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

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
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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:
#160
Reviews:
3,607
Ratings:
13,385
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into CCB snifter. Bottled 12/29/11

A- Pours a hazy dark orange gold, not much head, fairly low carbonation.

S- Honey, hops, citrus fruits, a little bit of grapefruit, lemon, etc..

T- Sweet honey, citrus hops, a little bit of pine, finishes a little bit bitter.

M- Medium bodied, well balanced between hops and honey, abv very well hidden, finishes smooth.

O- This was a very good DIPA that's a little bit different then the Northeast IPAs I'm used to due to the addition of the honey. The DIPA has a nice sweet taste that is well balanced between the hops and the honey. It's very hard to tell that this beer is 10%, it is hidden very well. I still prefer beers like Heady Topper, HF IPAs, etc. a little bit better, but this DIPA was great non-the-less. The bottles I had were a bit past there prime so the hops faded a little bit, but they were still very good.

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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 12/29/12
slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured to a one-and-a-half fingers of light khaki head that disapated into a thin layer after a few minutes and left a good lacing as the glass emptied. The brew is a golden orange and cloudy.

S: The aroma is a citrus and floral hops equally balanced with a sweet honey and malt.

T: It begins with a robust bitterness and then some citrus and floral hops with a mild honey sweetness and a slightly sweet and bready malt that is just enough to take the edge off the bitterness. There is also an alcohal heat the compliments the bitter nops bite.

M: The body is medium to heavy with a light carbonation. A very satisfying mouthfeel.

O: An outstanding robust IPA. Great hops bite and bitterness with just enough malt sweetness to take the harsh edge off the bitterness. The honey sweetness also fits well and adds a unique flavor. The alcohal heat at just the right level to compliment the citrus and floral hops and bitterness. This is one of the best IPA's around.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at IP trade, but the bottled on date is December 2011. I've decided to post my initial reactions and then revisit this review when I'm able to get this fresh. (Because it was old, but still pretty damn great)

The pour produces a nice orangey beer that isn't fully opaque, but not translucent either. Nice foamy white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

The smell of this beer is mouthwatering. The citrus dominates, but there is a sweet malt aroma that keeps this in check.

Obviously the hops were the first thing that I tasted, but I didn't get that solid kick I expected, and I feel that the age of the beer affected the quality. The pine and citrus flavors were there, but there seemed to be too much sweetness for what I expected this to be, and how others reviews have pointed out.

Beware of the ABV, because all the people I had try this one we're shocked at the mellow flavor and no presence of alcohol on the tongue.

I was also surprised at how low key the bitterness level is. Quite amazing as I expected an almost tannin-like bitterness to dry my tongue.

I read all about how hardly anything can beat fresh Hopslam, and I have reason to believe those people are on to something. I just wish I could get some Hopslam that is fresh.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

was expecting more hops than sweet honey in this one , but still one to drink again when i get a chance, lets say that i wanted more from this beer. like more bitter finsh considering the name.it kind of reminding me a little like lucky 13.alt from laguntias

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,385 ratings