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Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
98
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3,429 Reviews
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Avg:
4.44
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

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Photo of THECPJ
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/25/2011

A: citrus hops, sweetness, hint of grapefruit

Ap: golden-orange with a 1 fingher white head, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, well-balanced, smooth

Af: citrus hops and malty sweetness, the taste does not stick around very long

O: hopped up/sweeter version of Bell's Two Hearted.

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this poor bottle had a protracted wait, as it took FOREVER for my trade with jnn4v to come through (was originally expecting arrival in early march, but ended up having to wait until MID-MAY). some of his reasons were understandable, some not as much. supposedly it was kept in the fridge most of the time though.

12oz bottle w batch code 8913. tasted in mid/late may 2009.

orangey honey amber. slightly hazy despite decanting. 1.5-finger foamy off-white head, gradually fades to constant thin wispy layer. great lacing, curtain-like in the 2nd half.

aroma: piney, citrus rind hops, still decently fresh, with citrus fruit notes, although starting to get dull and resinous. caramelized malt underneath but focus remain on the hops, even now.

taste: still quite hoppy and relatively fresh, just not uber-fresh like i remember from the tap. a bit more towards the resinous side of the spectrum, with pine and citrus rind, and less of the floral and citrus zest characters. doesn't blend as well with the honey and caramelized malt as a result, the way the fresh draft version did. moderate to boldly bitter, with resinous tones. hints of apple esters.

medium body, smooth, almost syrupy. punctuated by resinous astringency. prickly, moderate carbonation helps with creamy texture.

part of this score will be influenced by my impressions of the draft keg i had multiple samples of at EBF 09. one of the highlights of that event, actually.

a shame that the hops are so fragile. will have to seek a more timely trade next year.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Batch #10093. Reviewed Today out of a Tulip glass.

A - Clear Copper color with a finger of off white head that faded at a normal speed.

S - Smell of Honey, Grapefruit, Citrus Flowers, Grass, Pine, and Hops.

T - Tastes of Caramel, Honey, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Pine Sap, and Citrus Rind.

M - Sticky, Heavy Bitter, Alcoholic, and Sweeter than expected.

D - This is a better batch than last year inwhich i did not review since i probably would have given it a C.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly bright orange color with modest head and good lacing.

Great aroma with very prominent tangerine and grapefruit and just a touch of pine.

Citrus hops dominate the initial taste and merge into a sweetness that seems to reflect the use of honey in the recipe. A pleasant, astringent hop bitterness shows on the finish and subsides into a lingering sweetness.

Juicy, round mouthfeel with a body that seems light for the alchohol content. Dangerously drinkable for the alcohol, but the sweetness builds to overtake the experience and forms a natural brake on drinking this beer too quickly.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run. Always nice to try a beer like this on tap and see how it stacks up to the bottled version. Served in a 10 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, crisp, golden orange bodied brew, capped by a slightly off-white, foamy head of above-average retention. Fine bubbled and sparse carbonation is evident if you hold it up to the light, creeping slowly upwards. The lacing is similarly impressive, spongy and sheetlike, and very attractive.

Aroma: Huge hops, but did you expect anything different? Enormous, juicy pineapple and ruby red grapefruit notes, backed up by gigantic spicy pine, hints of mint and earthy herbal notes, and a sweet, earthy, syrupy malt backbone. The honey definitely comes through, complete with hints of a clove-like spice. A faint kiss of darker roast in the finish.

Taste: Moderate to moderately-heavy bitterness, in case you were wondering what 100+ IBUs tastes like. A beautiful spicy pine and lightly tart grapefruit zest combo, honey-like and pale malts, a faint bready, doughy roast, orange zest, and other miscellaneous tart notes round it out. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as it probably should be, given that it's made with enough honey and malt to back up the hop schedule while still being drinkable. There's plenty of prickly, light effervescence, too, resulting in a slightly crisp but slightly uneven mouth.

