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Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, batch 8277 (1/9/08). Pours a hazy dark gold with a huge pillowy white head that retains well and laces the glass. There's tons of big yeasties in the bottom.

The aroma is piney citrusy spicy peppery hops! Yum! It is a little subdued.

The flavor is sweet, slightly sugary, caramel malts, melon and grapefruits with a nice big fruity, peppery hop bite in the finish. It's a little on the sweet side but this bottle is not quite so fresh. I've had it fresher with a bigger hop presence. The hop bitterness comes out more as it warms. The alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full with nice velvety carbonation.

Overall, this is fantastic! It's very well balanced and is so yummy it's almost seems sessionable. I wish I could get this regularly! This is right at the top of my list.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit!

OK, so if you like grapefruit, orange, honey and citrus in general, you'll wet yourself over this beer. This goes toe to toe with Alpha King.

The drinkability is amazing. Not too thick, not too light... right on the money. There is absolutely a chance of me polishing off six of these on a hot day.

Damn shame this isn't available all year round. Special thanks to my new friends met at DLD for the two bottles thrown my way. Bell's never disappoints and this is no exception.

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Photo of a10t2
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Bright golden orange, with a slight chill haze that's nice to see. Like Bell's says, "Live life unfiltered." Thin stand of white head and a beautiful unbroken white lace remain all the way down the glass.

S: A big whiff of citrus, specifically grapefruit, from what I can only assume are Simcoe hops. Maybe a little spicy/earthy hop aroma underneath but the grapefruit is amazingly powerful.

T: Like a big glass of grapefruit juice, but in a good way. The hops are again overpowering, but the bitterness doesn't seem out of balance, so the malt must just be hiding. Some other fruit flavors (peach, mango?) come out in the aftertaste, finally followed by just a little lingering alcohol warmth.

M: Not as heavily carbonated as the Two-Hearted IPA, which is nice in the style, but still light enough to go down easily. Even at 10% ABV the alcohol doesn't detract from the experience.

D: Far too drinkable, this is a hophead's dream come true.

Note: 2008 release (batch 8278 - 9 Jan 2008), which from what I can remember is definitely different from the 2007. 10% ABV for 2008.

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Photo of kenito799
3.82/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to tizzod, midwest beer guide!

Medium amber brew, a tan head is raised and fair amount of sticky lace is left.

The aroma is a wallop of piney grapefruity hoppy deliciousness...immediately I smell Two Hearted Ale, one of my favorite brews. The flavor definitely delivers full-on hoppiness, no doubt. The flavors are excellent, bitter, floral, citrus, bitter finish, no complaints there. There is honey in this beer, and that sweetness is apparent, attempting to balance the ramped-up alcohol. The resulting mouthfeel is a bit slick and oily, which IMO detracts from the intense deliciousness of the hops. Again I am left not understanding the need for DIPAs. For me, Two Hearted delivers the same mouth puckeringly delicious hop flavors and aromas in a much more drinkable beer. No doubt as DIPAs go, this is a great one, and I am unlikely to turn one of these down if offered, but I'll take a near perfect IPA over a DIPA any day.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Hopslam, I saved this beer for the end of the night so as to savor my taste buds for the hop slamming they are about to receive. Pours a somewhat hazy orange, with not too much heading, but a good enough white lacing. Smell is everything that you would want from a good Imperial IPA: resiny hops, citrus fruits, earthy hops...its got it all. I have to say that taste wasn't quite as good. The citrus notes came through well, with lots of pineapple, mango and orange along withe the hops, but I don't know, it felt as if something essential was missing....perhaps a bit more malt balance? Mouthfeel is viscous and sweet, yet bitter. One is more than enough for me in one night, but still, I am glad I had the chance to try this brew from Bell's. Maybe not the best DIPA I have had, but certainly ranks among the better ones I have tasted recently. Cheers

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Photo of beavers
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a magnificent burnt copper with a thin but creamy white covering. Beautiful lacing. Rich nose of fresh, grassy, juicy citrusy hops on top of a subtly sweet and spicy malt backbone. Hops have faded just barely over the last couple months as the bitterness has died down a little and the sweet and spicy maltiness is playing a larger role in the finish. Medium to full bodied, and the carbonation is on point for what I look for in IIPAs. If you told me this beer was 10% I would have laughed at you. I am loving this beer a few months old just as much as I did fresh. This balance is perfect for me, and the drinkability is absurd.

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Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 1" head. Mild lacing develops during the session.

Smell: huge bitterness and citrus tones leap from the glass into the nose.

Taste: nice malt base with a huge bitterness blanket wrapped around it. Grapefruits and oranges are throughout, oh and did I mention some strong bitterness ? Some alcohol tones are well hidden but warming. Despite the big IBUs for this beer it is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start and smoother and dry towards th finish. Super long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers in the mouth forever after swallowing.

