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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,098
Reviews: 3,319
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,255
Gots: 2,301 | 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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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a: cloudy, golden appearance

s: traditional IPA hoppy smell with a nice citrus scent.

t: lots and lots of hops with a very citrus taste that follows. the honey taste is very subtle.

m: very smooth, very drinkable beer.

o : great beer! very glad I bought a 6-pack of it.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I finally get to try the famous Hopslam! Thanks to the generosity of my brother and fellow BA member, I was sent a bottle from Louisville, KY. Thanks so much Bri for the beer! Love ya bro!

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a golden amber color. Semi-transparent, slightly cloudy. Little to no head on the initial pour. A slight scattered skim on top of the beer. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

S - A classic IPA smell! Great aroma of citrusy grapefruit mixed with a nice hoppiness.

T - Awesome beer! I can see why this is so highly rated. A fantastic and well balanced mix of citrus along with a nice bitter bite from the hops. A nice backbone of malts lend a nice sweetness so it isn't just a hop bomb. I'm also getting a rather distinct pine taste on the backend. Leaves a great bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is there but not to the point that it is overpowering. I could down several of these but the 10% ABV probably would sneak up on you really quick.

M - A moderate to slighly heavier consistency. A hoppy bitterness lingers after each sip.

O - A top-notch DIPA. It deserves all the accolades that it gets. I loved this beer and would love to be able to get it all the time. Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. I now can say that I've been able to enjoy this classic. Highly recommended. Again, I can't thank you enough brother for giving me the chance to try this...finally!


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4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Hopslam pours golden-amber, with one finger's worth of white foam that leaves a little lace. A symphony of piney and citrusy hop aromas blast the nasal passages as hints of pineapple, orange, and grapefruit blend beautifully. Sweet malt flavors intertwine with tropical fruit and honey tones, little to no alcohol warmth in the sweet and sticky finish. Medium-heavy body with medium amounts of carbonation make this brew dangerously easy to drink.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ehammond1 for sharing 4 bottles of this

Look: Orangish in color with a solid 1.5 inch head with great retention and great circular lacing

Smell: Floral hops on the nose with a candy like sweetness

Taste: Honey upfront caramel mid palate with floral hops presenting itself all throughout the beer

Mouthfeel: Light body with fair carbonation

Overall: Really good beer I am sorry though I just don't think it compares to some of the west coast DIPA's

Review edited on 2/14/12 had a full bottle to myself and it totally changed the look

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4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 01-26-2012, consumed 02-10-2012.

a: golden orange color with a 2 finger head. some hop haze is visible.

s: hops, hops, & hops! lots of piney hops with some sweet citrus notes. the honey is deep in there along with some light alcohol.

t: resinous hops upfront. then it turns sweet with pine & citrus. the honey comes in real smooth to mellow everything out. the malt is there in the finish, but just enough to keep this one together. oily resinous finish.

mf: thick, oily feel. some booziness is apparent on the finish.

o: excellent brew.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,098 ratings.