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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

9,537 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,537
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,776
Gots: 1,369 | FT: 42
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:
Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.

(Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004)
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bell’s Hop Slam 12oz
Dinking Vessel: Goblet
Temp: 45 F allowed to warm as I consumed
I was careful not resuspend the yeast during my pour.

Appearance: Golden, crystal clear moderately carbonated ale with a well retained white head.

Scent: Almost pure grapefruit – I assume from a healthy dose of Cascade in the aroma addition. Only way to improve this would be to add a bit more complexity to the smell.

Taste: Fruity notes atop a delicious hop bitterness. The finish is clean with just enough residual bitterness lingering on the palate. The malts are indiscernible.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin when compared to the hop flavor, but this can be improved by resuspending the yeast into the beer.

Drinkability: Wonderful. I love the fact that this beer is like two in one. Without resuspending the yeast, it is a light bodied, heavily hopped intense IPA. With resuspending the yeast, it is a fuller, mellower and more complex IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 13:44:56 | More by BWH3
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I paid $16 for a 6 pack...
Appears a glowing golden orange with a creamy, 1 finger white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Lots of streaky lacing is left around the glass. What's this other mess going on? Tons of yeasty proteins and hop residuals floating in suspension with no visible signs of CO2. That doesn't look overly appealling.
Smell is extremely herbal up front with hints of skunky mary jane, flowers, tea leaves, black pepper, citrus zest, pineapple, grapefruit, along with some biscuit.
Taste...again, this strikes me as a very herbal brew moreso than a citrusy one. Flavors are highlighted by bitter herbs & spices, pine resin, grass, sweet citrus...hmmm.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, sweet up front, grassy, herbal... dare I say medicinal, or solvent? Alcohol is evident.
Wow...based on this bottle, I'd be willing to vote this one as the most over-rated beer that I've had in '07. Last year, my vote went to Stone Oaked Bastard. This certainly isn't a terrible beer, it's just very overly hyped IMO and I'm not feeling the love. It sort of reminds me of a recent homebrew that I did, where I used a boat load of 6-7 different hops and hoped for the best. It turned out alright but a bit muddled, much like this with every aspect of hops being represented from herbal, to skunky, to citrus, etc. I just don't get it. Maybe the next bottle will change my mind. I've only got 5 more to compare it with.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 14:39:12 | More by weeare138
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle from 6-pack.

Decent, white head with good retention. Amber color and a good amount of nice, small bubbles.

Aroma is a really nice blend of sweet, syrupy fruitiness with a resinous pine and floral hop aroma. The honey comes through a little, along with tropical fruit, lychee, etc.

Taste is also sweet and a touch malty at first but quickly turns into citrus, tropical fruit and pine hop flavors with some decent bitterness towards the end. Finishes fairly balanced, though.

This is a very drinkable beer, and hugely deceptive of its 9.3% ABV. I would certainly love to have a couple at a sitting. Over the years this has definitely stood out as one of my all-time favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 23:03:53 | More by AaronHomoya
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hammer09

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a hophead, I had high expectations for this beer. However, as I started to review the characteristics of Bell's Hopslam, I grew a little concerned.

Bell's Hopslam poured a very cloudy amber with little head development in my pint glass. The beer's cloudiness, looking like a dark version of a hefeweizen, seriously detracted from its overall appearance and the lack of any head development is too far from this beer's style.

Smell is SUPER hoppy and very astringent, almost ammonia-like. While I enjoy very hoppy beers, this was just too overpowering.

Given its aroma, I expected a harsh, bitter taste. However, this is where Hopslam changes in character, for the better. Overall taste is sweet with a major hop impact. While exhibiting a bitter hop character, the sweet, maltiness serves to balance the flavor of this beer. This is the perfect example where the sum of its parts (hops and malt) are greater than the whole.

Mouthfeel is strong, bitter, and dry, with excellent carbonation. Very satisfying.

While my initial reaction to appearance and smell was somewhat disturbing, this beer's flavor more than makes up for these other shortfalls. This is an excellent beer that I will purchase again without a second thought.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 22:09:58 | More by hammer09
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Icredibly smooth yet deceptively powerful, the beer's highly aromatic hops are balanced with honey for a true Midwest-style IPA, dressed up in imperial clothes. Its ease to see why Hopslam is among the best of all American beers.