Drinkability: At 10.0% abv, this one's (of course) not one to take lightly, but no need for me to tell you that - the flavors make that known easily enough. One of the classics, and deservedly - it's a tasty, aromatic hop monster, surprisingly quaffable, gorgeous, and a delight to the senses. Try it.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

For my first real beer review, I'm taking pains to make sure I get everything right: correct glassware (properly cleaned and air dried), right temperature (approximated as best as I can), and an earnest attempt to completely cleanse my palate before I start. I have had some very good experiences with this beer in the past, and I want to do it justice and write the best review I can. I'm nervous and excited to get to work!

Thanks to the handy "batch search" on bellsbeer.com, I was able to deduce that this particular bottle of Hopslam was brewed on January 20, 2009, which is almost exactly 2 months prior to today's date.

Upon opening the bottle, I am immediately greeted (treated) to whiffs of sweet candied pineapple. There is a huge bone white head that prevents me from pouring the whole bottle into my tulip glass at once. The appearance of the beer is a beautiful light/medium light orange; it's not what I would call incredibly cloudy, but not it's really not transparent either, just in between.

The nose is amazing, almost overpoweringly fruity, but in a good way. I love fruit! Candied pineapple and grapefruit, mostly, with a little caramel to round it out, and a nice floral undercurrent. A lot of beers have these kinds of aromas, but none to the degree of Hopslam. I mean, you cannot miss the bouquet of fruit here, due simply to its sheer force. I have to say, the smell is my favorite part of this beer. Every time I go in for another sip (and consequently have to stick my nose in the glass), almost want to exclaim "Oh my dear Lord!" out loud. It just smells that good, even towards the end of the glass!

Spice hits the tongue hard. At the start of the sip, bitterness is predominant. After the swallow, you can finally taste that sought after sweet, sweet pineapple, citrus and a bit of caramel, then the floral flavor and more bitterness on the finish and a bit of a bite from the alcohol. This beer asserts itself and lets you know who you're dealing with. This is a nice, complex ale. Hopslam is right up there with the best DIPAs I've ever tried, however it seems that with this sampling, the smell is better than the taste for me. I don't remember the alcohol flavor being this strong in previous Hopslams I've enjoyed. Then again, I don't think I've ever had it at the proper temperature before. At about the halfway mark, this thing is hitting me pretty hard. This is a serious beer! I would not recommend drinking it on a day when you have something important to do. And, when drinking it, be sure to keep a glass of water close at hand, because this little guy's gonna make you very thirsty. And you better pace yourself if you're planning on drinking 12 oz. or more!

Medium mouthfeel: not too weak, but not too chewy, seems just about right for the style.

I've had more "drinkable" Hopslams in the past, but that was probably because it was served at too cold of a temperature. You can really feel the 10% ABV at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The strong alcohol flavor is the only thing that is compelling me to deduct a couple of points for drinkability, but it's making a good argument. But, oh! Those sweet, sweet pineapples! I love it!

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Photo of turfy
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beauty in a trade with rhodeska. Poured into a SN tulip glass, with a mostly clear, orange color with a thinnish head and light lacing. The smell was one of strong orange and pineapple with a touch of grapefruit. My first thoughts on tasting were 'sweet' and 'orange', which was followed with a nice balance of bitterness. A moderate to heavy mouthfeel, perhaps because of the sweetness. Fairly drinkable, although it may take me a few to get used to the sweeter than normal taste of most of the brews I enjoy. Definitely a Top 100 brew and glad I was able to finally enjoy it!

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Lighter golden color and white head, certainly lighter than expected.
The aroma was unlike anything I've had before. The sheer volume of citrus, esp. grapefruit, and pine is truly unbelievable. I'm talking grapefruit smoothie. Great taste, the honey helps round out the malt, perhaps too much and just a bit too sweet for my liking, but nonetheless a pretty special beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Props to Jeff at Case and Keg in Boca.
Slightly hazy copper color. Off-white head is there, but unassuming.

Interesting...I thought I would smell just a hop explosion, but I also get plenty of malts and the honey is readily apparent as well. Hints of clover, grapes, figs and grape-nuts cereal. Smells like a fresh grapefruity barleywine.

What crazy combination of hops is this? Awesome. Loads of alcohol, but it is hidden pretty well for 10%. Just the right amount of honey makes a great combination with the bitterness. Hints of raw carrots and figs.

