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

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was finally able to get my hands on some Hopslam, for the first time ever. I called almost a dozen local stores before I finally tracked it down at a sleazy supermarket/liquor store/discount cigarette place. Anyway, side poured from the bottle into my Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful golden color with a copper tinge and a real nice, two finger head that sticks around for damn near the whole drink. Leaves excellent lacing as well, basically a line on the side of the glass for every time I drink. Love the packaging, a dude getting run over by a massive hop. Appropriate.

Smell - It is certainly a DIPA, no doubt about that. To me the hops are more a fruity variety than anything else, with citrus, grapefruit, and lemon zest in there with a touch of flowery hops and a slight yeastiness in the background.

Taste - There is certainly several layers to the hoppiness of the brew, not initially noticeable as much in the nose as on the palate. Again the fruity hops play in with citrus and grapefruit, some pine, and that slight maltiness to balance the beer. Very good. Not too much hoppiness, but enough to ensure you know this is a DIPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and carbonated. Finishes crisp and bitter, with a slight alcohol warmth to it. Smooth but certainly not weak.

Overall - Of course, I relished the fact that I was finally getting to drink the fabled Hopslam, and it is an excellent beer indeed. I think my review bears that out. However, I do not rate it as highly as many on this site, and certainly do not think it is the best DIPA I have ever had, nor is it worth the price or an extended road trip to get it. While it is an excellent beer, I likely won't buy it again just because of the exorbitant markup and search process. Check it out, but this is certainly a case of too much hype, too much buildup, and unfortunately the brew could not possibly stand to compete.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. packaged 1/15/13

a: pours a fairly light golden, a bit lighter than many other DIPAs that have a deeper color. 1/2 inch fizzy white head, slowly dissipates

s: incredibly floral and hoppy. lots of tropical fruits: mango especially, pineapple, papaya, mint as well. one of the most fruity and floral aromas. can almost smell the hop resin

t: light and fruity at the beginning, same tropical fruits, then a heavy resinous hop bite in the middle, and stinging hoppiness in the finish.

o: crisp and light for 10%, mixing nicely with the heaviness of the hops. simply excellent DIPA.

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

Bottled on 1/13/13, poured into a tulip glass.

A- pours crystal clear golden-orange color with a two finger foamy white head that reduces to a small layer skimming the top, leaving textbook lace around the rim.

S- wow, hops punch in the face! Sharp and pungent citrus notes, oily resin, some floral notes, citrus pineapple and papaya and a very refreshing mint leave smell. Just a touch of yeasty malt on the end with a bit of dank. Quite complex.

T- the thing that's immediately stands out upon the first few sips is the complexity of the hops. I'm getting citrus, mango, papaya, grass, fresh mint and just a touch of pine. The alcohol is noticeable but not 10% noticeable, just enough to warm up the palate. With the complexity of the malts, it doesn't rip my tongue out. But rather leaves an intense hop linger that lasts long after the sip. Malt it noticeable but this is obviously a hop show.

M- medium body, moderate carbonation, just enough to give it a kick. Quite possibly the creamiest mouthfeel I've experienced from a DIPA, the finish is velvety, leaving just enough alcohol to let you know it's there.

O- After finishing half of the glass I'm still picking out little subtleties that pop out from the hop profile. This is the best DIPA that I've had, nearly perfect mouthfeel, hidden alcohol and a solid flavor profile. Worth seeking out.

Note: Revisiting this beer 3 years later and I can't get over how boozy it is in both aroma and taste. It almost has a vodka-taste finish. The hop profiles still there but the honey seems subdued and it just drinks very hot.

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

Date on the bottle said the January 2nd 2013.

A - Poured out a nice frothy 2 finger off white yellowish head that leaves great lacing. It is hazy golden color that is clear but looks as though there is something extra in it.

S - This one really lets off some hop aroma. It is really dank and pungent with a "citrusy" orange smell. A wonderfully sweet cascade of hops from this makes my mouth water. After drinking this beautiful smell fades away so if you like the scent smell it before you drink it.

T - Again like the nose, a pungent dank citrusy (orange, lemon) hops which leads into a bitter bite on the back end. This one is relatively sweet and honey-ish but not cloying with minute amounts of alcohol on the aftertaste. So bitter it has an astringency to it on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep the flavors going. My tongue can feel the bitter bite of this brew in which it feels like it was scrubbed clean by the hop oils. Slightly sticky. Interesting what it does to the mouth for sure.

O - This brew is what ended up getting me into drinking true craft beer. I may be bias toward it but it is non the less one of my favorite Double IPA's even though it is ridiculously priced. I look forward to drinking this every year and so should you, cheers!

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Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. dated 1/10/13

A. A nice light amber color which has a head that lingers and leaves lacing on the glass.

S. I get grapefruit and other tropical fruits with just a touch of pine and some malt. My words are not doing this justice as this may be the best aroma ive ever smelled coming off a beer.

T. This is way more balanced than I expected. It starts with a bite of hops and then transitions into the tropical fruits I smelled.It finishes with soem malt and leaves a little bitterness. No alcohol is noticable.

M. A medium mouthfeel with some decent carbanation.

O. This is an excellent beer and drinks like it should be sessionable.

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