Drinkability: well balanced and very drinkable. No means is this a session beer, but you can easily enjoy more than one. Definite hophead beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.67/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours up a nice orangy amber color with a short-lived off-white head. Some lacing left behind, but not really noteworthy. Some very nice piney and grapefruit rind aromas going on, a slight dose of spicy V-8 type veggie showing up as well. Hard to discern any malt or alcohol characteristics even though I'm sure they're going on in there. Nice balance between maltiness and hoppiness, but I'm sensing the same veggie V-8 type of flavor remotely in the aftertaste. I must say that this ale hides it's 10% ABV pretty well with an assortment of flavors. Some pale maltiness, short crystal malt, hoppy profile, some residual sugars in the aftertaste. Pretty solid, but I think I've had better. Very astringent and hoppy, yet somewhat lacking.

Not sure if I'd sampled an outdated bottle. Dot-matrix coded 8277 on the reverse label.

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Photo of turbine2475
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice copper with a dense two finger head that disipated slowly leaving a good lacing.
S - Earthy hops with a touch of sweet citrus and a third hint that I'm at a loss to name. None the less very plesant.
T - Nice hop bomb, sweet citrus and earthy hops fought agianst each other as they traveled across the tounge. Sweetened honey and syrup brought forward a nice balance in such a hop infused brew.
M - Milky mouthfeel coming from the saturation of hops and a higher then normal carbonation.
D - Awesome brew that I could drink several of, but the 10% ABV makes it hard to have too many.

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Photo of shivtim
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a hazy golden color with red hints and a thin, dense white head. Nose is west coast floral hops, with dense syrupy honey. Taste is surprisingly malty, then the hops kick in and linger over dark honeycomb and bitter citrus. Slight alcohol on the end balances and mingles with the lingering hops. Mouthfeel is foamy and smooth. Good drinkability except for the ABV.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangy amber with a decent 1/2 inch head that settles and sticks some lacing to the glass.

Almost as soon as its cracked, the citrus smells are evident. Grapefruit and orange dominate. Some honey suckle in the aroma as well.

Taste is dominated by wonderful candied citrus fruit and pineapple flavors. A great tasting DIPA. Hop resins stick rather well to the tongue.

Mouthfeel is not thick, but right on.

This beer allows one to truly drink up some great hop flavor. I like the addition of the honey as well since it dries it out and isn't overly sticky sweet.

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Photo of Med
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice yellowish copper color with a light white head that unfortunately doesn't stick around. Lacing is fair.

S - Floral hops mingle with honey and caramel. Alcohol is present but well hidden. This is a wonderful aroma!

T - Incredibly well balanced between the citrusy hops, sweet honey, and caramel malts. My girlfriend isn't big on hops but tried to steal my glass. It's that good.

M - Medium bodied with slight carbonation. I'd like a few more bubbles here. The coating is decent though.

D - I need to buy a case of this. Tomorrow.

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Photo of stlbeerguy
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a great initial palate with tremendous fruitiness and gobbs of weight which is reflected in its dark yellow color. You taste the hops but do not experience any bitterness . What separates this beer from the others in this class is the finish. It is unique and very sweet almost like a very expensive dessert wine from France(Sauternes). What a luxury drink!!!! They are going to make more of this beer for the 2009 season.

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Photo of Landshark67
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since drinking this dbl IPA, I have been on a quest to find even more. Being in Michigan has helped but my sources are drying up. IMO - This beer is exactly what a double IPA should deliver from the initial aroma thru to the lingering finish.

Luckly, I found 2 cases at a local beer store this weekend. (5/10). That should hold me over for a while.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle with freshness code: 8285.
Label illustration depicts dude flat on back after being slammed by giant hop mass. Nice visual metaphor.

Pours a light copper with a thin, creamy, egg-shell colored head. Minimal carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Initial nose of pineapple and lots of it, followed by notes of spruce, honey and cinnamon bread.

Starts off sweet - citrus, honey and brown sugar, moves on to a well-balanced amalgam of piney hops and malt. As it warms, Hopslam becomes bitter, yet never biting. Finishes dry and, at 10% Alc., somewhat hot.

Sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Very hard to believe this clocks in at 106 IBUs. Extremely drinkable for such a high ABV. Not all that sessionable, but worthy of slamming two.

Three Floyd's take note. This is what Dreadnaught should aspire to be.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orange, not quite clear. Big off-white head. Leaves lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S - huge blast of sweet mango, very tropical

T - powerful mix of hop flavour, bitterness, maltiness, and alcohol. More mango goodness, but also lots of grapefruit. Aftertaste is incredible, hop flavour lingers forever.

M - somewhat sticky, but by the time you swallow, the bitterness and drying alcohol have more than cleansed your palette. Overall body is med-light. Alcohol is smooth, but it's tough to mask 10%, so it's pretty warm.

D - flavours and aromas are oustanding, and incredibly easy to drink

The few Bell's beers I have managed to sample have all been absolutely top notch, and this is no exception. This has everything that I'm looking for in a big IPA. Not much more to say, except believe the hype!

