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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:
#149
Reviews:
3,533
Ratings:
13,105
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of bwyker
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks x1000 to nlmartin for the bottle. Poured into a snifter.

Hazed, tangerine-orange body with light white foam that quickly settles to a patchy ring around the glass. Smell can be summed up in two words: grassy hops! Damn! Taste is also dominated by grassy hops with citrus coming through in the middle. Splash of alcohol detected in the finish. Drying, light body mouth feel. You can feel the burn of bitter hops and alcohol all the way down to your gut. Out-f'n-standing beer! To put it into perspective, it reminds me of my unforgettable Pliny experience at Tria in Phlly. Could drink this forever if my teeth could withstand the enamel removal!

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Photo of rayjay
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Via trade with akorsak, batch # 7690. Hazy wheat colored ale with a solid head that laced the glass. Extremely potent hop nose full of grapefruits and citrus rinds. The head is solid and it leaves a lace all over the glass. The range of flavors from the hops is quite extraordinary; ironically the only thing it lacks is extreme bitterness (which I don't seem to miss). Loads of dried fruit, citrus fruit, pine, leather, bug spray, and HOPS. Maybe zeus, tomahawk perhaps? The malts are there but play a minimal role; they kind of taste like light rye malts. The finish is clean, leaving you only with the intense smell of hops up your nose and down your throat; this is a beer that really makes you smell like beer. The way the hop bitterness fades away reminds me of a wet hopped beer. Alcohol is undetectable. This is one beautiful IPA. The burps from this one actually taste better than certain beers I've had! I was surprised to find it's rated at 106 ibu; I would have guessed down in the 70-80 range like Pliny the Elder. This may be the first 100+ ibu beer I really enjoyed. Heres to many more!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice and pleasing hop aroma that initially began (and to some extent stayed) of softer resin. This was followed by a grassy quality and eventually settles with grapefruit. Additional hop qualities of flower. At times pick up a brief malt sweetness. No alcohol noted. Not overpoweringly strong, rather pleasant and soft, but there's an intensity (almost like body) to each whiff that feels powerful, and takes you back - like smelling ammonia.
Pours with a slow developing 1/2 inch head of mostly white and settles from middle to the edge (which stays kinda' big before settling into a ring - never seen that way before). Lots of lacing that lingers firmly on the sides of the glass. Amber of gold/orange with a bit of a haze preventing true clarity. A lot of sediment on bottom of the bottle.
Unique profile of hop bitterness and flavors. The malt adds a touch of sweetness up front, then makes a second appearance towards the finish that's made up of toast (toasted bread?). Everything else is hop based, but it's never out of hand, or excessive in any way. I really like the resiny flavors, that somehow never get too intense or biting. Also, I like the way the hoppy flavors grow throughout each sip (especially grapefruit), building in intensity from start to finish and then linger and slowly fade away during the long drawn out finish.
Carbonation is done very well...small, very soft and fine. Medium body with a good amount of smoothness. Yet somehow it's thick without being heavy. In time some alcohol warmth (that creeps up). With all the hop intensity, it's somehow still has a cleanness to the feel.
This is a pretty amazing beer. Somehow unique amongst the style in it's cleanness, different malt flavors, balance and lack of being intensely overwhelming. This isn't for everyone, but is should please the vast majority of hop heads. I worry about a hop hangover (I guess I'll know tomorrow). There is so much going on here that I'm glad I have several bottles to sample, as I believe each one might be a unique experience.

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Photo of dhchatfield
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

[edit] 12/3/06
I have re-visited this beer after enjoying a mini session (4) last night. I have determined that one must enjoy multiples of this beer to truly rate drinkability and taste. The initial hop assault needs to run its' course and "condition" ones tastebuds. Drinkability goes from a 4 to a 5. Taste was upgraded as well from 4 to 5. Do yourself a favor and set up 2 or more of these before reviewing. This was my personal experience.

A totally unexpected gift from feloniousmonk received today. Poured into my spankin' new Gavroche mini-tulip. This is the first beer I've had in a week, since splitting a Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier with my lovely Wife at curbside outside Orlando airport.

A - A golden-amber, slightly cloudy hue. Decent carbonation. I poured fairly conservatively, so not much head.Good lacing.

S - WOW!! I almost jumped this to the front of appearance. The smell of this beer is fantastic. The first note I got was mango, which I quickly got a second opinion on from my 13 year old son....yep...Mango. Definate pineapple as well. The pine kicks in on the tail end of these, riding their coattails.

