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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,362 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,362
Reviews: 3,108
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1,732
Gots: 1,318 | 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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4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark golden orange color probably a finger and half of head

Smell: orange smelling hops. Fantastic

Taste: obviously hops. Lots of orange and grapefruit tastes. I love ipas like this with that hop sting after taste

Mouthfeel: medium body. Not much alcohol feel for 10%.

Overall: this is my first hopslam and this hop head is satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 07:15:58 | More by fergster75
Photo of afrokaze


3.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheBandit1 for an awesome extra, can't wait to pop that Westy 12! Poured into Sierra Nevada hop glass.

Pours a hazy amber with 2 fingers of head that recede pretty quickly, decent carbonation and great slick lacing that really stays around.

Smell is dominated by floral and dank hops, a bit of sweet malt and honey. Alcohol is a bit too prevalent as it warms up though.

Floral and spicy hops come in a huge wave, followed by the sweet malt and citrus with a little honey. Second wave is earthy/dank hops and a bit of orange/lemon citrus. Alcohol is strong enough to back up the hop slam but seems a bit too "cutting" on the palate somehow.

I like the medium body, a bit chewy and sticky to help the bitterness linger for a good amount of time after each sip but the alcohol cuts through more than I remember from last year. The heat is enjoyable.

Overall a great aggressive DIPA but it could use just a bit of smoothing around the edges. The hop selection is a bit one-sided, but very nice overall for a sweeter DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:28:08 | More by afrokaze
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-01-2012 02:40:59 | More by harryhood41
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-01-2012 01:49:09 | More by creaghphish
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-01-2012 01:48:23 | More by mcdforme
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-01-2012 00:16:47 | More by jp110099
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

01-31-2012 23:00:53 | More by quintonmaximoff
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -11.1%

01-31-2012 20:15:12 | More by herrorara
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-31-2012 19:34:31 | More by callmeishmALE
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-31-2012 17:25:15 | More by PuckPuck
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-31-2012 16:19:09 | More by nickhiller
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -11.1%

01-31-2012 15:54:26 | More by phingdong
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

01-31-2012 05:53:21 | More by DrWalterWhite
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-31-2012 05:41:10 | More by dmueller
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4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Shustar for this one, thanks buddy.

P-Looks like me being slammed by these hops right now.

A-Pours a little cloudy goldish orange. Holds a nice finger head. Carbonation bubbles float up nicely.

S-Lots of hops. These have faded a little bit in my beer as im sure the time it took to travel from illinois to my house probably took some of the fun out of this beer. Either way nice fruit, green apple, grape and pineapple.

T-Hops of course. Nice grapefruit finish and has an orange like draw. Really good. I like the orange in this and bitter sting i get.

M-Nice medium bodied beer. Definitely holds its own. Carbonation seems a bit much but not bad. Has a crisp to it. Good flavors.

O-Well i now see what the hype is all about, good beer. Lots of character and hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 03:27:55 | More by ales4baldo
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4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/6/12...Poured into a tulip glass..

A) Nice Golden Orange

S) Nice citrus notes.

T) Really nice grapefruit, tangerine taste, the honey kind of blasts that through and there is enough malt to keep this grounded.

M) Nicely carbonated and I think there is just a slight alcohol burn.

O) Great beer, worth all the hype. Glad to have had fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 03:20:13 | More by jimmy82063
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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

01-31-2012 02:58:09 | More by brendan4532
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4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle batch 10863 bottled on 12/30/11 poured into Hair of the Dog tulip. Reviewed on 1/30/12.

A: Pours golden orange with a touch of haze and an off-white head that leaves nice lacing around glass.

S: Big, juicy citrus hop aroma with some malt and alcohol presence, but as all DIPAs should be, this is definitely dominated by the hops.

T: Lots of bitterness up front with tons of citrus hops from start to finish. Nice malt backbone provides body and some sweetness to support all of the hops.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation, slightly resinous, finishes clean and slightly dry.

O: Delicious, highly drinkable DIPA, the 10% ABV is incorporated incredibly well. The malt level is great, not a malt bomb like so many DIPAs brewed around me, and not super dry and void of body like many others, well done. One of the few DIPAs that I will seek out year after year.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 02:57:24 | More by Azurescens
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1/5  rDev -77.8%

01-31-2012 02:55:39 | More by Klif
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-31-2012 02:52:36 | More by ratty918
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

01-31-2012 02:21:32 | More by Hessian257
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4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to jyoungsbcp for this!

poured into a founders pint glass

appearance: translucent golden color with a 1" off-white head.

aroma: nice noses of pine and pineapple

palate: full bodied, you get the alcohol but not as powerful as the 10% its labeled. mild carbonation, flavor sits in the mouth nicely

taste: great citrus flavor with some graham flavor background to it. nice hop kick to it as well

overall: a very nice dipa, with some great flavor, but i was on the disappointed side for this one. for a beer thats this hard to get a hold of, i would like a bit more from. either way, im enjoying this very much, and if it was available year round id definitely drink it often!

thanks again to jyoungsbcp

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 02:10:29 | More by mobius387
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4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a good one to add to the list of tried. Definitely a must for anyone wanting to explore IPAs and DIPAs. Very overwhelming flavor and I would not recommend to the faint of heart or stomach. This is a very strong beer and one to be aware of such beforehand. Nonetheless a worthy beer and one for any real connoisseur to try. Good luck!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:09:53 | More by mgeraci
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over cloudy honey-amber liquid.

S: Honey, floral hops and citrus hops.

T: Wow, that's complex. Some pine and floral hop flavours up front with some alcohol presence as well as citrusy hop flavours of tangerine, lemon, pineapple and orange. This gives way to a honey and almost nutty finish with more orange citrus hop flavours. Definite waves of flavours in this beer.

M: Medium viscosity with a medium-to-high level of carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: Great tasting beer, my only criticism is the alcohol presence which I thought was a bit too much given the ratings.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 00:34:22 | More by DaftCaskBC
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-31-2012 00:10:11 | More by SAxDRC5
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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