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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

11,121 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,121
Reviews: 3,324
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,255
Gots: 2,319 | 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: 11,121 | Reviews: 3,324 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Jevans2354
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WMbeer
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timfromthemainland
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of artvandelay44
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of adapt313
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks like summer. Always a nice treet when hopslam comes out to break up the snowy months but I've always kind of wished bell's would switch around hopslam and oracle on the release schedule. Smells like pine, peaches, citrus, and honey. Tastes of fresh floral hops, stone fuits, pine, and honey. Drinks incredibly balanced and smooth and there is just of malty honey sweetness to balance out the bold hop profile but not get sticky sweet or syrupy. Crisp, refreshing, and super drinkable for a 10% hopbomb.

Photo of do_ob
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/20/2015. Sampled and reviewed on March 3, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Pours a nice goldenrod/dark yellow color with barely any head at all. Minimal lacing. Low/moderate carbonation. Smells of hops, pine, and sweet fruit (grapefruit, apples, oranges, mango). Light bodied, and very lively on the palate. Very smooth for 10%. Initial taste is bitter hops with hints of pine, citrus, and orange peel. Settles into a mild, tart sweetness, then another kick of hops and bitterness on the back end.

A great DIPA. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Not the best I've had, but far from the worst. I'd probably pick up a 6 pack if I could find one.

Photo of pharmboi89
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of labattblueribbon
3.41/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Unfortuately i've had this beer on two different occasions, one incredibly fresh, one not so much, both disappointed. This beer just hasn't had the the flavor to stack up against other great DIPAS. Very drinkable though.

Photo of Urs
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mkmarth
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bob_skywalker
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of meb3476
3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MHoe
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Marko84
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Never poured into a glass so idk about look. Who cares about look anyway. This is just some immaculate...erm...stuff. Last year I held this in very regard, challenging the best of the best. Made it a point to secure a case this time. I've never had it's like. Call it a double ipa or whatever, the sweetness of honey makes this beer shine. February is a great time for those of us who look for non-winter-warmers, and hopslam is just that. Can't wait til july to have one outside. A question I always ask to beer folks is...'if you were on death row, and got to pick your last meal and the beer to go along with it, what would that beer be?' KBS, heady, etc. are the typical responses. Give me Hopslam. It is my #1.

Photo of liveforbeer
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woogidyboogidy
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Korbynlehr
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dmandrick
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlyssaMk22
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Totally worth the 20 bucks for a 6 pack!

Photo of mwbbq
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,121 ratings.