T- Quite different from other DIPA's I have enjoyed to date. The mango is up front here as well, along with an extremely resinous hop flush that spreads to all corners in a hurry. The alcohol makes its' presence known in a rush as well. A bitter oily, boozy fruit cocktail finish spreads down the gullet before the ABV depth charge is triggered. Very reminiscent of Two-Hearted at first, then morphing into another universe.

M - Quite a bit creamier than I had expected. I made a point NOT to read reviews of this one, as I have been actively pursuing it. (I hope to snag a case tomorrow) So I had no pre-dispositions or expectations. As things warm a bit, the malt becomes more tongue-coating.

D - This one is definately not a "pounder", say like a 90' or Hop Whore. I will savor every single one of these I am fortunate enough to get my hands on S L O W L Y, to the last drop.

All in all, another solid Bell's production. Much anticipated and VERY much appreciated. If you are a hopivore like myself, get you some. Thanks Al, for the pleasant surprise.

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Photo of bucko
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light transparent orange color with a small white head that quickly diminished leaving fine lacing and a tiny head. Lots of suspended floaters in this one, even after a careful pour. The aroma is heavy with citrus, pine, punch and pineapple. Taste is more of the same with a huge hop/citrus punch. The bitterness is nice, but reasonable for a beer of this magnitude. Mouthfeel is nice... smooth, playful on the tongue. HopSlam is surprisingly drinkable for a beer this size. If it weren't for the alcohol, I could easily enjoy a few of these. Nice beer.

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Photo of benito
3.38/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the bottle, a recent (76--) batch.

A: Hazy amber with a thin head that laces well but doesn't show the rockiness I'd expect from this style. Still without any signs of carbonation.

S: From several feet away, the hop aromas are strong. Grapefruit and pine are especially predominant.

T: The back of the bottle says "biting, bitter, and bruising" and that it is. Grapefruit dominates, almost mercilessly, but is kept barely in check by a piney, resiny finish. Clear alcohol warming flavors as well.

M: An ode to the hop that forgets to back it up with a good malt sidekick. Though it's refreshing and actually fairly light bodied for a DIPA, it's ultimately too one-sided and the metallic 'alcohol' notes really go unchecked across the back of the tongue.

Overall, this is a strong and agressive beer with a few major flaws. I love that Bell's is going for something strong that isn't a stout, but they seem to have abandoned their golden rule (maximum realization of style, rather than experimentation with style) and ended up with a less stellar product than I would have expected.

Worth a look once or twice, but it's too much like spiked grapefruit juice to be a great beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm orange body that is dense with lots of tiny bits swirling around like a hop snow globe. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles keeping everything stirred up. There is a thick creamy off-white head that last and last. It looks like there is a slight hop oil yellow hue to it but that might just be wishful thinking.

S- The smell of big green grassy hops has a bold pineapple smell with some smooth floral notes and a faint herbal tea hint. This smell is all about the hops but it has a great complexity.

T- The slightly sweet candy sugar hint at the beginning reminds me of a nice Triple but it is quickly overtaken by a big juicy green hop flavor. It has notes of fresh cut grass, grapefruit and a nice bitter pine hop finish. The bitterness keeps growing after the sip for a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- This beer has a great hop flavor with lots of depth and hop flavor is balanced by hop bitterness, while both are being enhanced by a slight sweet malt flavor. This taste like a splash of triple and a load of hops.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

lots of initial head on pour on orangey brown. I grabbed this as an IPA, and then I find out quickly its a double hophead and higher alcohol than I expected. Its a bitter, sucking the leaf sucking the lime hop delivery that works and is satisfying aftertaste, not in your face or substantial malting as in other DIPA. My tongue was frozen later on. Good carbonation. Good but overated.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 06 arrival.
Pours a murky golden orange, lots of swirly sediment in the bottle. Nice head with slight white lacing.
Smells of citrus hops, followed by piney hops, followed by floral hops, hops, hops, hops.
Tastes just the same as the smell. Massive hops but not overly done. Huge citrus notes at first, grapefruit and orange. Nice piney, grassy flavors follow. Quite enough malt to bring this hop bomb into some type of balance.
If you love citrus hops, this is the beer for you. Very drinkable and well crafted.

Had to bump it up a notch for the 08 batch. Many of the same characteristics as the 06 yet more rich and sweet. This batch seems to be a bit maltier.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a 12oz.brown bottle into a snifter.

