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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,482 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,482
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,758
Gots: 1,357 | FT: 43
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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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying to stay away from the hype train here. Will be as unbiased as possible.

Pours a hazy amber with a super fluffy white head that leaves thick lacing.
Smells of grapefruit as soon as I open the bottle. After pouring, I get a burst of grapefruit and tangerine, followed by "pine," but it's probably more accurately described as a spruce smell. Loving the combo of smells here. I have to admit, I pick up the "cat piss" odor as well- it is a slight turn off (I've lost a mattress to cat piss), but only because I own a cat and have smelled cat piss before. If I had never smelled cat piss, it would simply come off as a pine odor.
Tastes of grapefruit and general citrus. Somewhat resiny, perhaps pine tar flavor as well. This is followed by a bit of malt. And I get a bit of marzipan right at the end. Very complex flavor profile - picking out tons of stuff. I'm very happy with the flavors. Shocking lack of bitterness...still there, but not as bitter as I would have expected.
Mouthfeel - Coats the mouth but pleasantly. Tongue-tingling as well.
DB - Could easily have several, alcohol is very well hidden.

I really like this beer. I have to admit I prefer the smell of Heady Topper- This is not quite there...the tastes however are equally pleasurable. However, I had HT on tap and this in a bottle...If I get the opportunity to have this on tap I may just have to re-review.

Also - as far as flavors go - the marzipan flavor (perhaps from the honey?) is something that I really really dig.
EDIT : Had to bump up the drinkability - I've never finished a 10.00 ABV beer so quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 21:30:42 | More by mountsnow1010
Photo of Tifore


4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my DFH Pint.

A - Golden in color with orange hues and a slight haze in the glass. A super white and sticky head forms to about 2 fingers and crawls upwards and then slowly falls leaving the most wonderful sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Oh wow. One of the best smelling beers I've had in a while. So fragrant. I get citrus, pine, and spicy hops. Loads of em! This is accompanied with a sweet aftertone, I'm guessing the honey's to blame. Smells smooth and like all the flavors that I'm about to get in the mouth are going to meld really well together.

T - Citrus and pine hops all the way with a touch of sweetness followed by a bit of malt. The hops are so pronounced and so flavorful. Its amazing. Loads of lingering bitterness that I'm loving as I drink more.

M - Lots of carbonation that hold up very well to the massive punch this beer has. A little soapy in the finish but exceptional.

D - Very high. Very much so worth the 17.99 per 6 pack price tag. A delicious beer that is very easy to drink and remarkably smooth for such a palatte wrecker of a beer. I'm becoming sad that this beer only comes around once a year.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 21:30:17 | More by Tifore
Photo of CourteManche


4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass snifter.

A - Golden in color; semi-clear with slight haziness; a vibrant white, one-finger head; head is thick and frothy; beer appears to be well-carbonated.

S - Wow! Popped the cap on the bottle and got hit with hops right away (bottle was about two feet away); hyper hoppy Simcoe on the nose; a bit spicy; piney and floral.

T - Hops seem less pungent than on the nose, well-balanced; subdued, smooth bitterness on the finish; little-to-no linger; no heat despite ABV.

M - Medium-bodied; minimal head, but retains well; foamy head has great mouthfeel; mild carbonation (despite appearance).

D - Very drinkable despite availability; perhaps not sessional because of ABV; overall a well-balanced treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 16:55:08 | More by CourteManche
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4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was so excited when my neighbor pulled this out of the fridge and was kind enough to share!!! Overall a delish beer - I am not a huge fan of IPAs or VERY hoppy beers, but this one was by far the best that I have tasted (compared to Surly Furious and Bell's Two Hearted....)

A - A golden beautiful tone - orangey, yet light

S - The smell is definately powerful on this one! You can almost taste the beer by smelling it. Amazing!

T - VERY hoppy - thus the name HopSlam - suits it well.

