Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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98
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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
Ratings:
13,039
Reviews:
3,529
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
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2,662
Gots:
3,629
For Trade:
71
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of ddedhed
4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely fantastic! Got lucky and someone was able to pick up a 6 pack for me before it sold out. Clear gold with a slight amber tinge. Thick head that looks like a soft fluffy cloud. Leaves solid consistent lacing. The smell is a sweet, fruity, and fresh. The taste is a light citrus, melon fruitiness to mid palate bitterness to sweet honey on the back of the palate. The finish is crisp with a sublte lingering bitterness that is pleasant. This is really well balanced, and 10%??? I couldn't tell.

A real pleasure. I am going back tomorrow to get more. Hopefully they aren't sold out!

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4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden, caramel colored with a decent sized head given the ABV.

S: Citrusy, floral hops dominate with an underlying sweetness of honey.

T: Basically like it smells, but the hops are much more predominant than they are in the nose. An underlying sweetness follows it down. ABV is well hidden.

M: Good thickness for a DIPA.

O: Lives up to it's hype. Definitely one of, if not the, best DIPAs I've ever had.

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4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its incredible reputation. 10% ABV confirmed. Bottled 01/02/13 (11 days old). Thanks to Britta for bringing the bottle from Ann Arbor.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of slight cream, fair thickness, and incredible retention for the high ABV (~5 minutes). Body colour is a transparent copper; it's not particularly vibrant but I wouldn't call it dull. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show . It's par for the style, but it isn't as appealing as other beers in the style I've seen.

Sm: Hops: nectary, floral, pine, grapefruit, honey, effervescent crystal malt, perfumey hop oil, bright fruit (mango and some light tropical fruit), caramel. There's a lot going on here, and the hop bitterness is well concealed. Lots of depth and diversity. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. I'd like more of the oily hop notes. A bit of grassy character emerges on the climax, joining the fruit. The honey comes off very raw; it's not at all too sweet. A fairly strong aroma, and a pleasant appealing one. Definitely different from the aromas I'm used to in beers of the style, but I don't know that it's necessarily an improvement. I can't wait to try it.

T: Ah. A perfect balance of honey and pale malt sweetness with nectary hop notes, bright fruit, and floral character. Sticky and sweet - but never overly so. Nectary hop notes dominate. I'd like more pine from it, but what little is there is well balanced. Not as heavy on the grapefruit as many beers in the style - and rightly so; it works to ensure the hop bitterness is well concealed. A bit grassy and oily. Light caramel rides beneath. Bold pale malts give it the refreshing effective body it needs. No alcohol comes through until the warmth hits me in the stomach; this one is dangerously drinkable. Not at all soapy like many problematic beers in the style; they brought this out of primary just in time. I expected a bitter hop bomb, but Bell's remembered to balance the flavours, and the result is a great Double IPA. Loads of complexity and seamless subtlety make this one a real treat.

Mf: Sticky, nectary, slick, and coating. Perfect thickness and carbonation. Quite oily. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Smooth and wet. Near perfect execution; bravo, Bells.

Dr: Dangerously drinkable for the high ABV. It delivers hops, but more importantly it delivers balance. I could down it all night, and I'd be happily knackered by night's end. This Double IPA will satisfy hop cravings, but it isn't the bitter hop bomb it markets itself as. It is in fact a balanced, very enjoyable Double IPA that I'd love to have again (preferably on-draught). Does it live up to its reputation? I'm not floored, but it is fantastic. It's not the best beer I've had in the style, but it's certainly one of them. Well priced in Michigan at $18 a six pack. Constructively, it could use more depth of flavour, but I'm nitpicking.

Would pair incredibly well with spicy food.

Lowish A-

***
01/21/17 impression from a can ($24 per 6 pack in New York - yikes!):

Delicate honey. Glimmer of honeydew melon.

Balanced through and through, with pale malt sweetness just present enough to take the bitter edge of the heavily floral hopping.

Ludicrously drinkable for 10% ABV (I think the kids are saying "crushable" these days).

Surprisingly light-bodied. Nice push-pull between coarseness and smoothness, tugging towards the coarse side without being dragging or rough. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or scratchy.

A fine imperial IPA, though I remembered it better. Call it batch variation, can vs bottle variation, or call it me being inconsistent, but my impressions this time around aren't quite as favorable - good though this undeniably is.

B / GOOD

***
01/22/17 CAN:

Glowing gold-copper body. Obviously filtered. White frothy head.

Aroma entices with hints of fresh honey, bright floral notes, nectary hops, and resins alongside a kiss of citrus. Surprisingly mild aromatically, but attractive and suggestive of a balanced brew.

Ludicrously drinkable owing to its impeccable balance, with delicate subtle fresh honey sweetness joining pale malts to oppose any hop bitterness. The result is a terrific brew that hides all hop bitterness yet retains all hop flavours, showcasing its hops wonderfully and finishing coating and a little sweet without ever feeling syrupy or cloying. Finishes with an impression of hop oils.

Dangerously good. I find myself inhaling it, its 10% ABV of no consequence. Terrific work from very talented brewers.

B+ / VERY GOOD

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,039 ratings.
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