Mirky,golden,glowing and a kind of orangeish hue.A thick white head,chunks of yeast floating in the beer.
A very hoppy nose,intense grapefruit aromas,very clean,piney,even smells a bit like pineapple.
Strong grapefruitty tastes,very hoppy,a bit thin on the maltiness.A very hop oriented beer.Just a little sweet malty taste,the hops are just overpowering.
A light,medium mouthfeel,a bit light for a double,a slight cloyingness.
The lighter body makes it more drinkable,but the intense hop bite takes some of the drinkability away. A hopheads beer all the way.
A good beer overall,the alcohol was not really detectable with all the hoppiness. I like the Two-Hearted a bit better. The Stone 10th was a lot better version of a double IPA for me.

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

I would like to shoot a special thanks to bax72 for this bottle of HopSlam. It is readily available in Cincinnati but I had drank my last bottle and was craving some more. This beer was served in my Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a orange coloration. The carbonation actively boils away in the glass. The off white colored head is two fingers high. The head has perfect retention during the session. Thick pancake like layers of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: This beer is a celebration of hops! The beer is loaded with pine resin, pineapple, a citrus explosion of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, peaches and apricot. The beer smells positively juicy. A complementing sweetness underlies the smell.

Taste: This beer may have one of the best hop attacks I have ever experienced. The hops come at me in layers. The beer is starts out with a oily pine resin. The beer then eases into a complex weave of fruit juicyness pineapple, grapefruit, peaches, apricot, tangerines. The beer then transitions to a herbal grassyness. The beer has a good malty backbone in the background. This is a hop driven beer but in no way unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied. The active carbonation breaks it up a bit. The beer manages to have a creamy mouthfeel. This beer is very alcoholic but incorporates the alcohol well. The beer is easy to drink. I am hoping this one will be a yearly treat from Bell's. If you like strong hoppy beers this one is for you. At $15 a sixer its a bit pricey but man is it good!

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Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$13 a sixpack in Evansville. 12 oz bottle pours a hazed copper body with a one finger offwhite head that eventually falls to a film. Some delicate sheet and patch lacing adorns the glass.

Aroma is a blast of juicy and wet citrus. Lots of orange and pink grapefruit pulp with some bready malt notes. Echoes of DFH 120 and Stone 10th here. An unusual note of cat urine bespeaks of some unusual esters, maybe more like composted grass.. Still, it doesn't work as an offnote here.

Mouthfeel is a full medium, creamy carbonation, and a tangy hops bite on the tongue.

Taste has a solid hop bitterness that is grapefruit and lemon rind, enhanced by a twist of freshly ground green pepper. Hints of pale malt sweetness add a note of old clover honey. Finishes with an old grass bitterness and a grapefruit rind aftertaste.

What an unusual ale this is. Bells Two Hearted Ale is my everyday beverage. Hop Slam is totally different, with a different hop and malt profile, and is one of the best DIPA's I've sampled. Drinkability is limited only by availability.

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

The best DIPA I have had....PERIOD...

Appearance: Light orange color....small white head..

Smell: Incredible aroma of newly cut christmas trees and fresh sweet citrus (grapefruit, oranges, pinneaples, and tangerines).

Taste: Sweet, fresh citrus hop flavor that is more tasty than bitter...a big grapefruit element but also the tangerines, oranges and pinneapples...A bit of the christmas tree taste as well....The malt is very much in the background but does the job perfectly because this never feels unbalanced or like hop water...

Mouthfeel: Perfect....medium bodied...smooth....9.3%?? No-where to be tasted....like a silent assassin...I am sure this is high in IBU's but it tastes more juicy sweet than bitter...a great example of how to use hops.

Drinkability: Like I stated at the top....the best there is...Two hearted is one of my favorites but I had no idea I would like this so much. Fuck the price, I will try to secure another case of this if possible. Truly the nectar of the gods.. It's been a long time since I popped in a 5.0 on this site and now I have had two in a week (including a Town Hall beer I have yet to enter).

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Photo of tavernjef
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muted light golden brown. Very closely resembling the look of a brown beer bottle well lit from the back. Puffy white capping of foam sits a top for a bit, then crunches down to a good bubbley skim and a good amount of lacing tickles the glass with a pattern of a receeding bubble bath.

Beautiful aroma! Sweet, alive, pungent, and fresh-as-the-day-it-was picked hoppyness that has a remarkable tone of wet pine soaked with all sorts of tropical, musty, fresh fruityness seeping with mango, peach, pineapple, and green grape mush. You can smell it the second it pours into the glass....wonderfully forward and pungent with fresh hops.

