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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,116
Reviews: 3,324
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,254
Gots: 2,311 | FT: 75
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:
Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with honey (for a little sweetness) and hoppy as hell (for a lot of bitterness). I saw that in the description of this beer. Another description on the bottle is "a biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale". All that is true and says it about as well as I can. The appearance is a true honey color and laces very nicely in the glass. I'm not sure but I think this brew is filtered and I think if it was unfiltered I'd score it a 5 in appearance and it woudl also boost the taste score as well. The hopslam is a giant of goodness! I'm docking it a little on taste because we can't rate drinkability anymore. This is not a real drinkable beer.
The graphic on the front of the bottle is a good one. This is the hulk of the hops. Maybe a little much to be honest. However you are still advised to try it for yourself, particularly if you are a self-proclaimed hophead.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with Heady Topper...yeah, my life is hard.

Appearance is a deep golden orange, with a nice fluffy white head that disappears quickly enough. Left with some good visible carbonation and a nice lace of white head.

Smells, shockingly, like hops. Pine is right there. There is NO DOUBT what this beer is: a HUGE IPA. There's very little maltiness in the smell...you get hops, hops, and more hops. A slam of hops, if you will. (Do I detect a slight green onion kind of smell?)

Tastes incredible. This is what an IPA should be. Sharp, sharp hops. Much bigger bitter aftertaste than Heady Topper, it leaves you wanting more and more! There's not much in the way of sweet malty balance. For a 10% ABV IPA, I'd expect this to be much sweeter. Nope, it's a hop SLAM.

Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It has perfect carbonation and goes down easy. This is scary drinkable. Love it. It tastes amazing.

Overall, I love this beer. It's not as good as Heady Topper - it's more one or two note than the symphony of Heady. But this is a very good beer. I'd buy this all the time if it was available here in Vermont.


Note: I could not detect any honey whatsoever.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,116 ratings.