Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,040 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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4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright brass with trailing white film.
Big pissy, catty, grapefruit rind nose.
Danish butter cookies up front with papaya then gentle but firm tangelo hops with bits of passionfruit, starfruit and pineapple.
Catty pine resin finish and long bitter but fruity linger.
Medium, chewy, round, velvety, no burn.

Definition of a well-judged DIPA. Smooth and integrated, with no hint of 10%. Shows that extra bit of skill in the execution that Two-Hearted has, too.

Buckeye Nation said it better than I could: "How can a beer this powerful be this mellow?"

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4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers. The thing that has always stood out to me about this beer is the hints of honey. It is such an easy drinking beer, but the taste and layers of flavor are so complex that by the time you start to put it together, you take another sip and realize that there are even more layers. One of my top beers!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Beautiful! Pours dark golden and clear with about 1.5 fingers of light golden foam. Very fine and soapy lacing.
Highly aromatic. You can smell the sweet honey and bright hops. A little grapefruit. A little orange peel. A little fresh cut grass.
Nice balance of sweet and hop. A huge flavor all around. Hops hit heavy, but finish clean. A nice earthy flavor with a hint of peppercorn. Not as much citrus as in the nose. Can detect the honey.
Creamy and sticky. I wish there was a lighter finish and less carbonation in terms of mf, but it's still really nice. Extremely drinkable.
It's Hopslam! Need I say more?

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

Pours a light brown to yellow with a thick head. Good lacing. Aroma is strong hops - mostly pine with some floral. Flavor is consistent with the nose - sweet up front and piney bitter on the back persists well. Maybe a hint of honey sweetness present on the back end. Great beer.

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

I received this fresh but took a while to review it. Down to my last one of the case.

Color is a clear honey tone with maybe a touch of hazing. Head is light and white.

The full aroma is sweet honey and citrus hops. Maybe orange blossom honey? Smells awesome.

Taste is a Hopslam as expected. A nice honey flavor is in the background during the full hop assault. Alcohol is noticeable with a slight burn. This is not a malty DIPA and the malt is light and lets the hops take center stage but the honey and malt do provide a solid base. Bitterness continues through the finish.

Mouth feel is medium with light carbonation.

I was blown away last year after trying this for the first time on tap upon it's release. This was almost as good but maybe because it was a bottle and not on tap. i am very glad my brother snagged a case for me. I will definitely seek this out next year. Bell's brewery rocks the hops.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,040 ratings.
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