Very unique, very strong and very tasty! This one gets better as it warms too.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle probably about 8 months old. Pours hazy dark gold with very little head. Aroma of honey and lavender. Incredibly sweet caramel and honey flavor followed by an almost stinging bitter finsh. Medium body with quite a bit of activity on the tongue. Very complex and almost reminiscent of a west coast barley wine. Would love to taste it fresh. ABV is hidden extremely well!

Rerate on 1/21/10 for 2010 12oz bottle batch 9470. Ppurs clear golden yellow, small white head, fantastic lacing. Aroma is dominated by pineapple with hints of peach, vanilla, and a little raspberry. Definitely the fruitiest non-citrus aroma I've ever smelled from an ipa. Taste is just mild sweetness, then a huge clean bitterness, with a feeling of a bitter tea finish. Good carb with great effervescence and incredibly drinkable for the ABV. Definitely way better fresh.

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Photo of klikger
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Golden with a slight amount of haze, small white head which shrinks quickly, and good lacing

S - Grapefruit, pineapple, and honey --> floral hops and a little orange

T - Orange peel, pine and floral hops --> juicy, fresh grapefruit, smooth caramel --> bitter citrus hops and sweet honey

M - Decent carb, thick mouthfeel for an IPA, and pretty sticky

D - A sipper of a DIPA, but more than one is probably doable given time.

This is a tasty beer and much different (and better) fresh vs. aged. Although there is a hop barrage no doubt, the malts hold their own, and keep this from being as bitter as it could be. For me, that negatively impacts the drinkability and mouthfeel. That having been said, this tastes great and is definitely worth an annual purchase, if only of a couple bottles.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice head, very clear yellow, head leaves some lace but nothing special.

Wow, a grapefruit bomb! Nice hop nose, no sent of malt, but it must be there.

It tastes like a hop bomb, but the backbone malt holds it up. I still like the taste of Two Hearted better, but this is pretty well balanced.

Nice heaviness, good bitterness, and it's got nice carbonation.

Easy to drink despite the big hops, no real sign of the 10% abv, too easy to have.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine big hoppy IPA. I don't know what it is about many of these "fresh" hop strong ales I've had, but they all seem to share similar, if not the very same, hop flavors/aromas/characteristics. Hopslam is no exception. Same hops? - DFH 90 Min and Victory Hop Wallop are other examples I look to that seem nearly indistinguishable from a hop profile standpoint.

That said, the hops show tremendous depth and expanse in the smell - 3D! Flowery - as in nose-deep in a handful of hop flowers - with fairly pungent/spicy grapefruit tones. Blended quite nicely with that is the thick biscuity malt and more than a hint of honey. The honey may largely be responsible for the cruddy head and retention and sunny golden honey glow. Tiny chill haze (or just plain haze).

The taste pretty much closely mirrors the smell, but with the presence of the malts coming more into balance with the assertive bitterness of the hops. What I love about Hop Wallop is that it's somewhat clean and dry from start to finish - the feel of this is tipped quite in the other direction, however, not to its detriment. I'm even surprised how much I dug the thickish (but a bit short of viscous), silky-smooth roll this has on the palate.

By the end, though, the hoppy/malty goodness began to show signs of building to a fever pitch, not of extra goodness, but of cheap kiddie perfume and animal urine. Thus, it wouldn't be a stretch for me to guess that another bottle wouldn't have pleased. Plus, the 10% which is all but masked throughout, decides to kick in and pickle ya. Liked it all-in-all, though, and I'd try it again. Hopheads love it, I'm sure.

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Photo of joeylopes15
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't live up to the hype, stone brewing enjoy by 3.14.15 blew it out of the water, however it is a delightful beer. I will drink it again next year because it is plentiful around me, but I will not go out of my way for it.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 2011 bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a fluffy white cap. Nose is huge on pine, some citrus rind perhaps a touch of sap. Effective hopping on the nose. Caramel malt on the front palate, then a large wash of piney hops that lasts for a good 40 seconds. Hot on the back end. As with previous batches, this has an awesome nose but the mouth is a bit off balance. The hot finish is akin to a splash of vodka.

As weird as it sounds, the best bottle of Hopslam I've had was a 2009 batch about 9 months after the release. I'll probably drink a few of these fresh and sit on a couple to see if that round, peachy profile will develop again.

