Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,041 Ratings
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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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of demuzik
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deceptive gold with a hint of amber; moderate to low head.

This beer is hoppy - surprised? The hops in this year's brew are varied giving it a complex hop taste, personally can't pick out the varieties used. Quite bitter though not strong on the pine; more spice, and brunt bitter on the tongue.

The honey traces across the tongue and the entire beer lingers in the mouth; if I didn't see it say 10% ABV on the bottle, I'd never believe it.

Last half of the glass/bottle finds it hop heavy, the seesaw heavily weighed on the hoppy side. To compare to others in the genre, I prefer Pliny for it's balance and pine-ey ness; this is definitely not a West coast beer, it makes perfect sense its a Midwest beer since I find it tasting somewhere in between Pliny and Dogfish Head.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of USMCYoder
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had two bottles poured into a pint glass

A: Fantastic head. Very big. One lasted and the other one kind of disappeared on me. Orange/Amber in color but very clear.

S: Up front I smelled the honey which caught be off guard, but not in a bad way. From there I got some citrus and hops that were very well balanced.

T: Hoppy up front, followed by a sweet honey taste. Seemed to lack some type of malty or other flavors.

M: Light and clean for an IPA. No harsh aftertaste but there was some remaining hop in the back of the mouth.

O: Fantastic IPA. So glad I bought it even though the high price. Hops aren't over powering and the honey/citrus help balance it out.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of goblue3509
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a one finger head which gives way to skim. A moderate amount of lace is present on the glass. The aroma is of piney and floral hops with the citrus hops coming over the top and dominating. The taste starts out with a piney and floral hop taste over a sweet malt backbone. The citrus hops come in and steal the show with a slight honey presence at the end. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very solid dipa. The flavors are well blended.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,041 ratings.
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