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:
13,041
Reviews:
3,529
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
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2,666
Gots:
3,631
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look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI, also many times out of the bottle. Pours a golden, light-amber with a moderate amount of haze to it, micro particles sift through the brew upon which a two-finger, creamy, light beige head rests and leaves nice amounts of fuzz on the glass. The aroma of this beer hits your nose mid-pour. Up close, things begin to get magical. Humongous citrus aromas; grapefruit, pineapples, tangerines, lemon zest - a wild, sweet, fruity explosion crowds your nostrils. Mild resinous, pine, and hop aromas make their way in as well - after all, this is HOPslam. The nose is absolutely brilliant and does nothing but get you excited to finally bring this one to your lips.

Take one sip - BOOM. MF'ing hop slammed. The hop bill is one of the finest and most robust out there, and you'll realize that when you finally gulp this sweet nectar. Piney, oily, resinous and slightly dank hops will seize your palate and engulf your taste buds immediately. This bitterness here is certainly dominant, but in the best way possible. After some time, some more floral and perfume-like aromas and tastes emerge, just icing on the already delicious hop cake. The heavy hop flavors are much more pronounced on the palate than in the aroma, which is to be expected. The citrus is not to be forgotten, either - it resides just under the thick layer of hoppy goodness; more pineapples, grapefruits, orange and lemon zest... Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.

Not picking up much malt, if any at all. But at this point - who cares? This beer wasn't made for the malt. There's enough to give it some kind of a backbone, but that's about it. Any other non-pale malts were probably in very small quantity and just for the color. This beer is about the HOPS, anyways, and any malt distraction would do nothing but make me angry. The end of the sip and a touch of the aftertaste contains an extra dollop of sweetness - could this be from the honey, perhaps? It's hard to pick any actual "honey" flavors amidst the hop assault, but the sweetness of Hopslam doesn't go unnoticed and gets more vibrant as the beer gets warmer. Definitely a subtle, unobtrusive addition that sets Hopslam apart from other DIPAs even more so. The mouth is wet, slick, and on the thicker side, though not as lumpy as you may expect a 10% ABV beer to be. Carbonation is spot on, letting the flavors pop without being abrasive.

Hopslam is, simply put, one of the best DIPAs in the world. A fantastic hop profile that gives off an orgasmic aroma and a wonderfully complex yet drinkable flavor profile. Despite the 10% ABV, the alcohol does nothing more than provide a teeny, tiny bit of warmth. One of the most drinkable DIPAs you'll ever find. If you're looking for a hop explosion, look no further - get yourself some HOPSLAM.

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

(Taken from notes of sampling in Feb. 2012.)

Pours a nice medium-light amber with decent head. Aroma is surprisingly muted for an IIPA. The taste, however, is anything but mild. A lovely balance of herbal hops and sweet malts. You'd never know it was 10% ABV as you could easily drink several of these (much to your detriment).

One of the best IIPAs out there. Get it if you can!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter and a wine glass. Bottled a mere eleven days ago.

A - nice oranges and reds, pours a finger foam on a forced pour, cream colored residual lacing. Semi-transparent.

S - extremely crisp, clean, and citrusy. Not unlike other DIPAs, but still a prominent feature. Lingering grapefruit, lemon/lime, and other citrus fruits. No alcohol to speak of, but behind the other monstrous smells that's unsurprising.

T - the honey blends in very nicely with the citrus, which is somewhat unexpected. Unlike some IPAs and DIPAs, Hopslam doesn't leave you with the bitter rind of the fruit. Starts with a nice, clean burst of oranges and finishes mellow and sweet, probably attributable to the honey.

M - it doesn't taste especially carbonated, but I have a difficult time differentiating between the bite of citrus and overly carbonated beer. It burns the cheeks when you leave it in your mouth for more than a second, but otherwise it's light, which is remarkable considering the high alcohol content. No syrupy taste, just very pure.

O - I've had this four or five years in a row now, but this is my first batch since I've really gotten into craft. It definitely doesn't disappoint. It's the sweeter version of Abrasive.

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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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