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

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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:
#157
Reviews:
3,609
Ratings:
13,399
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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2,711
Gots:
3,802
Trade:
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Ratings: 13,399 |  Reviews: 3,609
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

Photo of johnverduin
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Epopt
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JFF
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChuckTom
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Golden yellow with a nice white head and lacing. Fragrant citrus smell with a bit of cinnamon. The taste is very interesting with grapefruit, cinnamon, honey, and maybe a bit of strawberry. Nice beer!

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Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NRajtarski
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a 16oz glass cup. Packaged on 1/17/18. The initial smell when poured into the glass was overwhelming notes of hops, pine and honey. The beer had a nice two inch head and body is a dark amber. Taste is amazing for a double IPA you can't really taste the booze and it's hard to wrap my head around this beer being 10% ABV. Overall this beer is my favorite beer that Bells Brewery releases every year and will for sure pick up another 6 pack when this one runs out.

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Photo of Pav42
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dudiepants
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,399 ratings