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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,178 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 10,178
Reviews: 3,131
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,002
Gots: 1,556 | FT: 38
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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

CPV, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

JAramini, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

ChaseT, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

eerbayman, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

draheim, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

cocoapuph, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

BrianTheBrewer30, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

tbeq00, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

wsucoug96, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of quaybr
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hop-forward brew is big on all accounts.

Pours a beautiful amber-orange.

Dear God, this smells amazing. Wonderful floral and citrusy aroma. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Tropical Explosion!! Hops hops hops.

Delicious. Excellent malt:hop balance. Somehow the hops do not come over the top.

The medium body delivers whatever the hop bill is to perfection. Moves relatively slow across the tongue. Oh boy.

So good. Hats off to Bell's.

quaybr, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of hombrepalo
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unicorn tears!!!! God juice... Smell is outstanding on this one. Taste is a floral boquet of the finest melody of hops. Mouthfeel is orgazmic. Overall this feels soo good it hurts. I fell in love with this brew... Too bad its only around for such a short time. Can't get enough of this gem.

hombrepalo, Oct 18, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours amber orange gold with a mega foam white head. Leaves behind gobs of lacing. Nose is hops, citrus fruits, maybe some honey. Mouth is light to moderate, crisp and snappy. Not nearly as hoppy as expected. This isn't a hop bomb beer, but just a really great tasting hoppy beer. So maybe the name is a little misleading? Or maybe it just means it has hops in it and you will want to slam them down one after another? Regardless, good carbonation trending to the high side. Hops are more of a subtle bitterness that linger. Taste is floral hops, citrus fruits/lemon and some honey. Not nearly as much honey as I feared though. I normally don't like 'honey beers' but this is a huge exception thanks to the subtle usage. At 10% abv I can honestly say this is the most dangerous beer I know of. I could literally drink these one after another they are so smooth. Not a noticeable alcohol taste at all. But after a few, you can feel it and you know the bottle label was telling the truth. In the very small group that I consider perfect beers. My only real complaints are it is tough to get and wicked expensive.

mcslain, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of PossumMunsen31
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an extremely powerful and potent beer that is also highly enjoyable. One of the craziest beers I've ever experienced. Great hop taste and balance. High alcohol content isn't extremely noticeable while drinking. It's unique and highly flavorful. Definitely recommend it.

PossumMunsen31, Oct 13, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Gorgeous hazy orange/copper look with 2 fingers of foamy head with nice retention and lacing.

S- Hops hops and more hops! Delicious citrusy pineapple hops I can't wait to taste this

T- Very good but not as good as the smell. Delicious hops with some pleasant fruity tastes as well, it seems as though some flavor has faded in the past 7 month but, nothing wrong with the taste just not the amazingness I was expecting.

M- Smooth with a little bit of carbonation. Stays on the palate a little after along with some alcohol warmth

O- Big thanks to Mikennat for this chart topper! I will definitely be pursuing this when it comes out fresh in the spring

pschul4, Oct 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

with all due respect to the high ratings, i didnt find this to be exceptional. if fact pretty average.

when i cant even recall the different qualities as being memorable, that's not good. dont get me wrong - it was good but not great.

lacked individuality...was hoping it would make a bigger impact...that said, would be happy to give it another chance.

brewpig, Oct 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BA review #800!

12oz Bottle - big thanks to iguenard for this one

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit/oranges, peaches, pineapples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thick on the tongue. I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of hops. It also has lots of fruit flavours going on, pineapple, tangerines, grapefruit and some peaches. I can also pick up on the booze a little bit, and it provides a nice warming feeling as it goes down. It finishes with a sweet tropical fruit aftertaste with a long lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – I know my bottle isn't the freshest, but I still thought this was an incredible beer. Either it really held up well, or the fresh stuff is going to blow my mind. Definitely one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of drinking.

spinrsx, Sep 26, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the bottle to a tulip.

The pour is a radiant orange color with a nice head that has some longevity to it and lays down a gold bit of lace. The nose alone is enough for me to know that I'm going to love this beer. It's a tropical and citrus fruit bomb that never gives a hint of malt. The taste follows suit with an abundance of citrus/tropical goodness. The beer is full in the mouth but not overly so.

One of my all time favorite beers and my favorite DIPA.

harrymattcody, Sep 25, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber body with no head but lots of sticky icky lacing.

Smells kind of like Sauvignon Blanc, but very weak. A little cat pee and grapefruit with some orange rind.

Piney, sharp, citrusy, bold, impressive. Very unique flavor. Points for uniqueness, but not PtE beats it flavorwise. Nice and dry, but has a juicy sweetness to it at the same time.

High carbonation. Probably the silkiest body in a DIPA I've ever encountered.

Very smooth for what it is. Tastes like they found a way to utilize all of the flavor from the hops without the harsh bitterness. This is one to be appreciated. You can sense after one sip that one of these will give you a nice buzz.

aficionado, Sep 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at the Oak Cafe in Wyandotte, Michigan.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with two fat fingers of tight foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a wall of honeycomb lace around the glass. It smells of caramel/toffee malt, and citrus, pine, and pineapple hops. The taste is caramel malt, earthy honey, bitter citrus, pine, and a bit of booze. The carbonation is fairly low, the body medium weight and as smooth as possible. It finishes with not unexpected uptick in overbearing hoppiness, blotting out the now underperforming malt.

Maybe this is a sort of aged bottle, but it's still quite good, but not that wow, holy shit, head shaking way I was stupidly awaiting. Oh well. All that aside, a good DIPA, especially given the big, basically undetectable ABV.

biboergosum, Sep 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Dark amber with a light, tan and fluffy head. Decent lacing on the sides and the head falls flat quickly.

Smell:
Very sweet sugar with some light, spicy hops. There is also a little bite from the alcohol, this smell reminds me of their 9000/10000 (which are american strong ales). I would have liked to smell more aromatic hops.

Taste:
Lots of sweetness with a strong bitterness. The second most noticeable thing is the strong alcohol. Thankfully all the flavors are fairly strong and therefore the alcohol is balanced, otherwise it would be too much.

Mouthfeel:
Quite potent sweetness and alcohol with almost no lingering bitterness from the hops. The carbonation is creamy and helps break apart its otherwise syrup-like consistency.

Overall:
This is a good beer that reminds me of the quality associated with the other Bell's beers that I've had. Its got some strong bitterness and alcohol, but is lacking of almost all aromatic hoppiness. The strength of the alcohol also makes this one hard to drink more than a few of. Worth trying, but not if you have to acquire long distance.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 12oz bottle.

A: Golden/orange color. Firm head with beautiful lacing.

S: Fruity, floral, Hops, beatiful smell

T: Citrus up front with a floral hoppy finish.

D: Medium, sticky mouthfeel. A little thick for me.

Overall: Very drinkable. Needs to be enjoyed fresh. Thought this year was a little heavier on the mouth feel.

ike4tay45, Sep 13, 2011
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,178 ratings.