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:
13,020
Reviews:
3,528
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,659
Gots:
3,623
For Trade:
70
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Duvel tulip. Acquired via trade.

A - Perfect amber tone, with a nice soapy, fluffy white head. Lacing is great for an IPA this big.

S - Citrus, tropical fruits and honey in the malt come through.

T - Sweetness hits first, then the hops, then fruit and honey. The hop notes are very mango/citrus and the honey adds a nice touch to the aftertaste.

M - Perfect mouthfeel and carbonation. Maybe it's the honey helping, but it's got a nice creamy thickness to it.

O - I'm a fan of the bottled version, but not nearly as much as the draft pour I had near Philly. On tap, this beer is absolutely jaw-dropping. The tropical notes are much more pronounced. I'd still trade for a few fresh bottles each year though. Bottled, it drinks much more like a honey-infused version of Two-Hearted. Go Bells Go!

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4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Nicely done dipa from bells, really only case each year I travel El to make sure I can get 2 cases....poured from 12oz into 32oz Steelers frozen glass mug, little finger of head and decent lacing. Looks like honey but bubbles like beer!
Honey hops citrus malt and 10%! It has it all s/t/m! Goes down dangerously smooth at high gravity and also pops the palate like other exceptional beers.
Overall one of my must haves for the year just finishing my last case bottled 2/2/12 besides 2 I will save for next year comparison! DRINK AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE!!! The 6 er my lady n I drank on vday(2/2batch) was even better than one I had tonight

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Pours an slightly-cloudy orange-amber with a finger of white foamy head. Head lasts for about a minute, then dissipates, leaving good lacing.

S - Smell is bitter hops with a syrupy sweetness.

T - Strong hops rights off the back (what else did you expect?) followed up by the almost-but-not-quite sickly sweet taste of honey and cloves. A slight heat is felt after swallowing at cooler temps, but becomes much more prominent as it warms, as does the sweetness.

M - Sticky and chewey with light carbonation. Feels like it coats my entire mouth.

O - Probably one of the best Imperial IPAs i've had. A fine balance is struck between the hops, sweetness and alcohol. Hard to find even when it's released in MI - Don't hesitate to grab if you're a hop-head.

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Exactly what I expect from a true IPA, hops, pine, bitterness! Wishing all these IPA wanna be craft brewers could taste a few done right. Next to Cigar City's Jai Alai this is an excellent brew.
A-cloudy honey amber with a nice head
S- Christmas, gotta love that Fraser fir smell
T- Terrific hops, with nice bitterness an pine
M- rolls over the tongue
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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,020 ratings.
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