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

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American 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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#213
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3,614
Ratings:
13,453
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

perennial fav. look fwd to it every year. wish i could get the mini keg

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4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a can of this 2018 vintage for the first time a few months ago and was not impressed, despite the high ratings. I decided not to review back then, figuring maybe I was just missing a DIPA boat because I'm really more a stout guy. It's really hot outside now, I like cold IPA style when it's hot, I saw the beer store clerk had this stashed in a cold hiding place, so I bought it for a second try.

Waaaay better than last time! In hindsight, the first cans were comparatively flat and syrupy, so they were probably allowed to get too warm. This batch is delicious. Nose is lemony, grapefruity up front, maybe some pine in the back. Color is slightly hazy yellow-gold. Poured hard into a barrel glass created a small head that persisted, due to a crazy amount of carbonation. This has been the first time I've seen that level of active bubbles from deep down the glass since I had Pliny the Elder forever ago. Side note: if there's anything local in the Buffalo, NY area I can trade for some Pliny...hit me up!

First sips are citrus and pine, slightly bitter but balanced by the honey. Very crisp mouthfeel, refreshing aftertaste. Alcohol hides well, but has a slight presence. Very easy drinker on this hot, humid night.

Considering how the carbonation really made the difference, IMO, from last time with Hopslam, I think this might be the same issue I had with the Lawson's Sip Of Sunshine, so I might have to retry a pack that has stayed frosty.

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3.6/5  rDev -19.3%
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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,453 ratings