Hopslam Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #20
ABV:
10%
Score:
98
Ranked #292
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 9.66%
Reviews:
3,786
Ratings:
10,207
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 12:25 AM
Added:
Apr 14, 2004
Wants:
  2,760
Gots:
  3,977
SCORE
98
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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
Notes: 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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Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Friday at 06:59 PM
 
 
Rated: 4.15 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by akopczyk from Ohio

Nov 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

Nov 18, 2022
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $3.49. Canned on 10/1/2022, so this is a bit over 5 1/2 weeks old.

Look: This is a very pretty beer. It has an almost clear copper color with an amber tinge to it. There is a fluffy, frothy off-white head and lots of tiny bubbles rising up the sides of the glass.

Smell: Tons of piney, fruity (melon, pear, apple skins, golden raisins) hop aroma along with floral aromas and a caramel/honey sweetness. Boozy. This smells almost like a barleywine and it kind of reminds me a bit of a combination of the aromas of Brooklyn Monster Ale, Thomas Hardy's Ale, and North Coast Old Stock Ale. Lots of green bell pepper on the finish after swirling the glass. Has an intense, complex nose.

Taste: This is a sipping beer. It's very interesting and probably not like any other Imperial IPA that I have had before. To me, this really comes off more like an English Barleywine or Old Ale than an IPA. There's just so much caramel malt sweetness in here. It would actually be very interesting to age one of these for a long time and see how it would taste after the hops fade. Up front, it's sweet and malty with caramel and honey notes. The mouthfeel has a lot of weight to it so those notes stick around on the palate for a while even though the hoppy notes steal the show. The finish is definitely bitter, with lots of piney hop resins and grapefruit peel and pith. The lingering flavor after some time is kind of like an undersweetened honey grapefruit marmalade on toast. It's intense and interesting and keeps you coming back for more.

Feel: It has a very slick and oily mouthfeel with a lot of chew to it. Medium plus body. The level of carbonation is right and it provides a relatively soft, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm pretty sure that this is the first time that I am having Bell's Hopslam Ale. It's nice to be reminded what Simcoe hops smell like and their use of honey is pretty tasty and interesting here. It's kind of crazy how popular Simcoe used to be and how much of a throwback it is considered nowadays. This is a pretty tasty beer, and as I mentioned above it really blurs the distinction between Imperial IPA and Barleywine.
Nov 10, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.62 by 12ozfan from Illinois

Oct 31, 2022
 
Rated: 3.83 by JHeard79 from North Carolina

Oct 30, 2022
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Rated by Sparty1965

4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Not overrated, not even a little. Perfectly balanced. Don’t know where they hide the 10% ABV. Pricey but what a treat.
Oct 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.93 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Oct 27, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This was a New To Me beer and I was just blown away by how much I love it. Great look, smell, and taste. If you like DIPAs, you'll really like this. Enjoy!!
Aug 05, 2022
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Hopslam (2022) has a very thick, off-white head and a translucent, orange appearance, with bubble streams and heavy lacing. The aroma is of white bread crust. The flavor is of strong, but not harsh, hop bitterness, white bread crust, and possible honey. Hopslam (2022) has a high-medium body and a dry finish.

RJT
Jul 31, 2022
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Rated by TheWaySheGoes from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Impressive smoothness for the ABV, world class indeed!
Jul 27, 2022
 
Rated: 2.49 by Mallow14

Jul 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Don’t need a lot of detail for this monster.,. it’s just totally superb across the board.
Excellence in brewing. Killer DIPA.
And I dig the Danger Factor.,. “go ahead.,. have another.,” lol.
Jul 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.65 by MartyB8 from Indiana

