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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

9,847 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,847
Reviews: 3,116
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,883
Gots: 1,477 | 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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

dmb1tj, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

486Danny, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

bhawks1706, Jan 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

CarolinaKevin, Jan 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

eorwar, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

chase2634, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

McNuts, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ewalden, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Lawnboy33, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
3.58/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful deep golden verging on amber. There is about one half of a finger of frothy pure white head. There is some decent lacing as it drinks.

S - Nose is plenty of floral hops with caramel and some lemon.

T - Pineapple dominates. It fades away, though, leaving a bitter pine with a perfectly-balanced orange peel at the finish.

M - The body is pretty thick even for a dipa. Carbonation is moderate to high and gives the beer a creamy body.

O - I was really disappointed with this brew. I have been wanting to try it for a long time and I had it alongside Abrasive last night and Abrasive blew it away. Glad I have another bottle to try again.

SkiBum22, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

RTrain12, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of output01x
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (PKGD 12/29/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that fades after a couple minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a translucent golden amber with just a few small, slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing can be seen coating every available bit of glass throughout consumption.

The nose is a bouquet of citrus. Notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit, honeydew, and pineapple, and mango are all present.

Just like the nose, tropical citrus flavors explode at the start of each sip with notes of orange, grapefruit, and mango. As the beer is swallowed the tropical citrus flavors become even stronger. Suddenly pineapple, tangerine, and honey join the other flavors in assaulting your taste buds. A slightly piny bitterness comes in at the end as an aftertaste along with just a hint of rum-like alcohol.

Medium to full bodied with tingly carbonation, this beer is way too drinkable for 10% ABV. The body is a little sticky and very coating but surprisingly smooth and enjoyable. The carbonation is a rather fizzy but it definitely needs to be to make this beer as refreshing and enjoyable as it is.

output01x, Jan 21, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light in color, very transparent.
S - 2nd best part of this DIPA is the sweet smell and the hoppy background.
T - This is my my top rated IPA based on the taste of this one alone. Sweet pale malts and honey play of wonderful upfront with a great hoppy bitterness at the end
M - Maybe a little too carbonated but a very well rounded beer. It lets you know its 10% with every sip even if it looks like a much lighter beer.
O - This beer in a winner, through and through. I always enjoy it every year at this time. Here's to the best IPA so far this year...

Amesjeep, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Huntbuc, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Jabl3s84, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

shwillivanilli, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of JCaweinstein
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is orangish, it's a little hazy and has a lot of carbonation. The head was one finger and white and didn't stick around for very long.
The hops smelled mostly of grapefruit. I also picked up some floral notes and some grassy notes as the beer got warmer. There was a lot going on with the aromas and was quite pleasant.
The grapefruit flavor in this beer is big and heavy. There is a nice caramel malt back up to balance the hops very nicely.
The body is medium to full. I get a crispness from the carbonation which comes right before the resinous hop punch. The malts follow the hops quite nicely. There is an after taste but doesn't linger because of the balance between hops and malts.
This is one of my favorite beers. The hops smell great and deliver bold flavors. The malts create a subtle aftertaste making this one very balanced beer.

JCaweinstein, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

mattfungus, Jan 21, 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

Enjoyed this one 11 days after the bottling date. Appearance is a nice golden honey color with a large off-white head. The smell is absolutely the best I've experienced to date - a cacophony of citrus scents that is intoxicating. This is where this beer really stands out. Even my wife, who hates the smell of any beer, said "That's the least-offensive smelling beer I've ever smelled", which is quite an endorsement for her. The taste is not quite as powerfully citrus as the scent would lead you to think, but grapefruity bitterness comes through big time. There is enough of a malty and honey sweetness to provide some semblance of balance. Very nice mouthfeel adds to the experience. Outstanding.

DeltaGolfSierra, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

mthomas84, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Sevesteve, Jan 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Brown120, Jan 21, 2012
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,847 ratings.