Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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98
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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:
13,053
Reviews:
3,530
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
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2,670
Gots:
3,636
For Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a wine multipurpose chalice.
Poured an amber semi translucent liquid with orangey tints, formed a half finger offwhite head with medium to little retention, little belgian lacing left behind.
Nose composed of a sweet mild boozyness, orange rind, other citrusy components, honey and beewax, flowers, lemongrass and similar herbaceous, horseblanket, woody, hint of pineapple.
Taste- Really well balanced, not as bitter as i expected, malt sweetness and hop biterness are round, citric and herbaceous components are less intense a bit of guava is picked, and woody horseblanket comes forward in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- medium body, non sticky, alcohol well hidden, lightly carbonated. back and side of the tongue tings with biterness, mild heat in throat.
Overall a very tasty and rounded IIPA, persistent rich aftertaste. IBUs and alcohol not apparent. Couldnt find the date of bottleing but i suspect this bottle is probably a year or two old.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a delirium tulip. Pours a nice healthy copper color with a light creamy head. Slight sense of carbonation. Strong smell of hops, honey, passion fruit (maybe).

Taste is obviously sweet but with an assault of hops on the initial tasting. This subdues slightly as you get through the glass. Nice creamy mouthfeel that coincides nicely with the sweetness.

Very drinkable as there is almost no sense of alcohol (i'd imagine the sweetness goes a long way towards accomplishing this). For a 10%er, its almost dangerous how drinkable this is.

In total though, this beer has kind of become muddled in its place since I initally had it over 4 years ago. It's a good DIPA for sure, and at least somewhat distinct, but the pure volume of great (and much easier to get) IPA's currently in the marketplace make its place in the upper echelon of the style somewhat tenuous. To be fair though, if you come across it, give it a shot. I just wouldn't go truck chasing for it.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,053 ratings.
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