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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,827
Reviews: 3,117
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,881
Gots: 1,470 | FT: 41
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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Photo of bucksbeerman
4.85/5  rDev +8%

Bells Hopslam Ale
Bottle 2/28/12
Smell very hoppy, nostrils tingle every time you put the glass to mouth, Hint of grass
appearance golden, very little clouding, 2 finger head, head lasts forever
nicely carbonated, incredibly long lasting lace,
taste hops dominates, followed by citrus, and lastly hint of sweetness on tongue…honey taste lingers…this beer is everything it claims to be
taste alcohol in the belly…10% abv
Never had a beer this hoppy…and sweet at the same time…well done
guess I been hopslammed

bucksbeerman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Shooter1960
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Shooter1960, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of AllenJasper
4.85/5  rDev +8%

Bottle to Mug
Bottling date printed off the label :-P. But I looked it up and batch 10938 was bottled on February 10th. That's only two weeks ago.

A: Golden orange in soft light, and light golden between my computer screen and I. One finger of white head with great retention. Decent lacing.

S: Grapefruit, mango, slight hint of berries, and of course, piney hops.

T: Follows smell, but the honey is apparent in the taste, a sticky sweetness. Alcohol taste comes out as it warms.

M: Not as sharp as one might think with bell’s description (A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale.) The sticky sweetness lasts quite a long time.

O: I first had this beer two years ago… long before I had tried anything else like it. It has been my favorite beer since. I plan on aging the last two bottles, how long? As long as I can wait.

AllenJasper, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

abcramer, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

kaelingirl, Feb 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

robbydb85, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

BLang, Feb 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Unchi, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

bcsbeer, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

bigben94, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. Back label says 10914 PKGD, so no readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch head that bears little retention and fritters down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass leaving bumps of lacing. Surface foam is in a mold pattern indicating healthy yeast.

S- Grassy, pungent hops along with sweet, biscuity malts. Quite floral and almost perfumey.

T- Bright, intense bitterness assaults the palate but holds back enough to let the malt duality play its part. On second sip, the hops don't let up and continue to make their presence very known. Upon the third sip, one notices that the booze is quite toned down for a full 10% ABV. By the time the fourth sip is taken, you can start to notice the honey come in and complete the sweet finish that the malts begin. After the fifth sip, the palate is almost fully acclimated to the hop bite and can now appreciate the synchronization of all ingredients in the flavor profile. Remarkable.

M- A dry afterfeel plus jaw clenching from the bitterness, at least during the first few sips. Medium-low carbonation.

O- I like it better on tap, but this is still a leader among IPAs.

Immortale25, Feb 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

YalovaIA, Feb 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

juliusseizure, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Jsmitty1967, Feb 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

jtesterman, Feb 22, 2012
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!

OleJohnnieAle, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of aorloski
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

aorloski, Feb 22, 2012
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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.

beertunes, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

tweenDhedges, Feb 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Youngbeertender, Feb 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Ootppizza, Feb 22, 2012
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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.

blastyaker, Feb 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

KingofHops, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

wgk, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Trailmix242, Feb 21, 2012
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,827 ratings.