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Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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:
13,092
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,684
Gots:
3,659
Trade:
69
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Ratings: 13,092 |  Reviews: 3,532
Photo of vitALEity
2.96/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh 2017 cans in California.

A: orange/amber in color. Totally clear pour. Very little head that settles to a small bubbly white top with minimal lacing.

S: Honey, flowers, pine, caramel, alcohol

T: Hmm. At first, lots of alcohol that is not well masked at all. Mostly honey and pine with a dry/bitter finish in the back of my throat. After a few sips the dominant alcohol taste somewhat fades and there is a brief hit of floral hops and honey. Its hard to keep sipping on this to be honest.

M: Medium-Full, creamy, mild carbonation. Kind of astringent.

Highly over rated.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.64/5  rDev +4%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grizzarky
3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themaj
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Probably the best DIPA that I've tried so far. It is a crime that this beer is only seasonal and very limited. Hopslam is a pure hop joy! Because that it is limited and seasonal you'll probably would only drink it super fresh. All other DIPAs should be judged by this one.

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4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drgonzo3705
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A beautiful light copper color with a quickly diminishing head.

S: Piney, citrusy, and hoppy mmm.

T: Just like it smells. Absolutely marvelous! Mostly Pine with a little citrus and a slight malt backbone.

M: Oily and sticky with a nice medium body.

D: I know the ABV will catch up to me eventually but I'm drinking the shit out of this until it does! About as close to Pliny as us Eastern guys will get. A pure masterpiece!

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3.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a german pilsner glass. This beer was fresh from the distributor

A - rust color with a 2cm head.

S - sweet, with the usual floral, citrus notes of hops (I'm new to hops, so can't really go into detail about them.)

T - sweet beginning and then a ton of hops are shot at me. whoa! That's a lot of hops. Too much for me, I think. Again, floral and citrusy.

M - it's a fresh Bells beer.

D - too many hops for me. I may have jumped to the DIPAs a little too quickly.

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

I waited 40 days (lent) to drink this and holy Jesus this is amazing!
Do not hesitate to pick this up. The honey really balances out the subtle complexities to this exquisitely crafted IPA.

Sorry for not supplying a full review...I am really enjoying this and you should too!

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4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hopslam, Hopslam, Hopslam. We've heard so much about you over the last months. Your production, being limited, makes you a rare commodity even before you hit the marketplace. It gives your fans that extra little bit of satisfaction knowing that they hold in their steins, their goblets, their Solo cups a delicious, golden slice of "Hop Heaven"(no relation to the beer) that can only be quaffed, but once a year.

You also get a little bit hyped up...

Don't get me wrong. This is a delightful beer. Strong, yet smooth. A wonderful high quality craft brew. Yet I can't help but feel a little disappointment. And it has nothing to do with the beer itself. It IS the hype around this ale and others like it that gives me this disappointment. Sometimes you go into trying a beer you have read about with expectations. Expectations gives you an unrealistic bar to measure by. All beers need to be reviewed with a lack of expectations. Now... On to the goods.

Purchased 6-Pack for $16.99 @ Liquor Depot in Tampa.

Poured in a glass pint.
Color is a copper/gold. Very nive release of carbination as it is poured forming a good creamy head(over 1/4 inch) that slowly breaks down to a superb lacing.

The smell is just like it says it tastes like. lots of hops. Lots of honey. Slight alcohol. Well hidden buy the overpowering hops.

Taste is quite good. High quality hops hit up front like a bitter punch in the mouth, only to be quickly quelled by the sweet richness of the dark honey. Finish is much like the first taste. Starts bitter then fades to a mellow honey. The honey gives an almost oily characteristic to the ale. Like a drop of pure honey on the tongue. Very nice. Quite drinkable for a bitter Double IPA.

Bell's is one of my top picks for Michigan breweries.
Hopslam Ale is a Top DIPA.
Brewed in Comstock. Not Kalamazoo.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,092 ratings
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