Thanks to Demcorhip for the bottle!

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Photo of drlumps62
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear amber color. Appears cloudy orange in the glass. Good retention. Exceptional lacing. Smelled predictably heavy of hops. Tastes bready, piney. Alcohol cleaverly hidden within. This brew is right in my wheelhouse, so I am slightly partisan to what it offers. That being said, I have been courted by a few brews that promised what this one does and they didn't deliver. This one does. I love it.

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Photo of mhewes
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A : Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a good white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S : Lots of hops in the smell. Some honey an dfloral notes.

T : Lots of hop flavor but not too overpowering. Some good honey and citrusy flavors in it also.

M : Real smooth. Good carbonation

D : It's 9.3% ABV? I can't believe that. I didn't taste it at all. Awesome beer and really drinkable.

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

Pours a beautiful clear rich amber color with 1/2 inch of thick foamy eggshell colored head with nice retention and great lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pine, honey, biscuit, grass, grapes, and oranges. Tastes of grass mixed with sweet honey with a light biscuit backbone and a finish of grapefruit, orange peel, and a juniper tasting dryness, definitely a slam of hops. Medium in body with good carbonation and semi-syrupy but still smooth and sweet with a sticky dry bitter finish. Very easy to drink and extremely pleasant for a hop lover with an appropriate name. A little high in ABV to session, but it'd be well worth dealing with the aftermath the next day.

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Photo of drxandy
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a standard pint glass from 12oz
poured a beautiful hazey golden color kinda thick and resiny

smells like a hop bomb! loads of hop oils blowing up your nose, citrus peel and honey

tastes like bitter hops, citrus, sweeter edge honey/caramel malt, the alcohol heat has died down a bit from the bottle i had earlier in the year, blended nicely but the hop smack has faded a little too - still drinking great though, tastes like it's in its prime.

mouthfeel felt oily and coated my mouth with lucious hops, bitter and crisp

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy orange/brown color with a thin white head.

S - Hoppy and sweet. There is also a floral characterisic. Fantastic hop aroma.

T - Very hoppy, but not overbearing. There is a nice malty sweetness (honey) that helps balance the hop flavors. Excellent blend of the two tastes - and the alcohol bite is refreshing.

M - Medium to full bodied. Could stand to be a little heavier, but it still is enough to support the flavors.

D - Delicious - can't say much more.

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Photo of throwitallaway
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Hopslam Ale (12oz. bottle): Thanks to saucya or aksorak for this! Poured from bottle into pint glass. Golden color with a small head that recedes quickly. Aroma of sweet citrus hops, with a little resin and sweet malt underneath. A little tropical fruit too. Very nice smell. Taste hits you with bitter, resiny, hops at first, then a little citrus and bready malts. This beer has a medium body and is lively in the mouth. Drinkability is fairly high if you're into the style, which I increasingly am. Overall I'm pretty into this beer. Exactly what I was looking for today.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 12 oz. bottle from batch 8277, bottled on January 9, 2008. Decanted into a pint glass.

Pours a clear honey yellow with a thick white head. Great retention - fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Bready and honey smell up front. Some leafy and citrus-y hints following. Overall, it reminds me of mead, which makes sense given the "ale brewed with honey" on the label.

Taste is really quite dynamic for something that's marketed as a being some tricked-out hop experience. This really doesn't compare to other DIPA's I've tried. But this isn't bad - the honey really balances the flavors. There's some pretty heavy hop flavors, but the bread, yeast, and honey makes the taste travel well.

Mouthfeel is heavier than expected. Feels like a mead. I like it.

I was really surprised by this beer. I expected just another over-hopped double IPA, but got something pretty dynamic instead. One of the best Bell's offerings I've tasted. I will definitely keep coming back to this one.

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

Bottle. Batch 8277. Pours a sparkling murky cloudy pinkish amber. Lots of head, and a crazy amount of lacing. Aroma is spectacular; grapefruits and citrus out the ass. Hoppy as hell, incredibly vacuous and worthy of its own praise. Crazy good. Flavor is delectable: spicy hops and pleasant citrus interwoven with honey and ginger. Thick and syrupy, but with a nice watery and easy finish. Way too drinkable at 10%, but I feel overall it's not as striking of an IPA as Bells own Two Hearted Ale.

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Photo of deanhead
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice burnt orange with a light white head that disappated quickly leavign a lace arounf my glass.

Aroma is sweet, dank, citrusy, guave like with hints of acetone.

Taste is slightlty bitter, some notes of solvent. Nothing amazingly overpowering as I might have expected with this beer. I get some hints of honey, and residula sweetness. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied. I gues the sugar and honey make this one of them IIPA's of the non-chewy variety.

Drinkability- Amazingly drinkable for a 10% beer. I could easily polish a coiuple of these off. It certainly is a sneaky beer, doesn't taste like the abv reports.
Carefull with this one.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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