Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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
Ranking:
#147
Reviews:
3,539
Ratings:
13,140
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,706
Gots:
3,683
Trade:
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of JeffZeltwanger
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of dertyd
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a sampler glass 6oz

A:Poured a light golden color with small amount of head with a nice lace that clings to the edeges as yo finish the brew

S:smell of light honey,citrus,grape fruit,with a lot of pine in there nice bitter smell comeing through

T:hops hops hops hops theese hops just cling to your tongue and take it on a magical ride.a little honey sweetness at first not as sweet as I was hopeing for but then the hops come through and slam you hard in a verry good way

M:wet verry oily the hops don't leave your mouth for a wile they just hang around with a bitter dry finish

O:if you love hops this beer is for you it is a realy great diipa I was expecting a lot more honey sweetness but there wasent much there it was a damn good beer tho and I hope I can get a hold of some more and some other bels brews they seem like a very good brewery

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

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Photo of Tony210
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

S - overwhelming scent of roasted pineapple.
T - sweetened pineapple, honey, pine resin. Orange peel and a touch of mango linger on the finish.
M - coats the tounge with sweet honey. Not as bitter as I would expect.
O - if you like dipa's, I would put this on your list of "must try" beers.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (bottled 1/15/13) into a snifter, beautiful orange amber with a white foamy head that lingers leaving good lacing, slight haze

S: grapefruit, tangarine, citrus, weed, musty hop smells, pine resin, floral

T: palate destruction of hop bitterness, grapefruit peel, pine resin, lemon zest, honey, malt sweetness come through in the middle, finish is dry hoppy resin

M: full and oily, good carbonation, alcohol completely hidden, aftertaste lingers

O: My favorite description of this beer was "like your cat ate your bag of weed and then pissed on your christmas tree." That pretty much sums it up. This doesn't have the tropical fruit qualities of Pliny or Heady; it is a direct jack hammer assault on your taste buds. That being said, it is absolutely excellent. Thanks Jeff for hooking this one up!

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of 4ster
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large wine glass. Bottled Jan 9/2013. Served out of the fridge. Acquired in a trade from FrostyWG.

A: Clear, amber orange, trace of micro bubbles, thin, white frothy head that dies pretty quickly to a small bit of lacing. (is more hazy if you drain the bottle)

S: This is my first go at Hopslam, but I'd say the nose is already starting to fade on this, similar to other reviews. That said, sweet florals, lighter tropical aromas that aren't super sweet/acidic, and a light, sweet honey smell.

T: Out of the fridge, less floral and sweet, with a little more citrus and mellow tropical fruits, finishing slightly piney/grapefruit in the aftertaste. As it warms the malts and honey sweetness is more forward and pronounced, and it does get a bit more bitter.

M: Light-Med carbonation, medium body, very balanced, no real presence of alcohol except for a slight warming in the aftertaste, pretty neutral MF, a little sticky but that is about it. Very drinkable.

O: If I had to sum this up I would say it is like the younger sibling to Heady. Perhaps people don't like comparisons, but, I would say their hop profiles are similar, with Hopslam being perhaps a bit more tropical and sweet, with slightly less hop feel at the end. Both are extremely balanced and smooth which to me is what really separates these top notch DIPA's. That being said, Hopslam is a very good beer, though not the Hopslam I was expecting. i really like the floral/sweet honey undertones to compliment the hops, a nice touch, otherwise what you get is probably one of the more easy drinking DIPA's out there. Not sure it is worth the hype as it wouldn't be at the top of my Hop list, but it certainly is worth trying and one day it'd be nice to try a more fresh batch.

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Photo of rm9679
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my sales rep Chris for this. Smells fantastic, anticipating a glass from my server.

Beautiful semi hazed orange glow with a half finger of off white head. Tropical fruit on the nose with a honey caramel sweetness. Like caramalized pineapples.

Thick rolling body, smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Bright tropical fruit hop flavor on the tip of the tongue followed by resinous bitterness. Sweet caramel and honey beneath it all. Faintly sour citric acid like taste on the back of the tongue. Sweetness balanced by bitterness very nicely. A little more detectable alcohol than expected but overall a very good beer. Honestly like cooked tropical fruits, and citric acid covered in a sweet glaze followed by bitter rind.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of macher0
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint. Several months old, not fresh.

A: Copper tan color. Slightly translucent. Poured to less than one finger that quickly retreated. Lacing did not stand and quickly retreated.

S: Sweet floral citus aroma. Hints of peach. No appearant hops on nose.

T: The tast follows the nose as it starts off fruity (peaches again) and ends with a mild hop finish. Not super hoppy. Mildly bitter.

M: Very pleasant and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Fairly thin.

O: An excellent beer. I'm not a hop-head by any means and I could drink this beer all night. I assumed the age contributed to the muted hop presence, but I prefered it's condition when I drank it.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 01/15/13

A: Pours a clear golden copper in color with significant amounts of visible carbonation and significant orange/golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy/creamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Huge aromas of tropical/pineapple and citrus/grapefruit/tangerine hops over the top of some lighter notes of pale + caramel malts and honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there are strong flavors of tropical/pineapple and citrus/grapefruit hops, underneath which there is a moderate flavor of pale + caramel malts with a moderate amount of sweetness - with the sweetness coming from the honey. Just the faintest hint of pine hops towards the finish as the beer warms up. Moderate to heavy amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is one of the best smelling DIPAs on the market and I really like the combination of hops that create the aromas/flavor profile. The 10% ABV is extremely well hidden and this beer is very easy to drink - I could easily have a couple of these in a session and be really happy about it.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of sketchpunx
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on Tap as well as bottled. I find that this beer varied a fair amount each time i tried it. I thought the fresh bottle I tried (less than a month after bottling) was the best quality and certainly had the strongest hop aroma. The Tap version seemed very very bitter with less sweetness in and balance, and the bottle i tried two months after bottling date was still very good but lacked the huge nose that i really liked on the first bottle i tried.

The appearance is slightly cloudy golden copper with a 2 finger head that dissapates fairly quickly leaving a dense film on top of the beer. nice lacing.

Smell is huge hoppy dankness (when fresh). Tons of tropical fruit with a bit of that cat-piss thing. Lots of simcoe on the nose. Really excellent smell.

I really dig the taste of this beer. NIce resiny and citrusy with a bit of the sweetness coming through before a long bitter and dry finish.

The feel on this one is dope. Smooth and sticky but with a nice mellow carbonation. hides the alcohol very well.

overall I really like this beer and would seek it out again. I recommend it fresh though!

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,140 ratings
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