Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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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Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blue Nile. Served in a 12 oz goblet.

106 IBUs? Where? Don't get me wrong, there were some amazing aspects to this beer, but bitter it wasn't. This beer was very reminiscent of grapefruit juice. There was some good complexity in the hops flavor, but it was overly juicy to the point of getting away from beer. This made for an amazing aroma, but the taste couldn't quite deliver all the way.

Although the taste didn't exactly do it for me, I was impressed by how drinkable the 9.3% was. The bitterness, or lack of, kind of let me down, but this was still a pretty good DIPA. Worth a try at the least.

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Photo of w5baron
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, wow. The hops brings your taste buds alive. This high ibu beer does an excellent job of bringing a full body taste well rounded. To all that hops, and bells has done a great job with this hopslam. The aroma of the beer brings a strong fruity smell, but dont be scared this is not what you taste. Try the beer and let the hops take you away.

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

Beer courtesy of Loki. Thanks again.

Pours a bright cloudy gold color, with a a nice looking head.

Beer smells resiny, sweet, citrus like, and with a nice pine touch. Very nice aromas.

Beer is quite tasty, and interesting. A bit tea like on the front, but with a great creamy yet hoppy citrus bite on the finish. Alcohol is very well controlled on this one. I would have never guessed that this was over 9% ABV.

Mouthfeel is good. Very rounded flavors, but maybe a bit lean on the front.

Probably the best East Coast DIPA I have had. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I tend to prefer really hoppy DIPAs, and this one can certainly hold a candle to some of my other favs. Hoppy, yet nicely balanced and drinkable. I'd love to drink another.

Great job Bell's Brewery, I am impressed!

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Photo of far333
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey-apricot colored with particulate matter gyrating within, and a fine mist of bubbles rising up to a thin but mottled off-white and uneven head.

Heady aroma of sticky pine needles and sweet tangerines, very fresh and inviting, even slightly reminiscent of that baby aspirin I almost OD'd on as a child. A bit resinous, a bit musty.

Flavor starts off not as sweet as the aroma leads me to expect, it's more of a hop bitter orange peel and pine at first, but moves to the sweeter citrus hops as it finishes. A little burn in the cheeks from the ABV, but not too bad considering the octane rating. A butterscotchy malt base rides beneath, but pokes through only slightly. Hops are fresh and bright, tingly and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is smooth and even, highly drinkable for such a powerful brew. Thank you Brent for sharing yet another fantastic selection.

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

Thanks to akorsak for hooking me up with two of these. I love it so much I almost regret passing one along to another friend =) I guess that is what advocacy is all about... sharing, right?

Allowed to warm significantly to just a slight chill on it. Served in my snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous orange golden color with some haze in the body and a large off-white head a top.

Smell: The sweet candy sugar the spicy orange rind hops and the hint or warming alcohol meld together perfectly, so harmoniously that they create an aroma that is divine.

Taste & Mouthfeel: It starts off with bold hops that I almost disciple as share but that is not quite right because they are not rough. It is like the sharp hops have been smooth (tamed) just enough that it is easy and the sweet malt flows right over around and through all the bold hop almost prickles spikes I imagine in the mouth. There is clearly a vanilla and honey attribute next to the big orange. This is Two Hearted on Steroids. Seriously. It is a beefed up 2H IMO. Finally the alcohol plays a significant role in this beer. It warms and dulls the palate and adds to the dryness I fell and the, almost, prickly hops slide down the throat. What an awesome experience!

Drinkability: The alcohol shows through in a pleasant way and all the attributes are ratcheted back one notch from extreme making this beer almost extremely drinkable but it'd lay you flat after a few. I still say, I drink as many as I could stand through. =) This is good stuff.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Pours a dark golden color with a bright white head. Had some kind of floaties in it as well that never settled. Unbelievable smell of pineapple juice and possibly grapefruit but on the sweeter side. Initial taste of sweet pineapple taste switching to a bitterness that was less than expected. The sweetness then kinda works it's way back in. Perfect carbonation, medium-light mouthfeel. Awesome drinkability for something this potent. Possibly my favorite in this style and only wish I would have bought more when I had the chance.

