Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
98
world-class
13,041 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
Ratings:
13,041
Reviews:
3,529
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,666
Gots:
3,631
For Trade:
71
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,041 |  Reviews: 3,529
Photo of ddedhed
4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely fantastic! Got lucky and someone was able to pick up a 6 pack for me before it sold out. Clear gold with a slight amber tinge. Thick head that looks like a soft fluffy cloud. Leaves solid consistent lacing. The smell is a sweet, fruity, and fresh. The taste is a light citrus, melon fruitiness to mid palate bitterness to sweet honey on the back of the palate. The finish is crisp with a sublte lingering bitterness that is pleasant. This is really well balanced, and 10%??? I couldn't tell.

A real pleasure. I am going back tomorrow to get more. Hopefully they aren't sold out!

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Photo of thgreatrandini
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally got ahold of some thanks to a buddy. It was good but didn't come close to the hype for me.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #200! Poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear deep golden color with about a finger of white foam, that drops fairly quickly to some spotty foam and nice lacing.

Aromas of big grapefruit hops, citrusy, a little grassy, and a hint of honey.

First sip is of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, bitter, slightly sweet, a little vegetal. Long, bitter and grapefruit finish that goes on and on.

Mouthfeel is big, sticky, chewy, with a bracing, puckering bitterness.

This is a sipper, but you might enjoy more than one over the course of a long night. But your not going to pound 'em.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of phingdong
3.63/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Focusf111
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BA_Berto
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of csmalley
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of hoppymeal
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold to peach in color and hazy with a medium white head that quickly fades back to a thin covering. Aroma is big citrusy hops, grapefruit and a little tropical fruit going on, some sweet pineapple juice. There is also a hint of grainy-grassiness. Taste follows with some sweet pineapple juice flavor up front that blends into some grapefruit bitterness. The bitterness is nice and even graduating into a citrus rind dryness. There is the hint of what could be an alcohol burn, but it never quite gets to a burn, just on the verge, and then warms the throat with the dry finish. Light to medium in body, the malts are plentiful enough to balance the hoppiness and accentuate the citrus and pineapple flavors, but not overpowering to make you think of a dipa-barleywine hybrid. The bitterness is not a huge kick in the teeth but is still large and nice and even from about mid-taste thru the finish. Very good beer easy to drink, deceptively strong.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange-tangerine amber color. Head is medium thick, rich and lovely. Hopslam has a nice yeasty sediment that adds a nice depth of cloudiness after a second pour. packaged on 1/9/13 drank 1/17/13.
Smell is intense sour honey, citrus, hop oil, floral ,orange,pineapple,pine,biscuit malt, lots of biscuit backbone.
IMO flavor is this beer's true power. Upfront huge hoppy pine, malt, citrus, candied orange, pine, sweet musty honey, syrup, finishes biting and smooth with no indication whatsoever of a 10% double IPA. I must say that this takes the cake for the most deceptive Imperial IPA I've ever had. More balanced than many, but honestly a bit sweeter than I expected...not a horrible thing.
Too many times Double IPAS are unbalanced, tongue numbing, unpleasant beers for me, but Hopslam shows a true balance of hop in beautiful form.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HumphreyLee
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of myuncle
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of HiWire
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear amber with 1 1/2 finger head that stays for days. Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes very balanced between hop bite, sweetness, a piney after taste. Laces like it was Brussels. The most drinkable 10% I've ever had. You can bury me with a case for the afterlife.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of alex_hart
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JamesLeung
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of red94tt
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of illeagle05
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cantal
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NCSUdo
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, batch 8277

A: Pours a clear golden under a fingers worth of head. Minimal lace, good retention.

S: The hops hit me when I took the cap off the bottle. Huge leafy hops, huge on grapefruit with a definite tropical twang and some pine. A biscuity malt backbone is there as well.

T: Surprise, big on hops throughout. Citrus with some hints of honey, alcohol is apparent in the finish and is slightly drying but can't overcome the big, but balanced, bitterness.

M/D: Carbonation is there but in appropriate quantities, slight creaminess to a light to medium body and some big hop oiliness that coats the mouth. Drinkability is good on this one. A very fine example of the style.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,041 ratings.
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