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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,977
Reviews: 3,124
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,931
Gots: 1,509 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

jlouwagie, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MrHolland10, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

mendonjoebeer, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of HOLYJIM
4/5  rDev -10.9%

HOLYJIM, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey with a subtle haze that clears with some warmth. Finger of white head comes with a vigorous pour. Decent, spotty lacing. Typical west coast IIPA on the nose - big on the citrus and mango, backed up with some pine and subtle malt support, more boozy than some. Leans more towards fruit on the tongue with less herbal/pine hop presence. Fades off into some soft booze notes, and a tiny sting on the back of the palate at the very end. Mouthfeel is as expected - medium everything. Appropriate for the style. Overall it’s a good double IPA. I wouldn’t say it’s worth the hype and the price but it’s good. EDIT: Just got a sixer with a 2/10 bottle date - a month fresher than the batch I reviewed initially. Much more interesting. The honey is a bit sweeter and better incorporated. I’ll adjust my numbers somewhat, but not too much because I don’t feel that any beer should suffer that much from 4 extra weeks in the bottle. I’d probably seek this out year after year if I was guaranteed the fresh stuff.

yamar68, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Elstad
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Elstad, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of GORUM
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

GORUM, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

TheMultiYeast, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

polopaul20, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

mmmIPAs, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of whitefire
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge Thanks goes out to thecheapies for providing this fine beer. Thanks Mike!

Bottled 1/10/12 and thoroughly enjoyed 2/17/12.

A: Pours a clean copper-orange color with a minimal head that fades quickly.

S: Definitely picked up plenty of hops, pine, some candied pineapple and tropical fruit. Not as floral as I expected or am used to but still a great nose.

MF: Nice Body, very light carbonation... feels so silky and smooth. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but considering that this one clocks in at 10%. I'd say they did an excellent job of balancing this one out.

O: A beer well-worth trekking for and/or seeking out. Easily one of the best in class. A treasure that I'll seek out again.

whitefire, Mar 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

oldp0rt, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

DarkBeerBob, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

quilty, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

SageO, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Dapperticus, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

PaBeerLover, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to C2H5 for this. Bottled on 1/26/12, consumed 2/29/12.

A: Pours golden light copper, mostly clear with just over two fingers of white foamy head with good retention and lacing.

S: Fairly big tropical fruit with notes of mango and pineapple, honey and sugary sweetness is noticeable, pine needles, slight dankness, alcohol can be detected in the background.

T: Balanced hop punch of the tropical fruits, pine, and herbal dankness. Honey and sugar sweep in with a nice body of pale malt to help alleviate the hop destruction being unleashed on the palate. Unfortunately the booze appears on the back end and it does detract from taste and experience. Finish is somewhat sweet with lingering honey/sugar and hops.

M: Medium to slightly full body. On the sweeter side of DIPAs, though it doesn't have too much malt. Moderate astringency that is balanced by the sweetness. Moderate carbonation.

O: A very tasty DIPA that would be really world class if the alcohol bite on the end wasn't there or as strong. Maybe a touch better than Double Trouble, though I think it still pales a bit in comparison to the big boy DIPAs out of VT.

Satchboogie, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – It had a deeper golden color with a slight bit of haze. The head upon serving was relatively small and faded to give a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The hops hit you from afar and hit hard. Big citrus and pine hops greet the nose with a nice aroma. These then mellow a bit as a maltier and sweeter aroma of caramel and bread mix in with the citrus and pine. Toward the very end of the smell there is a bit of floral that manages it way in to the aroma, although it is quite light in comparison the pine and citrus.

Taste – The taste follows the nose quite well. There is a nice more bitter citrus and pine taste upfront with is mixed quite nicely with a big malty backbone of some bready and biscuit flavors. As the taste moves forward it sweetens up with some sweeter fruit and caramel flavors coming into play. Toward the end it all comes together and leaves a very satisfying somewhat bitter, somewhat sweet flavor in the mouth. Quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel – A moderate to thicker body with a slightly lighter then normal carbonation level give this brew a nice creamy feel and allow the tastse to linger and permeate the tongue.

Overall – This was a nice imperial IPA. It had great aromas flavor and mouthfeel. One to look for and one to sit back and savor.

Darkmagus82, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Kromes
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A gold color with a slight chill haze and a thick off-white head that laces the glass.

S: Oily pine and citrus hops with lots of tropical fruit notes. Very fragrant.

T: Continues from the nose....oily pine and citrus hop with notes of peach and pineapple. The floral honey flavors are perfect. A very nice sweet malt background helps to keep the beer balanced. It doesn't get too much better than this.

M: Medium-heavy body with a feel that drinks like a wheat beer. A nice silky feel to it.

O: Simply put...One of the best Double IPAs that I've had.

Kromes, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

HarmonMW, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of jtmartino
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright orange into my Bruery snifter. A finger of creamy white head. Smells delicious - citrus, honey, light pine and other fruity sweetness. Taste to match the smell. Much less bitter than I expected, with a creamy mouthfeel that must be attributed to the honey. A delicious, deceiving DIPA...easily one of the smoothest-drinking beers in its style. Thank Buddha I have a few more in the fridge, courtesy of some buddies back east.


jtmartino, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of PerHops
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Has a very thin head that dissipates rapidly with audible carbonation. Then leaves it looking a little bit flat. On the plus side there is some nice lacing.

S-Smells sweet, tropical fruits, orange marmalade.

T- A big mango burst, with pineapple, citrus, honey sweetness and a long, dry, bitter finish. Stunning balance with only the faintest trace of alcohol sullying perfection.

M-Great carbonation, looks were deceiving on this one. Gets a little boozy syrupy when it warms up, but manages to pull it off with the smoothness of the honey.

O-Glad I had another chance to try this and hope to have again soon!

PerHops, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

BrewskiBrah, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.89/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very nice copperish orange body with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: Just an amazing citrus hop smell. Its very easy on the nose, but still attacks it with smell at the same time. I also am picking up a good amount of booze too.

T: There is tons of hops, some alcohol and then some malt as the beer lingers on the tongue.

M: For as strong as this beer is, it is beyond smooth. It leaves a very dry feeling and sort of an oily hop feel (if that even makes sense).

O: This is a very tasty beer, but not as amazing as people make it IMO.

gtermi, Feb 29, 2012
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,977 ratings.