Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
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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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

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Ratings: 13,064 |  Reviews: 3,532
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of summy
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had been waiting to try this beer for a very loooong time... Unable to get it in Virginia, because of the speed with which the few cases that did show up here, sold out. A friend left me one on the porch Tuesday whilst I was feeling a bit "under the weather". I cracked it open that night with dinner, and all I have to say is "WOW!", it was well worth the wait and the hype. If you are a true hophead, then you must get your hands on this.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ONUMello
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Deep orange with a 1/2 finger head
S: Pine, grapefruit, honey, caramel
T: Just like the nose- fresh grapefruit, pine, honey, caramel. Bold and complex.
M: Crisp, medium-bodied.
O: I don't know what there is to say about this beer that hasn't already been said- it's in your face, tasty, well made & always enjoyable to drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Bold fruit and American hops. Bittersweet grapefruit and just a little pine. Very resinous. Some clean pale malt in the background. You can smell the hops with your nose about 12" above the glass.

Appearance: Pale gold. Moderately cloudy. Lots of tiny particles in suspension, very uniform. Clean white head pours a moderate height. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Bold citrus hops. Tons of grapefruit and little pine. Pale and caramel malt flavor nicely present in an attempt to balance things out. Aftertaste is a milder more English style hop flavor and pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Super slick, oily and creamy. Finishes dry from the bitter hops and high alcohol content. Little carbonation.

Overall: Always impressive. One of the best, if not the best IPA. Huge hop flavor, but not overpowering or harsh.

Notes: Package on 2/2/2012, drank on 3/10/2012.

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4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours deep golden, almost a rich honey color. Hazy white head with staying power, and ample lacing sticks around for the entirety of the beer.

S: Sweet and hoppy. You know what you're going to taste when you smell this beer. I'd almost prefer it to be even stronger.

T: Wow. Huge hop flavor throughout, slightly sweet, bitter without being overpowering. Subtle honey notes bring out the complexity of the hops. It's unbelievable, getting even better as it warms slightly. So balanced, beautiful flavor. I don't know that I've had an IPA that I prefer to this.

M: Smooth and balanced. Hides the 10% ABV well, dangerously drinkable. My only note is that I'd like a hint more carbonation.

O: Stunning beer. Glad I was able to get my hands on some of this... I've now had it on tap, and I've got a few bottles. Easily one of the best I've ever had.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of queens1130
3.92/5  rDev -12.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.85/5  rDev -13.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 95.9% out of 100 with 13,064 ratings
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