M - smooth, yet bubbly

D - This beer will knock you down if you are not ready for it - can only have about one, overall a crisp, wonderful beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 15:04:04 | More by MamaMeier
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New York

4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


sorry for the exclamation, this beer is just plain incredible
dare i say, i like this more than pliny.

a. golden orange yellow, with a nice finger head. it's just beckoning.

s. cistrus, pine, all that northwest glory hops coming through perfectly. nothing is strained, it's all clear like a bright winter's night.

t. word's aren't enough, they don't allow me to explore my exuberance. citrus, hop, pine, wood, malt, and after taste of complex sweet malt balanced perfectly. i swear, im not making this up. this is, beyond all doubt, the perfect, and best, DIPA, no questions asked. i love it so.

m. medium carb, refreshing, but begging for another sip, silky, sexy, mysterious, lovely.

d. astoundingly drinkable for 10%. drinks better than eaything i;ve ever tried to drink. not overexaggerating.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 06:25:47 | More by brendanbeer
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4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Largely clear but vaguely hazy, golden orange, a finger or so of fluffy white foam that dissipates gradually, decent retention and patchy lacing. Good lookin' brew, but not amazing.

One of the most fragrant brews I've ever experienced (mom says "the most fragrant"). She might be right. Just enough boozy heat to help clear out the sinuses lies beneath the prodigious bouquet of what appears to be a wide variety of hops. Grassy, flowery, citrusy hops are joined by some pointedly harsher "cat piss" aroma, likely the result of a boatload of Centennial. I like it, but mom is not into the "cat piss" character of the nose. It's just an element, not the defining characteristic. But if you've never noticed it, pay attention and you will. Malty sweetness is ever so barely evident.

Over the top hop hop flavor, but somehow without much bitterness. Some may even be disappointed by the relative lack of bitterness. But the hop flavors, grassy, flowery and citrusy, but without the cat piss, are amazing. Truly exceptional. And they are balanced well by the malty sweetness, with perhaps just a wee slight hint of caramel. Or maybe not? Buckeyenation surely loves this beer.

Perfect carbonation, no sting or burn. Gentle warming, medium/full body, some viscosity, and a fairly crisp finish that isn't dry (really dry IPA finish is a pet peeve for me), and only very mild lingering bitterness.

I try not to get caught up in the hype machine, and to review with objectivity. But I'd be arrogant to assume that I am totally unaffected by the hype. But this is an exceptionally good DIPA, likely the best I recall having had (to my taste buds of course). I haven't had PtY, but have had most of the other high profile IPA and DIPA, including a bunch of Midnight Sun, to which I am partial, and I don't recall any being this satisfying. Dad and I have so far put down 5 of 6, and we may not be finished.

Had my first ever (year old) Hop Slam just a few nights ago at a BA tasting. It was not aged purposefully, but it too was also very good. The hops were not as bright and sharp, but it was packed full of flavor just like the fresh stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 04:48:36 | More by sprucetip
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4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Slightly murky Gold-ish Amber color. Head is generous and white. A think soapy lace lines my english pint glass.

S - Very in your face nose on this one! Fruity citrus is abundant. Tons of wonderful floral hops. If they made a candle out of the nose on this, I'd burn it in my home! It's that awesome!

T - Hops taste like Mango, Papaya, Citrus fruits/zests, etc. Some floral notes make it in there. Malt is deep and oh so smooth. The Honey is a great touch and round-out-er. Slightly warming alcohol note on the finish (in a very good way). Nothing off or over powering. Balanced to perfection.

M - Full bodied and oh so smooth (yes, worth saying again).

D - For 10% this is one extremely drinkable brew! Watch out, or that ABV will sneak up on you cuz it's so tasty! As close to perfection that one could hope to achieve within style and overall. Find it, drink it, savor it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 04:14:42 | More by PreacherBrewer
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4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just picked up a six pack the day it hit the shelves so this is as fresh as we in the Chicago area can get it!

Good head retention and light color are a disguise. The aroma is a powerful mix of floral hops and the first taste is just as potent. Not too bitter which is a good surprise from a IIPA, but the honey kicks up the ABV's a notch.

Wish they offered this all-year long!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:27:55 | More by dcsoke
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4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 10093 - poured into a tulip

A- light golden, beautifully laced, appropriately carbonated

S- smells of sweet citrus, grapefruit, floral notes and oh so fresh

T-my god, i just remembered how much i love this beer...bitter, hops and citrus to follow the nose, with juust enough malt to hold it up. i'm still baffled how they get enough malt to hide the 10% AND prevent it from being overly sweet, yet STILL let it have so much ridiculously unbelievably hop character.

