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

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4.46/5
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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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:
#156
Reviews:
3,609
Ratings:
13,403
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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2,712
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3,805
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Photo of Chudem
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dub12588
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of itsratso
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i think what this comes down to is the west coast vs east coast iipa thing. this beer, in my book, is the best example of an east coast iipa. the hops may star in the west coast version, but the malt plays a much bigger role here as compared to a west coast iipa. the hops are big, piney and resinous. but the malt is sweet with a huge mouthfeel and just delicious. i love both styles, but this is one of the best.

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Photo of JHop
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tgates
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigP83
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly hazy, literally looks like honey. Honey, floral, hops, bitter, sticky mouthfeel, a little boozy.it's good but with all the other DIPAs on the market it wouldn't be my go to

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

Finally reviewing to back up my rating. This beer pours a fairly hazy orange with a large head. The aroma features grapefruit peel, tangerine peel, pineapple, mango, and a bit of caramel and salt. The flavor lead with a blast tangerine peel, followed by just a touch of honey sweetness, and background notes of pineapple, guava, and mango. The mouthfeel is full and very fizzy. Overall this is a sensation beer. My love for it may be irrational, but I do not care. Yum.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I tried this once long ago and I figured I would review it now with a fresh one.

A - Nice amber-orange color. Pretty clear with fine white head and strong lacing.

S - Hop bomb with a mix of citrus, herbal, and resiny tones. Has a sweet candy like hop fragrance that is nice but is somewhat muddled compared to some DIPAs out there.

T - Full flavored with a pungent hop character that has citrus, resin, herb, and some fruit with alcohol and malt to round it out. There is a distinct honey flavor that compliments the strong bitterness but is definitely hop forward. Definitely a bitter hop bite but I relish in the hops.

M - Very full mouth-feel with good carbonation. Very thick for an IIPA and the honey definitely adds a lot of body along with the sweetness and the amount of resin doesn't make it any lighter. Pretty much the anti-light pilsner beer.

Overall, a very good DIPA. Great appearance, smell, and flavor but does have substantial bitterness and is very thick so it might not be the best beer for your first DIPA. This brew is not a light beer but if you like big, resiny, and complex beer I'd recommended it. Like I remember it is mostly bitter and pretty thick so I think it is slightly over hyped but a delicious beer none the less.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of Johnroby
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of D-town_brews420
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dfiliaggi
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Philly_IPA
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of y0tommyb
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FogDishHead
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of GoTread
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Damn near perfect. Biting pine and honey.

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Photo of tkanedc
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopslamdesciple
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BH712
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of murphius1118
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good as advertised...believe the hype.

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Photo of LeoFelger
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZaxGhost
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage, poured into a snifter. I get some of the honey in the aroma. Beer is overly bitter and malty. If this beer was a little lighter I would like it much more

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Photo of Jaybirdbrew
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very complex, the honey overtones are pleasant with a whiskey-like flavor that blends the various hops together. It's a good sipping beer.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,403 ratings