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Photo of joe1510
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
$14.99 6-pack
Big Red Bloomington

Hopslam is one of those beers you can smell from a couple feet away when it's opened. Pure fruitiness. Poured this into a snifter upon opening and got myself a semi-clear copper colored hop-bomb. Not much head to speak of and there's a huge amount of floating particles. I'm guessing proteins. This is my fourth bottle from this 6-pack and the first two I don't remember seeing this but the last one I did. I also remember better heads but this one just wasn't there. Maybe a little too cold? Big and little carbonation bubbles rising from random points throughout. The head there is does leave small drink history lines though. The particles and lack of head hurt the appearence of this beer.

The smell does make up for the lack of appearence. Starts with big juicy pineapple and grapefruit. I can just picture them squeezing the juice into each bottle. Maybe that's where the particles came from, pulp. Anyways, There is even a nice spattering of pine oil. The pine comes through after all the fruit juiciness. There's the smallest amount of malt and booze coming through but the hops knock it all back. One of the beers that will make your mouth water.

Big hop bitterness. Just the way I like things. The fruitiness in the flavor leans more toward the grapefruit side. Sweetened grapfruit but with the bittering effects of unsweetened. There is a caramel malt backbone that tames things down slightly but stays where it should, in the back. The pine needle hoppiness comes back a little on the finish but it's accompanied by a slightly astringent alcohol bite that dries things out. This is something else I don't remember from the first couple bottles but was more evident in the last. Not bad but does detract slightly from the flavor.

The mouthfeel is really well done on Hopslam. It's medium bodied and in no way viscous like many other IIPAs. The pure hoppiness gives a pleasant numbing effect on the tongue and lips. Leaves a decent coating as it slides through.

This is one to sit down and sip but the sipping could last quite awhile. tastes good with a nice body to sit and enjoy a couple at a time. Just watch out for the abv.

This is a quality made beer and another winner from Bell's. Like I said throughout the review the first couple bottles from the 6-pack were better in almost every aspect. I picked this up about two weeks ago and it's been in the fridge so aging shouldn't be it. I still really enjoy this but the first couple bottles were exceptional. I still think the price is solid for such a nicely made beer and that it was available in Illinois.

Slainte!

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Photo of Efay
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a sixer today and had to try the craze. Poured in a pint glass.

A- Not so much head, only about a finger worth and there is not much retention. Whats left of the head is a light layer of white foam over the body. Now the beer was light amber in color, and transparent. Carbonation bubbles rose to the top from the bottom. A beautiful beer.

S- Pine is dominant, but is complimented with sweet tangerine and honey. There's a hint of light malt at the end, but it is very minor.

T- When I took my first sip, I had a rush of hops that attacked my palate, which dried up my whole mouth. This thing bites! Pine, pine, and more pine; this hop attack is ruthless. Some honey comes through, as well as some citrus, but the pine just dominates this. Even when my mouth is empty, my palate has this bitter aftertaste.

M- This beer is dangerously smooth and light.

O- This beer packs a punch! If you're a hophead you have to get your hands on this. However, I believe that a good beer isn't rated on just its IBU, and beers need a medium of flavors. This beer delivered a punch, but lacked complexity on a taste level. Great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of timc100
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge astringent aroma of pineapple, mango, pink grapefruit and some peach. There is a bit of resin as well. Some nice malty sweetness - I assume due to the honey. The taste explodes of astringent tropical fruits and some hop resins. The body on this is perfect for a big DIPA - medium-full, rounded, and coating.

Very drinkable hop explosion of a beer that is somehow perfectly balanced.


2015 batch - lacks the aromatic punch that I remember, more card-boardy and the taste is one-dimensional, though that dimension tastes very good.

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Photo of scott
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

V.06

Very lovely golden orange highlighted by a terrific spritzy head that lasted for a while, and laced nicely.
Smell of intense (but not pungeant) floral/citric profiles. Clean and direct.
Taste is similar to nose, but not overly bittered by hops. Dry and refreshing.
Nicely carbonated and not bogged down by malt.
This is a great beer, and so pleasant and unassuming that it could be raised daily.
I like this. Yet again, Bell's delivers.

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Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hayesez for this!