Hopslam pours with a bright golden hue and the slightest of haze. The beer nearly sparkles in the glass. A very foamy head caps the beer with a white whipped topping, looking nearly like a meringue dessert. Strong retention and broken lace reaffirms the beer's substantial appearance.

Grapefruit and honey rise to the nose in such a scent that it seems like an array of citrus fruit has been dipped in honey. Savory and mouth whetting, the ale is rich and inviting throughout. Oranges, strawberries, and caramel malt play into the highly aromatic mix.

It's outrageous taste starts sweet with thin caramel malt and complex honey flavor. Citrusy ruby red grapefruit and tangerines begin to poke through the malty veil and adds a brightly flavored fruit note to the candied sweetness. Mild cannabis, marmalade, pine needles, and strawberry jam notes provide a slightly herbal and rosy taste that rides along side of the sharper citrus notes. The finish of honey and citrus bitterness is even keel and very very smooth. Its balanced taste a far cry from the usually preferred drier versions, but the honey-dipped notion here is something magical.

With the honey flavor on the palate, the beer provides a medium weighted texture to the mouth, but only a medium body because the honey plays lighter on the palate than malts do. Embedded carbonation gives a creamy feel early on. But as the carbonation settles out, the citrus infused malts saturate the middle palate and allows the hops to develop a deeply resinous dryness without gripping the throat with bitterness, excessive alcohol heat, or hop-derived astringency.

Hopslam is a culprit of many of the pitfalls that I warn against when it comes to hoppy American ales- its balance should not render the IPA-forward flavors in this positive of a manner. But its intangibles in taste and textures far exceed what's expected for the style and its overall flavor profile cannot be ignored.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2007 01:43:39 | More by BEERchitect
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy orange with a smallish head of foam that quickly shrank and then left no trace.

The smell is a very hoppy with big notes of grapefruit.

The taste on first sip is certainly hoppy. Plenty of grapefruit hitting my palate and hitting it in a good way. I note a good malt presence that gives it a nice sweet counter to the hops. It seems to be in perfect balance.

Man, a few more sips in as it warms up a bit and the hops are now in almost total control and..I'm loving it. Oh wait, there goes that malt presence again; dang, just when you think the hop bitterness is going to take over completely, that malt comes back and yells at you. ;^) Even the finish, at various times, seems to alternate between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. I shake my head on how this could be so...

I appreciate DIPAs that are hop dominated and ones that have a good hop/malt balance and this one is an excellent example of the latter. I wouldn't hesitate to try HopSlam again. Not for a second. ;^)

Bottom line: Absolutely delicious. Thanks to Wasatch for allowing me to try this wonderful brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 22:14:35 | More by Bitterbill
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Zorro

California

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the kindness of WeisGuy.

This is a clear apple juice colored ale with a decent white head despite the alcohol level.

Smell is strong and wild hop fist to the nose. Lots of sweetness and pineapple and pine in the aroma. This is quite spicy smelling with a lot of citrus and just plain fresh hop leaf aroma to it.

The taste begins strong and very hoppy with a strong melon flavor. Quite spicy and strong the strong melon taste hangs around. Lots of floral flavors in the aftertaste here it is almost perfumed. Through out this is a Super IPA that does not become harsh at all.

Mouthfeel is good.

Highly drinkable for the hopheads of the world. Very strongly hopped but very tasty. In the same class as Pliny The Younger and Dreadnaught.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 03:38:34 | More by Zorro
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BMoney575

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2-10-07
Batch 7690
Bottled on 10-25-06

Pours a very cool almost neon-orange color with a head that goes away quickly.

Smell is of strong citrusy hops, very sweet and syrupy.

Taste is absolutely unreal. Grapefruit, lemon, dominate at first followed by a hoppy bite and a smooth alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel is also fantastic, thick and syrupy it coats the palate and you can still taste it long after.

Drinkability is good, if you like DIPAs, although it's pretty intense.

Overall, this beer is the benchmark against which I will compare all other DIPAs in the future. A tremendous balance of sweet and bitter, it is a beer every BA should try.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 03:07:06 | More by BMoney575
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle

Thanks to my girlfriend Nari for bringing this one back from Ohio.

