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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

9,508 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,508
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,764
Gots: 1,364 | FT: 43
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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fjl77

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev -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 +2%
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 +0.2%

02-16-2012 03:22:47 | More by FeelinSurley
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Namarsha82

Michigan

3/5  rDev -33.2%

02-16-2012 03:08:26 | More by Namarsha82
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jdprmd

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pored in Boulevard Tulip Glass, bottled 2/2/12

A - finger length in head, golden color, head quickly goes away

S - Big Citrus notes, as the head settles pine and soapy smells comes through, as it warms I am getting the fruity notes, specifically plum.

T - Clean and Hoppy, the hops give it a citrus taste, after swallowing more of the bitterness comes through. Very similar characteristics as the nose with pine coming out after swallowing. I had this out of a cask a couple weeks back and I have to say I enjoyed it much more... the cask seemed very fresh, having more fruity plum notes, as well as other great hop characteristics that made the beer seem more complex as a whole. Out of the bottle there is a very slight alcohol burn, which I don't remember from last year... probably due to the increase in honey (from what I have heard)

M - Sharp, crisp and bitter yet somehow smooth ... yum.

O - All in all... very solid, I'm being picky and thats because I really really enjoyed it out of the cask more. For $20 bucks a 6 pack kinda disappointing compared to last year but still damn good. Depending on what your tastes are, you might enjoy this 5 times more out of a cast... it literally blew my mind. If I were giving a cask review it would receive about a 4.8

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:01:48 | More by jdprmd
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anglagard1

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I had this last year, I regarded it as the best beer I'd ever tasted. But I've had a lot of good beers in the interum, so I'm tempted to see how this holds up. OOH, the excitement!
Ummm,smells like grapefruit at the peak of ripeness. Not a hint of bitterness. There is a sticky sweetness to the nose that may be the honey. Head is less than I remembered. Taste is of grapefruit with just the right amount of sugar on it. I'm not picking up on the pineapple like I remembered. Mouthfeel has far more carbonation than the weak head would indicate. I detect discrepancies from last years batch, but still a solid, solid beer that remains a contender for best of the best.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:42:32 | More by anglagard1
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hockenbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-16-2012 02:41:56 | More by hockenbeer
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Mkfos13

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-16-2012 02:06:41 | More by Mkfos13
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute FAVORITE IPA ever! The aroma has a strong grapefruit character, as does the taste, there is a nice refreshing citrus quality along with a slight pine taste and it's all topped off by a huge hoppy taste.

It also has a perfect malt background and there is no taste of alcohol even with the high ABV. Amazing. It's especially phenomenal on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 01:48:12 | More by JohnnyMc
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Burgy77

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: No head when poured into a very clean glass. Golden in color with light lacing left behind. Smell/

Aroma: Crisp, clean citrus. Much more of a mild hoppy smell than I expected. I wish it hit the nose more. Slight astringent smell towards the end of the glass (after a slight swirl).

Taste: High level of hops that stick a minute or so after you take a drink. Hops are very floral and citrus flavored. Almost no alcohol to the taste (very surprised for 10% ABV).

Mouthfeel/ Palate: Very smooth no bite to the alcohol, slightly thick (in a good way). Overall: Very nice beer with a clean crisp taste. Nice to drink and great smell to boot!

Serving type: Bottle poured into a Tulip on 2/15/2012. Bottled on 1/23/2012.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:40:17 | More by Burgy77
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Synergy87

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found at Discount Liquor Waukesha with a bottle date of 2/9/12 (5 days old @_@). Unpasteurized, unfiltered, brewed with honey.

A - Pours a nice 2 finger head, nice lacing, hazy dark gold color

S - pine, tropical, citrusy fruits

T - Pine first, followed by pineapple and tangerine, finishes dry with grapefruit flavors. There is a sweetness in there but its subtle and I cant say its honey even though I know thats probably what I am tasting.

M - Medium body and carbonation, smooth and incredibly balanced

O - I am shocked the hype on this was well deserved. I would say this tastes like a cross between Lupulin Maximus and Double Trouble. Very complex for the style as there are alot of flavors here for an IIPA and not your typical pineapple and grapefruit. Loving the lacing, aroma, and smooth mouth feel. This may be the best beer I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 23:44:07 | More by Synergy87
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber color with minimal lacing around the outside edge of the glass. Translucent enough to see bubbles rising up from the bottom and coming to a rest at a small patch of bubbles in the middle of the brew.

S: Piney hops are immediately present from about a foot away, light amounts of honey and some citrus as well.

T: With a nose like this, I was actually expecting significantly more hop taste than is actually present. That being said, the flavor profile is dominated by citrusy hops and slight amounts of honey. Some alcohol is also present on the finish.

M: Medium amount of carbonation with a medium-light body.

O: Overall a solid beer. Again, the flavor profile was a little lighter than I was expecting, but relative to the style, this beer is impeccable.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 23:07:08 | More by Daktyls
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-15-2012 22:08:36 | More by jwat
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BMMillsy

Florida

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Sava’s in Ann Arbor. Served in pint glass. Aroma has traces of both the sweet honey and the in-your-face pine citrus hops. Elements of grapefruit and a hint of cat pee (citra?). Clear amber color, with a small head. Looks like candy. Beautiful golden orange pour and perfectly clear. Big head and punches you with the aroma as it pours (have also had bottled). Taste follows the aroma perfectly. Grapefruit, pine, zesty citrus, and some sweet honey. Nice bitterness up front with a punch of hops going down as well. Lingering honey citrus pine on the palate. Very drinkable, despite the 10% alcohol. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. A must try for anyone who fancies themselves a hop head. I look for this one every winter. Wish it were year round. Out of the bottle this is excellent, but on draft this thing hits a whole new level. I find a bit more of the mellow honey sweetness on draft and more floral aromatics--but excellent both ways.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 21:58:09 | More by BMMillsy
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SoCalStout

California

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Tulip at Toronado SD on 2/12/2012
Given to me by one of the Beertenders so I dont know the bottling date.

Appearance: Pours a clear, honey color with a nice thin head and great lacing.

Smell: Tons of citrus hops. The most up front for me is grapefruit and orange, but also quite a bit of piney aromas and a slight sweetness of honey in there too.

Taste: Citrusy, and pine hops dominate this one with some sweetness coming from the honey. Just a bit of malt to keep the beer nice and balanced. I say this is one of my favorite DIPA's, but I may be biased since the brewery name is the same as my last name. Definitely not overrated. A must try.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and close to being full bodied. The malt profile is definitely giving this a creamy texture. This beer is a great DIPA that doesn't dominate in the boozy category. Highly drinkable.

Overall: The smell beats out the taste for me, but this is definitely among the smoothest, tastiest ones I have had. Glad to have finally gotten to try this beer and looking forward to my next one. If only I could get it easier out here.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 20:55:50 | More by SoCalStout
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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