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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,130
Reviews: 3,328
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,259
Gots: 2,322 | 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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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Acquired 12 oz. bottle via trade; poured into tulip glass

A: Opaque copper/orange, with very little head at all; looks incredibly bright.

S: A powerful blend of citrus fruits, pine and honey that lingers throughout drinking.

T: The citrus takes a backseat to the honey and hop flavors, which come at you right up front. Can definitely taste the alcohol content, but it's still well masked by the other delicious flavors.

M: Warm and a bit heavy, with very minimal carbonation.

O: Glad I finally got to check this one out -- it's an absolutely delicious DIPA, and thoroughly delivers on its name. The price and fervor around it may seem a bit much, but sticking strictly to the beer itself, it's a well balanced drink that shows off the immense talent of the good folks at Bell's.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - Darker amber than most IPAs, with some cloudiness. Poors with a decent head that receeds.

S - Get a malty honeyish smell, with a little dank citrusy smell in the background. Pleasant but not memorable.

T - Much more malt and sweet honey forward than most IPAs, which shouldn't be a shocker. A little hoppy bitterness on the finish. Interestingly different than other IPAs.

M - Great silky mouth feel. Very good for an IPA. And I had an abrasive just before this review which I thought had a terrific mouthfeel.

O - Not up there with the other highly rated IPAs per my personal tastes. Could be it's different enough from what I expect from the style that I'm not appreciating it enough, but I've had both plinys and kern citra, within the last month, a can of abrasive just before this review, and I'd drink all three of those repeatedly before having hopslam again. Bottle was dated 1/11, so probably by it's best by date. Stupid polar vortex delaying shipping. However this review seems to correspond with my remembrances from past times I've had it that it didn't blow me away, even the glass I had at the brewery, so I'm posting it. This beer has never been one of my personal favorites.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh man this is a good beer. My friend texted me and said " you better get over there and get some Bells".

Man was he right!

Poured into tulip glass. The smell was wonderful. Sweet goodness.

The taste. Oh man. This is a double ipa ladies and gentlemen. Super sweet hops perfectly balanced.

This is one beer I will be buying again though expensive.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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3.67/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear / Golden with a 1/2 finger head poured from a 12 oz bottle. Lacing dissipates relatively quickly.

Aroma: Grapefruit, spice, sweetness ( malt/honey), alcohol.

Taste: Bitterness with flavors of grapefruit, spice, pine, alcohol with some residual sweetness from the malt & honey.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied, smooth, mellow carbonation.

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,130 ratings.