Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BA SCORE
95.9%
Liked This Beer
4.46 w/ 13,060 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#148
Reviews:
3,531
Ratings:
13,060
Liked:
12,519
Avg:
4.46/5
pDev:
9.42%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,677
Gots:
3,640
Trade:
69
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ahh the famous Hopslam...finally managed to track down 8 bottles of it between two stores.

Poured into snifter; glowing, slightly hazy orange with a minimal clear white head that fades quickly into a ring of foam and some spotty foam on top.
Smell...dear god. Citrus, honey sweetness, some tropical fruits such as pineapple, floral scents, and some mild vegetal/herbal qualities, but not anything earthy or dark. Smell is huge from the bottle but seems to calm down a bit once it's in the glass.
Taste...a surprising amount of noticeable honey sweetness, and a ton of bitterness from the hops. Accompanied by a sort of flat, wide citrus/herbal assault that destroys everything in its path. I'll have to edit this review as my taste at the moment is somewhat muted from illness, but even now I can tell that this is simply an unassuming but very well-balanced and well-crafted beer that is insanely hoppy.
Mouthfeel is relatively clean for 10%abv, not too sticky either. The bitterness takes care of any stickiness the aftertaste might have had.
Overall, possibly the hoppiest beer I've had, but also still incredibly well-balanced. Glad I was able to find it.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 95.9% out of 100 with 13,060 ratings
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