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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:
3,533
Ratings:
13,107
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,686
Gots:
3,662
Trade:
69
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly off white head that settles to a thing film. A swirl shows plenty of carbonation. Golden orange body. Sticky drippy lace.

Heavily hopped nose with a large sweetness from the honey and malt. Grapefruit, orange, pine, tropical, graham cracker.

Grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, sweet honey, and bready malt. Really nice flavor going on.

Smooth and creamy with a slightly biting bitterness. Well balanced in sweet and bitter as far as a hoppy DIPA is concerned.

Highly enjoyable. The abv makes it a little hard to enjoy a bunch of it.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into pilsner.

Appearance- a clear honey hue, what little head goes away quickly. 3.75

Aroma-YES! Grapefruit, tons of grapefruit, tons of citrus, honeysuckle, apricot. 5

Taste-hops come in light, honey, dried apricots, orange- grapefruit, hops come back strong in the finish. 4.5

Feel-biter but a bit watery, lightly coats mouths, some alcohol, a lot more watery then expected. 3.75

Overall-very drinkable double, I'm not to familiar with this style but this is one of the best I've had. Citrus fruits are all over this up down and around. I see the hype, but then again i dont see why this cant be a year rounder. this is going to be my measuring stick for double ipa's. 4.25

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 1/21/13

11645 Pkgd 1/03/13

Slightly hazy and browned honey color with a one finger head that starts a quick decline. Soapy retention and some drippy, sandy lace; neither holds up over by the end of the glass.

Hop oils and alcohol are strong on the nose; apricot, peach, pollen, hints of grapefruit and a vague notion of lemongrass. The malts are fairly neutral but in abundance, so there's a lot of sweet cracker and biscuit coming through.

The taste leads off with a moderate pine bitterness which is peppered with citric pith and rind. The hop oils ooze together; picking out distinct flavors is laborious and largely pointless. Similarly, the malts become part of the whole lending a sweetness to the concoction. Tropical booze lasts long on the finish.

Oily. The feel is so oily. It clings across the palate every which way. The body is on the high end of medium but the hop oils weight it down. The carbonation is capable; lively in conjunction with the hops but not sharp.

The first few times I had this I loved it, but year after year I try Hopslam and I keep coming to the same conclusion that it is simply ok. I like to have a pint and a bottle or two each year just for kicks, but plopping down close to $20 for a six pack just ain't gonna happen.

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

A- gorgeous honey apricot amber. Warm and glowing. The superior looking off white head is solid and sticky and topped with a cluster of iridescent bubbles. Lace adheres in swirls and waves.

S- things are getting interesting. Ridiculously fresh hop aroma is fuming out of the tulip. It's all manner of pungent, sweet, herbal and fruity with mandarin orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, apricot, white raisin, pine, juniper, lemon, and thyme. Not sure if the sweetness in the aroma has anything to do with the honey or not, cuz the malt presence is strong up in this bitch. Cookieish sesame sweet and shortbread kinda like those apricot birds nest cookies. Some sandalwood and cedar as well.

T- big crunchy hop flavor up front, savory and herbal becoming fruity. Not so intensely bracingly bitter, but so fully hopped that the first few sips make me shake my head and shiver. Loads of orange and grapefruit and pineapple with resin and white flowers. Very soft honey flavor comes through near the end alongside an enjoyable dryness. Even at 10%abv, it's nearly impossible to detect any alcohol flavor, just a little heat on the swallow. Finish is like chewing on a hop flower. Thick full hop flavor with lingering bitterness.

MF- full creamy feel with tight rolling carbonation. More coating on the palate instead of super dry and alcoholic or sticky. Perfect pleasant feeling for such an aggressive IPA.

D- a lot of hype surrounds this beer and while it is pretty damn good, it doesn't blow me away. The honey is a nice addition.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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