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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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8,807 Ratings

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Ratings: 8807
Reviews: 3089
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%

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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4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/16/14. Another gem from my friend BigStein88.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear amber with an inch tall white head which receded to heavy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus.

t: Powerful citrus bite up front over a medium malt base. Very tasty, bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue but mellows out later, although hop power reemerges towards the end. You'd never know this is 10% ABV except for a mild throat burn.

m: Medium to full. Carbonation tingle persists.

o: Superb DIPA, far superior to the Two Hearted I have had. No wonder this is so hard to find.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 06:38:17 | More by scotorum
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4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfect color with a nice golden brown, and off white head.
S: I smell a lot of citrus with a bit of pine and honey
T: Very hoppy upfront but balance with a citrus fruit taste. Even with the high abv i can barely taste any alcohol.
M: Feels a bit heaver in mouth but still a nice smooth clean finish

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 00:46:14 | More by GinjaSlice
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New York

4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1.17.2014

Appearance - golden color beer with dense white head

Smell - tangerine, honey, mango, grapefruit

Taste - mango, grapefruit, pineapple, honey, nectarine

Mouthfeel - heavier end of medium bodied, sweet, sticky, heavy carbonation, bitterness is present yet balances out the honey sweetness, smooth especially considering the ABV

Overall - one of the few that actually lives up to the hype. Good IPA - recommended

Price Point - $17.49/6 pack 12 oz bottles

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 20:27:10 | More by keithmurray
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4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, I got very lucky last night and was able to find a case of this!

Serving Type: Straight from bottle. I love drinking beer from the bottle but the correct way to drink this beer is from a snifter. I'm looking to buy a Hopslam snifter soon.

Appearance: Golden - Typical IPA

Smell: Sweet, Hops, Honey. IPA brewed with Honey, you can smell the sweetness.

Taste: Honey, citrus, alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very thick IPA, smooth, clean, finishes well.

Overall: My favorite IPA, nothing comes close to Hopslam. Ages well.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 20:05:37 | More by Tasmith5bsu
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4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My thanks to my trading friend JohnParadee for this wonderful bottle.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a wonderful medium amber with a touch of haze. Minimal head dissipates quickly.
Aromas are epic. Sticky, sugary hops. Sweet tropical fruit especially mango. Mild breadiness.
Taste is delicious. Right in line with aromas. Dank, yet bright hoppiness. Clean flavors and very nicely balanced. Minimal bitterness. Enough to satisfy though.
Mouthfeel was slightly sticky. Very nice!
Overall, this was a wonderful DIPA. In line with Sculpin or Gandhi Bot only BETTER! It was sticky and dank and bright and utterly delicious. WOW!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:20:09 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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Ontario (Canada)

4.86/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Props to Kevin from Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. for hooking me up with this gem.

A - Pours a clear golden colour with the slightest haziness, finger of head, decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet and fruity hop notes, hints of pine and sweet lemon.

T - Delicious flavour profile, floral hops, cotton candy, sweet lemon iced tea, candied sugar and caramel comes through alongside a lingering citrus bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - At 10%, this stuff is dangerously drinkable and smooth. Loads of flavour, incredibly well hidden ABV and one of the best examples of the style I've tried. Simply fantastic and definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:28:00 | More by andrenaline
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4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I waited, waited and waited some more for this beer to hit Florida, it had two release dates set back here in Jacksonville before finally quietly hitting shelves this past Wednesday. The hunt for this beer was a good rush from wondering "When will it be here?," "Will I be able to get my hands on a 6pack?," to, "I see it down the aisle!," "It's in my possession, I have it! The day is mine Trebek!" It was alot of fun just scouting and finding this beer.

That said, from all the hype Hopslam really does have quite the reputation to live up to and it totally does and kinda doesn't.

The hype around this beer adds to the lore of drinking it; it tastes of victory and the tears of defeat for those who failed to capture this brew. However for the price now that DIPAs have really come into their own all across the market, there is definitely many more and better options at much more wallet-friendly price points. Exp: DirtWolf from Victory or Stone's Enjoy By come to mind.

Enough build-up, on to the review:

Appearance: Somewhat amber in color, good head (everyone does better with more head), but not entirely murky.

Smell: Prepare your nostrils for an onslaught of tropical storm proportions. Honey, grapefruit, orange, orange peel, piney, slight alcohol scent that is hugely apparent at the first sniff.

