Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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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Bottle Date 1/10/12, poured into a Hertog Jan snifter, consumed on 1/31/12.

A- Beautiful burnt-orange color with red-amber hues. Very thin white head dissipates almost instantly to not much more than a tiny crown. Sips & swirls create only a minimal amount of spotty short-term lacing. Excellent clarity. Color & clarity attempt to make up for the lacking head.

S- Big fruity hop aroma, more tropical than citrus. Light piney hops. All balanced by a big residual malt & honey sweetness. Very complex and pleasing aroma. Only a tiny amount of alcohol detected, becomes more evident near the very end of the glass as it has warmed to near room temperature. Aroma also becomes sweeter as it warms and the hop aroma fades.

T- Initially sweet, then comes the rush of juicy hops and bitterness. I'm sure the IBUs are off the charts on this beer but the persistent sweetness restrains the bitterness to something completely manageable. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness and some light pale malt and honey sweetness. Also get a little bit of some lingering citrusy hops in the finish. An amazingly complex flavor with every aspect melding extremely well. The hop flavor is even harder to pin-point than the hop aroma although I do get a little more pine off the flavor than the aroma. Only slightly boozy.

M- Medium carbonation, medium-full bodied, slightly heavy on the palate but not overbearing.

O- Fantastic beer, but as a DIPA named "Hopslam" I would expect a less "balanced" beer. The back of the bottle reads: "A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale." This is a bit of a stretch. Don't get me wrong, this is a BIG hoppy beer but the amount of residual malt & honey sweetness definitely detracts from the huge complex bitter hop profile. At 10%, this beer goes down with some ease, it would be real easy to get carried away with a few of these. Big up Bell's for creating this masterpiece!

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awesome, I've been wanting to try this one, so it's time for a review after a while of not writing any.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Delirium tulip... it's a deep amber color with a finger so of white head. Good lacing too... looks like what a DIPA should look like.

The aroma is all hops... a bouquet of hoppiness with just a subtle hint of sweet malt and honey. It's definitely an IPA though, no hiding anything.

The sweetness is a little more present at the front of each sip, before it gives way to a hop assault. It's still very balanced and absolutely delicious.

It's slightly thin, but nothing bad there... good carbonation, hoppy bitter aftertaste but what else would you expect?

Honestly... it's world class. There's a reason it's a 99 (or was at the time!) on BeerAdvocate... awesome DIPA.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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