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Photo of mmcave
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 7741 picked up at corner beverage store. 14.99 for a sixer.
Poured into big wine glass, nice white head, that dissipates and lingers around edges, descent, but thin lacing. The body is a beautiful hazy tea like red orange with good gradation. The color is quite enticing. Smells of wonderful hop aromatics, tons of fruit, citrus, grapefruit, mango, pine, it is pungent, yet there is still a very round sequence of aroma. The malt is there too, except it seems to be more of a backbone than a showcase. Honestly little really gets through the mammoth hop aroma, but if you search you will find.
The taste is wonderful smooth yet bitey, the bittering hops really do good work, the malt is there yet not really sweet, but still they keep the hops on the just the right path, not too bitter or too over bearing. The alcohol makes it a dangerously tasty treat, you can only really have one or two. I love this stuff, for me it is another wonderful Double IPA, I'd love to add to my fridge's permanent collection.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Batch #7741. Picked this up for $2.59 at B&B. Pours hazy orange with a slight reddish tint. Egg-white colored head. Foams up upon pouring and falls to a thin film. Leaves nice little rings on the inside of my glass.

S: What can I say? It smells like hops, hops, and more hops. Smells of pine, lemon, lime, and grapefruit. I'm guessing all of these hops or from the northwest. No real malt aromas make it through the amazin hop bouquet.

T: Incredibly smooth for an iipa. Bitter bite to start, moves to citrus, then pine, and leaves the mouth with a sweet hint of ethanol. The name Hopslam fits well.

M: Medium bodied. Rolls off the tongue nicely. Leaves no residue on the palate.

D: If only this were a part of Bell's normal line-up. I would definitely fit this beer in to my rotation. Amazingly drinkable for the immense flavor.

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

Another beer courtesy of the generous Melbatoast93.

Jeez, this is so golden and cloudy it blows my mind! It just screams HOPS at the top of it's lungs. There's a nice head. It looks like fresh cream.

I don't think the nose could smell more like fresh grapefruit if someone waved one next to my face. It dominates everything but a bit of sweet malt manages to shine through. Damn, I can just SMELL the bitterness. Before this beer, I never would have said bitter was a smell but it surely is here. Amazing.Theres also some pinapple and orange.

Taste starts as orange, grapefruit and pine and segues into more sweet caramel. I just love this. It's like oozey juicey hops layered over the tongue. Good IPA's are a dime a dozen here in WA but this is truly great. The hops just murder the taste buds.

Mouth is super rich. It's like comparing generic chocolate to rich dark chocolate. It reminds me of cream.

Wow, this is a great double IPA. I'm so glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of mentor
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 7690, obtained in Dexter Michigan in December 2006 and consumed that same evening. Pours a strong finger of yellowish head over a clear crown-golden liquid. Sediment retained in the bottle. Smells of pink grapefruit meat and oranges. Quite potent hops with a sugary sweetness playing minor support.

Tastes...woof! Potent hop flavor with some hop bitter countered by a non-descript sugary sweet. Hop flavor is pink grapefruit meat with some pith. Pine is present, as is a touch of lemon. Oranges and woody dry with some ethanol flavor (more ethanol flavor than ethanol burn). Hop bitter is strong, but quite clean, which is nice, because the alcohol is a touch rough (a mistake avoided is that the hop bitter and alcohol can sometimes combine in an unpleasant manner). Malt sweet is a touch of caramel. More, now, I get some fruity esters...pear mostly but some apricot. Dry finish that allows the alcohol to rise and stand noticed. Aftertaste is dry with the apricot hanging to fight the alcohol and dry. Very interesting. At this point the creamy mouthfeel really steals the show.

Mouthfeel is stunning. Thick mouthfeel, but super creamy...like a properly done oatmeal stout. Amazing. I've never had an IPA with this kind of hop-oily mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation and some lacing on the inside of the glass.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Secret Santa jay23. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head above the slightly cloudy golden brew. Frothy head fades slowly, with ample lacing. Aroma is dominated by pungeant fresh hopiness. Taste is malty sweet upfront, and segues nicely into the intensely fruity and piney hops character. Mouthfeel is incredible for a DIPA, so smooth, not allout bitterness just for bitterness' sake, and drinkability is great as well. Have to lookout on this one, with the substantial abv too. Glad I have some more of this one floating around.

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill, PA. My comments on drinkability are taken from my comments on the bottled version.

A: The ale is an auburn orange color with a thick 1 finger head. The head is not too impressive by leaves a bit of lacing in the glass.

S: The aroma is a big, sweet piney hop. The fruity aroma of the hops are big and bold, leaving exciting hints of things to come.

T: The hops leap off the tastebuds like a harvest ale. They are so fresh-tasting and intense that words almost fall short in describing them. The hops are very fruity, with tangerine and apricot flavors and a strong piney presence. The hop bitterness is intense upfront and rarely fades in the mouth. The malts are not meant to stand out here and they don't. They do, however, provide a strong grainy foundation for the hops to shine. This ale is why the good Lord made humulus lupulus.

