Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,000 Ratings
Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 13,000 |  Reviews: 3,525
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So for whom the AbBBp is named for is who must be thanked prior to writing this post. Not only did he send us the sixer, but I also had the pleasure of sharing it with another AbBBp member, ole Ne.

Actually enjoyed this one properly, I think, in a tulip. In all regards this Kalamazoo product comes through.

Tasted fresh even though it was brewed about 2 months prior, but it didn't linger with a negative after taste. What was most enjoyable was in fact was the mouthfeel, very well carbonated almost like if they took a pine cone and turned it into a soda, that refreshing.

Took the General out for a walk, came back to bliss. The taste was fantastic, would love to get some more. The smell was oblivion, and overall it was anything box. Get if it you can, better yet send me some

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a chimay chalice

A: gold color, clear, half a finger of head which dispersed almost immediately.

S: piney hops, fresh citrus fruit, grapefruit, with a hint of ethanol when swirled around in the glass.

T: extraordinarily hoppy, complex hop profile, a blend of many. citrus fruits, mango. syrupy sweetness of honey.

M: a little thinner than expected, moderate carbonation, clean with bitter finish, not particularly boozy.

O: excellent DIPA, one of the most complex hop profiles i've ever come across. while the honey is present, the mouthfeel was a litle thin. not perfectly balanced. definitely drink this one for the hops, definitive of the style.

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4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

with all the hype around this I wanted it to floor me just like heady did, and just like the younger did, but it didn't. I mean, its a great beer don't get me wrong, but it didn't stand out to me as something worthy of the absurd praise its received. the pour is a nice hazy honey color with a creamy white head with fine retention, beautiful. the nose is oily hops, high alpha semisweet fruity hops, with some pollen character from the honey and a subtle but complimentary yeast strain. the flavor is boldly hoppy, both bitter as hell and oily sticky danky. its a beer with plenty of motion, moving from a fruity sort of vibe to a really gnarly bitter bomb. the sweetness of the honey is hard to pick out, and the alcohol is shockingly well hidden. you would never know this was 10% abv until you drank 3 or 4 of them and it walloped you! great mouthfeel with groovy carbonation and a fuller medium body. there is a great resinous feel left after the swallow. overall an outstanding imperial ipa, one of the better ones ive had honestly, but it just didn't blow my mind the way it has for others.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that only died down a little, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose - grapefruit seems to stand out in particular - along with some hints of honey.
T: Like the smell, the taste is citrusy with flavors of orange and has some hints of honey. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some bits of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. There's enough bitterness to prevent this from becoming sweet, especially since it has honey in it.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey with a slight amber tinge. I see suspended fine white particles, and a couple larger dark ones. 1 finger slight yellow head, nice lacing. Medium low carbonation evident

S: Tropical fruit, honey, pineapple, spicy heat, sweet tropical fruit punch, a slight bad breath stink. Pine.

T: Perfection. Now I see why this is so highly rated. Textbook. Smooth and balanced for this style. I get the tropical fruit and honey with a light sweetness that is perfectly, smoothly evident without negative qualities. Fresh. The bitterness waits until the end to show itself, then says a nice long goodbye, and ends the story without lingering. I get the tropical fruit and pine and pineapple, honey, and no bad breath. It is perfectly balanced.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Perfect. Having this on the same night as Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock. The the oldest bock style reputed by Luther as the best in the world, and one of the the newest styles, amongst the best in the modern world. Leaving NA soon for China, so glad to have found two such great beers.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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