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

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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:
#157
Reviews:
3,609
Ratings:
13,399
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ahh the famous Hopslam...finally managed to track down 8 bottles of it between two stores.

Poured into snifter; glowing, slightly hazy orange with a minimal clear white head that fades quickly into a ring of foam and some spotty foam on top.
Smell...dear god. Citrus, honey sweetness, some tropical fruits such as pineapple, floral scents, and some mild vegetal/herbal qualities, but not anything earthy or dark. Smell is huge from the bottle but seems to calm down a bit once it's in the glass.
Taste...a surprising amount of noticeable honey sweetness, and a ton of bitterness from the hops. Accompanied by a sort of flat, wide citrus/herbal assault that destroys everything in its path. I'll have to edit this review as my taste at the moment is somewhat muted from illness, but even now I can tell that this is simply an unassuming but very well-balanced and well-crafted beer that is insanely hoppy.
Mouthfeel is relatively clean for 10%abv, not too sticky either. The bitterness takes care of any stickiness the aftertaste might have had.
Overall, possibly the hoppiest beer I've had, but also still incredibly well-balanced. Glad I was able to find it.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Swaino
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Light amber color, caramel, high carbonation, almost champagne-like with all the bubbles. Great lacing. A couple turns of the glass brings the head right back.

N- Light citrus, lemon peel, malty but not overpowering. Slightly boozy. Notes of pine.

T- Piney up front, some citrus, each sip brings on new complex flavors as it warms up. Bitter but just enough to keep you coming back for the next sip. A little boozy at the end. Finishes with a strong hop and pine.

M- Strongest part of this beer. Smooth, tangy, leaves a thin pine coating.

O- Well rounded. Tastes different each time I have one, even in isolation. Remarkable balance for its ABV. Feel like the beer matures during the 15 minutes it takes you to drink . Well done Bells!

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of dexterk1
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly amber or more dark golden color with a nice head that is thin and creamy and left nice lacing.
Aroma is a little sweet and fruity with some green. Citrus fruit and maybe some tropical fruit notes too.
Taste is just excellent. A great balance of fruit (mostly citrus) with green and pine notes. Not one thing takes over. The taste is consistent from beginning to end. Slight malt background with a pine finish. Mouth feel is very smooth and finishes a bit dry.
Overall and excellent IPA. Very well balanced and surprisingly easy drinking. No alcohol taste even though it carries some wight. Just great.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Moopband
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall I thought my bottle was forward with the alcohol in the nose and in the taste. Once getting past that the beer is very tasty with orange and some more tropical citrus on the nose and in the taste. The honey gives the mouth feel a little bit of a thickness but is overall pleasant. On an overall basis I want to try this beer on tap to see if the alcohol forward ness is limited to this batch. Very good beer.

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Photo of jdhops
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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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,399 ratings