Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,001 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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.75 - Orange amber color that's pretty clear with a 1/4 white head that leaves sparse lacing
S - 3.75 - Hoppy, but more garlicky/earthy rather than grapefruit, pine, and other tropical fruits that I'd want. Bready malt in the background. A little bit of grainy feel that makes it less good than I expected.
T - 3.75 - Same problems as the smell plus it's boozy. The honey might be drying this out and increasing the ABV too much. It may benefit from honey malt and certain crystal malts used rather than just plain old honey. Garlic, earth, grapefruit, pine, booze, honey, etc.
M - 3.75 - Light-medium. Alc present. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter, but not well defined.
O - 3.75 - Dissapointment compared to what I've gotten from it in previous years.

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4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Best after or during a good meal, at 10% take your time and you will get a warm relaxing buzz. I'm not a beer expert by any means, so excuse any misuse of jargon, but it seems like the honey balances out the bitter hop flavor. Properly poured it will have a good head so when you take your first drink make sure to get some on your upper lip, especially if you have a mustache; you will get to taste this amazing nectar all night long.

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3.97/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper/gold color with about a finger’s breadth of pure white, bubbly head. The bubbles linger for a few minutes before settling to confluent patches of large bubbles around the surface of the liquid. Scattered strands of lacing decorate the glass. The aroma is of grapefruit/orange citrus, honey, cane sugar, wet earth, a bit of lemongrass, and subtle white pepper. It tastes of various citruses - primarily grapefruit and lemon rind - alongside a predominant honey flavor. Cane sugar, grass, and some earthen/peppery hops round it out. Mouthfeel is lively, but slightly more viscous than many other DIPAs, perhaps due to the honey. It has a wet, resinous finish as the bitter hops linger; a bit of warming alcohol is noticeable right on the end.. Overall, the honey adds a unique dimension to this big beer that hides its alcohol very well. The honey isn't entirely to my liking, but it is a very well executed beer none-the-less.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Way overrated, I just don't enjoy malty IPA's.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,001 ratings.
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