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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,764 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,764
Reviews: 3,114
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,854
Gots: 1,451 | FT: 42
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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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

02-22-2012 04:30:39 | More by YalovaIA
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

02-22-2012 04:28:11 | More by juliusseizure
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-22-2012 04:23:05 | More by Jsmitty1967
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-22-2012 03:21:21 | More by jtesterman
Photo of OleJohnnieAle


4.73/5  rDev +5.3%

A: MBronze amber color with a fonger of head. Left Thinck lacing that was very sticky and never seemed to fall.

S: Citrus is overwhelming upfront. Some nice floral hops and some caramel malt.

T: SLAM!!! slam is right! HOPS are amazing in this one... definately the key ingredient but not overwhelming to the sense that it is bad... becasue wow!!! Nice sweetness from the orange. Nice piney bitterness!

M: 10%...really!!! No sign of boozyness. Nice balance to this medium bodied beer.

O: Look forward to this beer each year. Defiantely my kind of beer! Besides the price... this beer is PERFECT... even with the price... I am happy to pay it because this is truely worth it!

02-22-2012 02:42:52 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance - A Beautiful golden orange, thin white head, good lacing and alcohol legs

Smell - Floral, juicy grapefruits, peaches, pine, biscuits

Taste - A VERY tropical DIPA. grapefruits, ripe peaches all wrapped up in a nice pine bite. beautiful

Mouthfeel - good medium carbonation, nice and sticky

Overall - I can see why this beer is so hyped. I prefer pliny and heady but this is definitely top 5 DIPAs for me. SO GOOD

02-22-2012 02:10:50 | More by aorloski
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4.08/5  rDev -9.1%

Thanks to nomasnomore for sharing this bottle with me. Bottled on 2/2/12. Poured into Tulip. Poured a nice golden honey color with just a thin cap of white head that had minimal retention and lacing.

The aroma had a nice blast of piney hops upfront, and a bit of malty sweetness noticeably supporting it. The hops were also at the forefront on the tongue, very tart and well defined pine, with some citrus in the background.

The body was nicely full and smooth, and was fairly well balanced across the tongue. Drinkability was very good, this is a rare ImpIPA I'd drink a few of at a time. Overall, one of the rare beers that actually lives up to it's hype. For me, this is a much better beer than the even more hyped PtE. Worth seeking out.

02-22-2012 01:08:43 | More by beertunes
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-22-2012 00:30:15 | More by tweenDhedges
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-22-2012 00:21:57 | More by Youngbeertender
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-22-2012 00:21:53 | More by Ootppizza
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4.88/5  rDev +8.7%

I can only say AWESOME first time taste. Beautiful copper color yet cloudy. Not much head but what was there lingered a bit lacey. I bought a 6 pack and will cherish the other five, bottled on 02/09/2012, just wish it was a bit less expensive. I couldnt really smell the honey but did pick up a bit of sweetness on the taste after it lingered on the tongue. Cant wait to drink the rest.

02-22-2012 00:09:32 | More by blastyaker
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-21-2012 23:39:55 | More by KingofHops
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

02-21-2012 22:59:01 | More by wgk
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

02-21-2012 21:50:45 | More by Trailmix242
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-21-2012 21:24:27 | More by GarrettB714
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-21-2012 21:12:02 | More by tinyhomunculus
Photo of Heatwave33


5/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Slightly hazy golden orange with an off white head.

Smell: Floral hops and mango up front. Followed by pine hops, orange and peach.

Taste: All the flavors are combined perfectly. The pine and floral hops with the mango, orange and peach come out at the same time. It's amazing!

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth with a mid-light dryness on the palate.

Overall: Clean with a crisp finish. Perfectly balanced with a medium body. Has a great sweetness to it from the honey. Woth every bit of $21.99 a six pack. The hops come through a lot more when it warms up. AWESOME! CHEERS!

02-21-2012 20:24:19 | More by Heatwave33
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4.15/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottled on 1/26/2012.

Copper body with thick, white head; decent lace and retention. Aroma holds tons of hops, sweet malts, honey, and a distinct boozy caramel-ness. Love how this one smells, just wish its aroma was stronger.

The honey really stands out initially, contributing to a complex (and undeniably sweet) flavor profile up front before the hops return for a dry, bitter finish. Strong malt backbone adds character, body, and balance. Hop character is smooth & round, not sharp or overly piney like many of its West Coast peers. I'll attribute this equally to the brewer's intentions (this is clearly an East Coast DIPA) and the addition of honey.

Creamy body flows smoothly around my mouth. Alcoholic warmth soothes the throat as I swallow. Booze gets to me sooner than expected -- I definitely couldn't drink more than one of these in a single sitting.

Hopslam is a great DIPA, especially considering the tremendous batch size, and I prefer it to *bottled* Pliny. Draft vs draft is another question entirely that can (hopefully) be settled sooner rather than later.

02-21-2012 18:40:11 | More by brystmar
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

02-21-2012 18:21:45 | More by Topher78
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-21-2012 17:39:30 | More by ajschutz
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

A: Copper in color but very clear, good head, nice lacing.

S: Honey/sweet, citrus and HOPS, great aroma.

T: Hoppy and sweet honey taste, subtler malt character.

M: Light and clean for an IPA. No harsh aftertaste.

O: Fantastic IPA. Great balance very smooth drinking.
Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 06:35:11 | More by jdround
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

02-21-2012 04:58:45 | More by TubbyDullard
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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%

Label says 02/08/12. Nice.

A- Golden amber with a one finger thin head that lasts decently and leaves a couple wisps of lacing.
S- The aroma is amazing. Absolutely pleasant with big grapefruit and pineapple aromas. A bit of foral and honey aromas as well.
T- Not as hoppy as on the nose, but still super hoppy. There's a bit of candied grapefruit, orange juice and honey backbone as well. Big flavors.
M- The boozyness is noticable, but for 10% it does well. Carbonation is even but leaves a slightly prickly feeling.
O- A beer that has been on my beer bucket list. It lived up. Very good beer, maybe not in my top five or ten, but still way up there.

02-21-2012 02:38:16 | More by jsprain1
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-21-2012 01:52:10 | More by bexley10
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Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

Got really lucky by running into a buddy who had a 6 pack on him at a concert in Detroit. Thanks!

12 ounce bottle bottled on 02/09/12

A - Amber orange, one finger of white head, dissipated really quickly into a white wisp.

S - Sweet hops with a slight piney note, the honey comes off strong in the nose, nice floral bouquet, you can smell the balance in this one!

T - The hope bite is more pronounced in the taste than it is in the nose, with grapefruit coming in a little more, the honey kicks in on the back end and lingers for a while.

M - The carbonation is a little sharp for me, but the level of carbonation is perfect, the honey also helps this beer with the mouthfull as it coats the inside of your mouth.

O - A really solid DIPA, and I am really glad I was able to get my hands on this one. This beer holds up to it's name and the hype around it. At 10% abv, you better be careful!

02-20-2012 23:47:59 | More by rappmann
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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