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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

10,043 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,043
Reviews: 3,127
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,948
Gots: 1,524 | FT: 41
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%

DLSheidy, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

brutusmuktuk, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of gmcfarre
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Bernardus Chalice (just because)
Poured @ 45 degrees

A - Pours a hazy mandarin orange color with a very minimal head. Lacing (as you might expect) is minimal as well. The orange vibrancy has me intrigued. There is an abundance of yeast floaties in this brew, perhaps I should have poured more carefully. Oh well, it still looks great.

S - Gorgeous bouquet bursting with a sensory-overloading floral hopness. A biscuity fullness adds some power to the hop forefront. Can I drink this yet?

T - Strong floral hop essence that assaults the tongue in a most pleasant manner. Taste evolves into a spicy, almost-tripelesque grapefruity yeast flavor. Aftertaste is the traditional intense bitterness. Spice adds a nice twist to the DIPA and grows more apparent with warming, although the beer gets a bit more acidic and alcoholic at the same time.

M - Mouthfeel begins with a highly carbonated tingling sensation that confounds the tongue as it merges nicely with the dry bitter aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable.

D - Hmm, I almost like this beer better when its colder, but it develops more complexity as it warms. A good beer that is a real treat to drink, but it sure does smack your palate around.

As with most DIPAs, it would be nice to have access to this year round (and in Colorado). I'd say pick some up if you can and enjoy it while you can. Definitely worth a try as it throws a slight variation into the DIPA canon.

gmcfarre, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on the beer is piny, with a slight resinous hint. There is also a huge amount of citrus/grapefruit that come through at the end. The beer has a nice dark gold colour with a nice centimeter head. The flavour of the beer is immense; there is a huge bitterness with a great citrus/grapefruit flavour. The fruity flavours are balanced with a sweetness that comes from the honey. These flavours come through initially, but the end of the beer flavours is quite spicy/resiny. There is a great balance between the flavours.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a IIPA, but the beer is okay in the drinkability aspect. Since the mouthfeel is a bit thin, the beer is a bit too watery, which takes away from the awesome flavour of the beer.

swizzlenuts, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Jaycase
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch number 10115

No doubt this is the freshest beer I've had in a bottle.

a: Beautiful golden hue. Appearance gives the notion of serenity within.

s: Along with the hops, a bouquet of citrus and honey

t/m: Hop bliss. Very nice bitterness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

d: Insanely drinkable considering the ABV. Damn the ABV, give me another!

Nectar of the hop gods. If I were to run a marathon, this is what I'd want to sip at the finish line. Pheidippides would have been wise to do the same.

Jaycase, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of almychristopher
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours crystal clear golden color with a white head that recedes to a thin layer of white lace. the smell is overwhelmingly hoppy with a bit of sweet malt and earthiness in the back. the taste is really nice with the piney hops and fruitiness up front, the dry bitterness at the end rounds out the flavor really nicely. the light mouthfeel and good co2 make the mouthfeel as good as the rest of the beer, the alcohol is well hidden to the point of disappearing, a very drinkable beer.

almychristopher, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of cagocubs
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into snifter. Waited a long time for this one.

A: Pour presented with a nice amber gold color with a steady flow of carbonation. The head was a finger's length of foamy white sud that reduces to a thin layer with slight lacing.

S: Citrus, hops, florals, and pine right off the bat. The sweet aroma digs deeper than grapefruit. The floral/pine aromas combine nicely with typical DIPA scents.

T: First and foremost, I could not believe this beer snuck in 10%. All of the typical flavors came full circle without hinting the strength of the ingredient profile. Nice citrus and hop bitterness that gave way to sweet flavors.

M: A nice flow to the beer. The active carbonation gives a nice tingle as the masked alcohol and bitter hops give a nice aftertaste.

