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

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

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Ratings: 13,355 |  Reviews: 3,599
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4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1.17.14. Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a short but thick off-white head. The head dissipates, but about 1/8 inch retains nicely. Beautifully thick and uniform lacing.

S: Mostly citrus. Some pine and honey.

T: Piney hops up front, then an unusually non-bitter, non-drying finish. Some bitterness and dryness reappear in a most pleasant aftertaste, with only a slight alcohol warming.

M: Medium mouthfeel, bubbly fresh carbonation.

O: A truly unique DIPA taste experience. The hop forwardness is juxtaposed with a sweetish finish, followed by some hoppy reemergence. The transitions are remarkable. Meanwhile, the 10% ABV remains mostly hidden. An incredible DIPA that lives up to the hype.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of hosehead83
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass- orange/gold with a one inch quickly fading head

Aroma of big hops and citrus (like a hopsack full of oranges and grapefruits)

Taste-Full on delicious hops with orange-pineapple and biscuit
Big onrush of hops tempered by slight honey sweetness that really brings on a well-balanced flavor and drinkability, leaving a nicely warming finish that invites another sip

Overall, an outstandingly well-balanced and drinkable DIPA. Fresh tasting and delicious.
A 'must' for all hopheads! Get some!!

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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

Poured from the bottle into my Spieglau IPA glass... Best Christmas gift ever. Thanks Sis!

A - Pours an clover-honey orange with a one-finger head that recedes quickly, leaving behind wispy lacing on the sides of the glass. Carbonation is visible, but sluggish, but as far as looks go, I'm excited to try it.

S - Vegetal hop notes rise out of the glass, tickling the sinuses. Hints of floral aromas emerge as the beer warms, making apparent that a decent amount of honey went into this beer. Wow.

T - Floral notes such as basil, jasmine, and fresh cut grass dance across the palate.
The bitterness you'd expect to be inherent in this beer takes a backseat to loads of herbs and citrus fruits, such as tangelo, mango and sweet pink grapefruit, as well as sage, lemon verbena, and WHITE basil. I could drink this beer every day, and not nail down all the nuances that lie in wait for my taste-buds.

M - Soapy, but smooth, and refreshing. The carbonation is prickly, but only helps to push the never-ending and mind-warping flavors of this beer across your tongue.

O - A damn fine effort from Bells, which I wish I could get my hands on more readily.
There just aren't enough words to describe how wonderful and insanely different from other beers in this category this beer is. Anyone have a decent clone recipe for this??? I already have a culture of Bells house yeast... Anyone? Either way, if you can find this beer, grab as much as you can, go straight home, and hoard it to yourself.

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3/5  rDev -32.7%

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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

There is one of the best beers in the world today. Unbelievable aroma. Citrus, pines and a touch of honey really have your palate craving it. For the amount of different hops it is made with, it is pretty unbelievable how smooth of a beer it is. Bell's Hopslam is simply one of the best beers in the world.

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Photo of BierGiek
3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

1-3-14 Batch side by side with the older one. I got these both in a trade, so I'm not saying that I have the world's most refined palette here or anything, I just picked the one that had the least amount of oxidation.
Poured into my badass Moonlight Brewing 12 oz. Pils glass.

A - Beautiful hazy orange color. Perfect finger bonewhite head that slowly dissipates, leaving a stubborn thin layer of foam. Lacing is perfect.

S - Here's where things are no longer perfect. Pine, citrus, tropical fruit hop aromas predominate, with a cereal sweetness. That's all fine and good; the problem is the alcohol: it's too present, and overpowers a lot of the subtle aromas I'd like in this beer.

T - Much the same as the smell: beautiful fruity hop notes, with a perfect complement of sweetness to balance it out. Same problem, though, with the alcohol. It's simply too present on the back end, and leaves for a less than optimal finish.

M - This is my biggest beef with the beer, but it's purely a matter of preference. Maybe it's a SoCal bias, but I like my IPAs and IIPAs bone dry. There is way too much body and residual sugar in this beer, to the point that the mouthfeel is almost chewy. This is precisely what I'm looking for in a stout, but not in an IPA. Once again, a lot of people clearly disagree, but that's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it.

O - I'm glad I have more, don't get me wrong, but this beer did not live up to the hype in the way that other beers have. I'll hold off final judgment until I can try it fresh at the brewery, but, until then, I gotta say that I'll stick with my local beers that nobody seems to give a shit about (I'm looking at you, Swami's!)

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of AMac22
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While this is an excellent tasting beer from the bottle, it is enhanced by drinking it from the glass to capture the aromas. The scent and smell of this beer coupled with it's hoppy yet smooth taste, makes this beer both delicious and enjoyable. Highly recommend!

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,355 ratings