Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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Ratings: 13,064 |  Reviews: 3,532
Photo of Scotchboy
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10913 from an awesome BA poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a warm golden honey color with the slightest touch of chill haze. Almost a fingers worth of a brilliant white head. Good lace.

S: Awesome tropical fruit bouquet...very floral, with juicy hops and oranges, peach, some pineapple, a bit of resiny pine and astringency. Alcohol is masked well.

T: Again, very little felt alcohol presence...sweet juicy hops, decent bitterness, good pine-like hop dryness, lots of tropical fruits and citrus notes, hint of spicy honey sweetness.

MF: Mouthfeel is crisp medium-light, and drys you out pretty good. Medium carbonation.

O: Loved it, its a bit more in-your-face than Pliny but I like the more robust flavors. Good, clean hops flavors, decent bitterness, complimentary malt bill. Just all around great stuff.

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Photo of Shumania
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Side by side comparison with Hopslam. 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on January 9th, 2012. My girlfriend has just gotten into DIPAs, so she is enjoying this too! It should be a good night!

A: Bright orange with an amber hue. 1 finger head that goes away slowly.

S: subtle smells of tropical fruit. Pineapple. Hint of honey in the background.

T: Bitter and sweetness mold well on top of the tropical fruit. The tropical fruit stays long on the tongue. The honey comes through nicely.

D: Some alcohol there which reminders you to sip this beer. There is a full body from the sugar and honey.

O: I love this beer. I look forward to getting a 6 pack every January. The hype lives up to the name of the beer and it is a great DIPA. My girlfriend stole the beer from me and I was forced to up one of my own.

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Photo of adrock7309
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a fresh pour of this at Tilia in Linden Hills.

Served to me in a snifter with about a 3/4 inch cap of white foam.

This this was oozing hoppy resins and citrus notes. The sweet floral fragrance was amazing.

Body was a bright apricot orange with a slight haziness only broken by the carbonation threads coming up from the bottom. This is exactly what a DIPA should look like.

The flavors were intense citrus, some sweet grapefruit, a bit of sweet crisp malts all tied really well together with a hint of flowery honey.

So glad this is coming out in bottles here this week.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of pearljam118
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is most likely my favorite beer. I have a case and have had it on tap 3 separate times this year so I think my review is well rounded.

A - hazy, golden yellow orange

S - Fruity, tons of pineapple. If I could give this 6 I would have

T - pineapple, very hoppy but not overkill. The 10% is hidden very very well. This beer is a perfect balance of fruitiness, hops and carbonation.

M - Sticky hops coat your mouth with a good bit of carbonation

Overall - The perfect non-west coast DIPA. Since this beer is highly hyped and reasonably available there is plenty of skeptics. But this beer doesn't let down.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Oasis Micro-pub in Rockford, IL.

A - Golden, hazy orange.

S - The honey comes in quite nicely, even though the hoppiness is also very prevalent.

T - Sweet and hoppy, like grapefruit coated in a thin layer of sugar. Alcohol is well masked, almost nonexistant, and at 10%, that's impressive. I've never had a beer quite like this one... different, but in every best possible way. Amazing.

M - Thick, not too much carbonation. That honey really makes an impact on the thickness, but not syrupy by any means.

O - Amazing, remarkable, only good things to say about this stuff. Bought a bottle that I'm saving for when I need another fix. Must-try for hop-heads and beer appreciators alike.

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Photo of charliedvrs
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with a slowly fading white head that leaves stripes of lacing all down the glass. Smell is absolutely jam packed with citrus hops, complemented by a floral aroma. The taste comes through with an absolute blast of hop flavor. Citrus and floral hops all over the place with a nice bit of pine coming through as well. The malts and honey come together to form a softly sweet backdrop for the hops to shine. It also lends to a silky, smooth mouthfeel with lighter carbonation. The tropical hop aspects linger longer than the bitterness with a sweet hop finish. I usually like my DIPAs dry as possible, but this beer, as far as I've found, is one of a kind in the way the soft sweet malt flavors blend seamlessly into the intense tropical, citrus hop flavors.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of drewone
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/9/2012 bottle date. In a tulip. Thanks nrs207!

Deep golden orange color. Small head, dissipates quickly.

Sweet hoppiness - honey scent comes through, floral

Sweet and hoppy. alcohol is well hidden, slight burn on the finish. Relativly well balances but on the sweet side. Would like to know what the OG is. Some bitterness on the finish

Rounded - not that dry, almost slick.

Very enjoyable. First bottle I had I really enjoyed, this bottle I had right after a elder and that was a hard beer to follow.

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of argock
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a 12 oz clear glass flute-goblet hybrid at Michael's Bistro (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.50.

A: Amazingly clear medium-amber with 1/2-to-1-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with good retention and a few spare lace spots.

S: The aroma is far more resiny on-tap: the floral, tropical fruit notes are definitely dampened compared to the bottled version. The maltiness is still strong with a low-medium caramel contribution.

T: The flavor is also a lot more resiny than the bottled version, and it drinks almost like a lighter-bodied PtE with big pine resin and a much more subdued grapefruit note. The usual psssionfruit and pineapple are not in there.

M: The feel is still superb with a reasonably light body for the style which enhances drinkability.

O: It's still a great beer but not as great as the bottle-conditioned version -- so much for the CO2 is the same forced as yeast-carbonated argument. The hop character is a lot more one-dimensional which misses the explosiveness of the tropical fruit qualities of the bottled brew. Not sure why though to be honest.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: Clear copper color.
s: super floral and citrusy. Had hints of lemon, orange (not like gross orange like a winter beer but like the actual fruit orange)
t: Simply amazing. Perfect balance of citrus and hops. And the hops weren't bitter. They felt smooth and present.
M: Again, very smooth. I could swish it around and not have any negative feelings. The carbonation was also perfect: not too much not too little.

Overall quite possibly the best beer I've ever had. Super fruity with the hints of lemon and orange but also had the bitterness I love (and a smooth bitterness at that). This is the only beer I've ever ordered twice on the same night.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and scattered streams of bubbles rise throughout the column.

S: Resinous and syrupy, with dank herbaceous and dark citrus hops. Bready malt is faint and clean. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with dominant pine and mixed citrus hop aromatics as well as a thread of almost cakey malt. Acidity is heavy into the middle, where flavors quickly dry out and hop flavors become more green. The finish is moderately bitter and very clean. Faint ethanol lingers on the palate.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, acidic and sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a fairly effective strong DIPA. Sweetness is pronounced early, backlighting and perhaps detracting slightly from the featured hop aromatics. Despite the sweetness it is not boozy, managing not too stray too far into the 'kitchen sink' trap that other extreme DIPAs often find themselves in. It is dissimilar to Russian River Pliny the Elder; try comparing it to Port Hop 15, Avery Maharaja, Oskar Blues Gubna, or even Alpine Exponential Hoppiness instead. In defense of this beer, it manages to exceed all but the latter.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of woodsyy
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a: cloudy, golden appearance

s: traditional IPA hoppy smell with a nice citrus scent.

t: lots and lots of hops with a very citrus taste that follows. the honey taste is very subtle.

m: very smooth, very drinkable beer.

o : great beer! very glad I bought a 6-pack of it.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 95.9% out of 100 with 13,064 ratings
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