Poured a murky, glowing amber with a small, fizzy, off-white head that quickly faded. Some spotty drips of lacing trickled down the glass.

Smell was mild and had an almost medicinal-like quality initially. As the beer warmed, other aromas came out. Juicy, fruity, piney, grapefruit-like cascade hops along with sweet malts (a nice balance between bitter and sweet.) Some candi and brown sugars were also detectable.

The taste was also amazingly well balanced. Hoppy from start to finish with a solid malt backbone. Sweet, creamy malts up front before the hops kicked in. Intense, citrusy hops later took on a rich and potent grapefruit-like quality on the back end. Finish was clean, crisp and moderately dry, yet refreshing.

Body was medium to full for the style, with a super rich and creamy mouthfeel that felt like a blanket on my tongue.

Drinkability of this beer was outstanding. Unlike most DIPA's, the aromas and flavors in this one did not slap me in the face. Additionally, the 9.3% ABV was barely noticeable.

Overall, this was one of the most pleasant tasting, well-balanced and easy-drinking DIPA's I have sampled.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 02:28:50 | More by Damian
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok so this is the best DIPA that I have had by far at least untill this point.
Not a lot going with the appearance althought it was quite syrupy which made me happy.
Smell and taste were quite good, just straight-forward slamming of hops in the throat, which the lack of any complexity is what keeps this from being a 5.
Mouthfeel is fantastic, syrupy as expected and lots.
Drinkability is quite good, expecially for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 23:50:14 | More by supercolter
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy copper with some light dregs making it into the glass.
A quarter inch of white head peaked before deminishing to a skim coat with some streaks and dots of lacework.
Aromatics are fairly pungent with a big grassy, mossy note preluding the bursting citrus profile. The earthy, leafy accent is almost funky and hints at a heavy dose of dry-hopping. A heavy tangerine wave followed by pear juice and candied grapefruit round out the nose.
The mouthfeel is lightish but still sticky and crisp.
The palate is fairly dry, with loads of zesty citrus and hints of spruce. Mangoes, orange zest, apricots, and melons come to mind, and a extremely light malt character is key to the balance.
Bitterness is mild, firm, and smooth..Right on.
Finishes with lingering fruit, some mild warmth and a lingering dry, crisp snap.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 00:39:43 | More by brewandbbq
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cabsandking

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Hazy golden/copper color and a spotty off white cap that actually has some stick to it. The nose is fruity, spicy hops, citric, grapefruit and a strong alcohol tinge. Tastes of bitter, dry, spicy hops, pithy fruit characters, and an impenetrable alcohol burn. Barley malt balance, piney, and some resiny turpentine notes. Full body and medium mouthfeel has some chew to it followed by some cloying. The finish is good with fruity, peppery character but much of the alcohol carried over is a little overwhelming. Flavor is good but the alcohol burn makes this a hard one to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 00:26:04 | More by cabsandking
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jlh8643

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pub pint. A one finger vanilla cream head with bits of hop suspended in it. Fine carbonation, not a lot but its there. Very piney with a bunch of citrus. Slick citrus hops coat the tongue with a bite in the middle to back. Moderately sweet body with a long hop finish. Worth trying but not top of the heap.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 21:33:19 | More by jlh8643
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brewmanDJ

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured in a standard pint glass.

A-Poured a nice 2 finger head. Hazy light amber color. Leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S-Wow, the hops slam your nose - It's like shoving hop pellets in your nose.

T-Starts off with a big sweet maltiness, then the hops slam your pallette like a sledgehammer. This is a big beer.Very balanced though, it doesn't taste like it's 9%, more like 6%. Very dangerous.

M- Med. to full bodied.

