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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,360
Reviews: 3,380
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,287
Gots: 2,460 | 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: 11,360 | Reviews: 3,380
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4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as the previous reviewer, had this from a growler, purchased at The Fridge in Lancaster, PA today.

poured into a curved pint glass

A- A translucent gold with orange hints. Bright white fluffy head that laces well down the glass

S- I could sit and smell this all night. Very tropical, mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit. The hop oil on this one just seems t jump from the glass.

T- Bell's works some magic to hide 10% so well. The taste is very similar to another brew I adore, Stoudt's Double IPA, but the honey is what makes this different. Taste very much follows the smell, gets a bit boozy on the end with a lingering hoppy bitterness that balances out the honey sweetness. Balanced. Very balanced.

M- light carbonation, a pretty creamy mouthfeel, with ample dryness to invite the next sip

O- A Classic Double IPA that eveyone should try.

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4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2011-01-06 in Columbia, PA in a growler from The Fridge 30 minutes ago. Had this again on 2015-02-26 from a bottle in Columbia, PA. This 2015 batch is excellent in both aroma and flavor. I raised my Smell rating by .25 and left the rest the same.

A - Pretty clear, honey gold with a 1-finger white head and minor lacing into a nonic glass.

S - Honey, mango, pineapple, hop floral. A very inviting, soft and elegant smell. Doesn't flare your nostrils like a Heady-Topper but it is engaging.

T - Honey and tropical sweetness, crushed hop cone oils, citrus, light toast, floral hops, orange, pineapple, light astringent, citrus zest bitterness. The alcohol is evident but well-integrated and supportive. The aftertaste lasts-and-lasts with citrus bitterness, hop oils and some honey and citrus flesh sweetness and a light touch of malt to even things out a bit. Just a fabulous flavor.

M - Medium mouthfeel and light-medium carbonation. Smooth, resinous and lightly prickly.

O - There's a reason this has such a high rating. It's not in your face like some, it's not the most fragrant, but the balance, softness, mouthfeel and fabulous flavor put it way up there in my ratings.

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I was never much of an IPA fan, but then I walked into Dutch's. I have always been a fan of Bell's, and wow, I was Blown Away by this beer. The flavor was amazing the subtle hints of honey just made me instantly fall in love with it. It is my favorite beer. Bravo Bells!

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,360 ratings.