Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BA SCORE
4.46/5
13,075 Ratings
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:
#147
Reviews:
3,532
Ratings:
13,075
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,677
Gots:
3,644
Trade:
69
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,075 |  Reviews: 3,532
Photo of abagri
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Hop_Swig
3.97/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenBayBA
3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a Duvel tulip. At this time the beer is probably not anywhere close to its full potential as I bought and drank this can months after the package date! I was just happy that the store still had cases of it so long after production.
The beer was definitely not skunked but may be significantly more mellowed than when fresh. Overall its hoppiness is on the dank and rich side, rather than the bright side, and I can't tell how much this is owing to its aging. I found it to be similar to Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA, with that same rich sweet malt backbone and balanced, full hop profile, only with the hops/spice/alcohol turned up a bit further.
So I won't go into a detailed review and will just say that I enjoyed it and I'd like to revisit it when it's fresh.

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Photo of jjdog720
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bgon
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amedlin18
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JJuva13
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenK34
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmryan8
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boxdiesel
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of themayorkoch
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patriciag90
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArtAttackEd
3.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikey2333
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pletser
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thingsBEER
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

She pours a light golden color and leaves the same colored body. A half finger white foamy head appears and lasts for about a half minute. Light sticky foamy lacing appears. The smell has a ton of piney hops (holy hops, Batman! - could there be any more in the smell?), citrus, and some light honey (more so as the beer warms). Light caramel and a slight malty presence comes in later in the beer. The taste has a large amount of bitter and sweet between the previously mentioned flavors. A bit of spiciness comes through as the beer warms. On the palate, she sits about a medium with nothing sharp on the tongue. This has got to be one of the smoothest DIPA’s I’ve ever had. The 10 % ABV is hidden very well, as I almost feel like I could pound this all day, very sessionable. The aftertaste is piney and the finish is sticky and bitter. Overall, big wow from me as this is an exceptional beer for its style and for me.

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

Photo of Brianz81
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not many brews can have a mouth-watering taste, and have over 8% abv. It's practically a state holiday when Hopslam comes out each year! This beer is truly amazing. I don't say that without cause. The honey taste is sweet, but the underlying IPA bitterness really adds to the overall complexity. There's a series of events for your taste buds to experience with this one. This year's price was around $20.00 a 6 pack. I'm not a wealthy man, but I bought 8 where and when I could find them. It's worth a trip to their brewery, as well. They have several world class beers, and I don't see them slowing down. If you're truly a beer "snob", this one will put you on the edge of your seat! Enjoy!!

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

Photo of BSlepecki
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jsh987
3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,075 ratings
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