Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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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Bottled on 1/17/14, consumed on 2/6/14 - making this bottle just 20 days old. . . . This arrived in the Albany area for the first time ever just two days ago (6-pack was $18.99, nearly $21 with tax and deposit). Reviewing my 2nd bottle. . . .

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Hazy orange with a half-finger ivory head on top that settles to leave behind a decent ring of lace and splotchy lacing on the glass throughout.

S: Citrus - oranges and clementines come to mind - with a hint of pine.

T: Malt foundation of sugar cookie dough, then a healthy dose of hops steals the show. Citrus again, with oranges figuring predominantly along with grapefruit. Bitterness at the finish and on the palate in the aftertaste is more pine-like; as I work my way down the glass, it becomes even more bitter on the aftertaste, bringing to mind crushed pine needles and grapefruit peel. Slight alcohol warming on the back end as well, then full-fledged, noticeable warmth in the belly; makes sense for a beer that's 10% ABV. There's also a sweetness that I attribute to the honey, but that's probably just the suggestive nature of the label. And don't think this beer isn't hoppy just because I note some sweeter flavors; the more I drink this, the more I realize the bitterness is doing a number on my taste buds. What's surprising, though, is that there is still a decent balance that makes it pretty drinkable.

M: Two days ago I split a bottle with my wife and thought it was too thick and syrupy. I've changed my mind a little now that I'm drinking my own bottle. Yes, it's on the slick, syrupy side of things, with a full body. But that heft doesn't slow down the drinking at all. Carbonation is modest.

O: Not my favorite DIPA of all time, but it is well crafted and an excellent example of the style. Glad I finally had the chance to try it out. . . .

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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