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:
13,021
Reviews:
3,528
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,659
Gots:
3,623
For Trade:
70
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, pine and some subtle sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, grapefruit, some pineapple, piney resins, sweet caramelly malts and some sweet honey.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a yankee pint. Bottle in January. Not optimal freshness, but it'll do.

A - Pours a hazy rusty amber hue with a dense foamy off-white cap. Tons of effervescence flowing up the glass. Nice dense head retention and sticky, thorough lacing.

S - Super hop forward. Crisp pine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and peach. Fairly fruity with a tropical twang to it. Subtle caramel malt, just enough. Nice mix of sweet and bitter in the hop bouquet.

T - Fantastic. A delicate balance of palate-intensive hop assault, but the bittering character is brought back just enough. And its tasty as hell. Pineapple, mango, green apple, and grapefruit giving it an excellent tropical fruit hop barrage upfront. Floral notes abound as well, with a crisp and zesty citric quality. Minimal malt in the profile. Overall, it feels very fresh, balanced and drinkable. Holy hell this is a great beer.

M - Medium bodied, but lots of lively but fine bubbles of carbonation. Smooth, but a little warm and oily, as DIPAs tend to be. Sticky on the lips too!

D - This is a benchmark for the style of the 'double' IPA. Most in the style are merely IBU bombs, with an obnoxious palate wrecking bitterness and lack of any real flavor. This isn't. Reminds me of a domestic favorite of mine, Red Racer IPA, in that it has tons and tons of flavor but is still immensely drinkable. Absolutely delicious DIPA, and that's coming from a guy who doesn't really care for the style.

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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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