Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,039 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

was expecting more hops than sweet honey in this one , but still one to drink again when i get a chance, lets say that i wanted more from this beer. like more bitter finsh considering the name.it kind of reminding me a little like lucky 13.alt from laguntias

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Golden transparent body with a thin bone white head.

S- Piney hops dominate the nose.

T- Tastes like sucking on fresh hop oil. Delicious piney with a hint of citrus hop flavor.

M- Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel.

O- I would be surprised if there was a more hop forward, hop dominated beer.

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4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is slightly grassy and floral with hints of honey coming through. Pours a nice light orange color and white head. Taste is pretty amazing, I'm not typically a grassy hop person, but the balance of hops they used, the floral notes went really well with the honey and sweet caramel malt bill on this one. Fairly bitter but expected and I really think they nailed the malts on this one to give it a complexity you don't get much with some DIPAs, mouthfeel is a little less drinkable as it's got a good amount of body to this beer. Great beer overall.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IPA and balance.
True to their mission Bells yet again smacks us with balanced flavor. Unabashed pine and hops are somehow sublimely balanced by subtle malts and a touch of sweetness followed with classic IPA citrus.
I personally fail to see the point in descending into descriptors of head and smell; this beer just tastes amazing.
However a word of warning; when beginning your beer journey this is no entry level IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose of pine and resin, slightly floral with a sticky sweetness backing it up. Tastes of heavy hitting pine hops up front backed up by orange-lemon citrus bitterness all balanced by a honey sweetness. You get a nice warm tingle deep down inside from the alcohol, but none of the boozey heat in the taste. This lives up to all the hype I've heard. Fan-freakin-tastic.

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4.99/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Low and fading head, moderate lacing, scent of hops present, with a strong organic chemistry lab/pine campground presence, not really strong citrus to dominate. Color is a rich, slightly fogging copper orange typical for the style. Tastes fruity, malty, slightly sweet with strong, sustained hop echo, but nicely counterbalanced by all the flavors. Some presence of alcohol evident, but not really prominent...a bit more drinkable (going faster) than other DIPA's. Mouthfeel is substantial, with moderate to heavy, active carbonation. Another delicious one from Bell's and recommended again.

Revised, fresher review: OK, so I'm trying an eight day old Hopslam, and I've changed my mind. I wish I could have one of these every day. Now I get even more fruit, passionfruit, and maybe even guava, and I can't believe this is 10% ABV. So a I go from a previous 4.75 to a almost 5.00. This one is near perfect for me.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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