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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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5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-30-2012 23:01:18 | More by karatebartender
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-30-2012 22:44:36 | More by ystazi
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-30-2012 22:16:43 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

01-30-2012 19:39:25 | More by HumanParaquat
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-30-2012 19:27:37 | More by CBlack85
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2.42/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm one of the few that wasn't head over heels for this brew, and the reason is very simple - Hopslam has a very strong mango flavor to it, and I don't care for mango. That flavor even comes through in the smell, which I confirmed from another person before I poured it out of the bottle.

I liked the way the brew felt due to the hoppiness, but the end of each sip proved too citrusy for me. The beer, despite a high ABV, did not have a strong alcohol taste, which was nice, and had a good appearance in the glass.

HopHeads who love this beer and appreciate the citrus flavor rightly make this their beer of choice, my brew taste just runs towards ambers & stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 18:00:59 | More by afoltz2
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-30-2012 13:28:04 | More by sgttibbs
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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

01-30-2012 07:53:44 | More by stealth
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-30-2012 06:47:36 | More by tlh1005
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New Jersey

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Surprising taste with the alcohol hidden. This is an excellent DIPA! I picked up a case and have enjoyed each beer. Pours a nice head and has a good aroma. The beer tastes excellent! I could down these one after another, it's that good. Just a great offering from Bells!

This beer is right up there with the elite. A must try for any IPA lover! Just watch the ABV or your head will be spinning!

Bottom line- World Class! Slam some!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 05:44:22 | More by themind
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

01-30-2012 05:04:58 | More by blazinworm
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4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mattboyer182 for this beauty.

12 oz bottle poured into New Belgium tulip snifter

A- Dark copper color with a finger or so of white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a thin white ring around the rim of the glass.

S- BIG citrusy and pine hop aroma shines through after letting it warm up for 20 minutes in the glass. An orange rind and sweet honey fill the back end of the nose. Yum!

T- Taste follows nose with big bitter hops up front and turns sweeter with honey present as it rolls down the tongue. I am getting a slight alcohol burn in the swallow. This is something I don't recall as much from last year. I am reminded it is 10%.

M- Carbonation is slightly higher than some in this style. It is still very smooth with a medium creamy body.

O- This is my second year trading for this beer and it is a treat. There are few IIPAs that are as satisfying all around as this one. From the big hop presence to the big honey and malt backbone, this one delivers. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 05:00:19 | More by bstave
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-30-2012 04:54:20 | More by lavatorylinksman
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-30-2012 03:58:33 | More by redfacedshooter
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-30-2012 03:56:19 | More by Whiskeydeez
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-30-2012 03:28:15 | More by time4abeer
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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden amber into a tulip. Two finger head leaves a slight lacing.
Hoppy, sweet, fruity smell.
Taste is sweet and piney. Grapefruit and pineapple. This is 10%? I can't tell.
Medium body, smooth, perfect carbonation.

I've been disapointed before by hyped beers, not this time. I'm fortunate to have tried this.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:08:08 | More by dennho
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-30-2012 01:20:52 | More by jt6174
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1/5  rDev -77.8%

01-30-2012 00:46:02 | More by Driggers
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Capone's beer garden, Norristown, PA

Pours a clear golden-orange with a thin, wispy, white head that lingers as a ringlet, but still leaves some doily lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops and toasted bread. Taste is bursting with hops: citrusy-orange-grapefruit zest and a bit of pithy bitterness, tropical fruits, pine needles, and a nice sensation of honey-drizzled toasted bread coming through for a very nice balance. Medium mouthfeel, quite smooth and extremely drinkable for the style (where's the alcohol?).

I've had plenty of IPAs similar to this one, so I wouldn't really say it's a trade item, or worth going out of the way for, as some people make it out to be, but it's definitely nice to have when it's around.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 00:41:22 | More by Rifugium
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-29-2012 23:49:08 | More by bluesplit63
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

01-29-2012 23:16:14 | More by rmaste6282
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4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Nice light amber almost orange colour. 2 fingers of white head with nice tight bubbles, good retention and lacing.

S: Big citrusy grapefruit and orange peel notes. Slightly sweet (maybe from the honey). A touch of alcohol.

T: A very nice balance between the citrusy hop profile and the sweetness from the honey. A blast of citrusy hops up front and a smooth sweet honey flavor on the back end. Finishes with lingering bitterness. A touch of alcohol as it warms.

M: A very smooth DIPA! Maybe it's the added honey that gives this beer such a smooth mouthfeel. Hops and honey coat the mouth. Moderate body with light carbonation.

Overall this is a top notch DIPA. One of the best. Very drinkable for the abv. Very smooth with an excellent hop profile and balance. Worth seeking out if it's available. Tastes amazing on draft!

Serving type: growler

01-29-2012 23:05:14 | More by muletrane
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4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Bottled 1/6/12.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with an off-white head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and some sweet honey. Taste is of grapefruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, honey, alcohol, and malt. There is a sweet candy flavor on the aftertaste with a mid bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an extremely good DIPA that lives up to the hype surrounding it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:40:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-29-2012 22:07:15 | More by hendge
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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