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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

10,006 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,006
Reviews: 3,126
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,941
Gots: 1,516 | 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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Photo of auroracrisis
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip, dated 1/09/12.

Copper with gold highlights and clear. A small eggshell colored head with varying bubble sizes.

Pungent grapefruit zest stings the nostrils, followed by a wave of honey. A little bit more of those hops come into play, with a concentrated pine sap type of smell behind the initial sweet and citrusy aromas. The alcohol also begins to become a little more apparent as you take deep whiffs of this brew.

Opens with plenty of that pungent hop flavor. Almost tastes like concentrated pine sap and grapefruit juice, then moves into a nice sweet, honey like flavor. A little bit of graham cracker and yellow cake in there too.

Medium bodied and sticky, a little oily on the palate too.

Excellent hop flavor and aroma with a nice sweetness. Always looking forward to this one coming out every year. Wish it were a year round beer.

auroracrisis, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jrcmlc
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

jrcmlc, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of injuredreserve
4/5  rDev -10.9%

injuredreserve, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Kenai4
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of samccoy
5/5  rDev +11.4%

samccoy, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Mrpickles
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Mrpickles, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of RnRManifesto
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 1/26/12 (bottled on) into a pint glass. Pours a translucent pale orange-yellow with an inch of white head on top. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving a very thin layer on top of the beer and some thin lacing on the glass all the way down.

Smell is of citrus hops, pine, resin. Definitely good but not great.

Taste is citrus up front, but not as juicy or citrus as their Two Hearted Ale. Has a tangy and somewhat bitter aftertaste from the hops that lingers. Some honey in the taste as well but it is faint compared to the hop bitterness and citrus.

Mouthfeel is fairly light for a Double IPA, and the 10% ABV is masked quite well.

Overall it's quite a good beer. Maybe not quite as good as the hype it gets, but good nonetheless.

RnRManifesto, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of smerrell
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter, 45 degrees.

The head dissipated quickly. the aroma is of citrus and bright hopiness. The flavor is sweet, you can taste honey notes. There is a soft finish that is accompanied by the carbonation that doesn't quit.

This is well balanced, with a ton of hops and sweet malt flavor. One of the best IPAs that I have had. A+

smerrell, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of prender1482
5/5  rDev +11.4%

prender1482, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Ehammond1 for sharing this.
Crystal clear apricot color with a decent bubbly white head with average retention and spotty lacing.

Fantastic bright fresh nose. Lovely tropical and citrus fruit with a light and mild sweet candy backbone.

Amazing bright fresh crisp flavor as well. The colder the better IMO. Again lovely range of hop flavor including great tropical and sweet floral characteristics. Great balance and transition from bright hop notes to mild sweet and cotton-candy-like sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel in light and crisp with high carbonation.

Overall better than I anticipated. I'd drink this everyday if I could. Top 3 DIPAs IMO.

MrVonzipper, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Discordian
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Discordian, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of rydev24
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

rydev24, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of mgroothuis
5/5  rDev +11.4%

mgroothuis, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -10.9%

theminutemen, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of qwertyiop
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

qwertyiop, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of jnikkel
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

jnikkel, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Greencoat
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2012.

A - Pours to a slightly opaque orange with a white, one finger head.

S - Smells like ALL the hops! Very dank nose full of tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, melon), apricot and a nice citrus blast. A little sweetness from the malt.

T - Almost follows the nose identically, but more sweet and with a little pine as well. Absolutely fantastic balance. Just bitter enough to counter the malt, but FULL of hop flavors.

M - Medium heavy body and soft carbonation makes this very easy to drink. No real alcohol heat.

O - It's Hopslam - one of the greats!

Dig my tongue-in-cheek semi-review here: http://youtu.be/h3AwB0KYj2w

Greencoat, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of dav
3.5/5  rDev -22%

dav, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of rct828
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

rct828, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow color. Small lacing around the glass. Smells of fresh floral aromas, no smells of any fruit. Upon the first sip, a strong hop flavor kicks in. This is a hell of an IPA. Very hoppy. A few seconds after the first sip, a pleasantly sweet honey flavor kicks in. A few sips in, the honey sweetness masks the hoppy bite and settles really nicely. Becomes sweet, and very smooth. This is a great beer.

PlinyTheKid, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Elfastball7, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of tenaciousp65
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is bitter!!! Holy cow most of my friends hate it but I love double IPA's. The hops start off strong with some mild citrus tones and then mellow out as the beer continues through the palate until the beer mellows out to a nice even experience. I bought two six packs of this because I know how rare it is and it did not disappoint. A perfect example of a double IPA and I can't wait for next years batch

tenaciousp65, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of trginter
3/5  rDev -33.2%

trginter, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of alkemy
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Update from previous review: Just had this on tap a couple weeks ago (I've only been a bottle suckler) and it's even better. Main thing I noticed was a stronger mango and pine presence with a bit more resiny feel. Yummy!*

Pours gold hinting at orange with a fluffy white head that quickly fades into a thin mesh. Big pine and grapefruit in the nose along with peach, pineapple, mango, and guava...a nice tropical fruitiness. You even catch the slightest bit of caramel. For me, pine was the most prominent taste. It had a strong presence in the front and was the taste that lingered longest. In between there's a nice helping of citrus,pineapple and more malt presence than I was expecting. I typically like a DIPA with a more resiny feel, but I really enjoyed the crisp and clean feel this had. The drinkability is almost stupid. I'd never guess this to be anywhere close to a 10%ABV. The first time I had this I wasn't overly impressed, but after further review, this is a winner.

alkemy, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of BHansen214
3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

BHansen214, Feb 04, 2012
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,006 ratings.