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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

10,001 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,001
Reviews: 3,125
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,940
Gots: 1,514 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

avaldivia, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

sammo, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Antonion10, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

SuperVillain13X, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

djre4orm, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

billyshears, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of kevanb
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark straw, honey color with a nice finger of white bubbly head on top. Nice cloudy texture, but no noticeable sediment or hop residue floating in the glass, a bubble or two rising to the top of the glass. The aroma is great, big citrus character, grapefruit, lemon zest, some pineapple, and a nice amount of pine makes its presence known. Alcohol is definitely present, tingles the nose ever so slightly, a faint biscuit aroma is there as well. Bitter hops greet your tongue right off the bat, grapefruit is there, big pine notes, much more pronounced than the aroma leads on, a big sweetness from the honey comes through that plays well with the natural sweetness from the higher levels of alcohol. Faint biscuit is again at the finish, but this is a bitter hop monster, but that dash of sweetness really helps this one, it goes down so easily. Very crisp body, much bubblier and zingier than the appearance leads on, yet still has a big wet punch to it.

Verdict: This is a slam dunk from Bell’s, and with a year round beer like Two Hearted, it comes as no surprise. Big bitter hops with a nice sweetness that makes this one go down dangerously fast for 10% ABV.

kevanb, Jan 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

bradcochran1234, Jan 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

n00blar, Jan 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Cheesedogg, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of unclejazz
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There might not be much to say about this that already hasn't been said, but why not try. Pours quite nicely, beauty orange/copper color with a soapy 2 finger head that leaves minimal lacing. Smells of pine and just a hint of honey. Solid taste and the honey counterbalances the hoppiness quite well. Great mouthfeel with a nice aftertaste that lingers forever. I am damn impressed. Hope to have a DIPA battle between this, Pliny the Elder, and Surly Abrasive. Its gonna be epic.

unclejazz, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Jackie O's tulip...

Bottle dated 12.29.2011...

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with just a tinge of copper, like a summer sunset. A beautiful two finger eggshell white head erupts from a conservative pour and slowly recedes to a one finger head. The lacing positively blankets the glass, a super thick sheen that refuses to fall down. The thickness and uniformity of the head is astounding. If there are better looking IPAs out there, I have yet to see them. Out-freakin-standing.

S: Really nice. Crushed pineapple explodes off the nose, along with a good amount of honey and candied citrus. An absolute citrus bomb here. Very little in the way of bitterness, maybe just the slightest hint of pine resin. Very very good, but perhaps just a bit too smooth for its own good. In need of some malt and bitterness to take some of the edge off.

T: Man this is really sweet, and by that I mean sticky and saccharine. A lot of sweet creamy pineapple, candied citrus, and some pine resin. But much of it is overwhelmed by cloying honey. It really mellows out what could be a hop bomb. The booze is noticeable, but not offensive. The flavors are a little bit muddled, and somewhat of a letdown from the nose. The sweetness is slightly overdone.

M: Too syrupy and too cloying. Lacking a nice crisp bite. Flavors are decently balanced, carbonation may be a bit lackluster.

O: Well it is one of the best looking and smelling IPAs around. But the taste is overly sweet and the mouthfeel overly sticky. I know it's an Imperial IPA, but I'd rather they let those hops shine than covering them up with honey. Reminds me of drinking soda fountain extract...too over the top. A unique beer and certainly tasty, but I wouldn't and don't feel the need to revisit this one over and over. I bought one bottle and I feel like that will be enough this year.

siege06nd, Jan 25, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a nice hazy golden brown color with some orange tint. Decent white head that evaporated quickly with consistent lacing throughout the entire session.
Smell was out of this world! Wet hops with some fruity pineapple and citrus notes. Amazed with the fruit smells!
Taste was amazing, definitely hop forward at first, while the honey and malts hit halfway through. Finish is very smooth. Very tasty yet so complex!
Mouthfeel is slight carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Not too boozy, but can taste just enough to feel its presence.

Overall, one of the best DIPA I've had the opportunity to sample. The amazing malt and honey to hop balance is second to none. An amazing citrusy and hoppy IPA. It lived up to all the hype!

bsu2005, Jan 25, 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

$2.50 per 12 oz bottle at The Beer Growler (Avondale location) and $17 (with tax) for a six pack. Bottled 1/10/12 (printed on back label). Poured into a snifter.

