Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

10,267 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,267
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,056
Gots: 1,570 | FT: 39
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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of sinistrsam
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle given to me as a gift from my fellow beer-enthusiast, Keith. I'd been dying to get my hands on one of these for the last year, so my expectations were perhaps a bit unrealistic.

It hada great orange/copper/gold color with a medium offwhite head and great lacing.
The aroma was piney and floral hops, citrus and sweet malt, mild sweet fruits.
The taste was good but not the excellent, hoppy and complex experience I was expecting. Not to say it wasn't good, but it wasn't anything outstanding. There was a good balance of floral hops with almost caramel malt and grain, but it was nothing groundbreaking.
The mouthfeel was very good, with a good crisp hop bitter-sweetness, complimented by a heavy dose of bitting carbonation. Ultimately it ended up fading into a smooth and sweet aftertaste.
Overall this was very drinkable and a hell of a good beer, and as some others have said, it may take more than one of these to realize some of the nuances, and fully appreciate the beer.

Photo of UA8
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a Hazy copper color with a nice amount of thick head look heavy before even tasting it.

S- Scents of bright citrus hops ruby grapefruit, apricots and honey malt sweetness

T- Starts with a lot of bright citrus fruit hops then moves on to malt balance and finishes with super bitter resinous hops

M- Just what a DIPA should be heavy and coating in the mouth

D- This is a great example of a go for broke intensely hopped beer which still manages to be balanced. Due to the high ABV and sheer amount of hops I think I could only do about two of these before moving on but none the less another fantastic brew from Bell's

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4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a bright, clear golden orange topped by a frothy, creamy white head.

Glorious aromas of hops on top of hops on top of hops: fresh cut grapefruit, orange marmalade, lime zest, and earthy pine resin. Light toasted malt lingers in the background, but this is definitely a hop lover's beer.

Maltier on the palate than expected, with the toasted and lightly bready note out front alongside a touch of caramel sweetness. But not to be cast aside, the hops quickly butt in and steal the show. Bittersweet orange zest and pith, oily resin, and a mildly pungent peppery spiciness abound. Fades into a sweet but earthy honey flavor, toasted almonds, and bitter pine needles, with a lingering finish that just keeps going, evolving all the way. In a word, dynamic.

Medium to full bodied and quite firm, but somehow drinks like it's light and soft. Oily and sticky, facilitating the unending finish. Is this beer really 10%? Quite possibly the most drinkable double IPA in production.

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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poued froma bottle into a snifter

Same story here as Naterock we got this and feel very lucky still got 1 more.

A-Very clean copper nice head and laces throughout the glass.

S-Clean crisp nothing overpowering anything else which is incedible for a double IPA citrus, honey and hops all there and noteable.

T&M-Can't do it justice the blance ond sm oothness of this beer is something that all brewers stiver for and if they dont they should i love saying that this was anything but a typical IPA or double IPA it was incredible. Nice medium body perfect carbonation level for what they were going for.

D-Anywhere anytime if i see it consoder it purchased.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,267 ratings.