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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

11,361 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,361
Reviews: 3,380
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,287
Gots: 2,461 | 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: 11,361 | Reviews: 3,380
Photo of BeerFiend2002
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into draft glass.

A- Burnt orange color body with a frothy two-finger off-white head.

S- Hop cones, pine, grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit notes come screaming to the top of the glass jockeying for position. A lot going on here. Immaculate.

T- Grapefruit, citrus (maybe some tangerine), pine, honey, and some sweet malt...bordering on too sweet. Leaves a strong bitterness on the finish to round out that sweetness, but not at all to the point that you can't handle it. If you are a hophead, you'll love this one.

M- It has a juicy feel to it. I'd call it medium-heavy. Its has the heavier feel of a DIPA but its not a big thick syrup bomb. Its done just right.

O- This beer gets a ton of hype and deservedly so. I've had yet to try Russian River's Pliny the Elder, but if its better than this it would have to be an out of body experience. Between this, the Two Hearted Ale, Best Brown, and Special Double Cream Stout...Bell's makes some killer beers and this one is the headliner. Shame that this is not a year-round serving. Im glad that I have another case of this waiting for me upon its arrival.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of doctor333
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip snifter. Purchased a case at Shangey's in Emmaus, PA. Born on date 1/9/12.

A- Dark copper color with a finger of white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a thin white ring around the rim of the glass.

S- Huge citrusy and pine hop aroma shines through after letting it warm up for 20 minutes in the glass. An orange rind and sweet honey fill the back end of the nose. Fabulous!

T- Taste follows nose with big BITTER hops up front and turns sweeter with honey present as it rolls down the tongue. I am getting a slightly moderate alcohol burn in the swallow. Yes, it reminds me it is 10%.

M- Carbonation is slightly higher than some in this style. It is still very smooth with a medium creamy body.

O- This is my 1st year for this beer and it is a treat. There are few DIPAs that are as satisfying all around as this one. From the big hop presence to the big honey and malt backbone, this one is pretty flavorful. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of mecmd
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Poured into a tulip from a 12oz bottle

A- A burnt orange or copper color, whit rocky head with about 2 finger worth of head on it

S- Amazing really tropical, grapefruit, pine needles, with a sweetness deff can get the honey

T- Bitter right at the front, big grapefruit, tropical notes, really smooth and well balanced the alcohol cant be detected at all

M- Medium, great carbonation, smooth and it coats the mouth...wonderfully put together

O- Outstanding beer, well put together, will deff be getting this again

Photo of Gatch
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a very fluffy, bubbly, white head. Settles into piles of foam.

S: Huge, juicy, fruit hops. Mostly citrus with some piney, cedar-like aromas. Clean, crisp malt is in there, too. Very impressive.

T: Well it's pretty damn good. Lives up to the hype from the first sip. The fruitiest Double IPA I've ever had. The booze shows itself to remind you it's a Double but it's not a bother. The tropical fruit is insane. It tastes like biting into a fresh mango or something more exotic like dragon fruit. Refreshing finish with a great balanced flavor.

M: So smooth and tasty. Fruity hop oils coat your mouth. Right amount of dryness in the finish and a solid malt presence to keep it from being an intense hop bomb. Way too drinkable for the ABV.

O: Easily one of the better IIPA's available. Thus the almost perfect "5" in my opinion. I'm glad this has made it out to Arizona.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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

A: awesome strong ale color. No haze tannish orange. Zero lacig with a very short head on a super fresh keg.

S: simcoe, cascade-ish very drinkable hops up front with super fine honey finish. Must be tons of crystal malts.

T: one of the best, only rivalled by jade in the east. Back of tongue bitter with very cool american hops and double honey but really well done. Drink cold and slow.

M: good carbonation, and maybe under carbonated in the keg, but doesn't matter.

O: this is an immense american ipa that forgoes the floral hops and is really true to the sweet american east coat style that deserves a 10 out of 10.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Hophead717
3.78/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle, dated 1/9/2012, poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: A crystal clear, golden straw, with a half finger white head. Very nice.

S: Sweet, tropical citrus fruits, with little bitter hop notes around the edges.

T: Sweet tropical fruits upfront and mid-sip with hardly any bitterness. There's a lightly bitter finish, but even that isn't as I expected. Hopslam reminds me a little of 120 Minute IPA because there's little bitterness among the sweetness.

M: Super smooth--medium body, medium carbonation. Supremely drinkable.

O: This one does not live up to the hype. The hop punch I expected is lost among the overwhelming sweetness of the brew.

Photo of Blargimus
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass. Bottle date 12/19/2011 (approx. 1 month old). Received in a trade with Willseph - many thanks!

Pours a golden color. Darker than most IPAs I've examined. Not much head, and what little there is dissipates quickly. When swirled, leaves an amazing amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Sexy.

Floral hops. Sweet honey. Very nice, not revolutionary.

Starts off with slightly bitter hops with a strong undercurrent of sweetness. Good, but not mind-blowing... then the magic happens. The most amazing part of this beer is the aftertaste. It starts with rich, not cloyingly sweet honey, and then turns to malty goodness, then just... fades away into a delicious cloud. There's no bitterness in the aftertaste, which I find AMAZING.

The other amazing thing? The mouthfeel. It's thick like honey in the mouth, and it sticks around, coating the tongue with flavor. Carbonation is just enough to keep it from being syrupy. Outstanding.

In conclusion, give me all the Hopslam.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Uvm2003 for the hookup.

Appearance: Slight haze on an orange/copper colored beer. Head is bright-white, fluffy, and drops to a thin ring pretty quickly. Ring lasts throughout the drinking process. Carbonation looks to be on point.

Smell: Big fruity nose. Grapefruit, hints of mango, and orange. Zest, flesh, and then some. Mild pine resin brings up the rear. Honey adds a pleasant earthy sweetness. Floral and slightly peppery. Malts add a nice bit of biscuit and caramel to the back. Doughy and citrusy. Touch of alcohol on the back.

Taste: Pine resin and grapefruit zest. Big fleshy fruit hit. Oranges, grapefruit, and a touch of mango. Slightly earthy and peppery. Deep resinous finish. Sweetness from the malts runs to caramel with a nice biscuit undercurrent. Surprising malt presence, but the hops are definitely at the forefront. Booze and a touch of mint.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high. Carbonation is on the medium side and works well. Dry on the finish.

Overall: It's mighty tasty, but I can't buy in to the hype completely. Lots of tastiness to be had and highly drinkable for the ABV and the all out hop assault. Nice malt profile helps liven things up. Incredibly well-crafted and worth drinking if you can get it. Don't sell your arm though.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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