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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,078 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,078
Reviews: 3,317
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,251
Gots: 2,288 | FT: 74
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.63/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/6/12...Poured into a tulip glass..

A) Nice Golden Orange

S) Nice citrus notes.

T) Really nice grapefruit, tangerine taste, the honey kind of blasts that through and there is enough malt to keep this grounded.

M) Nicely carbonated and I think there is just a slight alcohol burn.

O) Great beer, worth all the hype. Glad to have had fresh.

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3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle batch 10863 bottled on 12/30/11 poured into Hair of the Dog tulip. Reviewed on 1/30/12.

A: Pours golden orange with a touch of haze and an off-white head that leaves nice lacing around glass.

S: Big, juicy citrus hop aroma with some malt and alcohol presence, but as all DIPAs should be, this is definitely dominated by the hops.

T: Lots of bitterness up front with tons of citrus hops from start to finish. Nice malt backbone provides body and some sweetness to support all of the hops.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation, slightly resinous, finishes clean and slightly dry.

O: Delicious, highly drinkable DIPA, the 10% ABV is incorporated incredibly well. The malt level is great, not a malt bomb like so many DIPAs brewed around me, and not super dry and void of body like many others, well done. One of the few DIPAs that I will seek out year after year.

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1/5  rDev -77.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to jyoungsbcp for this!

poured into a founders pint glass

appearance: translucent golden color with a 1" off-white head.

aroma: nice noses of pine and pineapple

palate: full bodied, you get the alcohol but not as powerful as the 10% its labeled. mild carbonation, flavor sits in the mouth nicely

taste: great citrus flavor with some graham flavor background to it. nice hop kick to it as well

overall: a very nice dipa, with some great flavor, but i was on the disappointed side for this one. for a beer thats this hard to get a hold of, i would like a bit more from. either way, im enjoying this very much, and if it was available year round id definitely drink it often!

thanks again to jyoungsbcp

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4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a good one to add to the list of tried. Definitely a must for anyone wanting to explore IPAs and DIPAs. Very overwhelming flavor and I would not recommend to the faint of heart or stomach. This is a very strong beer and one to be aware of such beforehand. Nonetheless a worthy beer and one for any real connoisseur to try. Good luck!

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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over cloudy honey-amber liquid.

S: Honey, floral hops and citrus hops.

T: Wow, that's complex. Some pine and floral hop flavours up front with some alcohol presence as well as citrusy hop flavours of tangerine, lemon, pineapple and orange. This gives way to a honey and almost nutty finish with more orange citrus hop flavours. Definite waves of flavours in this beer.

M: Medium viscosity with a medium-to-high level of carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: Great tasting beer, my only criticism is the alcohol presence which I thought was a bit too much given the ratings.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,078 ratings.