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:
3,543
Ratings:
13,148
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,706
Gots:
3,690
Trade:
68
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Ratings: 13,148 |  Reviews: 3,543
Photo of BobJude
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wiseguywood
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bosoxbennie
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerampage
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured one with a good friend.

A: Pours nicely. Sunny orange color and single finger head on top. Awesome.

S: Intense hops. Citrus and Pine. Smells delicious. Malt is sweet smelling which I assume is due to the honey as well. Very fresh smelling. Can I drink this through my nose? Maybe.

T: Bang! If you're a hop head you'll enjoy it alot. Its bitter as hell initially, but gives way to a nice malty sweet finish with the citrus revealing itself along the way. First drink is always a bit shocking. Second one reveals why this beer has such a great following. At 10% you know your drinking a big one. The booze is present, but fits just right with the rest of it. Its big flavor from start to finish, and the beauty of this beer is its drinkability.

M: Awesome smooth mouthfeel. Malty and full. Juicy just like it looks. Carbonation is completely spot on.

Overall: From pour to finish it seemed to last maybe 10 min. Is it allowable to make a 10% DIPA so damn drinkable? Yes! The mark of any good beer is your desire for its next drink, and this one is pure lust from a hopheads perspective. Its a different beer from the start to the finish, and as my comrade finshed one swallow before myself, and he said, "Damn, that was delicious." I think that sums it up perfectly.

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Photo of 30helens
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bob_d
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tbart75
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blankenhoney
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottles dated 1.8.15 and enjoyed out of a Hopslam glass between 1.15 and 1.25.15.

A: Pours a mostly clear coppery orange with a soapy, 1-finger head. Minimal retention and lots of soapy lacing on my glass.

S: Pungent aromas of resiny and pine-heavy hops, followed by notes of candied orange peel, generally intense citrus aromas, and thick, bready malt. Kind of like a grown-up's version of orange juice. Good stuff, but fails to signal the flavors that are about to blow up your mouth.

T: One week after bottling, Hopslam leads with enormous flavors of piney and resiny hops that are insanely bitter. That quickly gives way to orange peel, creamed honey, a hoppy tingle, and a nice alcohol burn. White peach skin, too (srs). Hops are fragrant and floral, and balance perfectly with the strong malt presence. Bottles consumed further away from the bottling date lacked the hop wallop up front, but were still delicious.

M: Vinous, oily, and lightly syrupy, with a lovely dry and bitter finish. Hopslam is incredibly crushable, especially because there's no fooling yourself you're drinking a 10% beer. You know having more than 2 bottles in a sitting would be a mistake, but you grab a third bottle with ZFG.

O: One of my favorite DIPAs, and the beer that sent me spiraling into craft-beer madness 2 years ago. Hopslam is phenomenal even 3-4 weeks after bottling, but the fresher you can find it the better. Those bitter, biting, and dank flavors you get with an ultra-fresh bottle are about as good as it gets in the DIPA realm.

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Photo of Zomdust
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AndrewPalmer
3.86/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crazyfoMostout
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joe12pk
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Five day old bottle poured into a snifter.
Well, it wasn't too bitter or bruising, thank God. I DID, however, find tangerines, grapefruit, ummagumma fruits and a nice touch of honey dancing on my tongue. Great malt backbone with just enough alcohol presence so that I wouldn't drink this jewel too quickly.
Beauty, thy name is Hopslam.

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Photo of Eddyfunt
4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mchegash
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A bright, vibrant, clear golden orange, with about 1-2 fingers of slightly tan head. An average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

S: Mainly pine. Smell is quite sweet, likely due to the added honey. Smell was not very strong, thus the lower rating.

T: Pine, resin, slightly floral hops, balanced with sweet malts. Not super bitter, instead it’s quite balanced. A very good IPA. Also, despite the 10% ABV, the alcohol was undetectable.

F: Smooth, medium-full bodied. Carbonation level is average.

O: Overall this was a very good IPA. One of the best I’ve had in a while but I don’t know if it would make my top 10. So not sure why all the hype, but regardless, glad to have enjoyed a good beer.

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Photo of Beersmuggler
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ER527
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap; appearance- beautiful frothy head, excellent retention. Smell- hop, hop, more hop. Some citrus. Taste- as advertised, plenty of hops with some nice honey balance, finishes with grapefruit. Mouthfeel- this defines this beer. Very smooth and easy drinking, you completely forget the ABV and the alcohol is hidden. Overall- an excellent, solid dipa, falls slightly short of the hype, but nevertheless has one of the best mouth feels I can remember for a dipa.

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Photo of kogutmic
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Woolly60
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chart813
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lateralundertow
3.86/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/8/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Some light booziness shows up as it warms. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon/orange zest, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding double IPA style. All around awesome complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,148 ratings
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