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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

9,892 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,892
Reviews: 3,121
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,907
Gots: 1,488 | 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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4/5  rDev -10.9%

ColonelW, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

silversumo, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

Spamsammich, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

nesarebad, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/9/2012 bottle date. In a tulip. Thanks nrs207!

Deep golden orange color. Small head, dissipates quickly.

Sweet hoppiness - honey scent comes through, floral

Sweet and hoppy. alcohol is well hidden, slight burn on the finish. Relativly well balances but on the sweet side. Would like to know what the OG is. Some bitterness on the finish

Rounded - not that dry, almost slick.

Very enjoyable. First bottle I had I really enjoyed, this bottle I had right after a elder and that was a hard beer to follow.

drewone, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

ScrimshawFan, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 12 oz clear glass flute-goblet hybrid at Michael's Bistro (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.50.

A: Amazingly clear medium-amber with 1/2-to-1-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with good retention and a few spare lace spots.

S: The aroma is far more resiny on-tap: the floral, tropical fruit notes are definitely dampened compared to the bottled version. The maltiness is still strong with a low-medium caramel contribution.

T: The flavor is also a lot more resiny than the bottled version, and it drinks almost like a lighter-bodied PtE with big pine resin and a much more subdued grapefruit note. The usual psssionfruit and pineapple are not in there.

M: The feel is still superb with a reasonably light body for the style which enhances drinkability.

O: It's still a great beer but not as great as the bottle-conditioned version -- so much for the CO2 is the same forced as yeast-carbonated argument. The hop character is a lot more one-dimensional which misses the explosiveness of the tropical fruit qualities of the bottled brew. Not sure why though to be honest.

argock, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

dinojrbtom, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: Clear copper color.
s: super floral and citrusy. Had hints of lemon, orange (not like gross orange like a winter beer but like the actual fruit orange)
t: Simply amazing. Perfect balance of citrus and hops. And the hops weren't bitter. They felt smooth and present.
M: Again, very smooth. I could swish it around and not have any negative feelings. The carbonation was also perfect: not too much not too little.

Overall quite possibly the best beer I've ever had. Super fruity with the hints of lemon and orange but also had the bitterness I love (and a smooth bitterness at that). This is the only beer I've ever ordered twice on the same night.

Jamesthebrit, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

DrMantisToboggan, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and scattered streams of bubbles rise throughout the column.

S: Resinous and syrupy, with dank herbaceous and dark citrus hops. Bready malt is faint and clean. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with dominant pine and mixed citrus hop aromatics as well as a thread of almost cakey malt. Acidity is heavy into the middle, where flavors quickly dry out and hop flavors become more green. The finish is moderately bitter and very clean. Faint ethanol lingers on the palate.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, acidic and sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a fairly effective strong DIPA. Sweetness is pronounced early, backlighting and perhaps detracting slightly from the featured hop aromatics. Despite the sweetness it is not boozy, managing not too stray too far into the 'kitchen sink' trap that other extreme DIPAs often find themselves in. It is dissimilar to Russian River Pliny the Elder; try comparing it to Port Hop 15, Avery Maharaja, Oskar Blues Gubna, or even Alpine Exponential Hoppiness instead. In defense of this beer, it manages to exceed all but the latter.

beagle75, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

escapegoat, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

xHopHeadx, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

cschepers, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of woodsyy
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a: cloudy, golden appearance

s: traditional IPA hoppy smell with a nice citrus scent.

t: lots and lots of hops with a very citrus taste that follows. the honey taste is very subtle.

m: very smooth, very drinkable beer.

o : great beer! very glad I bought a 6-pack of it.

woodsyy, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

SFC21, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Maltus, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

dsauter, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

guster14, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

plumlmr, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

stafford2, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I finally get to try the famous Hopslam! Thanks to the generosity of my brother and fellow BA member, I was sent a bottle from Louisville, KY. Thanks so much Bri for the beer! Love ya bro!

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a golden amber color. Semi-transparent, slightly cloudy. Little to no head on the initial pour. A slight scattered skim on top of the beer. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

S - A classic IPA smell! Great aroma of citrusy grapefruit mixed with a nice hoppiness.

T - Awesome beer! I can see why this is so highly rated. A fantastic and well balanced mix of citrus along with a nice bitter bite from the hops. A nice backbone of malts lend a nice sweetness so it isn't just a hop bomb. I'm also getting a rather distinct pine taste on the backend. Leaves a great bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is there but not to the point that it is overpowering. I could down several of these but the 10% ABV probably would sneak up on you really quick.

M - A moderate to slighly heavier consistency. A hoppy bitterness lingers after each sip.

O - A top-notch DIPA. It deserves all the accolades that it gets. I loved this beer and would love to be able to get it all the time. Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. I now can say that I've been able to enjoy this classic. Highly recommended. Again, I can't thank you enough brother for giving me the chance to try this...finally!

Cheers!

BuxMontBeerLover, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

lpotter, Feb 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

AlexChillton, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

paxchristi, Feb 11, 2012
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,892 ratings.