Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,050 Ratings
Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.52/5  rDev +2%
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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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 12 oz bottle poured into nonic tulip glass

A: Orange-apricot in color, forms a nice, frothy 2-inch head that leaves patchy lacing around the glass. Brew isn't as opaque as I'd guess.

S: Citrusy hop oil meets lots of honey-sweet notes and booze. Essence of grapefruit all over the place.

T: Flavors really arc as they pass over your palate. Citrusy and somewhat refreshing at first. Strong, sticky honey-malts roll through as the hop notes turn oily and bitter. Lots of booze. Grapefruit rind lingers throughout the sip and beyond, along with warming alcohol. Finishes long and bitter-sweet.

M: Really chewy and viscous, almost syrupy. Carbonation is there but it's almost overwhelmed by the gunky consistency.

Definitely accomplishes what it sets out to do - pound your palate with hops, and hop essence. It's not as refreshing as its West Coast brethren but I like the unique take on the style.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Amber with no head or bubbles. Light lacing.

S: The hops grab you by the olfactory and never let up. Grapefruit, grassy with a touch of honey.

T: Follows nose witha bit of pepper on the finish. This one's a hophead's paradise.

M: Light to medium. Dry finish.

O: If I were a hophead, I would buy this by the case. An outstanding representation of an Imperial IPA. The honey really smooths the bitterness out. You got hop-slammed, sucka!

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4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great brew from Bells. Poured into a pint glass. Golden to dark golden color. The aroma of hops filled my nostrils. The toaste of hops and fruit filled my mouth with great delight. The taste and aftertaste were completely smooth to me. Another great brew with great fan fare. Worth trying. This beer is so popular that we have customers ask for it by the case

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -37.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,050 ratings.
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