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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

11,333 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,333
Reviews: 3,375
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,284
Gots: 2,449 | FT: 76
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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Ratings: 11,333 | Reviews: 3,375
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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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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Photo of DarthKostrizer
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of match1112
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a thick creamy three finger high head slowly recedes to a frothy off white cap, leaving massive amounts of thick clumpy lacing behind. a clear orange copper colored body just looks delicious. smell is very floral with citrus, honey and pine. caramel is also present. taste is near perfect. big citrus notes with a touch of honey and just the right amount of pine to keep it from being too sweet. along with the caramel there appears to be a little pepper on the back end. mouthfeel is a full creamy body that goes down easy. good carbonation and the right amount of spice from hops make this alive on the tongue. another punch of citrus hops before the long dry finish that leaves you wanting more. overall this is the beer that all others of the style try to be. many come close, but none achieve the well deserved hype of hopslam.

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3/5  rDev -33%

Photo of buffs9
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Duvel snifter

A- Orange and copper tones, with a nice 1 finger head

S- citrus, booze and pine hops, a tiny bit of honey

T- Taste follows nose with big bitter hops then sweeter with honey and some hop oil. The alcohol definitely comes through.

M- very smooth with a creamy body.

O- Hopslam continues to be a favorite of mine, but the price and limited availability to me in CO makes it one I don't enjoy as much as I'd like

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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

Bottle labeled 12/29/11 poured into a pint glass on 2/10/12. Thanks to my buddy Treebs for sending me a few bottles.

Appearance: Deep golden orange color that is a bit hazy. Great looking head that recedes after a few minutes, leaving dense lacing.

Smell: This is going to be a hopbomb, no doubt about it. Piney hops dominate with some citrus scents present as well. Very bold.

Taste: Pine hop flavors are the dominant flavor on the front end, yet it's not overwhelming. They honey sweetness soon comes to balance the big hops. Finishes leaving you with more hops, but without the jumping bitterness off of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and easier to drink than you might think for such a hoppy and high ABV drink. The alcohol is masked well.

Overall: Super impressed, even though Bell's is always right on the ball. Wish I could get this in Washington more frequently.

Overall:

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into an Alchemist pint glass. Bottled on 1/26/2012. Just picked it up today.

Appearance - Orange amber body. Quite clear. Not much of a head, but it sticks nicely to the glass and leaves some wisps on the surface.

Smell - Wow, it's got a great hop aroma. Up there with the best of em. Citrusy from a distance (literally, from a few feet away), but it's got a dose of pine as I smell it more. Great aroma. Some sweetness comes through, but it's still all about the hops.

Taste - The hop flavor delivers in the front. It's a huge wave of hops that recedes as dramatically as it hits. The citrus gives way to pine, much in the way of the aroma, which gives way to a hefty malt and honey sweetness. Not cloying and not even all that sweet, but it's amazing how much the hops disappear. It still tastes pretty damn good, but not like the best IPAs out there. The finish is boozy and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - After the hops drop off, the booze is pretty evident. There's an astringency presumably from the fermented honey. It's not really bitter, either, but still the bitterness is one of the only flavors that lingers.

Overall - I used to think this beer was the bee's knees of IPAs, but having had far more interesting hop profile IPAs, this one hasn't quite risen to its lofty heights as of late. Definitely not one of those "It was better last year" people, but I feel my appreciation for it has changed.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,333 ratings.