M- smooth yet bold; i can feel the hop resin dripping off my tongue

D- 10%? really? for a lack of better words, this beer is the dankness. can't wait to get my mini keg.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:12:01 | More by jimbus
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4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lighter than expected golden yellow with two fingers worth of beautiful, fluffy slightly off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Smells are grapefruit, pineapple, floral hops, a little spiciness and a little heaven. Tastes are hops, citrus a touch of pine and a hint of honey. There's some drying going on toward the end followed by a bitter finish. This beer is so balanced for being a huge DIPA, the bitterness is there but it's not so overwhelming that it makes it hard to drink. Mouthfeel is great, it's syrupy but the carbonation makes it seem lighter than it really is. Drinkability is out of this world, I can't even taste the 10% ABV. I love this beer, it's one of my favorites for sure, and the fact that they put it in 6 packs instead of bombers is great.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 01:44:43 | More by Lukafer
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4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a six pack pretty much off the truck. Poured into my favorite tulip.

Pours a beautiful yellow orange with a 2 finger head. Great lacing as head recedes. Looks great. So far so good.

Smells like honey, grapefruit, other citrus, and a bit of pine. Mouthwatering.

The taste is exceptionally balanced. The honey sweetness balances with the bitterness and citrus so well it's difficult to put the glass down long enough to keep writing.

Light mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. This is not syrupy by any means like some other DIPAs I've had. Feels great in the mouth and aftertaste is of sweet honey. Very inviting. Lingers well.

I could drink this all night. Will definitely have to get more. This six pack won't last long. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a top notch DIPA. Compares well to Pliny IMHO. I'd have a hard time choosing between the two.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 01:21:05 | More by bootlegger1929
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4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12 oz bottle poured into tulip style glass. According to Bell's website this batch was packaged on 1/3/11

A: Beautiful golden amber color with fluffy white head and a generous lace sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Wow! It does not get much better than this. Grapefruit/ Pine/ Floral/ Unfiltered honey/ orange rind/ white pepper/ alcohol

T: Everything integrates so nicely on this beer. Upfront you get some nice grapefruit blended with honey as this progresses on your palate the white pepper sneaks in and then finishes with a big hop bite that displays an orange rind flavor. As you exhale the alcohol edge of this beer comes out, but in a pleasant way.

MF: This beer feels nice and slick on the mouth with a mellow carbonation and finish that goes on forever.

D: 10% abv, who knew! This beer is pure heaven to drink.

Certainly one of the best DIPA's out there. This beer is amazing!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 22:54:25 | More by TriGuy20
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4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into tulip

A: Golden hue with a 1/2 finger head. Head quickly dissipated into a fine rim.
S: A lot of hops (clearly). Grapefruit. Very well rounded.
T: SOOOO good. Clean and crisp. Hops and citrus are very well balanced. still trying to find where they hid that 10%abv
D: Absolutely love this beer. Everyone is a critic and I enjoy this more than Pliney. Very upset I only bought a six pack. Till next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 21:32:52 | More by rka758
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4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hopslam, concocted by god, put in six packs by the devil. This is no ordinary beer, this isn't even an ordinary DIPA. Utterly extraordinary in every way, Hopslam is legendary in its ability to floor even the most able beer drinkers. The secret is its ability to combine the purest, most potent hop flavor with an exceptional drinkability. Each Hopslam you drink goes down smooth as silk while tasting like a godly nectar, but once your glass is empty (which happens far too quickly), you yearn for another. No other brew makes it so hard to stop while being so incredibly potent, at 10%. Deadlier than the jungle juice at a frat party, the love this drink instills must be balanced by respect for what it can do, or you'll end up drinking four before you know it, leaving you in quite a state of inebriation that you never planned for. Seek hopslam out while you can, but don't approach lightly. You will not be the same after you drink it, and the yearlong wait for another batch has destroyed stronger men than myself.

