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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

11,109 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,109
Reviews: 3,321
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,255
Gots: 2,307 | 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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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Slam has landed! 13-day old bottle.

12oz bottle in a brandy snifter.

Appearance: honeyed golden amber color. Bright, glowing, and beautiful. Pretty haze-free. Nice two-finger head from a rather vigorous pour that has receded to a thick ring and splotchy surface foam. The lacing is lacking.

Smell: Huge hops. Tropical fruit medley. Tart mango, starfruit, papaya. The malt presence is impressive, too (although, obviously not in the forefront). I get some honey and malt breadiness to bout with these mega green hops. Pretty noticeable alcohol smack in that nose, as well. I mean, we're talking 10% here. Alright, time to drink...

Taste: Big leafy hops with a tropical fruit twist. Some citrus. Picking up floral honey, lime, pineapple, and almost celery juice/green vegetable juice in the finish. My girlfriend tossed up that she tastes cucumber skin, and that ain't far off. Bitter on the tart side, but very bitter (and not astringent in any way). Clean and salty finish where the alcohol is uncovered a bit. Amazingly deceptive. Great malt sweetness underlying with a doughy breadth. More flavors uncover as it warms; some tangerine, some white pepper spiciness... this is one juicy IIPA.

Mouthfeel: Deceptive carbonation... it's not showing in the glass, but I can feel it scraping my tongue. This beer is slightly heavier than just medium-bodied. Somewhat sticky. I MUST add that this beer is ridiculously drinkable. That alcohol is really only prominent in the nose, at first. And then, once you've started drinking, you can't detect it anymore (uh-oh).

Overall: A few big pluses with this beer for the style: not overly sweet, no shortness of hop bitterness, not difficult to drink, superb aromatics. Great beer!

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After a few fresh bottles, I was finally able to try this on-tap on 1/21/11 from a freshly tapped keg.

A- A nice golden amber color with a white head.

S- This beer smells amazing. Lots of citrus with some mild honey tones.

T- Again, lots of citrus. The hops aren't as strong as expected, but instead are balanced out by the honey. I know others think it might be too sweet, but to me, the combination makes this an incredible DIPA. The alcohol is hidden very well, and I would never have expected this was 10%.

M- A medium body that compliments the beer quite well. There is some creaminess in there that I think comes from the honey. Overall it feels great.

O- This is now my favorite DIPA. I am not a massive fan of the style, but I think the balance with the honey completes this beer for me. Overall one of my favorite beers, and definitely one of Bell's best efforts.

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4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap into a tumbler a Cape Fear Wine and Beer.

Pours a nice amber/copper with a white head, nothing too fancy here. Smell is an intense fruity and floral sweetness with some grapefruit citrus buried in there. Very sweet and fruity smelling. Taste is of strawberries and apricots, so fruity and hoppy. Some alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit syrupy as it coats the mouth.

One of my favorite DIPAs, the fruity sweetness lets it stand out in the crowded DIPA crowd although it can almost be too much. An awesome beer that everyone should try. Hides its 10% extremely well.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 12/30/11, just over 3 weeks old. wine glass.

a - pours a hazy amber color and only gave me a thin cap of off white head. leaves small spots of lacing in the glass.

s - tangerine, strawberry, honey, green apple, lightly toasted bread. really a fantastic smell.

t - toasty malt base with a honey like sweetness. notes of citrus, pine, and grass. hop bitterness rolls in and makes itself known, but never overpowers. very well balanced with no trace of the 10% in the taste.

m - medium in body with a slick feel. adequate carbonation with a fine co2 profile.

o - superbly crafted an imo one of the few beers that is deserving of its lofty reputation. dangerously drinkable though, you'll finish the bottle well before the 10% kicks in, so be careful. every beer lover should seek this out.

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4.04/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/6/12. Experienced on 1/22/12. Poured from 12oz bottle into Boulevard tulip.

A: Poured a beautiful copper color with outstanding clarity. Produced a light, white, 1cm head which dissipated almost instantly. Lacing nearly absent.

S: Wet hops and honey. Slightly boozy.

T: Sweet, with lots of honey. Maybe a bit too much honey for my tastebuds. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange-peel, lemon are also present. IMO, this beer reminds me of Hoppin' Frog's Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale. Again, that's only my opinion.

M: Light-bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Finishes clean and without any lingering bitterness. Balance is out of this world!

O: This is truly a unique and flavorful beer, though not what I expected considering all the hype. I was surprised by the sweetness, yet disappointed with the lack of bitterness of this brew; not what I expected from a DIPA called "Hopslam". Perhaps Bell's intention was to create the most well-balanced DIPA ever... which I believe they did. Either way, this beer is dangerously smooth and drinks way to easy for a brew with 10% ABV. However, if I wanted a DIPA, this probably wouldn't be the first beer that comes to mind.

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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

Poured at 55 degrees into a Bell's tulip glass; this has long been a late-winter favorite but I haven't gotten around to reviewing it yet.

The pour is the color of clover honey with a thick 2.5 inch head - I had to let it sit for a bit before clearing out the bottle. The head stuck around for a minute or two, but worked its way down and left pretty strong lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is primarily of honeysuckle and then resinous hops. Actually, the aroma feels more sweet-forward than hop-forward to me this year. The initial sip gives me the same impression - loads of wildflower honey flavor up front but balanced extremely well by the hoppy bitterness. The honey fades quickly, and the hops take over for the finish.

The feel isn't cloying, but it is thick. The abv is hidden incredibly well, but I can catch the quick burn at the end. All around a wonderful midwest DIPA; more floral than bitter, and I'm glad to have it in such abundance.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,109 ratings.