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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,857 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,857
Reviews: 3,116
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,893
Gots: 1,482 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ogrerugby, Jan 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -22%

thatdavegy, Jan 23, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap into a tumbler a Cape Fear Wine and Beer.

Pours a nice amber/copper with a white head, nothing too fancy here. Smell is an intense fruity and floral sweetness with some grapefruit citrus buried in there. Very sweet and fruity smelling. Taste is of strawberries and apricots, so fruity and hoppy. Some alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit syrupy as it coats the mouth.

One of my favorite DIPAs, the fruity sweetness lets it stand out in the crowded DIPA crowd although it can almost be too much. An awesome beer that everyone should try. Hides its 10% extremely well.

VaterRoss, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

mikediesel124, Jan 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Macky20, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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CarolinaKev, Jan 23, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 12/30/11, just over 3 weeks old. wine glass.

a - pours a hazy amber color and only gave me a thin cap of off white head. leaves small spots of lacing in the glass.

s - tangerine, strawberry, honey, green apple, lightly toasted bread. really a fantastic smell.

t - toasty malt base with a honey like sweetness. notes of citrus, pine, and grass. hop bitterness rolls in and makes itself known, but never overpowers. very well balanced with no trace of the 10% in the taste.

m - medium in body with a slick feel. adequate carbonation with a fine co2 profile.

o - superbly crafted an imo one of the few beers that is deserving of its lofty reputation. dangerously drinkable though, you'll finish the bottle well before the 10% kicks in, so be careful. every beer lover should seek this out.

divineaudio, Jan 23, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/6/12. Experienced on 1/22/12. Poured from 12oz bottle into Boulevard tulip.

A: Poured a beautiful copper color with outstanding clarity. Produced a light, white, 1cm head which dissipated almost instantly. Lacing nearly absent.

S: Wet hops and honey. Slightly boozy.

T: Sweet, with lots of honey. Maybe a bit too much honey for my tastebuds. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange-peel, lemon are also present. IMO, this beer reminds me of Hoppin' Frog's Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale. Again, that's only my opinion.

M: Light-bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Finishes clean and without any lingering bitterness. Balance is out of this world!

O: This is truly a unique and flavorful beer, though not what I expected considering all the hype. I was surprised by the sweetness, yet disappointed with the lack of bitterness of this brew; not what I expected from a DIPA called "Hopslam". Perhaps Bell's intention was to create the most well-balanced DIPA ever... which I believe they did. Either way, this beer is dangerously smooth and drinks way to easy for a brew with 10% ABV. However, if I wanted a DIPA, this probably wouldn't be the first beer that comes to mind.

GardenWaters, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 55 degrees into a Bell's tulip glass; this has long been a late-winter favorite but I haven't gotten around to reviewing it yet.

The pour is the color of clover honey with a thick 2.5 inch head - I had to let it sit for a bit before clearing out the bottle. The head stuck around for a minute or two, but worked its way down and left pretty strong lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is primarily of honeysuckle and then resinous hops. Actually, the aroma feels more sweet-forward than hop-forward to me this year. The initial sip gives me the same impression - loads of wildflower honey flavor up front but balanced extremely well by the hoppy bitterness. The honey fades quickly, and the hops take over for the finish.

The feel isn't cloying, but it is thick. The abv is hidden incredibly well, but I can catch the quick burn at the end. All around a wonderful midwest DIPA; more floral than bitter, and I'm glad to have it in such abundance.

fvernon, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

claytong, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

planbee, Jan 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

tat2dhllblly, Jan 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

AKnightAlone, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

zgunder, Jan 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Supergenious, Jan 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

tblondin1, Jan 22, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date on the label reads "12/29/11".

Appearance: Pours a bright orange with a slight haze in the body. A thin white head created by a slow pour quickly recedes to a mere lacing atop the brew. Lively carbonation bubbles scurry about my tulip glass. Virtually no lacing is left behind on the side of the glass post-brew. 4.25

Smell: A strong sappy, piney nose foretells the hop adventure I am about to embark on. Grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus meld beautifully with a dollop of sweetness from the honey. 4.25

Taste: While I expected an in-your-face assault of hops, my first few sips prove this brew is much more balanced and subtle. The juicy citrus and sappy pine are certainly there, but they walk in slowly rather than in a mad rush. The brew is well balanced with a solid malt backbone and the just noticeable honey. Bitterness is moderate and, with the overall taste, increases in intensity with warmth. The pine and grass, as well as some floral notes, open up nicely with warmth. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and on the higher end of carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Only a tad sticky from the generous hops. Goes down very smooth - too smooth for this big of a DIPA! 4.75

Overall: This is apparently high in ABV (I can tell after I've finished) and is definitely high in hops, yet with a lighter body and a solid malt backbone, Hopslam is a very drinkable beer. Definitely up there with the best IPAs out there, especially those from these parts of the country. 4.5

mwill7287, Jan 22, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay this brew is awesome. The hops are there in the front, middle and end. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming at all. Such a smooth brew. I truly wish this beer was a year round brew. One if not the best DIPA's out there. This brew is worth tracking down and enjoying.

STKPICR0720, Jan 22, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The local shop finally tapped their keg after sitting on it for 2 weeks. So glad they did because it was delicious.

A - Pours a beautiful clear copper color with a great looking white 2 finger head. Good lacing!

S - Lots of citrus, and pine

T - The bitterness of the hops is really nice. Got lots of citrus up front followed by the malt.

M - The beer is really smooth. Carbonation was perfect. Medium bodied.

O - Very worth the wait. Super smooth drinkable DIPA. Hope to get a couple bottles when it shows up in our area.

cps98, Jan 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

nicholas527, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

MajorBuckeye, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Cjames88, Jan 22, 2012
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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