A: Exactly what a DIPA should look like: golden with a finger of head.
S: A glorious bouquet of hops, with highlights of grapefruit and a strong punch of tropical fruit and orange.
T: Absolutely incredible. The hops in the nose appear in the taste and come together with a sweetness that really ties this beer together. Never approaching cloying, the sweetness helps balance the bitterness of the hops without lessening the impact of the hop flavor. The orange flavor of this year's batch is truly remarkable, nowhere else have I found a beer that has such distinct orange notes.
M: Coats your mouth with oily goodness, but still goes down smooth as silk. A marvelous mouthfeel.
D: Beyond comprehension for a 10% beer. You can tell the 10% is there, but it never gets in the way of easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 14:29:20 | More by Maxxthepenguin
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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a golden color hue that has a thick white creamy head that has very good retention, really great lacing and good carbonation. The smell is hops, sweet honey, citrus all well blended together giving a pleasant aroma that makes you want to take a drink. The taste is a nice honey taste followed by some floral hops and in the middle is the citrus tastes of grapefruit,orange and lemon. The ending taste has some hop bitterness and grapefruit aftertaste like many IPA's, but doesn't have the too strong of bitterness land hop aftertaste like Bell's Two Hearted Ale does. I know this is a double IPA and is stronger than a regular IPA, but this is really nicely balanced in taste and even though can taste some alcohol near the end, it isn't too strong to ruin it. The mouthfeel is a nice creamy smooth feel that has a pleasant feel on the lips and a clinging bite to the tongue and how can a beer this good not be easily drinkable? This is by far the best IPA or double IPA I ever had very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 05:46:43 | More by DannyDan
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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 10093
Bottled January 3rd drank January 11th
Drank with UrbanCaver
A-Golden bronze in color with nice head and a lot of lacing. Simply beautiful.
T-Strong hops but not too overpowering. nice amount of fruit balance. Simply amazing
M-Very well balanced, Sweet yet not too sweet with the right amount of hop kick
D-The most drinkable beer. Ever. 10%? There is no way. this goes down way to smooth and easy. One of a handful of beer that truly "Wow"ed me.

This is the best IIPA bar none. It sets the bar. If only they made it year round. Can't wait to have it on draft. I am buying a case and it is not nearly enough!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 05:09:20 | More by brew3crew
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4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10093
Bottled January 3rd drank January 11th

Appearance- golden orange with lots of frothy head. A gorgeous beer.

Smell- smells hoppy and amazing. Lots of different hops on the nose.

Taste- hops hops and more hops. Sweet malt backbone well balanced. I would never guessed it was such a hoppy newer based solely on bitterness.

Mouthfeel- thick and rich. Good carbonation. Sits so nicely on the tongue.

Drinkability- drinks like a 4 percent ipa... An incredibly drinkable beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 03:26:38 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of Bogforce


5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you said to me "What is the perfect beer?" I would say HOPSLAM.

A: Very clear golden orange color with a nice looking head and some lacing.

S: Smells like you squeezed fresh pineapple juice into the beer, great aroma.

T: Gives such a good fresh hops taste with the hint of fruit and a great fruit aftertaste. Alcohol is hardly present.

D: I could drink these all night if I could afford it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 01:21:17 | More by Bogforce
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear amber, small head that fades away quickly.

S - Hops, hops, and more hops. Very fruity, grapefruit was what I smelled most prominently. Overall, a very citrusy smell. In the background, some faint floral that mixes well with the citrusy hops.

T - A nice, strong amount of hops, but not too bitter, really. The grapefruit smell rises through on the taste. The sweetness of honey just comes through enough to remind you its there, balancing out the hops very nicely.

M - A sensational mouthfeel really. I nearly puckered a bit from the sweetness mixed with just a little bit of burn from the alcohol. I thought the carbonation was light-to-non-existent. The taste left lingering is much more sweet than bitter. Remarkable.

D - Just incredibly drinkable. 10 ABV? Where? As I said, you can "feel" the presence of the alcohol more than you can taste it.

Overall - Just outstanding. A truly remarkable beer. Here's a beer that I opened, poured, and drank and just have to say, "Wow".

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 00:43:18 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle American Double Imperial IPA with date stamp 12-29-10 on the case. Acquired two six-packs from my LBS at $25.99/6-pack (ripoff but wanted my hands on some!). Poured a dark golden/light red amber hue appearance. Leaves very nice lace, although the foam head thins out very quickly. Smells of sweet hops and hints of honey. Very dangerously drinkable and quickly became one of my favortie Imperial IPAs where the sweet malt sits in your mouth rather than leaving a bitter taste off the top of your tongue. I feel like it's a combination of Pliny's smell, but a sweeter pine taste with Dreadnaught's maltiness and mouthfeel. Two thumbs up for this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 23:33:04 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had it on tap today at slows bbq, served in a goblet, and got a free bells button with it, went with a fellow BA

