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

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4.46/5
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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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:
#160
Reviews:
3,607
Ratings:
13,385
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Ratings: 13,385 |  Reviews: 3,607
Photo of Kevin41
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of zshaft
3.76/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours relatively clean golden orange with nice thick foamy head. Nose is very faint with light bready malt and some floral and earthy notes. Maybe some grapefruit peel. Im not really getting much to be honest. Taste up front is grapefruit subdued by some malt backbone. Followed quickly into mid palate orange with some noticeable alcohol burn. I get some subtle honey but thats probably bevause im looking for it. Rather clean end palate with lingering burn from the booze. Mouthfeel is nice with adequate coating of the palate. For all the hype i expected more. This seems to be an average beer with nothing that really stands out. Nothing i would seek out and although nothing is offputting and the balance is there the sky high ratings confuse me a little.

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Photo of spongebob2
3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of captaincoffee
4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking a 6-pack just prior to the 60 day mark, so it is reasonably fresh. Pours a relatively clear copper orange with medium head that leaves good lace. Nose is not as big as I expected, and has some dank pine and citrus. Taste is more orange rind and some caramel. Obviously a big beer, but holds it well for 10% abv. Overall, I liked it but don’t get the uber high scores here.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jchanley
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jacobdunne
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this at the brewery right after having Two-Hearted Ale. It blew 2 hearted out of the water (obviously) in both taste and happiness. So good!

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Photo of Nograinleftbehind
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bridgtd
3.89/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full of flavor!! Wife won't allow me to drink ipas anymore!!! Excited to explore different styles of beer

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Photo of Quackershnoc
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pretty looking beer; nice, cloudy orange color; thin white head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: citrusy, a little grapefruit and lemon; malt; honey sweetness; faint hop presence on the back end

Taste: starts with a nice hit of lemon and citrus; moves into the honey and malty sweetness; finishes with a nice hop slam and a hint of alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: on the heavier side for an IPA; moves through the mouth well; good carbonation

Overall Impression: this is an awesome beer; smooth and drinkable; very well balanced; a classy hangout beer; progresses nicely; the alcohol is well hidden for 10%; easily the best, most well-balanced IPA I’ve ever had

From notes taken on 2/4/2013

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Photo of nsiergiej
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bumblebee
2.38/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Just don’t dig it. Tried it a coupla years now and don’t get the hype. The sweetness of the honey adds a cool mouth feel but smell and taste are bleh to me.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Copper color with two fingers of fluffy, dense white head

S - Tart grapefruit, pine resin, bark, moss, tangerine

T - More grapefruit and pine. Hop resins, bitter bite, sweet citrus

F - Medium body, no alcohol, smooth texture

O - A pioneer in the DIPA world. Drinkable and complex.

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Photo of Das4yyz
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

High enough ABV starting to get that alcohol taste bleeding through on finish

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Photo of JimmyAddo
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
2.36/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured on tap at a bar in Tempe, Arizona.

Pours a clear golden color with a white sheet of head. Leaves zero lacing before the head completely dissipates into nothingness.

The aroma brings notes of pine. That's it. Hey I love a good pine bomb but I also like balance. No honey, no citrus, no tropical fruits. Just pine. A lumberjack wouldn't like this shit.

The taste actually brings some citrus into the mix. There's some oranges and a touch of grapefruit before a wave of chalky aspirin humps my taste buds. There's some malt on the backbone so it gets a point for that. Otherwise, entirely bland and unnecessarily bitter.

The feel is thin with moderate carbonation. It's thin, yet somehow sticky. Solve that one, nerds. Alcohol is barely present which is neat.

Overall, a pretty damn awful DIPA. I don't care how hyped up this beer is, I just didn't like it. I'd gladly give it another chance if I ever got some bottles but other than that I'm not impressed. Hopefully a bad batch.

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Photo of Sjp2123
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of stoumi
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, orangish copper with a 1" dense head and modest lacing

Aroma: First sniff is a bit dank with floral notes, citrus, pine and a woody bite.

Taste: Strong and bitter with sweet, orange citrus and a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean but bone and unwavering, with good carbonation.

Overall: A bit sweeter than I like in my DIPAs, but this is a very good beer, as I was gifted a 6-pack. The ABV is rather evident, as the beer drinks rather hot, all the way through.

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Photo of hoppy_cbus35
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of safaricook
3.81/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MannyDannyV
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johng19751
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BabaBeer
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tcbro023
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,385 ratings