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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4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can only say AWESOME first time taste. Beautiful copper color yet cloudy. Not much head but what was there lingered a bit lacey. I bought a 6 pack and will cherish the other five, bottled on 02/09/2012, just wish it was a bit less expensive. I couldnt really smell the honey but did pick up a bit of sweetness on the taste after it lingered on the tongue. Cant wait to drink the rest.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Slightly hazy golden orange with an off white head.

Smell: Floral hops and mango up front. Followed by pine hops, orange and peach.

Taste: All the flavors are combined perfectly. The pine and floral hops with the mango, orange and peach come out at the same time. It's amazing!

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth with a mid-light dryness on the palate.

Overall: Clean with a crisp finish. Perfectly balanced with a medium body. Has a great sweetness to it from the honey. Woth every bit of $21.99 a six pack. The hops come through a lot more when it warms up. AWESOME! CHEERS!

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4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/26/2012.

Copper body with thick, white head; decent lace and retention. Aroma holds tons of hops, sweet malts, honey, and a distinct boozy caramel-ness. Love how this one smells, just wish its aroma was stronger.

The honey really stands out initially, contributing to a complex (and undeniably sweet) flavor profile up front before the hops return for a dry, bitter finish. Strong malt backbone adds character, body, and balance. Hop character is smooth & round, not sharp or overly piney like many of its West Coast peers. I'll attribute this equally to the brewer's intentions (this is clearly an East Coast DIPA) and the addition of honey.

Creamy body flows smoothly around my mouth. Alcoholic warmth soothes the throat as I swallow. Booze gets to me sooner than expected -- I definitely couldn't drink more than one of these in a single sitting.

Hopslam is a great DIPA, especially considering the tremendous batch size, and I prefer it to *bottled* Pliny. Draft vs draft is another question entirely that can (hopefully) be settled sooner rather than later.

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

A: Copper in color but very clear, good head, nice lacing.

S: Honey/sweet, citrus and HOPS, great aroma.

T: Hoppy and sweet honey taste, subtler malt character.

M: Light and clean for an IPA. No harsh aftertaste.

O: Fantastic IPA. Great balance very smooth drinking.
Serving type: bottle

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4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label says 02/08/12. Nice.

A- Golden amber with a one finger thin head that lasts decently and leaves a couple wisps of lacing.
S- The aroma is amazing. Absolutely pleasant with big grapefruit and pineapple aromas. A bit of foral and honey aromas as well.
T- Not as hoppy as on the nose, but still super hoppy. There's a bit of candied grapefruit, orange juice and honey backbone as well. Big flavors.
M- The boozyness is noticable, but for 10% it does well. Carbonation is even but leaves a slightly prickly feeling.
O- A beer that has been on my beer bucket list. It lived up. Very good beer, maybe not in my top five or ten, but still way up there.

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4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got really lucky by running into a buddy who had a 6 pack on him at a concert in Detroit. Thanks!

12 ounce bottle bottled on 02/09/12

A - Amber orange, one finger of white head, dissipated really quickly into a white wisp.

S - Sweet hops with a slight piney note, the honey comes off strong in the nose, nice floral bouquet, you can smell the balance in this one!

T - The hope bite is more pronounced in the taste than it is in the nose, with grapefruit coming in a little more, the honey kicks in on the back end and lingers for a while.

M - The carbonation is a little sharp for me, but the level of carbonation is perfect, the honey also helps this beer with the mouthfull as it coats the inside of your mouth.

O - A really solid DIPA, and I am really glad I was able to get my hands on this one. This beer holds up to it's name and the hype around it. At 10% abv, you better be careful!

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1. Damn.

2. It's called Hopslam, so you shouldn't be surprised that it is very hoppy. But what's impressive about this beer is it's honey backbone - smooth uncharacteristic of such a big beer.

3. Rich doesn't begin to cover this beer. A rich, piny aroma with a subtler malt character is what this beer is all about.

Make no mistake, the first taste is a hop-heavy throat punch. But with its honey backbone, it only gets better on the second taste. Drink it with a pest meal if you want to compliment this outstanding beer appropriately.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,298 ratings