Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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:
#157
Reviews:
3,609
Ratings:
13,399
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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2,711
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3,802
Trade:
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3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into tulip glass.

A - Golden orange with two fingers of light beige head. Thick curtains of lace coat the glass.

S - Piney and herbal hop aromas. Hint of cat urine.

T - Strong hop bitterness and pine resin. Intense hop bite. A bit one dimensional flavor wise.

M - Medium body. Tickles the back of the throat as you drink it.

O - Good, not great. I have to say, I don't really get what all the fuss is about. Pretty easy drinking for 10% ABV, so it's got that going for it, which is nice.

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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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/23/13 very fresh
I poured this into a tulip glass, it has a very nice orange/copper color body, I poured very carefully to only get a thin head.
The aroma has a great pine,citrus hop aroma.
The taste follows the smell, great pine and citrus hop bite, get a little malt also. The mouthfeel is very smooth, leaves a great bite aftertaste.
Overall this is one of the best beers I have had

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2.75/5  rDev -38.3%

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4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Beautiful crystal clear copper. I poured it pretty conservatively so there wasn't a great deal of head. Nice lacing.

Aroma - Loads of ripe citrus fruits, resin and pine as well. Also got a hint of sweetness on the back end from the honey.

Taste - Follows the aroma almost identically. Sticky citrus and pine. Very light malts and a very light hint of semi sweet honey. Probably the most pleasantly tasting bitter beer I've ever had.

Feel - Fairly carbonated and sticky.

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4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big hoppy and malty. Heavy beer. Not very hop forward in the aroma. Sweet. Enjoyable still but not even close to the drinking enjoyment level of hundreds of IPAs being made these days.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,399 ratings