Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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10,270 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,270
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,060
Gots: 1,575 | FT: 39
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 Blargimus
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass. Bottle date 12/19/2011 (approx. 1 month old). Received in a trade with Willseph - many thanks!

Pours a golden color. Darker than most IPAs I've examined. Not much head, and what little there is dissipates quickly. When swirled, leaves an amazing amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Sexy.

Floral hops. Sweet honey. Very nice, not revolutionary.

Starts off with slightly bitter hops with a strong undercurrent of sweetness. Good, but not mind-blowing... then the magic happens. The most amazing part of this beer is the aftertaste. It starts with rich, not cloyingly sweet honey, and then turns to malty goodness, then just... fades away into a delicious cloud. There's no bitterness in the aftertaste, which I find AMAZING.

The other amazing thing? The mouthfeel. It's thick like honey in the mouth, and it sticks around, coating the tongue with flavor. Carbonation is just enough to keep it from being syrupy. Outstanding.

In conclusion, give me all the Hopslam.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Uvm2003 for the hookup.

Appearance: Slight haze on an orange/copper colored beer. Head is bright-white, fluffy, and drops to a thin ring pretty quickly. Ring lasts throughout the drinking process. Carbonation looks to be on point.

Smell: Big fruity nose. Grapefruit, hints of mango, and orange. Zest, flesh, and then some. Mild pine resin brings up the rear. Honey adds a pleasant earthy sweetness. Floral and slightly peppery. Malts add a nice bit of biscuit and caramel to the back. Doughy and citrusy. Touch of alcohol on the back.

Taste: Pine resin and grapefruit zest. Big fleshy fruit hit. Oranges, grapefruit, and a touch of mango. Slightly earthy and peppery. Deep resinous finish. Sweetness from the malts runs to caramel with a nice biscuit undercurrent. Surprising malt presence, but the hops are definitely at the forefront. Booze and a touch of mint.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high. Carbonation is on the medium side and works well. Dry on the finish.

Overall: It's mighty tasty, but I can't buy in to the hype completely. Lots of tastiness to be had and highly drinkable for the ABV and the all out hop assault. Nice malt profile helps liven things up. Incredibly well-crafted and worth drinking if you can get it. Don't sell your arm though.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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

thank you ehammond1 for not only opening this at mrvonzippers tasting but bringing 4 of them to make sure everyone could really enjoy it!

pours a nice golden(straw like) with a white frothy head leaving spotty lacing and has good retention

citrus hops, fruity, i am able to find some sweetness from the honey.

taste is great, well balance. its a little bitter, citrus, candy malts in the back like a cotton candy and some honey is found

light-medium bodied, medium carbonation leaves the mouth nice and watery

this is a damn good IPA super enjoyable

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of fergster75
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark golden orange color probably a finger and half of head

Smell: orange smelling hops. Fantastic

Taste: obviously hops. Lots of orange and grapefruit tastes. I love ipas like this with that hop sting after taste

Mouthfeel: medium body. Not much alcohol feel for 10%.

Overall: this is my first hopslam and this hop head is satisfied.

Photo of afrokaze
3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheBandit1 for an awesome extra, can't wait to pop that Westy 12! Poured into Sierra Nevada hop glass.

Pours a hazy amber with 2 fingers of head that recede pretty quickly, decent carbonation and great slick lacing that really stays around.

Smell is dominated by floral and dank hops, a bit of sweet malt and honey. Alcohol is a bit too prevalent as it warms up though.

Floral and spicy hops come in a huge wave, followed by the sweet malt and citrus with a little honey. Second wave is earthy/dank hops and a bit of orange/lemon citrus. Alcohol is strong enough to back up the hop slam but seems a bit too "cutting" on the palate somehow.

I like the medium body, a bit chewy and sticky to help the bitterness linger for a good amount of time after each sip but the alcohol cuts through more than I remember from last year. The heat is enjoyable.

Overall a great aggressive DIPA but it could use just a bit of smoothing around the edges. The hop selection is a bit one-sided, but very nice overall for a sweeter DIPA.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ales4baldo
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Shustar for this one, thanks buddy.

P-Looks like me being slammed by these hops right now.

A-Pours a little cloudy goldish orange. Holds a nice finger head. Carbonation bubbles float up nicely.

S-Lots of hops. These have faded a little bit in my beer as im sure the time it took to travel from illinois to my house probably took some of the fun out of this beer. Either way nice fruit, green apple, grape and pineapple.

T-Hops of course. Nice grapefruit finish and has an orange like draw. Really good. I like the orange in this and bitter sting i get.

M-Nice medium bodied beer. Definitely holds its own. Carbonation seems a bit much but not bad. Has a crisp to it. Good flavors.

O-Well i now see what the hype is all about, good beer. Lots of character and hops.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,270 ratings.