. It still delivers on hop flavor without becoming syrupy and too sweet. Yet there's still low bitterness. If you're new to IPAs or hoppy beers this would be great for you I'd imagine. Highly recommended. That said, don't go out of your way to get it. If you're going to trade for a DIPA there are a lot of better options IMO.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of KYGunner
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous honey orange yellow coloring; almost glowing in the glass. Bright white head that was thick in parts but very bubbly with tremendous lacing.

Quaint piney tones, there's a bit of sweetness in the nose. A touch lemony there are some vague citrus notes.

With a name like Hopslam I expected to be beat over the head with intense pine and earthy flavors but instead I find a nice tempered hop flavor. Simply sweet it's not easy to find the honey but its fruity on the tongue.

With an ABV at 10 percent, there no alcohol bite but a pleasant warmth in the chest. Very smooth and easy this is a pleasant hoppy ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant deep golden color with a hint of copper and a frothy one inch bone colored head that lingers, dissipating slowly and leaving spotty lacing.

Fresh cut grass, resin, cat urine, pine, and dank hops form the initial aroma. Grapefruit, lime, and a touch of honey sweetness are also present.

Dulled grapefruit, orange peel, resin, and fresh cut grass open the flavor profile, with a fair amount of bready, fairly sweet toasted caramel malt carrying into a fairly bitter, biting finish. Herbal and earthy hop notes add complexity. Pine is evident in the aftertaste. Mint emerges as it warms.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation, some astringency at the finish, and a significant amount of alcohol warmth.

A balance in extremes, in a sense. The sweetness of the malt juxtaposes the bitterness of the hops, and the hop flavor is excellent, albeit not as complex as some of the newer hop varieties.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,116 ratings.