Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
98
world-class
13,002 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
Ratings:
13,002
Reviews:
3,525
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,655
Gots:
3,614
For Trade:
70
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sun golden yellow orange in color, with lathery 2 fingers of straight white foam.

Pine, orange, grapefruit, herbal, and some sweetness.

Rather herbal, pine, some floral notes, tons of citrus, muted notes of honey, and tons of hop resin.

Crisp and tight carbonation, soft, oily, resinous.

Overall, an incredible DIPA, but I think the honey aspect could have been more well thought out.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 - 4.5
2015 - 5.0
2016 - 5.0

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip - Bottled on 1/16/14, enjoyed on 1/24/14

A - Pours a very nice shade of orange. Only about a half finger head with mild carbonation.

S - Orange, grapefruit, citrus, and a sweetness.

T - Palate wrecker...lots of hoppiness in mainly citrus and piney notes. A hint of malt in the background gives it a touch of sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable.

M - Very bitter on the sides of the tongue. Finishes dry, carbonation tickles the tongue.

O - This is a very good DIPA. It's a hop bomb (or slam) that finishes very bitter and dry. If the bitterness was toned down a touch and the alcohol balanced out a little more, this would be a level higher.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This might be the best IPA I've ever personally tasted.

I really love the piney tasting IPA, and this, to me, was like sucking on a green pine cone – in an amazing way. It's super hoppy, but the bitterness is balanced by it's freshness.

Has a great mouthfeel, as it should being so nutrient rich in ABVs.

I wish they'd make it all the time.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,002 ratings.
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