appearance - a golden yellow, with a head that was about a finger head on it that remained for half of the beer, moderate carbonation

smell - nose was grapefruit and hops up front, this melded into a strong citrus and a mild maltyness, a slight sugary smell was present

taste - taste started off less bitter than i remembered it being, this was my first time having it on tap, a moderate hoppy bitterness that moved into a strong citrus that overpowered the hops, moving into a mild sweet maltyness, and left a slightly bitter hoppy flavor, far more balanced than i remember it beings but i also learned to appreciate DIPA's since last time i had it

mouthfeel - nice refreshing mouthfeel not to thick but not too thin, carbonation helped to lighten it, made em want to take my next sip

drinkability - very drinkable and at 10% the alcohol wasnt prevalent, easy to put down many of these and not realize it until you stand up to relieve yourself

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 23:14:44 | More by SeaUrchin
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4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle from batch 10093.
A: Poured a nice clear amber with a one-finger fluffy cream head that died slowly to a strong collar/lace/film.
S: Tangerine, fresh-squeezed orange, toffee malt, perfect balance of pine, citrus, and slightly cinnamon-earthy cheese.
T: Bitterness and gin woody alcohol linger in the back of the throat and nose, while the caramel and toffee malts give this one some backbone for the pineapple and citrus-fruity hops that linger as a gentle pine character. While Pliny has more of a Belgian or cheese, this one has more of a fruitiness.
M: Thicker with a creamy frothy carbonation that is perfect.
D: Very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 22:40:25 | More by ne0m00re
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4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep, rich bronze with a finger high head of white foam which sticks all over the side of my glass.

S - I hear they added more hops... Ok maybe I am lying because this is the first year I've tried this sucker, but dag, hops. Peaches and pineapples were what came to mind first, but there is a distinct tinge of musty hop resin as well. The back end hides a small waft of malty toffee.

T - Brutally bitter hops that run the gamut in terms of variation of flavor. All the tropical fruits are there; pineapple, mango, peach, grapefruit. And the spicy, musty and earthy characteristics of the hops is also present. There's only a malt backbone so that you don't wet yourself with the intensity of the hops. And a touch of honey of course, but this is not a sweet beer, that stuff fermented all out leaving the flavor essences of the raw stuff... pretty cool.

M - Medium on the mouthfeel; there is some creaminess to this brew. Does not seem overly carbonated to me, pretty nice for the style.

D - Err, this is 10%? I should watch myself because I'm thinking the six pack will go in a day or two. The only downfall to this beer is price, but compared to many other DIPAs it's a bargain!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 21:34:54 | More by LiquidCucumber
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- There was very little head (due to the bar tender) The rest of the beer is a deep dark orange color.

Smell- Nice grape fruit and pine as soon as you bring it to your nose, and there is a slight honey smell but hard to initially notice.

Taste- WOW I love this beer, I feel like it's a combination of Pliny's smell and piney taste with Dreadnaught's maltiness and mouthfeel. A lot of grapefruit, pine and honey just like the nose.

Mouthfeel - I love the mouthfeel for DIPA I tend to enjoy the maltier slicker mouthfeel. So this beer is right up my ally. The carbonation is there but not over the top like with some other DIPA, it coats the mouth very well.

Drinkablity - For 10% this has amazing drinkablity, my only problem is I can't get it fresh year around.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 14:03:28 | More by phisigben
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4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beauty! Many thanks to tat2dhllblly for this!

Hazy golden orange on the pour, which produces a frothy off-white two finger head that has great retention and nice spongy lacing.

Smell is lots of pine, with equal parts citrus (mostly tangy orange). There is definitely an earthy sweet note from the honey which adds nicely to the malt backbone balance.

Lots of tangy, sweet oranges on the taste. That honey compliments the citrus semi-sweet tang very nicely. The finish is a spicy, bitter hop note.

The feel is creamy, medium in body, with a nice crispness to it. Definitely goes down easy, and has a nice coating quality.

Drinkability is great. This is a big ABV brew, but I couldn't notice it at all.

Great DIPA. Since this gem was en route to me before new years, I have to assume it is last years batch. Still, it was very complex and the hop profile appears to be holding strong. I will be seeking out a freshy asap!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:21:35 | More by EgadBananas
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,482 ratings.