Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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:
#158
Reviews:
3,611
Ratings:
13,420
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of TBoneJones
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden nectar and thin head. 
Smells of hops and honey, inviting. 
Taste is bam!! Up-front assault of hops and then the honey smooths it out just as I sense the booze. I'm realizing this is about the best DIPA I've ever had at or above 10% abv. I admit I didn't expect the honey to play as big a role in the flavor as it does. I'm going to sip this one slow and savor it. It feels quite thick, as though it should due to that honey aspect of the brew. Sticky as it begins to warm. Although in the end I prefer more piney/ pineapple/ citrus flavored DIPAs over this, Bell's did as good a job as I can imagine anyone can do with regards to marrying honey to beer and having it all balance out with the big hop flavors like this. For me, the honey gave me the impression of an elixir, but in a very good way. My wife, who hates beer, was on hand and I had her sip this. I asked if she tasted the honey. "No" she said..."but I smelled it". Then I asked "well, what does it taste like?" ..she said "beer... bitter", as she made her usual unpleasant face as she always does after reluctantly trying beer. I then took a couple more sips as it's even warmer now, and there's orange citrus in there too. Syrupy. For a big imperial IPA, sweet. But for what I understand this retails for, this is very good bang for your buck. 

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,420 ratings