O: Honestly, I don't like jumping on bandwagons, but there is no argument to be had here. This is by far one of the more quality beers you can get out there.

cagocubs, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of afrokaze
3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheBandit1 for an awesome extra, can't wait to pop that Westy 12! Poured into Sierra Nevada hop glass.

Pours a hazy amber with 2 fingers of head that recede pretty quickly, decent carbonation and great slick lacing that really stays around.

Smell is dominated by floral and dank hops, a bit of sweet malt and honey. Alcohol is a bit too prevalent as it warms up though.

Floral and spicy hops come in a huge wave, followed by the sweet malt and citrus with a little honey. Second wave is earthy/dank hops and a bit of orange/lemon citrus. Alcohol is strong enough to back up the hop slam but seems a bit too "cutting" on the palate somehow.

I like the medium body, a bit chewy and sticky to help the bitterness linger for a good amount of time after each sip but the alcohol cuts through more than I remember from last year. The heat is enjoyable.

Overall a great aggressive DIPA but it could use just a bit of smoothing around the edges. The hop selection is a bit one-sided, but very nice overall for a sweeter DIPA.

afrokaze, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MarkIntihar, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Wamba
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Wamba, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

phishfoolme, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of adrian21
5/5  rDev +11.4%

adrian21, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

AndrewBV, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Stofko1992
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Stofko1992, Feb 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

amano_h, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

CUbeerfan, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of endincolorado
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, hazy amber color with a foamy off-white head of various bubble sizes that settles slowly. Great sheets of lace cling to the glass.

Incredibly fragrant aromas of citrus fruit, pine and fresh grass, balanced by a bready sweetness.

Nearly perfect blend of flavors- an incredible hop character with grapefruit and pine. Malt is evident in background alongside a nice sweetness from the honey that helps balance perfectly. Aftertaste is of pleasant lingering citrus.

Perfectly creamy body with appropriate carbonation.

Only the ABV takes away from the drinkability of this delicious brew. (not to mention the 18 dollar pricetag.)

endincolorado, Jan 24, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

warmbier804, Mar 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

chewy6935, Nov 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

LukeK, Jun 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

tgatort, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of MNMike
5/5  rDev +11.4%

MNMike, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Sephiroth
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with moderate head, beautiful lacing, color is straw-like with a hint of orange. Smells incredibly fresh, which it is of course. A cacophony of citrus aromas combine with a sprinkling of pine, and a sweet booziness.

Taste is dry for the style, which is a good thing for me. Grapefruit is the dominant flavor, the finish is clean and bitter. Mouthfeel is quite resinous, great drinkability as usual from Bell's.

Sephiroth, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of naterock
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really had to sweet talk one of the guys at the store to let a couple of these go. We found out that they don't put this on the shelf and just split it between the staff. I'm glad all I had to do was TALk him out of it.
A: very clean copper color, light and pale head.
S: incredible aroma of hops. also I smell a bit of sweetness from the honey. smells crisp and bright.
T: Nothing I can say to really encompass the taste, if I could use one word, it would be in-fucking-credible. this is what IPAs strive to be. incredibly balanced and crisp.
M: nicely carbonated and smooth.
D: now that we might be "in" with the staff I hope we can come upon more of this more often. I would always have a couple of bottles if possible.

naterock, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of mdcrouser
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold - a definite beacon of unique color in a world of beers that all too often look alike. A full finger of head is reduced to a thin cap of carbonation.

The smell might remind you of a glass of orange juice - so fruity, and even juicy. Seems like you could squeeze the glass and get more than just the 12 oz.

Hop bomb to the utmost, though it remains incredibly juicy, sweet, and with only a mildly trailing bitterness toward the end.

A spark of carbonation touches on the tongue, paving the way for the introduction of the hops, which then stick around for a long time, warm and lingering.

Really enjoyable in that it's completely unique and wholly consuming, moreso than almost anything else on the market - that makes it highly drinkable, but to a point given that it is so big - two beers is that point.

mdcrouser, Feb 14, 2010
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,043 ratings.