Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#148
Reviews:
3,542
Ratings:
13,145
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,706
Gots:
3,687
Trade:
68
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Photo of amsett10
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very well made beer. Amazing citrus smell as well as a great citrus taste. Also a very sweet beer but not overwhelming. Booziness is prominent but not in a bad way. Try it if you find it.

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Photo of DrummerJake57
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good, smooth tasting iipa. 10% abv goes unnoticed. $18 a six pack just seems a little steep. I've had better for cheaper.

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Photo of Cascade24
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ndiddy
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer! Drank out of an imperial pint glass and poured from the 1.32 gallon mini keg. Two finger head that settled down to a thin layer after a couple of sips. The lacing is crazy, this beer left the inside of my glass looking like it was covered in soap suds. On the nose I am getting a lot of sweet floral notes as well as a bit of piney resiney goodness. On mouthfeel I am getting a surprising creamy texture and the co2 hits at the end. As to taste this beer is perfectly balanced, full bodied with enough bitterness to cut the honey which I was a bit afraid might add a bit too much sweetness. I’m getting a lot of citrus stone fruit and pine on the finish. I must say this is an excellent beer and wish it was available year round.

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Photo of Roadking1979
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkblr
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 1/10/18 poured into a Hopslam snifter at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours bright honey amber in color with sticky off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island leaving substantial lacing. The aroma is sweet caramel, citrus and pine. The taste is sweet caramel and honey flavors moving into sharp and clear piney bitterness. The booze in the aroma and taste comes out as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and somewhat dry in the finish. Overall, very good. All of these classics have a hard way to go compared to recent DDH bombs. Very enjoyable as an annual treat.

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Photo of spav
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeswasgui
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of battlecryawesome
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not really worth it @$18.00 a six pack of cans .

I will say its a unusual and interesting ipa.
There is even more flavor after a drink / sip and you Eehale through your nose that you will tast. Weird in a good and interesting eay.

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Photo of tnelson1
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Grovejr20
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Steveskk83
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tshane
3.38/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I give this a high rating only despite the hops, not because of them. The flavors are wonderful except for the hoppy pine and bitterness.

In my other reviews I've explained I do not like hoppy beers, 30 IBUs is probably the highest I go in terms of truly enjoying a beer. But this one manifests not only in the bitterness but also in a piney floral scent that reminds me pleasantly of walking, as I did many years ago as a child, under pine trees at my grandmother's home in Northville Michigan, and at many Michigan campgrounds my family visited.

I would sit and enjoy the shade and the scent of the needles, which was probably enhanced by crushing them as I walked and sat on them. So this beer brings me back to my childhood and teens, but I really couldn't drink more than a taste, which I had off the tap at a local bar.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1/16/18: 12 ounce can packaged 1/10/18 @ 15:51,purchased at Jewel Osco on State ($15.99 six pack + tax) poured into standard pint glass. Copper Orange pour, two finger head, Nice hops aroma, not overwhelming, balanced by pine, orange and malt. Hops much stronger / dominant in the taste area. Some balance with the pine, orange and malt, but the hops kicks all other tastes asses. Excellent firm mouth feel, bitter and pleasurable, texture firm, smooth going down. Nice kick you don't realize as you first begin drinking. Love this type of beer, this one is an excellent offering, glad I finally was able to snag with other cans anxiously waiting to join the first. Well done, Bells!

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Photo of GeoffAnton2637
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AColtonOfBeer
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bstoeckel
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitownfanatic21
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kinggimp
3.97/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful foamy hoppy opaque orange body as it pours into a Backwoods Bastard Snifter. Aroma is of orange and pine with some subtle honey malts. The taste is of orange rind, honey malts, and pine along with tongue piercing hoppy sensations.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.7/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of dmwalters
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wshinevar
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Calraven
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lanoke12
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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