Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BA SCORE
95.9%
Liked This Beer
4.46 w/ 13,061 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
Ranking:
#147
Reviews:
3,531
Ratings:
13,061
Liked:
12,520
Avg:
4.46/5
pDev:
9.42%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,678
Gots:
3,641
Trade:
69
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Bell's Hopslam Ale
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
---from bottle to stemmed tulip glass---

*this beer was bottles 23 days ago, fresh as can be*

Appearance
Honey gold (fitting, right?) one finger of off white head that shrinks down to a constant cap on this beer. Perfect lacing til the last sip.

Smell
Dank earthyness, hints of citrus and honey.

Taste
Super bitter up front - gives way to funky/earthy hops and malty backbone. Lots of honey aftertaste...

Mouth-feel
Medium body, super sticky, the honey is a much appreciated addition to this earthy double IPA. Slight alcohol warming sensation after each sip.

Overall
I dig! Not your average double IPA. This steers clear of the citrus bombs that reign supreme in the Double IPA world and delivers an earthy, sweet, bitter IPA that will rock your socks off. Have 4 of theses and call me in the morning. Alcohol tries to peek through, and does on occasion, but is drowned by the thick honey sweetness.

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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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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 95.9% out of 100 with 13,061 ratings
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