A- honey, orange gold. White head and no lacing.

N- Crisp clean hops. Citrus and pine hints and slight sweet malt background.

T- Very well balanced with a heavy hop influence (as the name suggests...). Lots of citrus and pine, carmel and honey on the finish.

M- Very full and refreshing. Very dry finish.

D- Very good representation and easy to drink. Cant drink many given the 10%ABV....

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Photo of aepb1
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden-orange, clear body looks amazing in my beeker but the rest of the review is from my Providence Reds stein. The only thing that is not amazing is the lack-luster lacing present. Don't get me wrong, there's some lacing, but not a lot as I've seen in other beers

S- Citrusy and grassy/hay hops, sweet finish

T- Bitter hops bite in the front, sweet citrus and honeyed middle, bitter citrus finish/aftertaste. Really good balance between the bitter beginning and end and the sweet middle

M- Medium body with appropriate level of carbonation

D- Very easy to drink and definitely something I'll seek out annually but not the very best IPA I've had.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 01/16/13. Drank 04/14/13

Golden orange colored beer. Nice white head. So-so retention, great lacing.

Aroma is nice, but not as hoppy as I imagine a fresher bottle would be. More to the malty side. Sweet, kinda hoppy aroma.

Same with the flavor. The beer is plenty bitter, but not as much hoppy flavor as I'm assuming a fresher bottle would have.

Medium bodied. Carbonation feels harsh when coupled with the bitterness. Dry, everlasting finish.

After looking for a while, I finally found a liquor store with a few bottles of this beer left in stock, so I bought one. This bottle is nearly three months old, I'm sure the hoppy flavor and aroma I was looking for was much more prominent two months ago. There's always next year.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beauty! Many thanks to tat2dhllblly for this!

Hazy golden orange on the pour, which produces a frothy off-white two finger head that has great retention and nice spongy lacing.

Smell is lots of pine, with equal parts citrus (mostly tangy orange). There is definitely an earthy sweet note from the honey which adds nicely to the malt backbone balance.

Lots of tangy, sweet oranges on the taste. That honey compliments the citrus semi-sweet tang very nicely. The finish is a spicy, bitter hop note.

The feel is creamy, medium in body, with a nice crispness to it. Definitely goes down easy, and has a nice coating quality.

Drinkability is great. This is a big ABV brew, but I couldn't notice it at all.

Great DIPA. Since this gem was en route to me before new years, I have to assume it is last years batch. Still, it was very complex and the hop profile appears to be holding strong. I will be seeking out a freshy asap!

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Photo of psuKinger
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #10,115 was bottled on 1/11/2011, meaning this six-pack is 9 days old. Pretty fresh, I must say... really excited about this guy. Let's see if it lives up to the hype. Bottle poured into my Stone shaker-pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy moderate-orange golden color with a frothy 1-finger head on top of it.

S: Wow. I could smell this guy before I even tipped the bottle up to pour it into my glass. Huge smell of grapefruit, pine, and maybe a hint of a mango citrus going on as well. Just an amazing smelling beer.

T: Hop-heads rejoice. Grapefruit and citrus hops rush in at the start of this, and are quickly met by some dank bitterness in the middle. This gives way to a sweetened malt backbone which shows up at the end to say goodbye as this washes away. I'll be honest, I'm surprised by just how present that malt-sweetness is on the finish. I've had limited experiences with this brew in other releases, and I don't remember picking up on a such a malt sweetness on the back end.

The 10% ABV is completely hidden here.

M: Carbonation levels in this beer seemed perfectly tingly and delightful. This beer finishes with a big dry-hop presence and malt sweetness, leaving your mouth dry and wanting more.

D: This is an excellent brew. I love the hop presence here. The only knock I have is that the malt-sweetness on the finish is more pronounced than I'd like. Overall, a very good brew from Bell's.

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Photo of treehouse
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

applejuice in color...no head

lemon, hops and honey on the nose....a bit o magnolia too

mouthed...easy..hop forward but not overbearing...grapefruit...white grape juice..
an all day drinker...

comforting

doesn't taste like a "bruiser of an ale" as the bottle claims....could be my lupulin threshold shift...

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
98 out of 100 based on 3,429 ratings.