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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

11,142 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,142
Reviews: 3,330
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,260
Gots: 2,328 | 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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Photo of divineaudio
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of GardenWaters
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of fvernon
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of planbee
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of AKnightAlone
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of zgunder
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Supergenious
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of tblondin1
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of mwill7287
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date on the label reads "12/29/11".

Appearance: Pours a bright orange with a slight haze in the body. A thin white head created by a slow pour quickly recedes to a mere lacing atop the brew. Lively carbonation bubbles scurry about my tulip glass. Virtually no lacing is left behind on the side of the glass post-brew. 4.25

Smell: A strong sappy, piney nose foretells the hop adventure I am about to embark on. Grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus meld beautifully with a dollop of sweetness from the honey. 4.25

Taste: While I expected an in-your-face assault of hops, my first few sips prove this brew is much more balanced and subtle. The juicy citrus and sappy pine are certainly there, but they walk in slowly rather than in a mad rush. The brew is well balanced with a solid malt backbone and the just noticeable honey. Bitterness is moderate and, with the overall taste, increases in intensity with warmth. The pine and grass, as well as some floral notes, open up nicely with warmth. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and on the higher end of carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Only a tad sticky from the generous hops. Goes down very smooth - too smooth for this big of a DIPA! 4.75

Overall: This is apparently high in ABV (I can tell after I've finished) and is definitely high in hops, yet with a lighter body and a solid malt backbone, Hopslam is a very drinkable beer. Definitely up there with the best IPAs out there, especially those from these parts of the country. 4.5

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay this brew is awesome. The hops are there in the front, middle and end. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming at all. Such a smooth brew. I truly wish this beer was a year round brew. One if not the best DIPA's out there. This brew is worth tracking down and enjoying.

Photo of cps98
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The local shop finally tapped their keg after sitting on it for 2 weeks. So glad they did because it was delicious.

A - Pours a beautiful clear copper color with a great looking white 2 finger head. Good lacing!

S - Lots of citrus, and pine

T - The bitterness of the hops is really nice. Got lots of citrus up front followed by the malt.

M - The beer is really smooth. Carbonation was perfect. Medium bodied.

O - Very worth the wait. Super smooth drinkable DIPA. Hope to get a couple bottles when it shows up in our area.

Photo of nicholas527
2/5  rDev -55.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of joshrosborne
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ZPB
4.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared bottle (thanks George). Per notes...

Poured into tall glass with very little foam, no lingering affects. Color is light copper, golden hue.

Scent is grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit. I don't find much else.

Taste is very sweet. The first sip is like grapefruit juice without the sour taste on the tongue. Very unexpected. Had not had this before and was expecting a bit more pronounced bittering hops flavor. This was all sweet and grapefruit. Later tastes were a bit less pronounced, but sweet.

Finished clean with later tastes drying out.

Overall I was more surprised than impressed. Not what I was expecting from a beer so highly raved about. I was glad that I got to taste it, but would not buy again unless I wanted a VERY sweet beer with a one-dimensional flavors.

Photo of hopsandstouts
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of ahq514
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a nice golden color that is mostly translucent. Solid finger head, white and fluffy. Appears to have lower carbonation. Laces like a champ, coating almost everywhere that the beer touched.

Beautiful aroma. Great balance between malt and hops. As far as hops go, I get pineapple, a little citrus, and pine. Touch of honey. The malt aroma is sweet with a touch of caramel. Great complement of the hops while letting them shine through.

Different than I remember from last year, but then again my palate has changed a ton. Malt comes through first with a nice sweetness. Quickly transitions into a bitterness from the hops as well as a blend of the aromas that I got in the nose. Pineapple, citrus, and pine. The bitterness lingers on the palate for a bit.

Good mediumish body and lower carbonation. Damn drinkable for a 10% beer.

A great dipa and beer in general. Deserves to be where it is in the ratings. Really enjoy the balance of this beer. A lot of the top rated ipas I end up thinking are too hop forward with not enough malt to balance, but this is good. Good stuff.

Photo of wallyworld68
5/5  rDev +11.6%

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

12 Oz poured into a tulip
(2012 release)
After a long year of waiting, Hopslam has arrived

A- Pours fairly clear orange with a quarter finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. Good alcohol legs.
S- Hops galore, Lots of pine and tons and tons of citrus fruits. Grapefruit and lime. Some sweetness from the honey. Awesome stuff.
T- Excellent hop profile here and the honey definitely shines through here as well. The hops are all over the board, citrusy, piney and a little bit skunky. Blends insanely well and is balanced as could be. The bitterness and the sweetness really are in perfect harmony. Some faint alcohol tastes but at 10%, its nearly impossible to hide.
M- Bitter aftertaste but the hops are very refreshing. Carbonated well and goes down smooth.
O- This beer is all that and a bag of chips. Its one of the Best DIPA's around. It is strong but not hard to drink; its hoppy but still balanced. Get it while you still can.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,142 ratings.