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

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, I get to do a full written review of this incredible brew. Pours a nice honey color, with an inch foam head, beautiful lacing. The scent is wonderful, well balanced citrus, hops, and honey. The taste is, oh my, incredible. This is definitely one of my top beers, for sure. It hits hard, but is perfectly balanced in such a way as to not reveal much alcohol taste at all. Honey, hops, and citrus dominate the taste in a wonderful array on the tongue that is neither too biting nor too quick to leave, it unfolds on the palate revealing the complexity of the hops. If you can find this, don't hesitate to pick some up.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe, served in a snifter.

Pour: Nice clear honey orange body, with three fingers of super soapy, and incredibly sticky off white head. Leaves really fantastic lacing.

Smell: Huge burst of tropical fruits up front, followed by some citrus fruits. A very strong honey aspect comes through as well.

Taste: Big tropical citrus, pineapple, and mango, followed by a big honey sweetness. Doesn't so much balance and just make the beer feel 'bigger.' Some nice citrus bitterness. Finishes sticky and sweet with honey and hop resin.

Mouthfeel: Insanely drinkable for 10%, but with a hint of booze on the finish, especially as it warms. Medium bodied.

Overall: This beer definitely wowed me fresh. If it wasn't for the price point, I'd buy this all the time.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every year I wait for this to come out and whenever it is gone, I am very sad - and eagerly awaiting its return! This year I was able to get a case, but last year we got the mini kegs too. This is my favorite American DIPA, period.

A - It pours slightly thick and viscous for an IPA, with a golden brown color.

S - The smell is of sweet honey and piny / floral delicious hops.

T - There is nothing that tastes quite like Hopslam. The hop presence is HUGE and it hits you up front with pine and citrus. But, there is a deliciously sweet honey flavor that balances it all out and makes it a deceptively strong beer, at 10%.

M - The mouth feel is sweet, sticky, and thick. The hops will linger on your palate for a while too, but I didn't want them to go away.

O - Overall, after writing this review, I already wish I had some more. Hopslam gets a lot of hype, but in my opinion, it is justified.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,350 ratings