Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,041 Ratings
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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4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on: 1/02/13

A: Pours a light, golden color. Completely translucent. Aggressively poured results to a 4-finger, fluffy, bright white head. The lacing on this puppy is incredible. Completely sticks to the entire glass for the full duration of the drink.

S: Pine and hops. I get total citrusy melon and pineapple hints. Underlying all of it is the dominating honey smell.

T: Hoppy. The citrus whiffs come through in the taste. The thing that blows my mind with this one is how well the 10% ABV is hidden. The balance of sweetness from the honey and hop bitterness is pretty incredible.

M: Sticky! I would say it's a little more full than a typical DIPA - definitely. Creamy.

O: The honey is much more present in 2013 than 2012, but I like it. The sweetness comes through without losing any hoppiness. A 10% ABV brew should not be "seshy" but this one is darn close. In general, if you pay attention to the forums on BA a lot of beers tend to be "overhyped". This one is actually one of the few that meets that "hype". I'm impressed.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle

A: Great amber/orange color that you can see right through. Nice head that quickly disappears. Light lacing in the middle of the glass.

S: This smells delicious, but isn't as potent as I would expect. Really had to put my nose close to smell. Floral smell and a touch of honey.

T: One of the most balanced DIPAs out there. When it first hits the tongue you taste the honey and malts and it is very sweet. As the hops come in you taste pine and a tap of floral. After your done drinking, the pine flavor sits perfectly on your tongue for a few minutes.

M: low carbonation which makes it crisp, but it also has a certain fullness to it.

O: Such a tasty beer. The balance of this beer is what makes it so great. perfect blend of malt and hops makes this such a sought after beer. Cheers!

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4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly fresh. Credit to Bell's. 8 day old beer. Poured into Bell's tulip glass. Nice bright white one finger head. Lightly orange color. You can smell the hops immediately. Light citrus scents hit your nose then your palate prior to a light bitterness. Almost a sweet bitterness. You really get the carbonation and fresh hop flavor in the mouthfeel. You get a slight smell of the alcohol but it certainly doesn't taste if 10%. Be careful. It is just that good.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Bell's Brewery, Inc. short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a deep golden amber with some orange highlights, topped with a fluffy clean white two finger head. Above average retention, some wispy lacing evident. Honey and citrus blossoms present on the nose. Opens with smooth honey notes, some light caramel, flora and hay, citrus and even a hint of apple and pear-like fruitness. More honey notes head off and smooth out some mounting citrus rind bitterness. Smooth, slightly chewy due to a hefty malt backbone and honey-like syrupy accents. Moderate carbonation. Such a unique, exceptionally great beer that I'm glad to finally fully review.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours clear amber with off-white head.

S: Intense pine and citrus hops, some alcohol.

T: This is about as hopped as you can get! Resinous pine and dank, citrusy hop flavor is what this is all about, accompanied by some honey and a fair amount of bitterness.

M: Slick medium body.

O: This stuff is so delicious! Widely available and affordable at only $14.99/6. This may be the closest thing to a perfect beer. Whatever you do, don't pass this up!

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,041 ratings.
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