Taste: Now this is where the fairy tale takes a slight hit. I was looking for a punch to the mouth, a Cassius Clay knockout punch of a hoppy hit to the jaw... and while it's certainly hoppy, it's extremely well balanced, and executed with precision... it somehow falls somewhat short of what I was expecting. It's so delicious, don't get me wrong, but compared to what I was hearing prior to my first sip, it didn't quite make it there. The abundance of grapefruit, orange, piney, minimal honey flavor with a dry finish comes through in full force, it just leaves a figurative bitter taste in my mouth because of the hype/price I paid for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Again, so well balanced, very easy drinker especially considering the 10%abv.
Full bodied feel, dry finish, hits all the right notes.

Overall: Such an enjoyable beer, always a welcome addition to my fridge or at my local brewery. However for the price, there are much better deals and arguably better DIPAs on the market. I believe this is an experience every craft beer nerd should have from the hunting and finding to the tasting of Hopslam, but once you've had it, there are more viable options available to you on a more regular basis. I love this beer, but I don't see me hunting it down again next year, unless it drops it's price (which is unlikely and ok.)

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 22:18:24 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed Belgian tulip

Pours a medium amber-gold with orange highlights and a dense off-white head that recedes to a thin cap with nice sticky lacing. The label says "brewed with honey" and that's obvious with the first sniff. Orange rind, tropical fruits, and a bit of pine surround the sweet malty notes.

Good, not great texture for a DIPA in my opinion. No complaints, but I prefer something a little more oily/sticky. Very nice combination of flavors. The sweet caramel and honey is there, but definitely takes a backseat to the hops. A medley of citrus leads, with mango and pineapple along the way, and some mild resinous pine support on the back end. The balance is impressive.

Did it live up to the hype? Not quite, but it wasn't far off. Dangerously smooth for a 10% DIPA and it's tame enough that a lot of non-hopheads could enjoy it. I like this beer a lot, and would never turn one down. But it's just a notch below my favorites, and for the price, I feel there are much better values to be had.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 17:05:59 | More by glass_house
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4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
2014 Vintage.

Golden orange with a short loose head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Tangerine, honey, peach, navel orange, apricot, papaya, and caramel.

Peach, apricot, tangerine, and papaya. Lighter notes of navel orange, pineapple, and lemon pith. Well balanced with a caramel and honey maltiness. Finishes with resinous pine sap, tangerine zest, and mango skin.

Full bodied, oily, smooth, sticky, and dry.

Well balanced while keeping a dry and bitter edge. Loads of hop flavor going on countered by a honey sweetness.


Bottled on 1/23/13, Consumed on 1/30/13
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Really hazy golden orange with a tiny white head that dissipates immediately.

Papaya, pineapple, tangerine, navel orange and lemon pith.

Sugar coated navel oranges, tangerine, lemon pith, papaya and pineapple juice. Caramel and honey sweetness mingle with a piney bitterness. Finishes with tangerine, orange zest, lemon rind and pine sap. Resinous pine and florals linger on.

Medium-full bodied, oily, slick, juicy, bitter and dry. Light-medium carbonation keeps everything crisp.

Tropical/Citrus bomb! Juicy with loads of hop flavor. Excellent balance achieved with the caramel malts and honey. Incredibly easy drinking at 10%.

There have been some criticisms about this year’s different batches so I've decided to re-review. The 1/23/13 is drinking fine in my opinion, although it does seem to be lacking a little flavor. This is still an awesome beer worth seeking out.


Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an orangey gold with 1 finger of head that quickly vanishes. Very low carbonation and spotty lacing. Excellent clarity.

N: The orange citrus is out of control on this one; Navel orange, tangerine and clementine. Lemon, honey sweetness and caramel all back this up nicely. Hints of pineapple and papaya are also apparent. Very aromatic.

T: Pineapple, papaya and tangerine are upfront. Mid-palate shows deliciously sweet honey, rich caramel, lemon, orange cream and clementine. The finish is much like a juicy navel orange only a lot more bitter. Pine sneaks its way in there as well. The honey persists to linger.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, smooth, juicy, sticky and bitter.

O: This is a must try DIPA. Drinks incredibly easy at 10% and can be extremely dangerous. Alcohol makes no appearance. Amazingly juicy with both citrus and tropical fruits. The honey adds the perfect balance to this brew. This is Bell's masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 15:14:41 | More by justintcoons
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5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer ever. I look forward to its release every year. A little limited in the Philly market if you want a whole case. Shangy's in Emaus always gets it, but it's first come first serve and sells out in one day. How long do these comments need to be?

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 12:11:18 | More by joepenrice
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4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely only of my all time favorites. There are many imitators out there, but HopSlam has a very specific and unmistakable balance - a perfect blend of bright, bitter, and hoppy notes.

