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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

9,543 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,543
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,779
Gots: 1,372 | 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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Chris585

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer at the very least within 5 days of bottling the last four years and am now finally reviewing it.

First pour, even aggressive, is of golden nearly clear with a one finger off white head. Lovely!

Aroma is unbelievable. This is almost what I wait for 9 months of the year, since I usually finish off the case or so within three months.

Taste is just as nice. WOW. Piney, peach, mango, you name it....done so well. Then in the middle to end you can taste and feel just a bit of burn and alcohol. Most reviews I have read on this beer state you cannot even tell the alcohol is 10%, Im not so sure this to be totally correct, but I guess when you have had so many off balance beers like so many of those have had, maybe they didnt want to notice it. Its there, but the honey and malt backbone keep it as just a passer by for me....I know its there but the sweetness at the middle to end is just right. Not too filling, not too sweet, high ABV, but doesnt make me want to sip it....I can keep going back to the fridge for more, if it werent for the common realization that the morning would be just a little too much with the kids running around and the head and spider webs abundant.

Mouthfeel is right there with the taste, but because of the burn in the end and the astringency i coulndnt quite give it the 5. Creamy, piney, full and excellently balanced overall. This is so hard to do, yet Bells pulls it off like clockwork.

Overall this beer is so hard to put down just one....and just as hard not to give it 5's all the way across the board. IM not sure what else would be so deserving of a full 5 but this is DAMN close!!! I almost want to give it that because I havent had much better in 5 years.

I would have given it a five in appearance yet I have seen a couple better DIPA that had a little more texture and haze to them that I liked and met the style better....but just by a tad. Mouthfeel and overall scores could have been 5 had it not been for the alcohol burn that is taken away mainly by the malt and honey, but never quite gives up....near perfection!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 06:31:52 | More by Chris585
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-14-2012 06:05:10 | More by xxcarpxx
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Cummins9110

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/6/2012

A - pale orange with thick head that last throughout and laces well

S - even floral and citrus hops both balancing eachother evenly and sweet honey

T - Homey malt up front with the hops "slaming" towards the middle with floral tropical citrus fruits very noticable. altho this is a winter release the hops make me think of being on a beach in the summer. biterness towards the end altho very balanced. After taste is of alcohol, almost burns the nose in the aftertaste (like taking a shot)
M - medium low bodied but very smooth and somewhat sweet.

Overall Im impressed this is my first time having hopslam and its very good, picked up two six packs at 19.25 each

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 05:38:29 | More by Cummins9110
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adamdarcy

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on December 29, 2011. Purchased at Park Place Liquor, Grosse Pointe, MI.

Pliny has nothing on this. Dreadnaught, nawww...Even Bear Republic's Cafe Racer 15 has got some stiff competition with this one. There're more DIPA's yet to try, but this one is in my top 5 for sure!

Fruity, biscuit-y nose and similar taste until....the hops wrecked my palate. No holds barred. But I love it! My hop addiction was more than satisfied, and I am honored to have had one so $#@&'ing fresh!!

Trade or travel, get some.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:42:52 | More by adamdarcy
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2 glasses on draft at Sams.

Pour is bright honey colored. Thin white head floats around. Kind of looks like it has to be forced out of the tap.

Smell is loaded with honey malts. Honestly, I find more honey and balance than I expected. The taste is really very balanced, but with a very nice piney hop presence. Its like The Oracle, except with different hops.

I very much enjoy the balance, and this is the best hiding job ever. The alcohol is nowhere to be found, which is kind of scary for the ABV. Very well done Bell's!

A different kidg produced a better flavor. This one tasted the same, except add a ton of juicy citrus fruits.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 03:52:55 | More by VncentLIFE
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-14-2012 03:27:33 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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sgoro

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-14-2012 02:53:10 | More by sgoro
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weeheavy4950

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-14-2012 02:14:04 | More by weeheavy4950
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KarlSpackler

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-14-2012 02:10:35 | More by KarlSpackler
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frenchblood21

Ohio

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

Poured from bottle into a tuliped Goose Island pint glass.

Appearance- Dark orange color. Exactly one finger of paper white head. Very consistant lacing.

Smell- Grapefruit and orange right away. That is followed by hops and strawberries. What a great smelling IPA.

Taste- AMAZING! This is on par with White Rajah and 90 Minute. Similiar to the nose, but add more hops and pine.

