Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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98
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13,021 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:
13,021
Reviews:
3,528
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,659
Gots:
3,623
For Trade:
70
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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

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3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -32.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12-20-2013

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Gold, hues of orange and yellow, caramel and honey colors. About a 1 finger head that settles nicely.

Smell - Very aromatic citrus, with different hop varieties. Grapefruit, clementine, pineapple that is baked. Not a ton of roasted notes from malts, but you do get some sweetness from the honey. The alcohol hits the nose right at the beginning.

Taste - Citrus slightly on the grapefruit side, but you also get sweet citrus navel orange, clementine, almost a beaked pineapple flavor. More roasted notes in the taste than the smell. Roastiness comes through sweet reminds me of the rich sweet but not overwhelming flavor of caramel. Resinous flavor as well that has both woody and piny characteristics. Alcohol does not overwhelm.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, full bodied. Coats the palate leaving a nice after taste. Alcohol warms the tongue.

Overall - Great beer. This is my second time buying hopslam and I only wish id gotten more. Seek this one out when the time is right and enjoy it with a good friend or family member.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - This has a golden orange color, with some opacity, a moderate head that fades fairly quickly but which remains to coat the glass with nearly solid lacing.

S - A hop snap of citrus and pine, with floral notes. Strong, but not unpleasant, and very clean.

T - This is a special beer. The powerful hop is well balanced with malts and honey, a slight sweetness, but the explosion of fruit, then pine, then a subtle bitter close tells you what is boss, as if the beer's name hadn't already.

M - Given how hopped up this beer is, surprisingly clean. No suggestion of the high ABV.

O - Bravo. An amazing performance. A heavy hitter that nevertheless comes across smooth and clean and balanced. A real feat of brewing, and deservedly beloved among hopheads everywhere.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 12/27/2013 printed on the back label, so this is some pretty fresh beer. At long last I have acquired a six pack of Bell's Hopslam, after missing out in the past.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright burnt orange colored body with some semi-clarity and one and a half fingers of thick soapy off-white head. Scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of fresh and floral hops. Grapefruit, mango, oranges. Some honeyed biscuit malts buried in the back end. A touch soapy. Smells fresh and juicy.

T - Taste is especially delicious. Smooth, creamy, juicy, and best of all, fresh tasting. The thing has the drinkability of a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Grapefruit, orange / tangerine, pine, honeyed biscuit malts.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and juicy. Bitter and resinous on the palate for a good long while, but never does it become too much. Medium-light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, a wonderful IPA, especially when you can catch it fresh, so there is no wonder that this beer is as highly renowned as it is. The honey adds a nice distinctive touch to an already delicious beer. The high 10.00% abv isn't noticeable in the least. One of the better DIPA's I've had in a long time.

Bell's Hopslam ---4.5/5

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful copper amber with a generous head that quickly dissipates to a lasting tan lacing. The aroma on the ale is pure hops. Tons of citrus, grapefruit, lots of pine and dare I say a hint of coriander. It sips medium bodied and coats the palate in a very pleasant way. The flavor is all hops (as expected and anticipated). An ample amount of pine and grapefruit. Super bitter and dry with little to no balance. But this is the intention of the ale. Balance is not a need, necessity, or a want from an ale like this. It is all about the hops and this one delivers. Super bitter, but fresh and florally. Not a hint of the high abv. It's not a balanced ipa but it is Every thing it is meant to be. Not an ale I'd want to down daily but most certainly one that I'll look forward to enter every year.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,021 ratings.
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