D- Very drinkable, Very balanced, but I couldn't have more than a few without burning my pallette off. The $12 a six pack price also would deter me from drinking this except for special occasions

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 15:28:33 | More by brewmanDJ
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light amber color with strong visibility of carbonation. It has a quater inch white head, that has very good retention. What an incredible aroma, strong hop scents, with citrus, pine, and earthy fragrances attack the nose. Malt starts the flavor off well, then it blends into this intense hop flavor. The hops start slowly with a light citrus flavor, it then it gradually becomes more pronounced as it reaches every taste bud on the palate. A light feel on the tip of the tongue, but it gains heftiness as it flows towrds the back of the throat. Quite frankly, this is an amazing beer, incredible aroma, intense flavor (106 IBU's !), make this a must try beer for any hophead out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 03:52:10 | More by cameraman
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Sudsdog for this treat.

Poured translucent gold with a small, white head. The head retains well with lots of visible carbonation in the glass. The beer is hazy, with lots of floaties. You can practically see the hop oil in this one, boy am I pumped!

The aroma is nothing short of a pungent hop bomb. Citrus, pine, fresh earthy pine, grass and sweet pineapple barely allow a bit of malt character creep through. This is a hop head delight!

Pink grapefruit and pineapple flirt with the sweet malt backbone. Again, the senses are treated to an abundance of pine and hop bitterness. The hop flavors are so fresh and poignant that one would think this to be a product of Randall The Enamel Animal. Amazingly, this gem comes from a bottle.

The medium/full body has an almost creamy mouthfeel from the fizzy carbonation and the light viscosity. Sublimely drinkable.

If I crave hops, this is my beer...and what a beer it is!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 03:45:18 | More by Estarrio
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap! I absolutely love this beer! Without a doubt the best IPA I've had. I can't wait until it hits Iowa City, if indeed it does (it's supposed to). Many thanks to my roommate, Dave (Hoptongue) for bringing this back home from his most recent beer excursion. Even though he probably isn't reading this... douche.

Anyways... The beer pours to a nice clear golden yellow color, only a slight haze to it. Nice pillowy white head with a spotty lace. Carbonation is moderate, as is head retention.

I can smell the hops in this beer from a mile away. That being said, there is plenty of malt to bring it back to balance without being overly sticky and sweet, such as something like Goose Island IIPA. A boatload of centennial, plus maybe amarillo or one or more of the newer high alpha strains such as simcoe. In any case, it has a huge grapefruit, orange, and tangerine aroma. Quite floral as well. Plenty of specialty malt behind it. Caramel, aromatic and pale. A bit bready. Even a hint of lemon zest. Reminds me of Two Hearted on crack, acid, and speed, and probably some other drugs I've never heard of.

The taste is every bit as satisfying. Has the same elements of the nose, but it is neither too sweet and sticky nor too bitter. Just the P-E-R-F-E-C-T balance. It's almost like drinking a carbonated Naked/Odwalla juice, but much dryer and thinner, and definitely more crisp. The aftertaste lingers forever with the perfect hop flavor.

The body is quite thick, though fairly dry and crisp. The carbonation is gentle on the palate, however. If this beer is really 9.3% it doesn't even come close to drinking like it. More like 6% in terms of drinkability. I could easily put down a six pack of this in a night, but it would be quite expensive, and I'm sure the alcohol would eventually catch up with me despite it seeming so easy to drink. I can't possibly put in to words how much I love this beer, so I'll keep it at that. If you can get some, then do so.

(batch # 7775)

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 08:44:35 | More by neonbrown82
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JDK

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've tried even being on the expensive side, $14.99 for a 6 pack. Very, very hoppy with a strong grapefruit aftertaste that lingers for a little while. Nice carbonation and the alcohol does not jump out at you but at 9.30% you'll probably notice it more the first time you stand up. While there are a few other DIPA's out there for less $$, this is a hard-to-find item where some stores are only getting in a couple of cases for the whole season.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 18:51:22 | More by JDK
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took the bottle from the fridge and poured it right into my glass. Cloudy yellow/light amber color with a whitish/yellow head. Good head retention. Strong citrusy smell - mostly like oranges, and this came through in the flavor a little as well. Almost tasted a little of orange rind with the hop bitterness on the end. Pretty well balanced bitterness and maltiness produced an above average flavor. Medium/full body with medium/light carbonation. Very drinkable beer for me. Only the 2nd DIPA I've tasted, and I liked this one much better than the first.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 02:18:11 | More by BeerCheese
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jhicks12

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beer poured a nice cloudy straw yellowish color with a nice pillow white head. Nice lace on the glass.

