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

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a one finger head. Poor head retention but moderate lacing.

Smells very citrusy with lots of pineapple; almost like fruit juice. Some floral notes are there as well.

The citrus hops come through very prominently at first and linger throughout. A moderate to high bitterness appears about halfway through and lingers for awhile. Honey is detectable mainly towards the finish and the sweetness hides any alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full but not at all syrupy like many IIPA's.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. It honestly drinks like a 6 or 7 percent beer. The fruitiness is also very nice. A truly world class beer and I'm glad I was able to snag a 6 pack.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy sunburst golden color with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. A one finger, frothy white head appears initially and slowly fades to a thin film across the top.

S: Nice hop profile that isn't overpowering. Floral and citrus aromatic notes are the backbone, while a touch of sweet honey, and some pineapple-like aromas come through in the background.

T: Again, a nice hop profile of floral, citrus, and tropical pineapple, but all aspects are slightly muted when compared to the aroma. It has a nice bitter bite to the end to finish it off.

M: Medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. It has that resiny feel that I really like in an IPA. It feels a bit oily and finishes dry. Pretty good.

O: I've had many DIPA's in my time. This one is pretty good, but doesn't stand up to the elite DIPA's. The nose and the taste just seemed held back a little. With a bit more boldness, this could hold its own when compared to the best in this style.

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

I've heard the hype and made a conscious effort to procure some this season.

Scored a couple six packs at the Binny's right when the opened on release day.

The bottle pours a rich amber (honey) color with ample carbonation. The aroma is hops hops and more hops.

Upon first taste the hops hit you in taste and smell but the subtle honey is noticeable throughout. One of my buddy's trying one also for the first time said the honey really stood out although I found it subtle.

The fact this beer is "supposedly" 10% is mind boggling. This is really a masterpiece. I want this all the time.

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Poured from bottle into tulip.
Pour is an orange cloudy golden, perfect lacing.
Smell is fantastic. Great tropical, citrusy fresh hop aroma, mixed with a bit of candy.
Taste is fantastic as well. The best DIPA I have ever had to date. Taste is of fresh hops, slightly citrus and tropical notes. I really taste the honey and it makes this slightly sweet. I will go out on a limb and even say I even taste a bit if vanilla. Nice booze flavors as well.
Slightly bitter feel, but that is what I expected. It actually works very well with this brew.
There is a reason for thy hype of this beer. Its one of the best DIPA's out there.

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