Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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98
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13,041 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:
13,041
Reviews:
3,529
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,666
Gots:
3,631
For Trade:
71
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Logan's Alley in GR. Statewide barrel release 2014. Too bad America can't be here too.

Everything about this beer is an IPA lovers dream. Alcohol taste a bit over the top. Looks beautiful and feels good rolling over the palate and down the gullet. A perfect balance between aroma and taste, which is much more than I can say about most others. Not too syrupy, not too "vacant".

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

The original and still the best hoppy beer available. A beautiful orange-golden appearance with hops, citrus, honey, and pine on the nose. Taste is pine and grapefruit with honey and sweet malt to balance out the bitterness. Booze barely makes its presence known. 2014 is a great batch!

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Served in a 12 oz glass at Bells 1-11-14

A - nice orange coppery color with minimal head which dissipated quickly. Small amount of sticky lacing.

S - wonderful floral aroma as well as a decent amount of citrus

T - spot on, hops balance seemed better this year than last. Nearly perfect! Hopslam has jumped back up to one of my favorites.

M- carbonation was good and malt balance was perfect. This beer hides it's abv well.

O - a hop lovers ideal brew. not overpowering, just right there on the nose and palate. A definite must try. Fortunate enough to have at Bells on-tap..

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,041 ratings.
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