Smell: Very lively, Citrus, tangerine orange floral pine like aroma.

Taste: Nice floral and citrus taste, very enjoyable hop flavor without punching you in the face with bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Again a lively nice feel.

Drinkability: This is a great double IPA. I feel that the hops flavor is great and really displays a nice citrus floralness of the hops with out huge bitterness. Even my finance could tolerate it!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 16:33:27 | More by jhicks12
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, batch 7690

A slightly cloudy golden color. Little bits of yeast floating. Thick white head, over an inch thick that settles to leave a prominent lace.

Big time grapefruit, pineapple, and pine needles.

Very heavy grapefruit, pineapple flavor. Big and bold hop presence. Waves and waves of juicy tropical fruit. Some dry pine needles in the finish, but really just uppercuts of hops with each sip.

Medium feel, smooth but with chewy hops. Enjoyable.

The 9% is not to be taken lightly. This is easily drinkable, but the abv can sneak up on you.

A very well-crafted dipa that really introduced me to the big boys of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 07:11:04 | More by ColForbinBC
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westweasel

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out an attractive apricot-straw color that is likely cloudy from all of the hop resins. It was covered with about a half-inch of white head, that left belgian lace all the way down the glass.

This beer has a wonderful hop nose with intense scents of lemon and grapefruit. The taste is an excellent example of a double IPA with a strong malt backbone holding up under strong bitterness. There is a strong lemon and grapefruit taste mixed in with caramel and a bready, buttermilk biscuit flavor.

The mouthfeel is definitely full with a bitter finish.

This beer is pretty drinkable - even with the strong bitterness. It might be hard to drink more than two though.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 03:06:35 | More by westweasel
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kmcnair

California

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Huge sharp citrus hops jump right out of the glass. Tangerine, grapefruit, orange, very well established hop character. Well done, very pleasant and meets all the marks for an Imperial IPA

Appearance - Slightly cloudy, pale coppery hue, makes a faint offwhite persistent head.

Flavor - American hops are dominant with citrus fruity hop esters. Bitterness is assertive yet balanced. Malt character is subdued, yet strong enough to not be completely drowned out by the hop intensity. Clean, dry finish with a long lasting pleasant hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied, mildly astringent, medium-high carbonation. Smooth alcohol warming on the palate.

Overall Impression - This is a well crafted imperial IPA. The malty backbone is appropriately overshadowed by intense citrusy hop character. This is crisp, well attenuated and refreshing. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 07:53:36 | More by kmcnair
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7690, poured to a standard pint.

A: Frothy/pillowy 1-1/2 finger head of off-white cream. Cloudy/hazy, funk-filled yellow-orange colored ale.

S: Big, heady sweet malt aroma, followed by loads of citrusy/spicy hops. A wonderfully sweet & completely appetizing smell...

T: Yes, loads of piney & citrusy hops, but with ample sweet barley/grain malty sweetness. Oh man, so well balanced - a juicy citrus burst of oranges & grapefruit wrapped within a caramel malt blanket. Really wonderful.

M: Has some syrupy sweetness and a little bit of stickiness, but a full & carbonated mouthfeel, minimal clinging hop bitterness, and overall a rounded fullness. Overall, this is rich, full and somewhat viscous.

D; Fantastic brew overall. This is a Double IPA I could come back to again & again. Highly recommended!

Received this fine brew from zrrbrrt, another followed from sman262. Thanks to both of you!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 06:35:15 | More by msubulldog25
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I've drank so much of this stuff!
Poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Pours a golden amber color with a slight 1/2 inch head. Plenty of suspended "flakies" in the glass. Plenty of very good lacing is left on the glass.
Smell is of citrus hops and just a tad of piney hops.
Taste is incredibly juicy. A refreshing taste that has plenty of hop presence. It's just a tad bitter, but it's so juicy that it's balanced well.
This is a very easy drinking beer. You don't even notice the alcohol at all. This is a highly sessionable beer. As I've drank many of these on several occasions.
This is another great beer from Bells. This is worth seeking out. Especially at it's price point, it's an easy choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 01:42:25 | More by FtownThrowDown
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,537 ratings.