Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BA SCORE
4.46/5
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13,284 Ratings
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:
#149
Reviews:
3,578
Ratings:
13,284
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,707
Gots:
3,761
Trade:
71
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden ale with a slight haze and white bubbly head that left some lace behind

S: powerful hop action - flowers and pine, citrus pith and sweet pale malt

T: grapefruit, stone fruit; pineapple, pine - brilliant hop aggression subdued with a rich malt bill and the sinuous use of honey

M: smooth and full, bitter but lush; soft fuzz of carbonation

O: worthy of its stature for sure

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4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, dated 12/27/2013. Pours a beautiful opaque orange with a good head and moderate lacing. The smell is sweet with honey and there is some moderate citrus notes. The taste is sweet up front but really balances out with the hop bitterness. I get a good amount of the honey and then juicy grapefruit. The feel is smooth and there is minimal lingering bitterness for me. I also don't really notice any alcohol despite the ABV. Overall this is an excellent beer that does a great job balancing the hops and sweetness. I wish I had it on-tap or at least a fresher bottle, but this beer still does not disappoint.

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

I've been eyeing this for some time on the BA top 250. The name jumps out at you so I've been eager to try this. Bell's just arrived in NY this week, but this is a hard one to get. Stores are telling me it's flying of the shelves, even with a 6 pack limit. It's name is catchy, and very accurate.

Poured a beautiful rich copper tone. Not much head but I do like me beer very cold. Little carbonation. Hoppy blast on the nose along with citrusy tones. Similar for the taste. Your usual DIPA culprits. The thing that makes this beer stand out it that it's very well smooth and balanced. I would have never pegged it for 10%. It's also not too bitter which I like. You get a nice blast of hops and a full mouthfeel. Very good beer. I guess with all the hype I was just hoping to get "Hopslammed" off my feet, but I came pretty close.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A - Amber color with a white foam head. Settles quickly. Some lacing is noted. I see no carbonation.

S - Fragrant smell of hop clover and some floral notes. Slight scent of citrus fruits. A scent of honey comes through as well.

T - Sweet flavors of tropical fruit comes through first. Some honey sweetness gives this a great contrast to the residual bitterness in the finish. This is a superior beer.

M - Given the ABV, the amount of hop resin in the beer, and that is so drinkable, I cannot see how a DIPA could be better.

O - Lives up to the billing. My palate seems to prefer Pliny a little more, but this is one of the best imperial IPA's ever made. Enjoy it with a bold meal that has heat, spice, or both.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,284 ratings