Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BA SCORE
4.46/5
13,075 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
Ranking:
#147
Reviews:
3,532
Ratings:
13,075
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,677
Gots:
3,644
Trade:
69
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange-tangerine amber color. Head is medium thick, rich and lovely. Hopslam has a nice yeasty sediment that adds a nice depth of cloudiness after a second pour. packaged on 1/9/13 drank 1/17/13.
Smell is intense sour honey, citrus, hop oil, floral ,orange,pineapple,pine,biscuit malt, lots of biscuit backbone.
IMO flavor is this beer's true power. Upfront huge hoppy pine, malt, citrus, candied orange, pine, sweet musty honey, syrup, finishes biting and smooth with no indication whatsoever of a 10% double IPA. I must say that this takes the cake for the most deceptive Imperial IPA I've ever had. More balanced than many, but honestly a bit sweeter than I expected...not a horrible thing.
Too many times Double IPAS are unbalanced, tongue numbing, unpleasant beers for me, but Hopslam shows a true balance of hop in beautiful form.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank 6 days fresh. First beer of the 3 6-packs I purchased - I've been anxiously awaiting this release. Poured into a Hop Leaf Tulip.

Appearance: This is a very pretty beer. Pours a clear golden color with a thick, 2-finger cream/white head. Plenty of lacing on its way down.

Smell: Wow. Might be the best-smelling IPA I've ever come across. Pine, citrus, peach, and pineapple leap right out at you. Very nice hops on the nose.

Taste: Well-balanced. Sweet and honey tastes upfront. The hops are present throughout, with a wonderful fresh taste, and good bittering hops as well. On the maltier side, not surprising given the ABV, but really nicely balanced and enjoyable.

Feel: Good carbonation, pretty dry. Not quite as smooth and creamy as my gold standard Heady Topper but very easy to drink. Much lighter than expected for the ABV. No heat whatsoever in this one.

Overall: Well worth $18/6-pack. A real treat to drink fresh. Given how fresh, this would probably sneak into my top 5 DIPAs.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

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4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a sixer today and had to try the craze. Poured in a pint glass.

A- Not so much head, only about a finger worth and there is not much retention. Whats left of the head is a light layer of white foam over the body. Now the beer was light amber in color, and transparent. Carbonation bubbles rose to the top from the bottom. A beautiful beer.

S- Pine is dominant, but is complimented with sweet tangerine and honey. There's a hint of light malt at the end, but it is very minor.

T- When I took my first sip, I had a rush of hops that attacked my palate, which dried up my whole mouth. This thing bites! Pine, pine, and more pine; this hop attack is ruthless. Some honey comes through, as well as some citrus, but the pine just dominates this. Even when my mouth is empty, my palate has this bitter aftertaste.

M- This beer is dangerously smooth and light.

O- This beer packs a punch! If you're a hophead you have to get your hands on this. However, I believe that a good beer isn't rated on just its IBU, and beers need a medium of flavors. This beer delivered a punch, but lacked complexity on a taste level. Great beer nonetheless.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,075 ratings
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