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:
13,000
Reviews:
3,525
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,655
Gots:
3,612
For Trade:
70
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,000 |  Reviews: 3,525
Photo of jmagnus87
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a light orange with about a finger of white head. Aroma of citrus and honey. Taste is about the same. Medium bodied with a somewhat sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty good. I would gladly drink again in the future.

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Photo of Ironcityblackand
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Jballn
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of queens1130
3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade, Thanks Chris!

Bottled 12/29/11. Pours slightly hazy amber. A good pour reveals a medium head & releases great hoppy aroma. Still get a good amount of hops even 4 months post bottling. Can taste the booze on the finish but I'd imagine the hops would mask this when tasting fresh.

Overall a great drink, would love to try again hopefully fresher to compare. Definitely surprises at 10%!

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Photo of tcurrie
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DrJaws
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BeerdNick
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of brown2cu
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker than bottled; no lacing and the head was merely a sheet of bubbles. This is of course normal for casked beer if I understand correctly.

S: Not as pungent as other forms. Definitely well hopped; however, it seemed to be primarily floral in character.

T: Hops are more assertive in the taste. A lot of citrus, floral, and maybe some mild (very mild) spiciness. Still more toned down than other forms.

M: Definitely more crisp than heavy;Very low carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try a unique version of this wonderful beer.

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Photo of jbnla
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DavyJones
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Cane4Beer
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Jaldama
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of BeerBodisafa
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass. This bottle is only eight days old!

A: Pours a clear gold with a one-finger white head and a medium amount of visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit, pineapple, dank hops with citrus and pine. Essentially no malt aroma that I can find.

T: Hops! Tropical, orange citrus, pineapple, grassy dank pine. Just hints of a cracker malt flavor in the background. For the amount of hop flavor & aroma, it doesn't come across as particularly bitter - perhaps due in part to all of the fruity flavors the hops give off.

M: Medium body, nice amount of carbonation, and a moderate alcohol presence given the ABV - but the alcohol does become more noticeable as the beer warms.

O: I've had this before, just now giving a proper review. It's a very tasty beer, not sure it quite lives up to the hype (this year or any other year), but still something I'll pick up when it's available for sure.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/9/13 poured into GI tulip

Pour: This offering from Bells is copper-orange with a 1 to 1 and 1/2 finger size head quickly dissipating leaving a fair amount of lacing behind. Some carbonation is evident as are some alcohol legs.

Smell: Some moderate citrus orange and pineapple but there is an overall sweetness that I would assume is from the added honey. It actually smells like a fruit bubblegum to me. This is what differentiates Hopslam from other DIPA's for me to date.

Taste: More citrus with orange, pineapple and lemon than pine like. The hops are mellowed big time by the overall sweetness that is Hopslam. Quite sweet mid palate and this actually seems to cut the bitterness maybe too much. This is why I enjoy Hopslam though for a change of pace. There is the hop presence but the sweetness makes it so highly drinkable, especially at 10%.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a sort of sticky feel and moderate carbonation. No alcohol burn at all.

Overall: I can see why so many people seek this one out. It is like I said a nice change of pace for this style with the added honey sweetness. It is so dangerously drinkable at 10%.

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Photo of sharpy26
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of avanti
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Jrny2Hoppiton
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright gold, a little darker and bolder than a mead.

S: Powerful (and delightful) aroma with some deeper grapefruit notes, a noseful of hops with every sniff.

T: The honey is noticeable, but definitely a good thing. A subtle, bright sweetness that doesn't cloy, well balanced by deeper citrus fruit notes of the hops. Perfect amount of bitterness. Wish I could have had it on tap.

M: Caught some of the presence of that 10% alcohol here, but nothing that would dissuade a drinker. Smooth otherwise.

O: A great beer. Pretty pricey where I'm buying but definitely worth a try if you've got the money. I'm now convinced I should add some of that honey to my own homebrew dipa, it definitely adds a great dimension to the Hopslam.

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Photo of matzah
1.5/5  rDev -66.1%

Photo of Advocate_Ames
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of meltroha
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 9 July 2011.

A: Really nice head, three or four fingers worth. A pale, but very hazy orange-brown. Translucent. Dense-looking beer; intimidating and magnificent. The head is substantial and ends up protruding an inch above the glass. Shocking crazy lace!

S: Citrus hops. Pretty okay, but not very impressive.

T/M: A really nice DIPA. Hugely substantial. Dense and heavy, with some caramel-malt sweetness amidst the...hopslam. Hops are huge and terrific. The aftertaste is kind of dry and lingeringly bitter. Hard to review because I'm so in the moment. Go try some!

O: Truly a great beer. Probably my favourite Double IPA. Great balance despite the huge hop presence. Hopslam has my highest recommendation. I will [edit: have] drink again. This is a beer to seek out or stand in line for. Perhaps the perfect example of the style.

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Photo of Apostlebrews
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was grateful to have had this beer. The hops are beautiful in the aroma and in the taste. What's even better is how the hop profile changes as you drink this. The front is of great hops; grapefruit and pine. The hops quickly fades and becomes quite mellow on the finish. The honey comes through after, but its not as prevalent as I hoped.

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

Wow.... This has got to be one of my favorite DIPAs. Thank you Rogee for a bottle!

Bottle (dated 2/10/2012) poured into my snifter

A: half a finger head, nice nice lacing, a bit lighter in color than most DIPAs I had

S: alll hops =) a bit of sweetness coming through. Your typical DIPA smell (good)

T: So so so so well balanced for such a hoppy bitter high ABV beer. Very Very sweet. I wish it was a bit less sweet, but I also have to say that the sweetness makes the beer. Hoppy as hell. Very long after taste (as expected). I love this beer. I do NOT taste the alcohol at all.

M: Low carbonation, smooth, but I had better "feel" DIPAs than this. But, it's still good.

O: I love this. As mentioned above, definitely my top 5 DIPAs. Highly recommended.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,000 ratings.
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