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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,374 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,374
Reviews: 3,108
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1,735
Gots: 1,324 | 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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mwcullnane

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-
Dark for style.
Smell-
Balanced, not outrageous like so many dipa
Taste-
Spectacular balance, floral honey pairs perfectly with hop bill
Mouthfeel-
Appropriate for style
Overall-
Exemplary dipa thank you bell's
This beer is hoppy but well balanced, great example of style

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 04:08:02 | More by mwcullnane
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goalie33

New York

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

Bottled on 12/29/11.

A) Slightly hazy, golden-orange color. A finger and a half of slightly off-white head sticks around, but not too long. On the mark for what I'd expect a DIPA to look like.
S) Grapefruit, other citrus notes. A bit of alcohol, but for the most part well hidden for a big beer. Can't get enough of that grapefruit, it's like walking through an orchard.
T) Big citrus and grapefruit. There are a ton of hops in here. Not abrasively bitter due to big malt backbone. Well balanced, but unmistakable an ipa. Just like the nose, alcohol is well hidden.
M) Medium bodied with enough carbonation to prevent it being syrupy. Coats the mouth nicely with flavor. No off-putting residue.
O) Up there among the best examples of the style I ever had. Had an old bottle last year and saw potential for greatness, and I'm so happy I was able to get a fresh six-pack to confirm that. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:31:01 | More by goalie33
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Amdahl

Iowa

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-20-2012 03:06:57 | More by Amdahl
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andersen8185

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -11.1%

01-20-2012 02:56:55 | More by andersen8185
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fehrminator

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

01-20-2012 02:54:15 | More by fehrminator
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groetman

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-20-2012 02:01:22 | More by groetman
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bpgpitt10

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -44.4%

01-20-2012 00:49:57 | More by bpgpitt10
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hyoung41

Virginia

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-19-2012 23:19:26 | More by hyoung41
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cmsimeur

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2012 22:04:08 | More by cmsimeur
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ryantastad

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-19-2012 21:54:45 | More by ryantastad
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Mfred94

Michigan

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-19-2012 16:34:02 | More by Mfred94
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Dano420

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Boone Saloon, Boone, NC. January 19th 2012. 9:00 PM.

Writing this review after three pints. My apologies for any mistakes.

Appearance - Arrived looking rather unremarkable with no head at all. Deep amber color, nothing too impressive. Looks like a slightly darker version of Two Headed (performed a side-by-side comparison with a friend that, for some reason, decided to drink two-hearted instead of this.)

Smell - Lots of grapefruit and fresh hops, but a lot of booze in the nose. Citrusy.

Mouthfeel - Syrupy and smooth. Lightly carbonated. Goes down easy. Too easy.

Taste - A surprise. Big booze and malts. Not the honey and hops we got last year. This is a different beer and possibly for the worse. It tastes great, don't get me wrong, but it's absolutely not incredible. Drink it up while its here and move on...

Overall - A really good beer, but nowhere near the best DIPA available.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 15:30:45 | More by Dano420
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2012 12:16:06 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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cquinn17

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into NB globe, reviewed 2 weeks after bottling date.

A- Typical hazy orange IIPA color, which by the way is beautiful. About a finger of head.

S- All citrusy tropical hops, some sweeter malt notes too, but mostly just a hop bomb.

T- Delicious hops at the start, as it moves back in the mouth more of the honey and malt comes out. Finishes very smoothly, not too dry or bitter. A really well balanced IIPA.

M- Very smooth mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. It coats the mouth in hop oils and finishes crisply.

O- No wonder this is one of the top IIPAs. At 10% it is really easy drinking and super well balanced. Up there with Abrasive as one of my favorite IIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 07:34:54 | More by cquinn17
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tut2528

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours about 1 inch of head with excellent retention. 5 minutes after pouring it still remains, once it settles there a very nice lacing that remains. It is slightly lighter in color than DF 90 Minute IPA

S: extremely well balanced amount of floral hops with tropical fruits (i get mostly grapefruit with some mango), and there is some other citrus as well

