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Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
13,090 Ratings
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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Ratings: 13,090 |  Reviews: 3,532
Photo of Hopswagger
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

P: Pours a golden apricot body with a swirly micro bubble tornado in the middle. Capped with a thin creamy white top with sudsy lacing glistening from the sides.

S: A cornucopia of juicy tropical fruits, natural honey, accented by spices and medium toast malts. Can't stop sniffing this.

T/M: Follows the nose with juicy fruits, honey dew melon, cantaloupe, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, tropical bubblicious, timid fresh pine needles and earthy honey drizzled granola. I get hints of corn alcohol, toasted grain and lightly smoldered pine wood. Hops are pronounced and assertive but not overly bitter. Booze is a tad harsh and warms the senses. Medium- full bodied that is sticky and gracefully carbonated. Lingers pomegranate, berries and honey. Leaves a drying film on the palate similar to sharp cheddar cheese.

O: I just love highly hopped brews that don't smack you with harsh bitterness but truly highlight and display the lush flavor of the hops. This is a masterpiece of complexity and harmony. This beer mimics me of a tropical fruit Naked juice but with alcohol. Only down side is availability and the price.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of utopiajane
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazed orange amber with a creamy head of off white foam that lasts and leaves rings of lace. Nose is resonant with hops sweetness. At first it's tangerine, then a bit of grapefruit, some pine. but then the floral overcomes anything you can name and these hops become pure perfumed lightness. The malt is a breaddy scent with a bit of earthy honey. Orange blossoms. No alcohol on the nose. Taste is very sweet. The honey is thick or so it seems and the malt is rich. It has a fruitiness form the tangerine and grapefruit but it's very dry and so it's earthier rather than juicier. The malt becomes like a soft sugar cookie on the nose and on the palate. It's almost chewy. There is a faint herbal that becomes stronger as you drink. I was waiting for a biting, bitter, tongue bruising like the label said but I found the bitter to be a bit more than moderate. As I am finishing the glass the juiciness is coming forward more and the scent is becoming a bit more tropical. The alcohol is only a hint on the very back end of the swallow and in the warmth as it finishes. Mouthfeel is creamy, sticky and full-ish. The aftertaste fades and all that remains is the bitter, the pine and the hop floral sweetness.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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

On tap from Colts Grille on 2/7/14.

Nice golden color, minimal head based on pour.

Mandarin orange, white grapes, slight honey?

Mandarin oranges, boozy, hop bitterness, slight dankness.

Sticky, minor carbonation.

A little sticky/sweeter than I like for my IPAs, but great beer anyway and glad I tried.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, copper-gold coloring with a slow flow of carbonation and a frothy, low profile, bright white head that clings all over the glass, and slowly settles into a filmy surface coating as you drink. Aromas of deep, rich, bitter, resinous hops all over the nose, with a subtle sweet caramel backbone, and a blend of tropical fruits that include pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Very balanced and very rich nose. Flavors are tropical fruit forward, rich and sweet, with a blast of citrus tart and bitter to follow. That's a lot of fruit on the palate all at once, but it is perfectly balanced by the pungent, dank, piney and grassy backbone, rich in resinous characteristics. This goes from fruity to forest green in a flash. Wow. All through this, there is a subtle sweetness of caramel darting in and out. Great tasting brew. The aftertaste has some pepper spicing and stronger floral notes, but it's still all hops. Smooth and robust in mouth, leading to a smooth, clean, slightly drying finish. This is amazing.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love you Bell's but the DIPA category has caught up with you. In 2007, I had my first taste of Hopslam and it was a religious experience. But seven years have passed and while Hopslam is still a standard bearer for the category many have joined the ranks. It's a great DIPA but in my opinion no longer the Holy Grail and just last week I paid $22.00 for a six pack which I suppose isn't crazy given the going rate of so many over-priced bombers? Again, still very, very good but no longer "I'll search for it for weeks." I'm in the Chicagoland area and for me, that DIPA is now Three Floyd's Permanent Funeral!!! And for Bell's, think Oracle DIPA (only available in MI) but really, really worth the drive but call first....summer release.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

This is the one beer you want in the "desert island" scenario, if you like HOPS. Caps lock is on for H-O-P-S as the grapefruit flavor is only rivaled by Fresca or an actual grapefruit. It is between the eyes HOPS and it trounces other hoppy brews.
It's a sweet Double IPA, but the sugars are perfect balanced to bring the hoppy character under control.
One caveat: at 10% ABV, this one can topple giants. This was the second time I have tried it and it's worth $3 a bottle.
Hats off to the team at Bell's. They have given me hope for every new year.

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4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -43.9%

Photo of ZEB89
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,090 ratings
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