Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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98
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13,021 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
Ratings:
13,021
Reviews:
3,528
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,659
Gots:
3,623
For Trade:
70
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4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the first beer that i bought a case full of. As soon as i had first one, i was grossly underwhelmed. I was expecting a hop bomb, it certainly was not that. This is my fifth bottle since then.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 1/3/2013. A very slight haze. Color is amber orange or exactly the honey color. Has a good two to three fingers thick pour depending on how you are pouring. Off white color. A decent lacing. Head persistence is good but not anything exceptional. A slight unclarity, but still very fine appearance. Lack of bubbles and very calm.

Aroma has been varying depending on the bottle. Sometimes hops have been very upfront, some times malty, bready sweeter tasting aroma with a good mix of hops. Floral and citrus hops are dominating. A very good malt backbone, that gives it a good soothing smoothness. A little bit of herbal spiciness to the nose as well. No alcohol whatsoever.

Taste is a slightly sweet due to upfront honey and some dry fruits may be. A very solid and sweet looking malty, bready backbone. Hops do have a strong presence, giving it some oily feel. Herbal, Citrus and slightly earthy hops dominate. Bitterness is there in the aftertaste, but not worthy of a name like Hopslam. Not tongue biting or anything. An IIPA, that imo will be appreciated by those who do not like overly hoppy beers. A very well balanced finish that fails to give prominence to anything be it malts, hops, honey or alcohol. A nice blend of everything is what makes this beer great.

Mouth feel is on the medium side. A lot of oily and resiny feel that is very much appreciated. Low on carbonation is another good thing. Complete lack of any astringency. Alcohol is very well hidden for a 10% ABV. Smooth as hell and drinks very easy. This makes it a dngerous beer to have a plenty of. You consume a lot of alcohol without feeling anything. You realize only when your head is dizzy. Definitely will make the head spin, if you have two in a row.

The USP here is balance and smoothness, which you won't find in the best of IIPAs, that makes it a winner. Personally there are much better Imperials than this, but this one is one of the smoothest thing that i have had overall.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light honey color, yellow with an orange hue.

S- Grapefruit, some spice, orange peel, pineapple. It kind of smells like a citrus milk shake. Something, probably the honey reminds me of ice cream.

T- Apricot, orange rind and seeds. Pine, resiny, there is a sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Medium body, light carbonation that explodes then quickly fades, no alcohol burn, slightly astringent.

D- Pretty drinkable, alcohol is transparent, sweet, sticky.

Update 1-14-11: This years batch is just as hoppy as last years batch.

1-11-12: Better than ever. I really am enjoying this years batch, especially on tap. I finally get the hype!

1-18-13: Still loving it, sweeter than I remember, smells like an apricot danish. All that I have been drinking the last 4 days. An interesting, well balanced beer.

1-21-14: Delicious again this year, but an expensive 6pk. Citrus, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, sticky buns, dank... intense hop flavor, & aromas. Smooth, creamy yet warm on the tongue... easy to quaff for a dipa.

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4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle into a pint glass in my apartment in high elevation Libby, Mont. Received from my beer-buddy Kojevergas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high, but reserved.

A- Half-finger white head with a surprising amount of retention for the high ABV. Soapy, wet lacing slides down the glass. Dusky amber color with medium-high clarity. Light carbonation.

S- Grapefruit and citrusy hops battles with sweet honey tones for the strongest smell in the beer. The aroma is not sharp or overpowering, but subtle and enticing. Some pepper, pine, and tropical fruits are present in small amounts. Hides alcohol extremely well. Could be perfect if the hops were just a tad more pronounced, but very nice nonetheless.

T- Alcohol definitely is more present than in the bouquet. Citrusy and piney hops, with relatively thick hop oil. Honey is present in small amounts. Highly drinkable, but not world-endingly good. Balanced quite well between sweet and bitter.

M- Semi-oily, balances well on the tongue and finishes wet and slightly alcoholic.

O- Complex flavor and smell which hides the alcohol content, very nice feel. Appearance is just a shade south of great, but by no means poor. Do try this beer. Not as hoppy as other DIPAs, but the honey may play a role in that.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,021 ratings.
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