Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
98
world-class
13,021 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:
13,021
Reviews:
3,528
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,659
Gots:
3,623
For Trade:
70
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,021 |  Reviews: 3,528
Photo of timc13
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of psmithmkt
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Riverared
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Mounty4Life
4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nicely done dipa from bells, really only case each year I travel El to make sure I can get 2 cases....poured from 12oz into 32oz Steelers frozen glass mug, little finger of head and decent lacing. Looks like honey but bubbles like beer!
Honey hops citrus malt and 10%! It has it all s/t/m! Goes down dangerously smooth at high gravity and also pops the palate like other exceptional beers.
Overall one of my must haves for the year just finishing my last case bottled 2/2/12 besides 2 I will save for next year comparison! DRINK AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE!!! The 6 er my lady n I drank on vday(2/2batch) was even better than one I had tonight

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Photo of bonSreeB
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Stoshua
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jolly_lynch
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lonestarstate97
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kennethzelljr
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coon_Hopster
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dgmirelli
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

ok so i finally had one, much more west coast style to me, very much alcohol in flavor and i know it was 10%, look was more of an amber, clear with a good head and retention, smell did not hit me over head, taste was clean not much citrus and was able to feel the honey presence. feel was a proper carbonation. i would have another sure, did not knock my socks off. was able to secure one can poured into a beer snifter.

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

Photo of ChrisTota
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boppar
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

Thick, great head, with exceptional lacing. Rich golden hues. Frothy. I really couldn't help swirling it in my glass to play with the lace.

This beer smells incredible. Tropical fruity hops. Pineapple leads the charge with hoppy spice in hot pursuit.

This beer tastes almost as good as it smells. Definite pineapple taste. Mango and/or papaya are there as well in a more subdued background kind of way. Something creamy, possibly coconut is there as well.

Exquisite mouthfeel. Creamy, frothy, uninhibited bliss.

I could drink these all day. And with the non-evident 9.3% ABV, the hangover the next morning would only serve as a constant, friendly reminder of how thoroughly happy I had been the day before.

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4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice dark copper semi-transparency with a slight off white head. Smells dank like hops, strong, citrus, and sticky. Taste is much the same with a very sweet green hops aftertaste lingering on all the smokey parts of my pallet. Nice and bitter yet not to overbearing in the sting of alcohol. A sweet IIPA. I love it.

Cheers.

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Photo of mcann2pu
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the guys at Corks and Kegs for sharing this one,

a- pours a nice amber color with only a small head, leaves no lacing on the glass,
s- very potant citrus nose from the hops, the hops domnate the balk of the smelln but some sweetness, posibly from the honney can be detected,
t- great taste, good citrus-like hops flavor at first sip with a sweet honney after taste,
m- good, not too thick and not to light,
d- high for something with this strong of a hop flavor,

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of vitALEity
2.96/5  rDev -33.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of b3shine
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip. This beer is top-notch, although the hop-lover in me sheds a silent tear every time I enjoy one (and enjoy them I do), because the top-tier hops combination is slightly masked by the honey, which detracts ever so slightly from what makes me appreciate the best double ipa's. Nevertheless, its drinkability is outstanding for an imperial, and I truly enjoy what is becoming Bell's most sought-after beer on the market.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,021 ratings.
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