May 23, 2022
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L - golden with a large off-white head that sticks around leaving behind a ton of lacing. Good looking IPA
S - Tons of juicy, piney, bitter hops, tropical and citrus notes, as well as honey. Some caramel and malts as well. Floral notes as well
T - follows the nose with juicy, piney, resinous, bitter hops, tropical and citrus fruits, and honey all intermixed incredibly well. The honey really smooths out bitterness from the hops. Malt ties everything together nicely
F - medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Refreshing
O - an incredibly well balanced DIPA
May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Canned 1-20-22
Perfect, beauteous pour. Deep amber color, transparent with reasonable chill haze and a firm, persistent 1/2 inch head of creamy tan foam that left full curtains of lace.
Aroma is a mix of rich malt and hints of woodsy hops. Sweet, caramel and honey nose with subtle pine and citrus hop notes are a welcoming indicator of the flavors to follow.
Rich and yummy malt flavors wrap around the conifer and leathery hop resins in terrific balance. Honey character comes through and the body leans towards a honey like texture and mouth feel. Okay, Not honey thick but your do feel the beer hug your tongue, leaving a slick, sweet coating allowing that depth of flavor to linger.... honey-like.
Hop bitterness comes in at the finish with a long and smoldering hop/pepper burn as the honey-malt dance twirls off stage.
Alcohol is always perceptible but never gets in the way or in any way harsh.
Expertly crafted, no un-needed wheat or oat starch, no unseemly and superfluous floculants, just a straight up damn good BIG beer.
Outstanding.
May 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.01 by beerrat from Virginia

May 10, 2022
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
It smells really floral, citrussy and sweet. There's a subtly about the scents. Definitely the sweetness is from both the malts and honey. The citrussy floral notes are obviously from the slamming hops.

Sweetness is the first taste that occurs as it hits the palet but then really nice hoppy bitterness.

It's thin and has medium foamy carbonation. The finish is bitter, floral and sweet initially incredibly balanced but everything else fades and the bitterness remains drawing out for some time.

Overall it's such an extremely good DIPA. The hops are very strong but the sweetness of the malts and honey balance it out so instead of being extreme it's incredibly refreshing. One of my favorite DIPAs, it has an originality to it. I give it a 5.7 out of 6.
Apr 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.69 by sicilian from Florida

Apr 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Apr 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.56 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
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Reviewed by gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
look: deep yellow, white head,

smell: very nice, floral and plum smell

taste: honey and floral and grapefruit peel, very punchy

feel: medium-full body, dense and smooth, balance, no boozy at all

overall: awesome beer, it's similar to triple sunshine and zombie dust, in my opinion
Mar 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by FrankCastle from California

Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Thadtrick from Pennsylvania

Mar 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.47 by Jaymgould from Minnesota

Mar 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by Zanico from Ohio

Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
nice off white head but I expected it to be longer lasting for beer rated this highly. nice lacing. Less smell than I expected, but it just oozes "complexity". Less hop bitterness than I expected/more malty than I expected. .Medium to heavy body mouthfeel; very smooth, merest hint of the honey. Overall, not a lick of indication that it is 10% ABV. A very nice double IPA but not entirely sure it is at or anywhere near the top of my cost v. quality list for IPAs.
Mar 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by SFNC from North Carolina

Mar 09, 2022
 
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Reviewed by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Decided to delete my old review so that this one shows as new ... copied the original text below for reference. Best beer I've had this year, don't know what's changed but been thru an entire case now ... amazing. Not Heady Topper, but I recommend drink from the can, or pour into a big glass and enjoy the ride. Looks good, smells fresh but the taste is the wow factor, Extremely hopped, with a great bitterness, drinkable, and 2 16's is completely satisfying, overall world class.

Edit 1/31/2021 This year's release back in bottles is very good, almost great, and I actually bought a sixer after my one single for the first time in many years. For me to spend $20 on a sixer, it has to be outstanding. Real bitterness. 4.25

Original 1/31/2020 Easily the most overrated beer on earth. And, yes, I still get one (some years even 2, a long time ago an actual sixer) every year thinking I will change my opinion. That's stupid, because I never do. Very mediocre and actually boring, even smelled a little bit like poop poured into my mason jar. Thank goodness, the aroma quickly cleared. Pretty golden color I guess. Smells decently of malt and hops, I don't detect the honey at all. Taste follows, fresh but way too mild. Overall boring as hell.
Mar 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by Belthorm from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Feb 26, 2022
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