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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,093
Reviews: 3,318
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,253
Gots: 2,296 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of dennho
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden amber into a tulip. Two finger head leaves a slight lacing.
Hoppy, sweet, fruity smell.
Taste is sweet and piney. Grapefruit and pineapple. This is 10%? I can't tell.
Medium body, smooth, perfect carbonation.

I've been disapointed before by hyped beers, not this time. I'm fortunate to have tried this.

Photo of jt6174
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Driggers
1/5  rDev -77.7%

Photo of Rifugium
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Capone's beer garden, Norristown, PA

Pours a clear golden-orange with a thin, wispy, white head that lingers as a ringlet, but still leaves some doily lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops and toasted bread. Taste is bursting with hops: citrusy-orange-grapefruit zest and a bit of pithy bitterness, tropical fruits, pine needles, and a nice sensation of honey-drizzled toasted bread coming through for a very nice balance. Medium mouthfeel, quite smooth and extremely drinkable for the style (where's the alcohol?).

I've had plenty of IPAs similar to this one, so I wouldn't really say it's a trade item, or worth going out of the way for, as some people make it out to be, but it's definitely nice to have when it's around.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of muletrane
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Nice light amber almost orange colour. 2 fingers of white head with nice tight bubbles, good retention and lacing.

S: Big citrusy grapefruit and orange peel notes. Slightly sweet (maybe from the honey). A touch of alcohol.

T: A very nice balance between the citrusy hop profile and the sweetness from the honey. A blast of citrusy hops up front and a smooth sweet honey flavor on the back end. Finishes with lingering bitterness. A touch of alcohol as it warms.

M: A very smooth DIPA! Maybe it's the added honey that gives this beer such a smooth mouthfeel. Hops and honey coat the mouth. Moderate body with light carbonation.

Overall this is a top notch DIPA. One of the best. Very drinkable for the abv. Very smooth with an excellent hop profile and balance. Worth seeking out if it's available. Tastes amazing on draft!

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4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Bottled 1/6/12.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with an off-white head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and some sweet honey. Taste is of grapefruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, honey, alcohol, and malt. There is a sweet candy flavor on the aftertaste with a mid bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an extremely good DIPA that lives up to the hype surrounding it.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a translucent gold and settles a slightly darker copper with about a finger of white foam.

S: Aroma is ubiquitously hoppy: floral, citrus, but mainly earthy. It's not exceptionally potent in hop aroma, but just omnipresent. There's a touch of spiciness hiding somewhere in the background.

T/M: The low carbonation makes this one quite smooth and predominant hoppiness from the aroma is surprisingly well balanced on the tongue. Earthy and floral tones leave room for biscuit maltiness and some residual sweetness.

A surprisingly well balanced and strong IPA, an extremely pleasant affair.


Photo of AutumnBeerLove
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Geuzedad
5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of DanK4
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jefe73
5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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

I'll add my two cents to this seasonal classic. 2012 bottle dated 1/10/12. Poured into tulip glass.

A - Pours a medium orange color with two finger head. Lacing sticks heavily to the sides of the glass.

S - Tons of citrus, pine, grapefruit, orange, sweet sticky hops. Ecstasy for the nose!

T - Starts out with some sweetness from the honey then boom, the bitterness of the citrus hops come into play. Finish is dry and bitter but such a nice rounded smoothness from the honey. Nearly perfect balance of hops and malt thanks to the honey.

M - Medium body with sticky hop goodness coating the entire mouth.

O - What can I say that all the reviews haven't said before? This is simply an amazing DIPA that drinks so easily despite its 10% abv subtle punch. Dangerously drinkable. Enjoying this fresh and at nearly $20 a six pack its worth the price.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bulldog uptown in Mpls

A- Golden-yellow color and clear. One finger tight head with good lacing on glass.

S-Hops are dominant-citrus and tropical type. Some barley malt there too but definitely is not the star of this beer.

T- Yep-hoppy! But not hard to drink thanks to a thick malty backbone. Upfront citrus hops with a long finish ending with fresh hop bite. Not bitter-which makes it easy to keep drinking.

M- Can't believe this is 10% ABV. Very well hidden. Plenty of carbonated bit and medium bodied.

D-Solid for DIPA-can't imagine drinking too many of any of these.

O-A solid beer-I can understand the hype. Not a a favorite style of mine but enjoyed this one. Well done.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of kscaldef
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/30/11 bottling. Thanks to Jakers90 for this one

A: Golden-orange, slight haze. One finger tight head

S: Hops waft off of this one right from the pour. Juicy citrus, slightly vegetal and spicy. A bit of sweet cereal malt.

T: Surprisingly malt-driven on the initial sip. Bready, slightly sweet. Lots of hops follow, mostly earthy and spicy here, with a bit of bitter grapefruit. Finish is strongly bitter, but well balanced by the malt.

M: Full mouthfeel, but not heavy. This much hops bitterness in the finish could easily go highly astringent, but there's not much of that at all. Great, long linger.

O: Exceptional balance. Dangerously drinkable 10%. If there were a bit more hops aroma, I'd call this a nearly perfect IIPA.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,093 ratings.