Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BA SCORE
4.46/5
13,075 Ratings
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:
#146
Reviews:
3,532
Ratings:
13,075
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,677
Gots:
3,645
Trade:
69
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,075 |  Reviews: 3,532
Photo of NateMac13
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of fatmusic14
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Packaged 1/3/13 (according to the label).

Pours Hazy, golden, like a belgian. Murky element reminiscent of being trapped under water, in an exciting "I cant tell whats ahead of me" kind of way. Bubbles dancing quickly from the ocean floor. Decent lacing.

Smells so rich, so piney. State Park levels of pine, hints of cinnamon and honey. Sweetness, hoppiness, citrus.

Oh. My. Could not possibly describe the flavor here, but I'll give it a shot. Hops, honey, spice, grapefruit, orange, lemon (multiple layers of citrus explode on your tongue). ABV is hidden extremely well, so is typical IPA flavors of earth and pine. Not overpowering, extremely subtle.

M - leaves your tongue feeling like it just discovered sex for the first time.

Overall - a TRUE gem

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Photo of Achilles811
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of --Dom--
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a hazy honey color with minimal head. Smells of sweet honey and some hop aroma. There's really not much aroma coming off this beer.

The taste is not the hop punch you'd expect, In fact I think the ibu's are pretty low for a DIPA. I get the honey along with a healthy amount of malt back here. To be honest it's not terribly complex. It's just done well and everything is nearly perfectly balanced. The alcohol is obviously present at 10% but it's hidden very well. The finish is slightly bitter orange peel that sticks around for a while after.

Carbonation is pretty moderate. Mouthfeel is just slightly sticky. Overall, it really is an awesome beer. So balanced, so tasty. Just don't buy it expecting have your palate blown to smithereens by hops cuz it ain't gonna happen with this one.

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Photo of JohnDMartin
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Deep gold-coin color with a one finger white head. Epic rings of sticky lacing. Looks great.

S - Powerful aroma of tropical fruits, mild clean malts, and spicy hops. Smells amazing.

T - Big blast of tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, papya) with aggressive hop bite. Manages to be tongue peelingly bitter without being sprucy or grassy. Malts lurking underneath lend a honey graham cracker sweetness, and never allow the hops to fully take over. Turns into sort of a lemon zest in the finish. Everything flawlessly integrated here, and the flavors are lush and rich. Perfection.

M - Dry finish. Medium carbonation. Body is light, but without being watery. This beer now tops my list of "most dangerously hidden ABV", as the alcohol is nearly unnoticeable.

O - Simply amazing from start to finish, and one of the best IPA's around. Very limited in my area, and a little expensive, but worth the trouble and expense. A masterpiece.

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Photo of Hermthegerm
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of JVoyager
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of AllanC
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What can one say? We wait all year for this to make its brief appearance, and hope we can obtain some before it is all sold.

I finally got to try this on tap this year. Just amazing. I drank a few the past few days, and our two six packs are still intact.

I wish I could give a more detailed review like many of my beer judge friends do. Perhaps one day.

Suffice it to say, I really like this beer, but am glad it isn't a year-around thing. I would probably become tired of quite quickly.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of rmarks9
2/5  rDev -55.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Sunn
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of teak
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Kerrie
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Rupert50
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,075 ratings
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