Dullish tropical fruity sweetness superseeds over a sticky pine sap tone thats seemingly dark and deceptively light with a creamy centered bite and low toned bitterness of fluffy pine and orange oils. Great balance in the taste here. Hop Slam delivers a bold, yet yielding balance of hops and malts that creates one hell of a one two punch to the delight of the taste buds. One punch of hops that brings in pine and orangey oil stuff, two, malts are sweet and sticky with a semi creamyness providing a down slide for the hops in which to ride down and grab all sorts of mixtures within the tropical wellness of vitamin filled pith, oils, skins, and crushed fruit.

Light and fluffy, but somehow weighted and oily with a wonderfully smooth creamyness that hides behind a feathery dryness of toothened hop bite and tropical pithyness that lasts and floats; and floats and lasts. Again, the balance here is quite favorable and welcome. No ABV evident until late after the glass or two has emptied...

A very nice IPA2!! Bell's did their homework with this one. The balance is spectacular! I could, and can, drink this til' tomorrow. In a word...YUM!

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

Pours light orange and cloudy with a fleeting white head that leaves islands of foam throughout the beer.

A domination of sweet, resinous hops assaults the nose. Some bready, yeast notes as well.

Sweet and astringent citrus hoppiness up front. Turns into a melange of resiny pine tars, caramel sweetness and grapefruit midtongue. Leaves a long lasting bitter aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied, fairly rich. Pretty dang refreshing and drinkable, nearly as good as some of the west coast IIPAs.

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Photo of ahking
3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here is something nice. The best characteristic of this beer is the aroma. I poured this into one of those big Duvel glasses to get my nose right in there. Rich, earthy, fresh, grassy, citrus, are all words to describe the aroma. So classic and comforting a smell. Pours a rich autumnal orange, the color you only see in changing leaves and campfires. Decent head that dissipated quickly. I saw that this beer is at 106 IBU's and while I can believe it, it doesn't hit you over the head with hops as much as I expected. It has such a rich and creamy malt profile that it is very well balanced (as opposed to a beer like Hazed and Infused where it is essentially hop juice). Speaking of flavor, there is a lot going on here. I can taste tons of fruit character: pineapple, citrus; along with great hearty breadiness. Hops are majorly present in the taste as well. I suppose that this is worth the 17 dollars a six pack I paid (crazy, eh? but I love that local craft breweries are not afraid to take risks and make beers like this -- thus I must buy them and support the efforts to make American brewing even better).

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Photo of grego
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with hints of red. Nice 1/2 finger head that left quickly. A smooth coating remained throughout. This beer smells awesome. Very piney on the hops side (I'd love to know what kind of hops are in here). Not much citrus or honey at all - all piney hops. The taste is very good. Very piney but not overly bitter like some DIPA's. The mouthfeel is great it bites at you all the way through. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 for drinkability is the 9% abv. Otherwise I could drink a lot of this stuff. Way to go again Bell's. These guys know how to make great beer. Now if I could just get up to Kalamazoo...

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Photo of dfried
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The much anticipated HopSlam, given your older brother Two Hearted Ale, you have much to live up to...

Orange amber in color, 2cm frothy off white head. Aroma: Divine. Impossible to get around the citrusy hops at first whiff, grapefruit and oranges, plus pineapple, tangerine, and you name it whatever else. Fresh and floral, and there was a distinct mustiness that under lied all of it. Oh yeah, there was some malt in there too evidently, you could start to smell some sweetness, then WOOMP! the hops are back in your face.

The taste was much the same as the aroma, and that is a good thing. Juicy fruits, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, mango. The malt is a bit more apparent in the flavor, sweet almost like apple cider, and is thick enough to support this massive dose of hops. There is so much flavor in this brew the alcohol is barely noticeable, and therefore so easy to drink, its like playing with fire.

Verdict: lives up to and exceeds expectation. This is everything a DIPA should be.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7690 according to the label. Pours a cloudy brilliant gold color, with a thick rocky white head. Seems more golden than most DIPAs. Great head retention. Huge tropical fruit in the nose, pineapple, citrus, peaches, etc. Very fruity and bitter, with a hint of pine coming through. Nice spots of lace cling to the side of the glass. The malt character does not seem as strong as others in this style. The amount of pineapple and peach flavor is very interesting. Very juicy and bitter. Nice body, with carbonation that seemed appropriate. Unique.

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Photo of gestyr
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appreaance: Pours a nice cloudy orange with a small head that lasts and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Citrus. Lots and lots of citrus...i can discern grapefruit, orange, tangerine, other citrus scents.

Taste: Bitter. Bitter in a nice way. The malt flavor is there in the background but the hops take center stage and defend it to the last. A definite grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: At the medium end of the light scale. Not cloying but you know something is there. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: Yes, yes and yes. I will want more of this. Awesome. A hop head's paradise!