This was the first time I had hopslam. Let me start by saying that I was initially a little disappointed. Although the beer was good, Founder's Double Trouble blew me away more. I was lucky enough to get 3 six packs and a couple of extra bottles (totalling around $57). About half of the bottles was cloying and boozey and not as hoppy as I expected. However, someone suggested I let them sit for a week more or two. The results were amazing. That boozyness was gone and though the delicious honey was present, it wasn't overpowering the hops. It also enhanced the smell to where I could detect more aromas.

a- hazey orange color, a 1/2 inch of head that maintains for a while, and some thick lacing that eventually slides off.

s- honey (so much honey!), strong citrus (grapefruit), lemon zest, hops, and a good deal of mango as well. really strong aromas coming through from this one, and i can smell it from a foot or two away.

t- hoppy and bitter at first, lots of citrus that persist and some pine. pretty good malt background, and finishing with a soothing honey (incredible!) aftertaste.

m- creamy and medium bodied. resiny, and leaves the mouth dry. all the flavors just soak the palate. the 10% abv is not very apparent, but i feel some of the boozyness as it goes down.

o- highly enjoyable beer, and i would definitely buy again. i'm really excited that i got the chance to try it.

dejrrma, Jan 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

mjweth2, Jan 25, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super-fresh Hopslam pours a slightly hazy beautiful bright golden-orange. Small but dense off-white head leaves fat, sticky lace rings. Amazing aroma of clean bittersweet citrus bursts out of my Piraat tulip. Up close, there's a nice mix of tropical and citrus fruits, resiny pine, and candy sweetness. "I say this with a staunch record of unblemished heterosexuality: It's fabulous."

Tropical fruit and pine step up on the palate with citrus in back. Simcoe is not trying to hide -- intense characteristic spicy pineapple dominates. There's also mango, grapefruit, orange, and apple. A little flavor from the honey, noticeable alcohol (especially apparent with food) and an excellent slightly sweet malt backbone round things out. Solid punch of bitterness, but nothing even a drive-by hophead couldn't handle.

Carbonation is moderate, which helps keep the fairly hefty, oily body in check. There's nothing I can criticize about this beer without absolutely nitpicking. Hopslam is amazing beer. I think a word that sums it up perfectly is "focused." One of Larry Bell's finest offerings and a landmark double IPA.

dpasotti, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/9/2012, so very fresh. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy bright golden orange body with a moderate white head. Fantastic lacing and great retention, patchy in the middle and thick bubbles along the outside.

S: Juicy citrus, pineapple, pink grapefruit, pine needles and honey. There's a very nice earthy bitterness to it, with a slight sweet note towards the back that I attribute from the honey.

T: Wow. This is so much better than I remember. Either that or I simply appreciate this beer so much more. A wash of bitter hop oils, pineapple and astringent grapefruit notes start off. Through the mid-palate the pink grapefruit intensifies, and trails off with a sweet honey and caramel malt flavor. So complex and delicious.

M: Body is medium to full with ample carbonation. Lots of tiny bubbles on the tongue give this a smooth and almost silky texture. A bit of alcohol heat in the chest.

Well, honestly this beer is simply awesome. There's plenty of citrus and fruit character, backed by a great amount of sweet honey and malt. It's big, bitter, citrusy and sticky - perfect for an Imperial IPA.

ShanePB, Jan 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

zapahoppa, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Shilt, Jan 25, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the gold standard.

light orange with a small head in a tulip; on tap at The Raleigh Times Bar in Raleigh, NC

a different kind of pine; sweet citrus scent is amaaazing.

more than just the usual grapefruit. a good, good fruity complexity with sweetness from honey. this is damn delicious. small put present maltiness is perfect.

juicy, awesome; almost don't believe the alcohol content; you can't tell from the taste or mouthfeel.

so glad i got to try this TWICE on tap in one week in Raleigh... there really is virtually nothing missing here. fantastic.

duckrabbitfan, Jan 24, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle into a snifter.

A- love the deep gold color with a one finger head that leaves a solid lace trail.

S- an uppercut of hops right away that turns into citrus. Honey is also detectable.

T- bitter bite from first sip that is balanced slightly with the malt. Citrus and alcohol both somewhat detectable.

M- medium carbonation makes this one smooth across the palate.

O- glad I bought the sixer. I will not be sharing.

JBHayden, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

BlueFeetAndBeer, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

RepMichigan, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

DSlim71, Jan 24, 2012
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,001 ratings.