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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,121
Reviews: 3,324
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,256
Gots: 2,320 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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

yeah Hopslam! i had to do all kinds of regrettable things to get 6 of these. packaged 1/9/12.

A: a slight haze on a vibrantly bright orange body. head is slightly off-white with reasonable retention. leaves some pretty lacing behind.

S: big stinky bag of weed. piney and citrus all at once. honeydew. great showcase of american hops. each visit to the glass is just a reinforcement of that. seems that way no matter how long the glass sits.

T: the bitterness is strong in this one. and throughout. there is an underlying sweetness, probably from the honey, but the hops are definitely the big dawg here. a very resinous pine flavor. similar to the nose. there is enough malt and honey sweetness to oh so slightly keep the bitterness in check, but like i said this is still a prime showing of american hops.

M: moderate/high amount of fizz. full bodied for sure.

D: wow, these are tasty. had to take 2 bottles just to solidify my review. tons of aroma and tons of flavor. a super big DIPA, but drinks well and is relatively crushable. only thing slowing me down is the ABV. 6 of these would be a good time.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased locally ($18.00), tapped yesterday, filled today. Remainder of what was shared with Wednesday tasting group. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy gold; very small white head that drops very fast and leaves no lacing. No effervescence.

S: Very fresh & fruity -- grapefruit + apricot, pear + some resinous pine.

T: Delicious fruit -- melon, tangerine, pear; substantial malt backbone; slight build-up of bitterness; light alcohol.

M: Full, smooth & creamy; medium/heavy body and low carbonation; neutral finish; some warming.

O: Very complex and satisfying; remarkably balanced; each sip is a pleasure. Worth waiting for and something to look forward to in January.

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4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

getting ready to enjoy my first one of these ever, have heard many great things about this beer and being a hop head i hope it lives up to the hype wow 10% abv we will see love the artwork

The beer pours a light amber with a white 1 finger head and bam what an aroma this beer smells fantastic hops and citrus pineapple smells great

now the big moment the taste drumm roolll

wow really good you pick up a lot of the notes in the nose and the honey finishes it off really well, but not as much of a hop bite as i anticipated from what the bottle said

mouthfeel is perfect for an ipa

overall great beer definitely recommend and will seek this out every year it hits the shelves after having this one yummm

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4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice white foam that dissipates to a ring that slowly laces the glass. Clear amber/orange color. The smell is an great combination of fruit and hops. Taste is all hops. Sort of a citrus, orange peel hop flavor. The 10% alcohol is well hidden. Mouth feel is medium with good carbonation. Overall a great beer.

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4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/9/2012, so only two weeks old.

A - Pours a clear, honey color with a nice thin head and great lacing.

S - Strong citrus notes with honey and some pine present as well. A very strong and hoppy smell - I picked it up as soon as I opened the bottle.

T - Nice strong hops flavors that blend nicely with the honey and citrus notes. A bit of bitterness from the hops, but not quite in the form of a hopbomb.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation level and very creamy and drinkable. Smooth, and it hides the 10% pretty well. Amazing mouthfeel for a DIPA.

O - Hopslam is one of the best DIPAs out there and well worth the hype/price. I wish this wasn't quite the rarity that it is, but perhaps that is some of the charm. A must-have if you have any interest in DIPAs.

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4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First Hopslam ever. Bottled on 1/06/12

I break the seal on the cap and the hiss sent a shiver up my spine. Ya, this is my first really hyped beer so I'm a little anxious to say the least.

A- Poured into my tulip leaving about 2oz left in the bottle. Nice (honey)golden color with about a finger head. A little haze but suits it well.

S- Should be in the same sentence as the seal break since it exploded with fragrance as soon as I cracked it. I am getting incredible pineapple, tropical fruit notes along with the sweet honey. Probably my favorite smell in a beer so far.

T- Bitterness and then the honey and sweetness. A little boozey but mellows out the honey. Great taste, hyped, but still amazing.

M- Smooth and incredibly drinkable. I want to have 10 of these back to back, but with 10% ABV, thats probably not advisable(not to mention I only have 3).

O- Very satisfied I got my hands on this. Yes it is hyped, but thats part of the fun. If I can imagine this beer as a godsend, and thus improves my entire experience, why the hell not? Its a great beer and should be sought out. Cheers to Bells for this golden elixir, and cheers to all BAs.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Jan. 9, 2012- Just at 2 weeks old at the time of review.

Pours a beautiful gold color with a nice one finger off white head. Really good lacing on the side of my snifter. Somewhat clear in appearance, and nice amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. The nose is amazing: pineapple, mango, orange, peach- very citrus oriented, and extremely well balanced. The taste even steps it up a notch. One drink and my palate screams for mercy.. thus the name 'Hopslam'. I get the citrus flavors, honey, slight malt in the background, and some other grassy/earthy hops. Amazingly, none of the 10% alcohol is evident at all. Just really well balanced and ultimately tasty. The mouthfeel is exquisite as well. It has the citrus/honey sweetness with some malt, and then the hops just wrecking your palate on the backside. Perfectly carbonated and executed. Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite seasonal beers- and favorite beers period. It's amazing, and I'm glad I still have five left in my fridge. Cheers!

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,121 ratings.