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Photo of scott
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

V.06

Very lovely golden orange highlighted by a terrific spritzy head that lasted for a while, and laced nicely.
Smell of intense (but not pungeant) floral/citric profiles. Clean and direct.
Taste is similar to nose, but not overly bittered by hops. Dry and refreshing.
Nicely carbonated and not bogged down by malt.
This is a great beer, and so pleasant and unassuming that it could be raised daily.
I like this. Yet again, Bell's delivers.

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

This is simply a review of my first impressions. I must revisit after several more pints.

First pint out of the barrel at Maduro ($3 a pint!), pours medium straw orange and quite hazed. Good head.

Juicy.

Simply one of the most juicy beers in terms of both aroma and flavor that I have had.

Strong quantities of grapefruit and pine sap are present throughout.

Fantastically drinkable. ABV is completely covered.

Bone dry yet silky texture.

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Photo of headhopper
4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden/copper color. Pours a finger width head, that slowly mellows to a small ring. Some lacing , but not much.

S - HOPS and Grapefruit. It is dominated by hoppy grapefruit smell ,and some pepper and pine is in the background.

T - Nowhere near as bitter as I was expecting. It is very balanced. Starts off witha nice citrusy flavor and then your mouth is bombarded with grapefruit and bitterness. Compared to the Stoudts DIPA, and even Celebration Ale this didnt seem as bitter, but much more balanced.

M - creamy and somwhat rough on the toungue. At the same time it is thin and not cloying.

D - very easy goin...this is a DIPA???? I could easily drink a few of these...if it wasnt for the abv that is. For being a DIPA and 9.3% abv, this drinks extremley smooth.

I was expecting a super complex hopbomb, but instead got a very smooth and balanced DIPA, which can be hard to find. Reminded me of 2 Hearted Ale on steriods. I was expecting a little more, but still very tasty and worth the hype. Bells is known for making smooth, balanced brews , and this is a great example of what they are capable of.

when i look back now , my taste buds might have been jaded from so many dipas ha, this is pretty bitter, but I still stand by my comments when I say its very balanced

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Photo of danielocean03
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Release

From a 12oz brown bottle, Bell's Batch number 8278 Poured a semi-traslucent coppery hued orange with a quickly dissipating bone-white head of foam that leaves moderate sticky lacing. Aroma is primarily grassy and floral hop notes, sweet grapefruit and citrus notes, caramel malt undertones. Taste is very much of the same, big hoppiness right up front, juicy grapefruit, practically seamless transition into the malty backbone. Seems sweeter than the 2006 release, less brutal hoppiness overall. Leaves a slightly drying lightly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied brew with lower levels of carbonation, washes down the gullet smooth and easy. Suprisingly well balanced, I had a few of these from last year's introductory batch and they seemed hoppier than this. Ovearall an outstanding IIPA at any rate.

2006 Release

Poured a slightly hazed coppery golden color with a full finger of bone white head that slowly fell back to a sticky lacing that coats the glass. Smell is grapefruity citrus, huge hoppy punch of hop resins and piney hops, also a big malty sweet backbone holding all of these huge aromas together. This beer is as hoppy as they come. Taste is much more of the same, starts sweet and of caramel maltiness before quickly becoming the grapefruity and citrusy flavors that lead onwards into the hoppy depths of this beast. Gargantuan hoppiness delivered with a bitterness and drying aftertaste to match. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with milder carbonation, slick and viscous brew. Drinkability is outstanding considering the 106 IBU's and 9.3% abv, staggering stats like that would make many beers undrinkable, yet Bell's has made this one enjoyable in a big way. The alcohol is hardly noticeable past the hoppiness, great bittering hop bite. Easily one of the best DIPA's I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Truly a hop-monster in the flesh, try this beer if you can get a hold of it. Highly recommend, will seek out again.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a -- hazy golden orange color; light gets trapped in the glass; very nice

s -- strong floral aroma; noticable grapefruit/hops smell

t -- amazing! as you can tell by the name, hops is the dominant taste here, but it's surprisingly well-balanced, allowing citrusy tastes to emerge as well. finish is quite bitter.

m -- medium-bodied; carbonation level seems appropriate

d -- very drinkable; could easily drink a few of these; alcohol warmth down the throat and in the stomach after each sip -- very nice on this cold night.

overall -- the only drawback here is the price. i could drink this on a regular basis, but at approx. $15 per six pack, i'll probably indulge once in a while. in the world of IPAs and DIPAs, this might be second only to Two Hearted.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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