M: The mouthfeel is unlike most other DIPAs. The hops are do fresh, vibrant and intense that they are delicious from first sip to last.

D: The 9.3% abv is tough and those hops will strip your taste buds but you'll love every second of it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two thoughts here. #1 - Whoah! Like chewing on a hop!!!!, and #2 - Whoah! Like chewing on a hop! Absolutely bright, vivid and in-your-face! Grapefruit! Pineapple! Pine-needles! All Pac northwest! One of the best, if not THE best, big-assed citrusy hop beers. Drinkability suffers a little bit, sure, but that's the trade-off for such a massively beautiful rendition of dripping, citrusy and piney hops in a glass. Hop-hazy as expected in the glass; dropping head. Alcohol can be inhibiting to drinkability, but never really exhibits itself throughout the first serving. Beautiful!!!!, but perhaps only for the initiated. Regardless, worth trying for the experience.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Wasatch in a recent trade. Nice caramel-orange hue, a thin head that holds up decently, and steady streams of carbonation visible. Loads of piney hop aroma and fresh oranges with other citrus fruit in the background. Very nice smell, reminds me of more west coast IPA's.

The flavor has less of a potent hoppiness than expected. The grassy hops carry a light citrus tang and are paired well with some light toasted malt flavors. The hop character is a bit spicy, and the finish is pleasantly bitter with only a hint of alcohol. Medium body with appropriate carbonation.

I wasn't wowed by this beer, but it was a fine selection that I would be glad to try again if I get the chance. Recommended...

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Photo of Gritsak
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- medium copper with a soapy white head.

S- intense hop aroma with grapefruit dominating

T- so much flavor going, but grapefruit and pine needles really stand out.

M- very smooth

D- its good, but this isnt the kind of brew you want to finish a 6pack in one sitting. Better to spread out your enjoyment over time!

overall- lots of buzz going on about this beer, but it lives up to the hype in my book. the only thing i wish is it would have a TAD bit more carbonation, but thats just a personal preference.

Definitely pick this one up if you can.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paler yellow than I expected, with lots of suspendies and chunky lace. Head was minimal and short-lived.

Strong piney scent, that hints at the flavor to come, a blistering blend of piney and citrusy hops, tending toward piney domination.

Very smooth to drink, despite the very high IBUs. Another outstanding brew from the good folks at Bell's.

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Photo of northernbrews
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can Larry Bell live up to the hype again?

12oz. bottle purchased from Top Shelf Liquor in Allen Park.

As soon as I pop the cap, the excellent aroma lets me know I'm in for something special.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden orange hue. This is slightly hazy due to the yeast that I poured into my Bell's snifter. Nice off-white head with nice lacing. Very inviting...

Smell: What an excellent aroma. Starts with a slight hop burn follow by grapefruit, pine, and citrus. You can almost taste the hops...My fricking mouth is watering.

Taste: Tastes just like the aroma. Nice hops up front with grapefruit, pine and citrus notes. Malts come to the party later on to add a beautiful balance to this masterpiece.

Mouthfeel: Nice smooth mouthfeel. The hops hang around for a bit and coat the tongue and roof of my mouth.

Drinkability: I could definitely put back a sixer of these, but I'd rather savor this bad ass Double IPA with one or two. Hoppy, malty, and exceptionally balanced.

The first time I tried this, I had it next to Rouge I2PA and DFH 90 min. IPA. This was exceptional compared to the other two. The Rouge wasn't too bad, but the 90 tasted like a malty barleywine. I used to think the 90 was a hop-bomb....not anymore. I would love to try this next to Dreadnaught...from memory, they are similar except for the fact the a 22oz of Dreadnaught was $9 and a sixer of Hopslam came out to be about $12.

Once again, Larry and the Bell's crew put out an excellent beer. If it's not the best double IPA, then it's definitely in the top five. This should be the new benchmark for the style. Hopefully Bell's decide to make this a more regular offering. Pick this up if you see it...you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's- Hopslam

Appearance- Bright orangish brown with a med. size head. Slight lacing.
Smell- Bittersweet grapefruit and orange rind.
Taste- Tangerine, grapefruit, orange, and other citric fruits!
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front before turning dry and mildly bitter.

Overall- Not a bad DIPA. Maybe a tad too sweet for me, but otherwise definitely worthy.

