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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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10,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,259
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,044
Gots: 1,568 | FT: 40
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%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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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.

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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.

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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.


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!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Photo of fullmetal1381
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 1-26-12, part of a sixer.

Appearance: Amber-orange haze I am getting used to seeing from IPAs. Wish I wasn't drinking this at night, I'd imagine the sunlight playing through this brew to be amazing.

Smell: Tropical. Definitely sniffing the mangoes other speak of; the pineapples are more elusive. VERY faint hop-funk. No hint of honey whatsoever, despite what the packaging says. Intoxicatingly awesome; I could smell this all day.

Taste: If Bruce Lee one-inch punched you in the throat wearing a burlap sack that a massive load of hops was just poured from, you'd be close to the initial salvo from this beer. BITTER. I am still getting used to the IPA style even as I'm falling in love with it. Bitterness quickly fades to be replaced with fantastic floral notes. Hint of sweetness in the back end just to let you know that the sun will come up tomorrow, though not reminiscent of honey. Perhaps the malt?

Mouthfeel: I feel most noobish in this category, so grain of salt. Ever so light carbonation, nothing to stop me from drinking the hell out of this.

Overall: It should say something that I have tried both 90 Minute IPA and Dreadnaught (also stellar Imperial IPAs) and was moved enough to review this one first. I'm too new to the style to say if it's worth the hype, but I'm glad I got the sixer. Beware the insane drinkability, 10% ABV is a monster!

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to coppcw08 for sending this in trade. One of my bucket list beers just got crossed off...

poured from 12oz bottle into tulip:

A: Looks like the best of the IIPA...golden orange with a few bubbles coming off the bottom. 1 1/2 inch head to start but dissipates to a thin translucent as it settles. Great looking IIPA...

S: The aroma is absolutely fantastic. I can't stop sniffing this beer as I type this...amazing smelling beer. Pine, fruit, a little alcohol astringency...there's also a sweet caramel aroma coming off this brew. Wow...can't wait to dive in.

T: That's just really great...wow as soon as this beer hits your tongue you get a wave of bitterness followed by an apricot/peach sweetness. You get a little of the caramel sweetness towards the end then bam...another wave of hop excellence...this beer has a really long finish. The aftertaste on this beer is outstanding.

M: I think the mouthfeel on this beer might be my favorite aspect. This beer just coats your mouth with intense flavor and it's so rich and creamy. Everytime I take a drink a let it linger in my mouth to feel the honey like texture. Very well done...

O: Well I have to say this is one of the best IIPA's I've ever had the pleasure of consuming. The mouthfeel and taste just dance together so well in this beast of an IPA. I love it...I want more...

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4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hesitated in purchasing a 6 pack due to the $18 price tag. Then one day was lucky enough to find in on tap at the Gahanna, OH Old Bag of Nails Pub. It exceeded my expectations. While not quite on the level of Pliny the Elder, as a hophead I found it very good. So much so that I shelled out the $18the very next day

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3.18/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden clear body with orange hues. Moderately small white head with good lacing. Head recedes quickly and sticks to edges of glass.

S - Big bouquet of floral up front. Heavy doses of malt and honey intertwine with a slight citrus (orange, tropical) aroma.

T - Greets the tongue with bitterness followed by a pungent and citrusy flavor. Big alcohol presence noticeable. A bit minerally tasting throughout. Assertive hops help cut through the high malt flavors from the grains and honey.

M - Medium boided with good carbonation level and only a slight alcohol burn which is nice since the alcohol is noticeable in the taste.

O - Not as good as years past (this is 2012), but still a decent DIPA. A bit harsh this year, might mellow out better with some time.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,259 ratings.