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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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10,260 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,260
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,045
Gots: 1,567 | FT: 40
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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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 12/20/13 consumed on 1/27/14. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep orange with great clarity and two fingers of slightly off-white head. Good retention, looks pretty drinkable for being 10%.

S- Getting tangerine first, then pine with some slight tropical notes of papaya and grapefruit. The alcohol starts to come through as it warms but it is pretty subdued for 10%. Got a real syrupy smell to it as well. Has a bit of a Fruit Loops smell to it.

T- This is not off the charts bitter but a smooth bitter seemingly around 70 IBUs. Similar to aroma with the citrus and grapefruit, pine, and light tropical notes. A very nice balance of bigger hop flavors and aromas. Some toasted malt on the back end.

M- Medium with good amount of carbonation and very drinkable for a 10% beer.

O- A great full flavored and aromatic DIPA with a long smooth bitterness that is all the things I like in an IPA. One note to make is that this beer goes south very quickly and needs to be consumed within a month of bottling. This last bottle I had of my 6-pack was really starting to be taken over by the alcohol and the malt was more noticeable in the end of the beer.

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4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting to try this legendary DIPA from Bell's. Will be fun to how it stacks up to some of my favorites in the style. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 12/27/13 and poured into the IPA-specific glass from Speigelau.

Appearance - Pour yields a massive three-finger head of creamy parchment colored microbubbles. As it rests, a few bubbles grow and burst, leaving some pocking throughout the foam. As it begins to dissipate, it leaves pronounced, thick streamers of suds down the sides of the glass, as well as a one finger perma-head atop the body, fueled by a rush of effervescent carbonation rising up from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass. The body is a rich blend of oranges and ambers, with some lighter golden highlights in places. Slightly cloudy from the unfiltered nature of the beer. A beautiful beer in its entirety.

Smell - I'm a little surprised it's not more aromatic, but with a little bit of coaxing (and warming), I start to pick up notes of citrus and clementine, but more of a tropical presence, with notes of mango and papaya. In addition to the big fruitiness, there is a subtle earthiness, and a gentle sweetness of honey. I can't help but wonder if the delay in delivery to the KC market and passage of a month since bottling has taken a bit of the brightness off the aroma that I've read about in so many other reviews. Either way, it's quite good smelling.

Taste - Here, the citrus and tropical fruit notes are at the forefront, with orange zest, fresh mango and passion fruit, as well as a pleasant malty sweetness. The use of honey really serves to smooth out the taste and does an amazing job of mellowing the 10% abv. The aftertaste is pleasantly cloying, lingering with a creamy bitterness that doesn't overpower. Like with the aroma, there is a hint of earthiness that serves to balance the massive fruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and heavily carbonated, with a semisweet finish that lingers on the palate. A little bit of chewiness complements the otherwise juicy characteristics of this beer. Far too easy to drink for such a strong beer.

Overall, a really wonderful take on the style that makes it quite clear why this is such a popular beer. One of the more balanced DIPAs I've had and the use of honey makes for a uniqueness that you don't get in other beers of the same style. I'll certainly make a point to see this out on a yearly basis, and I might sit on one bottle just out of curiosity to how well it holds up over time. I think it may have jumped to the front of the line for me in terms of offerings from Bell's. Just an outstanding DIPA from the Midwest that certainly represents itself well compared to the heavy-hitters from the Northeast and Southwest.

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Photo of don1481
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Mr. Pint Glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber-gold color. Lots and lots of bubbles! Small head that leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass as it goes down.

Smell: A very definitive grapefruit smell to this one! A little bit of the Pine-sol smell to it as well. If I just bought a 6 pack of floor cleaner, someone's gonna hear about it.

Taste: Now that honey taste comes out of NOWHERE. Definitely hoppy, but not HOPPY, if you will. This is much more mellow than, say, New Glarus' IIPA. It doesn't punch me in the mouth quite as much as I was expecting, especially given that it's a double IPA like the NG. Still really nice, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smoove. Very smoove. Crisp. Clean. Scores great points here.

Overall: If this turns out to be Pine-sol... it was definitely a very delicious beverage. I'm glad I got a 6 pack of this stuff. Although... it is just too drinkable...!

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4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber with small white head. Very nice lacing.

S: Piney and resiny hops, honey. After it warms, it starts to smell like fresh hop cones. There is a minty note there as well after warming.

T: Noticeable but not excessive bitterness and sweetness. Very nicely integrated. Some grassiness when it warms.

M: Light carbonation, semi-dry

O: Excellent IIPA the very nicely blends bitterness, sweetness, fresh hop and honey aroma and flavor.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,260 ratings.