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Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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
Ranking:
#147
Reviews:
3,533
Ratings:
13,107
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,686
Gots:
3,661
Trade:
69
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Kelleher's (Peoria, IL) as part of a flight tasting on February 11th, 2001 in a 5.oz mini pint glass.

Took more time and effort to be in the right place at the right time for this one than I would have liked.

A - Beautiful golden coloring, one-finger creamy head that sticks around for a while.

S - Tons of light citrus and acidity. Backend is largely sweet malt grains and light floral notes.

T - Great malt/hop balance on the frontend, getting a lot more floral notes than even the smell let on. Hops kick in more in the mid and backends. Vast amount of honey and malt sweetness from front to back. I can imagine this being overly-sweet for a DIPA fan looking for more hop kick, but my Midwestern palate buys what Bell's is selling here.

M - Appropriate crispness that improves through the drink. Medium body, some smoothness.

D - Gotta give it props for no trace of alcohol despite that abv. Worthy of the hype? I'm not quite sure. Kind of wishing I had this opportunity earlier and closer to its release last month, because I definitely feel that the hoppiness was more reserved than I expected. Still enjoyed the balance though.

Edit - another year = another release, and this time I was able to crack a much fresher 12 oz. with my friend in Lincoln Park. This is very solid within the first month of bottling and I am satisfied.

Edit #2 - 2013 not as kind for this. Three separate on-tap experiences of this year's release all left me underwhelmed. Docking for consistency.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,107 ratings
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