Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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4.46/5
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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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:
#152
Reviews:
3,582
Ratings:
13,296
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,707
Gots:
3,766
Trade:
71
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Photo of kewharton
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopsohard
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my rating makes no sense (all 4.25 with a 4.50 overall), but this is such a damn consistently good beer. Very old-school, though, for what that's worth.

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Photo of cbcrunch
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HazyDraft
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of edcarrjr25
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
3.57/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

**
02/08/18

Can to snifter...can dated 01.15.18.

Look: clear, dark yellow color, creamy white head with great retention.
AROMA: floral hops, wood, the lighter side of pine.
TASTE: upfront, the honey sweetens the bitter resinous piney hop flavor, but the finish is a bit rougher as the sweetness fades.
FEEL: super thick and creamy for an IPA. Smooth sipping. The best attribute.

Glad I finally tried this. Well crafted and unique, but not my style.

**
**

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

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

Pours a reeeeally pretty clear dark gold, nicw thick foamy head that dissipates after a few minutes but covers the glass with sticky lacing. Smells pineapplely with some pear and green apple, i barely detect the honey but its there. Taste was a lil mehh for me as there wasn't much to make it stand out from many others. Really well balanced but there's no explanation point anywhere that brings the hype. Grapefruit and pine, but not too bitter or astringent, not too sweet either which i find a problem with a lot of dipas. No honey taste for me. Mouthfeel was spot on though, you knew you were drinking a hefty beer on abv but still extremely smooth and perfect balance between crisp and sticky. Overall great beer but will probably be the last hopslam i buy, way too pricey. Price analogy: If two hearted and hopslam were in school, two hearted would be the kid that put their time in studying but went to the bar every night, got laid and still got an A; hopslam lived in the library 24/7 and got an A+... id rather chill with two-hearted.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fusion7777
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wwoj
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BJB13
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/16/18
12 oz. can poured into a snifter

Clear dark gold in the glass with a dense white foam cap leaving lots of lacing.

The moderately strong nose is a highlight. It has a nice juicy hop aroma with a full pineapple-pear cocktail note that goes the distance.

The taste doesn't have as much of the juice but is balanced and very smooth. The alcohol is apparent but doesn't seem to detract from the overall taste. Some sweetness is layered in with the hop bitterness but I'm not picking out any honey in particular. The finish is rather clean with a small zesty aftertaste.

The body is to the light side of medium and I find the carbonation to be in the same neighborhood.

Damn good brew! I would say recommended but I think the word is already out on this one.

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Photo of Mjk3psu2
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong but smooth finish. A tad sweet

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Photo of shimmyk26
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmsfish
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sikemenow
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aewachiw
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of classixIII
4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NextBestThing
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is drinking swell this year. 1/2 finger of head in a pint glass, tight bubbles of foam around the edges. The beer smells wonderful. This has always been a particular strength of Hopslam. Smells like pineapple. Taste is a little more bitter than would be ideal, big pineapple on the back palate. Hop bite is real. Don't expect your wife or girlfriend who drinks fruited Berliners to enjoy more than a nip of this Light to slightly above light feel. Not a problem for the style.

Very noticeable lacing on the glass. Plenty carbonated.

It's been very popular for the last 5 years or so to put the knock on this beer and to complain about how it's become dated and doesn't hold it's own against the current crop of haze/juice bombs. This may be true to a certain extent but like way too many things these days, it's mostly predatory anti-hype. Hopslam is still an excellent double IPA, well worth picking up once a year.

Very pricey though, I do agree with this. Enjoy.

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Photo of jtadams69
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kketelhut9
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jame515
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,296 ratings