I must admit to hoarding as much of this as I can during the winter months, and then crying myself to sleep when it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 03:31:58 | More by MarkRDucks
Photo of Paincane


4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber gold with an off-white head that leaves a beautiful lattice of lacing. Excellent head retention.
S: Floral, grapefruit and honey aromas comprise a delightful nose.
T: Nose opens up to sweet malt, honey, alcohol & pine flavors.
M: Smooth, clean body with a dry finish.
O: Perfect balance & clean bitter finish. Spot on!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 23:06:36 | More by Paincane
Photo of FLima


4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber golden color with a thick beige head with low retention but leaving a constant ring.
Nice aroma of grapefruit, peaches, slightly toasted malts, bread and caramels.
Supreme flavor of grapefruits, tangerines, overripe pineapple, mango, tea bags, resin, American yeast, spices, honey, flowers and pine. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 10% abv is timid against its bold flavors.
Definitely one of the best Double IPA around, not overly sweet, bold but balanced, tasty, original and hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 19:24:00 | More by FLima
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 edition. I had a 12 ounce pour ($8) at RFD in Washington DC. Time to find out if this is the real deal, or "Hypeslam".

The pour produced a frothy, off white head. The color is bright orange,almost amber and very clear. The lacing was thick and solid up and down the tulip glass.

The smell had every hop aroma imaginable. Loads of all kinds of tropical fruits were first followed by the pine. Very nice orange fragrance as well. Although I couldn't find the honey aroma but there was a small caramel sweetness from the malt.

So far so good.

The taste had pine and grass but the tropical fruits from the fragrance were not that juicy. I got more bitterness than sweetness. Just way too much for me. The hops dominated obviously but in a bitter tart kind of way. I again did not find the honey. And boy did I taste the full brunt of the 10% alcohol.

Mouthfeel was great. Full body, medium, and even foamy.

This beer is amazing in appearance, smell and mouthfeel. Unfortunately, the booze and overall bitter tartness were a detractor for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 16:49:39 | More by WheelsPSU
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up the other day while looking for a different beer. Saw the $18.99 price tag and figured it had to be good. It was. the touch of honey is just great, such a nice beer. Very smooth and not overly hoppy. very satisfied. I think its only a spring beer so better get it when you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 04:29:27 | More by smokiee629
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District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Milky golden visual with strong effervescent bubbles releasing honey first aromas, with citrus undertones and the promise of a hyper hoppy IPA. This is a top notch IPA but the level of hops does not meet expectation the hoppy notes are mitigated by the sweetness of the honey. Smooth mouthfeel from start to finish, would highly recommend but for the hop head you may have happier options.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:38:38 | More by bryanbullock
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4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bell's Brewery, Inc. - Hopslam Ale, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Slightly hazy mostly clear copper amber with a massive foamy head. Abundance of lacing, good looking, attention to detail was used here.

Smell - Bitter pine and orange rind. Sweet candy malt and honey quite prominent.

Taste - Rich malts with honey shining through but this is no malt bomb! Awesome fresh bitter pine and orange rind finish, I can imagine this is one of those beers that deteriorates fast with age due to the honey, so make a note of that if you want to try it, CONSUME FRESH.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Sticky honey lingers but I was totally digging it. Boozy but drinkable and smooth. Definitely one of those beers you can have just one of and feel good.

Overall - This is phenomenal. Definitely worthy of the hype, a world-class unique double IPA like no other I have had yet. It really stands out from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 17:54:14 | More by JMScowcroft
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New York

1.78/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

undetectable nose gives way to four loko syrup and and little, simple bitter. watch out miller high life, we found out how to replicate your bite and it only takes six hops.

my friend said hopeslame is teh beaster's knees but now he's gone and he's not coming back.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 16:25:16 | More by underwater_
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New York

4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Its now been 3 weeks since Bells started distribution on Long island and ive been able to get 2 six packs already at 20$ a pop. Alot of complaints from the local beverage distributors about the lack of Hopslam ie (1 case per delivery) of course i always have a reservation on all the hard to gets though.