Side Note- while drinking a pint of HopSlam, someone called to see if it was on tap then came in, filled a growler, and left.

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

I am glad I checked the Beer Yard website for this before trying to snag some in a trade. This really tastes like a West Coast Hop bomb & reminds me of Pliny the Younger. Big, big hop nose with a very hoppy taste. Some carbonation with the mouthfeel. This is a must for hop heads. Another stellar offerring from Bell's.


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Photo of goindownsouth
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at JP O'Malley's in Allentown, PA on 12.19.06.

Hazy and golden in appearance. Skinny white head left slight whisps of lace along the side of the pint glass.

HUGE notes of hops in the nose, ripe citrus, piney goodness and bitter essences. A pleasure to the nose in the hoppiest of ways. Very, very nice.

Hops lay the foundation on the palate. Fantastic hints of citrusy goodness and pine lusciousness with solid balance given to the malt profile. Pungent and tangy without being painfully so.

Highly drinkable, after that first whiff and sip. Once you know what you are in for, you know you are in for a treat.

Life is good.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy orange-amber with wispy tendrils of gunk floating around inside the glass.One finger head quickly becomes a few islands of foam and some sticky lace.

S: Earthy hop nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Some sweet apples. Good and funky. There's a sweet, bready quality to the smell.

T: Hops. Glorious hops. Citrus, pine, and grass clippings. The hops are balanced wonderfully by a slightly sweet, bready, crackery malt flavor. There's also a tart bitterness (like green apples) to the finish.

M: Dry and bitter yet smooth.

D: Very drinkable for the style. Enough so that you could get in some serious trouble with this one.

Tempurature is the key with this one. I've had this one served rather cold and it makes it a lot drier and more bitter. The one I reviewed poured at about 55 degrees right out of the fridge and only got better from there.

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

Pours out like a pilsner with just a slight orange haze.
The smell is of grapfruit and hop. Sour lemony smells come up in the glass.
Taste is wonderful hoppiness(thus the name). there is a sugary-sweet bitterness to all this. Overall though, it is a very nice tasting brew.
Mouthfeel is a bit black and dry but that is what you should expect from such a hoppy beer .
With an ABV of near 10, one would think that this is not a session beer, but mabey around Christmas we should rethink this approach.
Gimme a 6-er of this and I will be cozy,cumfy and dangerous.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap as a seasonal beer at the ACME in Ft. Wayne.

Pint glass with orange copper color and thick creamy ivory head that dissipated quickly to a few islands of lace and an edge ring.

Smell is sweet, with crisp hop accents.

Taste is crisp and citrus, but this isn't all Cascade and/or Amarillo, its more complex than that but BIG, clean and lingering. Balanced with the malt; the alcohol does not really present itself; masked I am sure by the hops. (I had a 9G Infidel last night, but this is smoother !)

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying. Not thin, but not viscous or syrupy.

Drinkability is; if you like big hoppy beers, excellent !

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

I am not a huge hop head but this beer really hit the spot for me.

Pours a nice hazy golden color with a thin, wispy white head.

I am overwhelmed by the aromas in this one. Piney, citrusy, grassy, fruity hops. A slight hint of maltiness in the background. So hoppy that it may be a bit unbalanced but it is a double ipa after all.

Again a slight hint of malt character but this is a bitter, sharp, bighting, carbonic hop attack on the taste buds.

Very drinkable, especially since I lean more toward maltier beers usually. I could easily have a few of these.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to northernbrews for this much anticipated bottle of suds.

A: Medium vibrant coppery apricot color with a lot of haze. So much haze I really can't see any activity in the glass. Head started out fizzy but settled down into a 1/2 off white semi creamy mass and is showing some staying power.

S: Loads of fresh grapefruit juice, lemon tea, lime lifesavers and kind bud. This is one seriously great smelling beer. I've had my nose in it for a while now.

T: This beer is all about the grapefruit and honestly tastes exactly how it smells (or tastes exactly how I think its going to taste after I smell it, I should say). There is some subtle watery tangerine flavors with pungent lemon rind lurking about as well. Get a sense of sugary limes about half way through the process which play well with a bready caramel foundation. Finishes extremely alcoholic, almost like someone poured vodka straight into the bottle.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Bit fuzzy but I'm not complaining.

D: I say this about almost all DIPA's, but....it lacks some of the depth I'm looking for. Yes, this is a delicious and tremendous beer. Is there anything wrong with simplicity? Absolutely not. But to hit the upper echelon of ratings IMO you need to have depth.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,355 ratings