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:
#158
Reviews:
3,611
Ratings:
13,420
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass, bottle date 1/26/12. Thanks jegross2 for the bottle!

A: orangey gold with a half finger off white head that recedes, leaves good lacing.

S: first smell is citrus zest and bready yeast together. I get lots of tropical fruits and some sweet character. Hops predominate.

T: bitter sweet up front with hints of citrus, pepper, hops, finishes refreshingly bitter.

M: crisp, clean medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O: a very good IPA, is fairly fresh but would love to try this a bit fresher. Certainly a must have. I look forward to trying it again.

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Photo of Philousa
3.04/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear honey gold with little head. Pretty typical for a Triple IPA. Very Grassy, piney hops. Sweet honey kissed biscuit with an alcohol tinge at the end. Very dank. Hop resin sums up this beer in two words. That's nearly all you need to know. Sweet, chewy white bread malt turns bitter grassy, then very alcoholic bitter aftertaste. Lingers very plasticky, band-aidy in the mouth. On the syrupy side, very dry finish.

I really liked the aroma, but that phenolic plastic aftertaste really buried this one for me. I got this in a trade, so I'm really hoping this one was sitting in the sun or something because this has a lot of potential. FYI, I wouldn't normally give something I suspect to be "damaged goods" a review, but I really don't have any other means by which to review this beer. This is more for my notes so i can go back and try it fresh in Chicago one day to compare. Gotta say though, even with the plastic phenol taken away, it's pretty syrupy. After the DIPA fest, I can say I've had several beers that lack this characteristic that still fit the TIPA style. So I guess I'm saying that my below average review is still warranted in my eyes.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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

For me, Stone's Ruination had been the creme de la creme for a long damn time. It was my go to sixer when I needed something that was a notch above the competition in the DIPA category.

One day I walked into my local overpriced bar (they're all overpriced here in PA) and saw something called HopSlam sitting in the cooler. I knew I had to at least try it. I'm a bit of a hop head these days and my wife absolutely hates it. She can taste ruination and think it's kinda strong on the grapefruit, which I LOVE. Her first sip of this... she gagged and dry heaved. That should tell you how hoppy and bitter it is. If you're a hop-head and after the most pungent, bitter beer imaginable, this is the one. It was simply a 100/100. There is no point in doing a 6 point breakdown on this beer.

If you love the brutal assault on your tongue that is a well crafted DIPA, this is your beer, if not, this is not your beer. At almost 21.00 a sixer in PA, there's not even room for experimentation.

If I was going to be banished to a desert island for eternity with just one thing to drink for the rest of my days, this would be my choice. So good...such a reminder of why I'm here in the first place.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey with a subtle haze that clears with some warmth. Finger of white head comes with a vigorous pour. Decent, spotty lacing. Typical west coast IIPA on the nose - big on the citrus and mango, backed up with some pine and subtle malt support, more boozy than some. Leans more towards fruit on the tongue with less herbal/pine hop presence. Fades off into some soft booze notes, and a tiny sting on the back of the palate at the very end. Mouthfeel is as expected - medium everything. Appropriate for the style. Overall it’s a good double IPA. I wouldn’t say it’s worth the hype and the price but it’s good. EDIT: Just got a sixer with a 2/10 bottle date - a month fresher than the batch I reviewed initially. Much more interesting. The honey is a bit sweeter and better incorporated. I’ll adjust my numbers somewhat, but not too much because I don’t feel that any beer should suffer that much from 4 extra weeks in the bottle. I’d probably seek this out year after year if I was guaranteed the fresh stuff.

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Photo of Elstad
5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of whitefire
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge Thanks goes out to thecheapies for providing this fine beer. Thanks Mike!

Bottled 1/10/12 and thoroughly enjoyed 2/17/12.

A: Pours a clean copper-orange color with a minimal head that fades quickly.

S: Definitely picked up plenty of hops, pine, some candied pineapple and tropical fruit. Not as floral as I expected or am used to but still a great nose.

MF: Nice Body, very light carbonation... feels so silky and smooth. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but considering that this one clocks in at 10%. I'd say they did an excellent job of balancing this one out.

O: A beer well-worth trekking for and/or seeking out. Easily one of the best in class. A treasure that I'll seek out again.

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to C2H5 for this. Bottled on 1/26/12, consumed 2/29/12.

A: Pours golden light copper, mostly clear with just over two fingers of white foamy head with good retention and lacing.

S: Fairly big tropical fruit with notes of mango and pineapple, honey and sugary sweetness is noticeable, pine needles, slight dankness, alcohol can be detected in the background.

T: Balanced hop punch of the tropical fruits, pine, and herbal dankness. Honey and sugar sweep in with a nice body of pale malt to help alleviate the hop destruction being unleashed on the palate. Unfortunately the booze appears on the back end and it does detract from taste and experience. Finish is somewhat sweet with lingering honey/sugar and hops.

M: Medium to slightly full body. On the sweeter side of DIPAs, though it doesn't have too much malt. Moderate astringency that is balanced by the sweetness. Moderate carbonation.

O: A very tasty DIPA that would be really world class if the alcohol bite on the end wasn't there or as strong. Maybe a touch better than Double Trouble, though I think it still pales a bit in comparison to the big boy DIPAs out of VT.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – It had a deeper golden color with a slight bit of haze. The head upon serving was relatively small and faded to give a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The hops hit you from afar and hit hard. Big citrus and pine hops greet the nose with a nice aroma. These then mellow a bit as a maltier and sweeter aroma of caramel and bread mix in with the citrus and pine. Toward the very end of the smell there is a bit of floral that manages it way in to the aroma, although it is quite light in comparison the pine and citrus.

Taste – The taste follows the nose quite well. There is a nice more bitter citrus and pine taste upfront with is mixed quite nicely with a big malty backbone of some bready and biscuit flavors. As the taste moves forward it sweetens up with some sweeter fruit and caramel flavors coming into play. Toward the end it all comes together and leaves a very satisfying somewhat bitter, somewhat sweet flavor in the mouth. Quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel – A moderate to thicker body with a slightly lighter then normal carbonation level give this brew a nice creamy feel and allow the tastse to linger and permeate the tongue.

Overall – This was a nice imperial IPA. It had great aromas flavor and mouthfeel. One to look for and one to sit back and savor.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,420 ratings