This beer definetly lives up to the hype. Probably one of the most refined DIPA i have ever had. From start to finish this beer has a mouthfeel like no other. i do believe the alcohol is a little overwhelming but im attributing this to being a few weeks old and lossing a bit of its hop character. All and all i enjoyed this very much and found it to be a very refined DIPA but probably could of been slightly more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 20:25:35 | More by HopHead_44
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4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - golden amber pretty cloudy, had great head that went away.
Smell - sweet honey, very hoppy smell, grapefruit, maybe some tropical fruit smell
Taste - bitter, very hoppy, sweet. Hangs onto your taste buds.
Feel - to much carbonation but other than that fairly smooth.
Overall - pretty good beer but not worth the price or hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 13:20:35 | More by drdiesel9483
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4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to taste a couple IPA's before having this Hopslam and I could see why it was so coveted and pricy. This beer is a very refined IPA, with a beautiful yellow color, a nice smooth taste, not overly bitter and psychotic like some of the more hoppy IPAs, but still hoppy enough to have a distinctive fragrance. The nose was not overpowering, it was very delicate, and the keg had been tapped 12 hours before. The mouth feel was really good, it is a beer that feels uniform. It is overall a great Imperial IPA, definitively one of the better IPA around East.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 07:24:56 | More by JulioH
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4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: light golden orange in color, semitranslucent, average head keeping about 1/4" of lacing around the lip.

S: picking some pine, pineapple and resinous aromas. This is te part were i suck the most at, sometimes i feel that i've sniffed too much and that took all the aroma away!

T: my oh my, i know they say it's a "hopslam" and probably the honey it's doing i's trick on this one, but this is one heck of a balanced ipa. Seriously i have nothing to complain about in this department. No resinous taste, no hop overshadowing other flavors, no nothing!

M: balanced, medium bodied, tangy, slightly bitter and then it's gone.

O: it's impossible not to give this beer a great rating it's got all the great characteristics of an IPA and then some; it's balanced from the first sniff to the last sip, it has such a friendly flavor profile, even if you're not into IPA's you're bound to enjoy this one!, I don't see it being a hop bomb, but in my case that's good because i enjoy drinking different beers one after the other and this won't ruin my palate. It's a definite must try if you can get your hands on one and even better if it's fresh!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 05:22:55 | More by Uanof
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North Carolina

2.64/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Was very excited to try this beer but unfortunately a big let down for me.

Ok appearance, great smell and a nondescript mouthfeel. I just got way too much honey and it really muted what smelled like a great hopped up beer.

After trying this beer and having other beers of the same style I have to say this beer is mediocre and really a victim of its hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 23:44:16 | More by alucardswordlol
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New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 1-17-2014, poured into a 16oz, Odell Brewing branded snifter. (My first Hopslam...ever!)

A- Pours a hazy, light bronze (i.e. golden-amber) hue with nothing more than a single finger's worth fo a white head. MinImal lacing on the glass as the beer is consumed. (4.5)

S- Dare I say, the first name that comes to mind is orange blossom honey. By no means overwheming in the aroma, ripe orange/tangerine citrus dominates followed by sweet and fleshy tropical fruits in mango and papaya. Like many other DIPA's there is no prickly pine aroma. Quite inviting: (4.5)

T- Immediate honey-like sweetness followed by a gradual bitterness that burgeouns into a white grapefruit rind. Although simple, Hopslam's complexity exerts itself in the taste...sweet, savory and then bitter. (5.0)

M- Full bodied and truly representative of everything I adore in a DIPA. However, it is so balanced between aroma, taste and mouthfeel that I can see tossing a few of these down the human casam without much thought. As such, I caution those fortunate enough to aquire an arsenal of this beer and be sure to tread lightly. (4.75)

O- Not as extreme as some (Palate Wrecker, Enjoy By IPA, Hoptimum), this is one of the most (dare I say) well balanced Double IPA's offered. It is amazingly flavorful, full-bodied and is it worth the hype?...Yes. (4.75)

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 23:37:58 | More by threeviews
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4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on: 1/21/14)

A: A decent pencil head with ok lacing. Hazy, straw-copper colored body.

S: Smelly. Grassy and I can't believe I'm saying this, but horse blanket. It is mostly pine with just this weird twinge of fruitiness.

T: Nice balanced and bitter hop profile. A surprisingly good (sweet honey) aftertaste that just reminds you of what you just had. It's not one of the aggressive and grossly bitter aftertastes that you can sometimes get from highly hopped IPAs. Being a honey connoisseur, I feel that the honey is a big reason for the balance and slight sweetness of this brew. It definitely looks like honey. I get some single varietal notes here as well.

M: Slightly smooth with just a wisp of massaging effervescence.

O: I guess that I can see why so many people love this DIPA. It is a balanced DIPA, that is surprisingly not that bitter comparably. I guess I just don't know where to put it among the rest of the other great DIPAs. It is great, but its limited availability really hurts it a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 21:31:50 | More by gillagorilla
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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