T: ok, i'm pretty picky when it comes to IPAs, but this one is quite impressive, and now i understand the hype. awesome floral hops rush the palate but the solid malt backbone creates an unbelievable balance. as in the nose, i get more tropical fruits, none of which dominate the other but all seem to be well balanced. there is a nice slight touch of honey to sweeten out the entire brew and a crisp finish to complete it all.

overall, this is just an amazingly well balanced beer. you can easily polish off 3-4 of these within an hour due to the lighter/medium body and because the ABV is non-existent (even at 10%)

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 04:34:01 | More by tut2528
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superspak

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip, batch 10846, bottled 1/06/12. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of huge grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange, caramel, honey, light pine, and floral notes. Incredible aromas here with big hoppy sweetness and great balance. Taste of big pineapple, orange, grapefruit, honey, mango, light pine, herbal spiciness, and caramel. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, mango, pineapple, herbal spices, honey, and caramel on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a nicely creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Far too drinkable for being 10%, with only a slight warming on the finish noticed. Fantastic malt balance, with plenty of hoppiness and bitterness. Overall this is a world class DIPA with huge hoppiness; but still has great balance and drinkability for it’s high gravity.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 03:37:45 | More by superspak
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mjtiernan

New York

4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Billakowski for sending me this one!

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe

A: Pours with a nice pillowy one-finger head. Looks like honey in a glass. Can’t wait!

S: While I was typing up the appearance section I started to smell it from a foot and a half away. Tropical fruit ..lots of mango, pineapple and honey. What a sweet aroma.

T: Wow. I’ve been waiting a long time to try this and it was totally worth it! I don’t know how they get such tropical flavors from the hops, but they succeeded. Everything from the nose comes through in the flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden but appears a bit at the finish.

M: Medium body. Nice carbonation. Very smooth.

O: My new favorite DIPA? Very possibly. Luckily I’ve got several more fresh one’s to drink to help me figure that out.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:56:59 | More by mjtiernan
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xpdrinker

Florida

4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/6/2012 - Trade extra from the awesome jaschais! Thanks!

A - Pours a glowing yet hazy golden with a two finger eggshell head that rests atop the beer like a dollop of whipped cream. Minimal lace.

S - Major citrus hops, confectioners sugar, white grapes.

T - Citrus doesn't dominate the palate as it does the nose. Earthy hops, big malt backbone. Tangy in the middle and sort of a white peppery finish that lingers a while.

M - Medium-bodied, rich but simultaneously crisp. Almost oily, but clean.

O - Still a fantastic, bold, monster of a double IPA. At this point the "hype" can only hurt this beer, as everyone who tries it for the first time must be expecting a life-changing experience. With so much great beer on shelves these days and my tastes shifted more towards RIS, I'm hesitant to go crazy trying to buy some since south FL quantities are minimal and expensive. I'd probably buy it just to trade, but everyone who loves beer needs to try this at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:56:21 | More by xpdrinker
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2012 02:53:52 | More by ralphw56
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle dated 12/29/11 into a snifter

A- Poured a beautiful hazy honey color with very small head, lots of alcohol legs and some lace.

S- Big tropical fruits, mango, tangerine, sweet malty aroma, and honey, smell the alcohol some

T- Tropical fruit, apricot, orange citrus, very astringent hop presence, pine, spicy earthy notes, malty presence, and honey shows up in the flavor more than I remember from last year. This beer starts off with a wonderful juicy sweet hop presence then you get some pine, earthy, and spice notes but is aggressively bitter on the finish

M- Soft mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied, high prickly carbonation. Alcohol presence is there through some very nice warming Mouthfeel is almost the consistency of honey.

O- A very interesting DIPA that seems to be bigger than every DIPA in bitterness and alcohol on the taste/mouthfeel. The aftertaste after drinking this beer is amazing even better than drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:40:17 | More by Hoptometrist
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GennyCreamAle

New York

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-19-2012 02:28:53 | More by GennyCreamAle
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todisht

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2012 00:56:16 | More by todisht
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raymo55

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2012 00:44:13 | More by raymo55
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leschkie

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

01-19-2012 00:05:39 | More by leschkie
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Slimpo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.1%

01-18-2012 23:32:43 | More by Slimpo
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 9,374 ratings.