Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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98
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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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
Ratings:
13,018
Reviews:
3,527
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,659
Gots:
3,622
For Trade:
70
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4.76/5  rDev +7.4%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of HardTarget
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Great label! Dude getting the hop body slam, sign me up. Honey! This just keeps getting better. 10% abv.! Talk dirty to me. Indecipherable date code?!! I take back half the fantasies I've had about you.

Aroma: Flowers, you shouldn't have. They smell green and fresh with a definite Rose aroma. Juicy grapefruits too, with some key lime and apricot, hop oils just dripping. Ok, you've got my attention.

Appearance: Murky glass shows a tan blonde body leaving wavy white lace as it passes that forms a thin curtain.

Flavor: Pretty much what it shows on the label. There's a real "wow" to the amount of big bodied hops that fall on you. The stunningly great thing here is there is so little bitter, just a twist of lime peel at the end. The hop flavor is just massive! West Coast kind, all citric. There is a flash of malt in the finish, which is really holding the package together. Scary, I just remembered the abv, but only after feeling the alcohol hit my system after 3 greedy pulls. There is a green tea aspect here too, which may be my association with the honey. A pithy Orange Juice flavor comes in once I start to acclimate.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/light, carbonation medium and at an enjoyable level, the texture slick and the beer goes very dry in the finish where I'm starting to catch a little alcohol tastes.

Overall Impression: Scary. There must be an entire 17 ft. hop plant in this bottle. The flavor is just amazing; I'm reminded of Two Hearted Ale. Takes that hard to scratch alpha acid spot and leaves it raw and satisfied.
Seek: consume fresh.

Thanks to icefisherman for the trade.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look - looks delicious, golden color with 3 inches of white head.
smell - not too much aroma but you get the honey and citrus.
taste - citrus and honey and it has a sweet start and bitter finish.
feel - medium body, balanced well with the sweet and bitterness.
overall - damn good beer.

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4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bell's Hopslam 2014

ABV: 10%

Appearance - Nothing of note here. Apears like any IPA you'd expect.

Smell - Floral with a nice bit of evergreen. Definite presence of honey.

Taste - This is where you can appreciate the greatness of this ale. Reminded me
of Bell's Two Hearted on steroids, with better balance. The honey and malt really balance the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Perfect. The maltiness provides a slightly heavier mouthfeel than most IPAs.

Highly recommended.

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4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of schris
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It had been a while since I had Hopslam - probably five or six years. Living in Chicago now, it was easily accessible, so I have sampled it many times this (2014) season. First off, I am not sure whether it's a difference in this year's batch, or whether my palate has changed, but this beer does not strike me as deserving of its name. "Slam" isn't the word that comes to mind - more like a big wet kiss. The nose is boozy and dripping with fruit and honey. The hops are present in the mix, but this beer is extraordinarily well-balanced, and has a sweetness to each element - nose, body, and finish - that really appeals to me.

I have had it from the bottle, from a snifter, a pint glass, a tulip glass, and I would drink it out of a paper cup if I had to. It pours a misty golden color, with a minimal head that quickly dwindles to a faint spiderweb. Smelling brings some hops, but again, a touch of sweet honey to smooth it out. Just the right amount of carbonation, and the mouthfeel is like a light syrup. It tastes magical, the Platonic ideal of a honey-brewed IPA, imperial or otherwise. But that sweet touch really distinguishes it, making it incomparable, to my mind, with some of the other great imperial pales I've had - Heady Topper, Abrasive, Dreadnaught, Arctic Panzer Wolf. Highly recommended, but drink it fresh to keep as much of the hop presence as you can - if you're out of market and thinking about trading for it in 2014, do it now.

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4.76/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hrking
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this last year and tought it was so so but I must say my pallette must be maturing because I absolutely loved this years offering..Helping was the fact this is FRESH..This had a cat piss litterbox nose but when you drink it the clean hops jump right out at you with a surprising easy drinkibility..Not over the top on anything and this delivers a clean freshness...Like walking outside on a ski slope with pines around fresh air. The alcohol is WELL HIDDEN and you can find yourself in trouble in a hurry at almost 10% and the easy drinkibility of this one! AWESOME..Hats off Larry you nailed this one!

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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

served in a tulip

A - pours a translucent light orange with 2 fingers of head; head dissipates rather quickly and leaves some nice lacing behind

S - grapefruit hops dominate, through some nice florals and pineapple come through as well; some faint sweet malt

T - fantastic punch of citrus hops up front, followed by the florals, pineapple, and finally the sweetness of the malt; despite the name and obvious initial hop assault, this is a very well balanced DIPA.

M - very creamy for a DIPA, turning to slightly oily in the middle and a nice lingering bitterness.

D - incredibly drinkable for the abv and the hoppiness; the malt backbone really counters the hops nicely to keep drinkability high.

One of my absolute favorites. I only wish that hops flavor would last longer since this is a only released once a year. Hopslam is a beer that reminds you to enjoy life in the moment and to accept that there are some things you just can't hold on to for long.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,018 ratings.
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