Mouthfeel- Thick for an IPA. There are so many great flavors for your mouth to digest, but I'm up to it.

Overall- What a quality beer. Bell's is famous for making highly drinkable beers, but this one is on a different level. I can see why stores sell out of this in a day or two. A MUST try.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:00:46 | More by frenchblood21
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OysterMonkey

Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Beautiful honey color, Maybe a pinky finger's worth of head with great retention in the glass.

Smell--Fresh hops, a little hint of sweetness

Taste-- Are you kidding me? Beer can be this good? It's a full hop flavor on the front end, followed by a malty, honey sweetness, with a delicate crispness in the finish. It's a real thing of beauty

Mouthfeel--Surprisingly light, considering the amount of flavor it has. At 10% ABV it probably goes down too smoothly.

Overall--The most magnificent thing on earth only better

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:20:40 | More by OysterMonkey
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chrisbues

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 12/29/11. Purchased from Bottles 101 in Kent,OH.

A: Beautiful orange, small white head.

S: Fruity, with honey hints.

T: Not overpowering. The honey really comes through I think. Very complex.

M: Not too thick, but you can feel the honey. Slightly bitter finish.

O: One of the better DIPA's I had. Lives up to the hype. At my local store, nearly everyone was purchasing this today. I can see why. Glad I had the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:45:30 | More by chrisbues
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dlello2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-14-2012 00:33:17 | More by dlello2
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jdhende

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle dated 12/29/2011 into a tulip

A: Crisp golden orange color, with white lacing throughout.

S: Honey, Mango and other tropical fruits. The Honey really comes through on this.

T: This is an extremely well balanced beer. The honey really does a great job to mellow out this beer. Hops are still there in full effect, but are not overpowering by any means. Extremely drinkable for being 10% abv.

M: Medium bodied with a sticky bitter finish.

O: A really top notch beer. One of the best beers of it's class. Extremely well balanced. A really delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:20:08 | More by jdhende
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Blackmajic

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-13-2012 22:40:44 | More by Blackmajic
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dblab33

Michigan

5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-13-2012 22:32:54 | More by dblab33
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TomTwanks

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

P - 12oz snifter dated 12/22/11

A - very slightly hazy golden orange. Oh boy does it look delicious!

S - Someone just threw a orange and grapefruit up my nose. Wow. Slightly yeasty and a hint of that honey

T - Just so everyone knows, I am drinking this brew slighty warmer. this beer can give a man a boner. I mean really, this is delicious. Initial bite from the hops, then a conservative malt backbone kicks in with the sweetness of that honey. I mean, this stuff is smooth. Really smooth. Dangerous smooth. Did I say smooth?

O - glad I have the opportunity to get this beer. It's hyped up for a reason. Get this is you have a chance. Best DIPA iv'e ever had, over dreadnaught and white rajah.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 21:37:17 | More by TomTwanks
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danjohn1234

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-13-2012 21:06:08 | More by danjohn1234
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tsauce2

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Bottled 1/6/12.

A: SRM is dark golden yellow. Translucent with light amount of sediment. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Big hop notes of pine resin and grapefruit. Some honey and a touch of malt is noticable.

T: Described as : "a biting, bitter, tounge bruiser of an ale." but I disagree. Huge hop flavors are very intense, but light honey additions are a solid counter. Bitterness is present, for sure, but not abrasive at all. My tounge is being delighted, not bruised. Flavors stick to the palate, with hops dominating and honey and a bit of malt manifesting. Aftertaste is hops, hops, hops, honey, and malt.

M: Full body. The resinous quality of the hops coats the palate and light honey and malt serve as a nice balance. The overall feel is still viscous and resinous. Dry finish on the outsides and back of the palate, wet in the middle.

O: To quote the Kool-Aid guy, "Oh yeah!". This beer has got some major hop action going for it. Fantastically balanced, huge hop presence. A classic and one of the best offerings from Bells.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 19:01:44 | More by tsauce2
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krause316

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-13-2012 17:53:31 | More by krause316
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beckard13

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-13-2012 16:45:04 | More by beckard13
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kengardell

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.9%

01-13-2012 15:30:57 | More by kengardell
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jeffoatess

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-13-2012 15:19:16 | More by jeffoatess
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WestSideAmish

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-13-2012 14:28:38 | More by WestSideAmish
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jorgemir

California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-13-2012 06:35:17 | More by jorgemir
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,543 ratings.