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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,361 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,361
Reviews: 3,380
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,286
Gots: 2,460 | 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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Ratings: 11,361 | Reviews: 3,380
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4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: HopSlam pours a slightly hazy tangerine-copper with a creamy ecru-colored head that sticks around a while, retains well, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Good appearance for a DIPA, but not a world-beater.

S: The aroma, however, is pretty awesome. The honey is detectable as a background element, but the main attractions are the juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromas that explode out of my glass.

T&M: Tons of tropical fruit, citrus, and slightly piney hop flavors here. Absolutely explosive flavor, even now in June. A delicate sweetness from the honey is what really masks the alcohol to me. The maltiness is lightly sweet and cookie-like, though it serves as a light background for the insane hop flavor. The finish is long, drying, and makes me salivate for more. Body is medium to full with a silky feel that's not syrupy or overly resinous and sticky. Very smooth feel.

D: By far the most drinkable DIPA I've had. In fact, this would be quaffable for a standard IPA. Despite its 10% ABV, this beer goes down incredibly easily. Hopslam satisfies hopheads, but will also likely convert many "non-believers" to the incredible potential of highly hopped beers.

Many thanks to mikereaser for allowing me to enjoy this incredible beer.

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4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/9/2012, so only two weeks old.

A - Pours a clear, honey color with a nice thin head and great lacing.

S - Strong citrus notes with honey and some pine present as well. A very strong and hoppy smell - I picked it up as soon as I opened the bottle.

T - Nice strong hops flavors that blend nicely with the honey and citrus notes. A bit of bitterness from the hops, but not quite in the form of a hopbomb.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation level and very creamy and drinkable. Smooth, and it hides the 10% pretty well. Amazing mouthfeel for a DIPA.

O - Hopslam is one of the best DIPAs out there and well worth the hype/price. I wish this wasn't quite the rarity that it is, but perhaps that is some of the charm. A must-have if you have any interest in DIPAs.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of auroracrisis
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip, dated 1/09/12.

Copper with gold highlights and clear. A small eggshell colored head with varying bubble sizes.

Pungent grapefruit zest stings the nostrils, followed by a wave of honey. A little bit more of those hops come into play, with a concentrated pine sap type of smell behind the initial sweet and citrusy aromas. The alcohol also begins to become a little more apparent as you take deep whiffs of this brew.

Opens with plenty of that pungent hop flavor. Almost tastes like concentrated pine sap and grapefruit juice, then moves into a nice sweet, honey like flavor. A little bit of graham cracker and yellow cake in there too.

Medium bodied and sticky, a little oily on the palate too.

Excellent hop flavor and aroma with a nice sweetness. Always looking forward to this one coming out every year. Wish it were a year round beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An overwhelming smell of hops. Almost like a garden's fresh topsoil. Smells like spring flowers.
Pours deep ruby red with golden edges. Pure white head is beautiful.
It tastes like eating a rose garden, in a good way.
Biting bitter taste invades my taste buds.
It's delicious but not what I would categorically call very drinkable.

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meh... seemed overly sweet. Good but there are better.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very fluffy off white head, kind of airy, golden orange in color, no bubbles, clear

S: Super aromatic, very fruity hops, doesn't have that feel that it is too heavy, nice and vibrant, has a nice honey like sweetness too

T: Very well balanced, a good sweet malt with honey, balances with that fruity hop flavor, good combination, very powerful and flavorful but doesn't feel overpowering like it is trying to hard, just awesome

M: Very light and refreshing, light carbonation

D: Really good, super flavorful but still light, delicious

Notes: This beer definitely lived up to its hype. It has a huge amount of hops, but it never feels overpowering because of the balance of the sweetness and malt. They kept it light feeling and it makes it so easy to drink.

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4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle with a sparkling, crystal, orange-copper color, and a sticky, bubbly, cream-colored head. The combination of honey and hop aroma smacks me in the face from the second I open the bottle, like if one of those plastic bears from the grocery store came to life, climbed a pine tree, walked through a field of wildflowers, and then started mauling my sinuses with his sticky, sweet, sap-covered paws. Although the aroma is packed with both the honey sweetness and the piney and floral hops, the flavor is much more hop-forward, showcasing the resinous pine and a bit of orange, and with the honey providing a sweet balance. And the flavor and aroma from the honey is wonderfully natural, rather than an artificial, syrupy sweetness. The potency of the flavors deftly masks the 10% alcohol, and although the label claims that this is "a biting, bitter, tongue bruiser", this one is remarkably drinkable. With both a little sweetness and some bitterness lingering on my tongue, and feeling warm on the inside right now, I am certainly content with this year's edition.

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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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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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