Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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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4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: Updated for the 2013 batch. The bottle is about 10 days old, courtesy of pokgye. Thanks, Jason.

I stand by all my notes for the 2011 vintage except the aroma: it's much less billowing and aromatic than I remember from 2011. The 2012 batch was the same way for me; I'll attribute this to a nasal Lupulin Threshold Shift, if you like, but it's just not as expressive as it used to be. Still tastes great though!

2011 vintage. Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of Steamhead.

A: Pours a clear, mildly hazy orange/copper color with reddish tints when held to the light. The head is a generous 2 fingers when poured, but it recedes into a light film on the top. It leaves significant lacing down the glass as I drink. For the ABV, it's exceptional.

S: Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and -- of all things -- a strong guava smell dominate the nose. Some lesser notes of pine hop cones and flowers. I had to search a bit for the malt, but detected delicate biscuit notes. Exquisite. It's a hop bouquet and a total delight to sniff. The aroma falls off very fast, though; even refrigerated bottles consumed over a week tracked downward.

T: As the nose predicts, citrus hops (pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, mango) dominate the taste. Biscuit malt and honey flavors in the mid-palate. The finish is a flavorful combination of grapefruit and pine. The aftertaste is all citrus bite. Very clean flavors. It's not very sweet at all. Note I'm differentiating between honey sweetness and honey flavors here; the former is fermented out, leaving a beer that is quite dry, but the latter imparts a floral taste.

M: Medium-bodied, with perfect carbonation for the style. The 10% alcohol is well-masked, although there is just the lightest burn at the end of a sip. It's a fairly dry beer. I rather like that. Just the little burn makes it lower than a perfect 5, here.

D: It's fantastic, but it lacks the pungency I remember from last year. I had this immediately upon receipt and again later next to Pliny the Younger; it doesn't measure up like it used to. I won't say it's bad, but I rearranged my top 5 a bit. I don't think I'll track down a case next year, maybe just one six-pack.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has got to be one of the most powerful beers that I have ever tasted. I tried a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (which is a beer that I enjoy) afterwards to compare and Hopslam made SI Celebration Ale seem/taste like a run of the mill Brown Ale. Hopslam is an amazing beer all the way around. The flavors are full and robust to say the least. I hope to drink some more this weekend at the Beer Dabbler in St. Paul, MN.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served in pint glass.

A - Dense, white foamy head on top of an opaque copper brew. Really good retention on the side of the glass all around throughout drinking.

S - Sweet piny scent. Love the resiny and stickiness that looms around the top of glass. Can almost feel it in my nose.

T - Amazing citrusy and resiny forward flavor, really hoppy but not overpowering. Hopslam comes in at 10% abv but there isn't to much alcohol in the taste.

M- The mouth feel on this brew is sticky but smooth on the way down. Really enjoy the residual hop flavor that resonates on the tongue. Wish my mouth permanently had that..ha

Overall - Really great beer from Bell's. Will look forward to this one's release every year that's for sure. Recommend that anyone try whether you love IPA's or just like them.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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