Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,039 Ratings
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Beautiful burnt orange color, decent carbonation, very thin head that lasted shortly.

Smell: Tangerine and grapefruit, smells great

Taste: To me, a great interpretation of a DIPA. Hop assault.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels heavy on the palate and that citric hop burst just sticks to the back of your mouth.

Drinkability: For the high ABV it is deceiving. I would definitely have Hopslam again.

Overall, I love this beer. It's very quenching. Not so thick like some DIPA's. At $12.99 a sixer, unfortunately not an every day brew. But it backs up the addage; Drink better, Drink less.

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

Thanks to DoctorDog for this one in a trade.
12 oz Single.

A: Light amber color with about half an inch of dense creamy looking off white head. Slightly hazy. Gobs of lacing all around. Fair amount of carbonation moving around in this one. Very nice looking DIPA.

S: Hops, and a fair amount of them, but a fair amount of sweetness too, which is interesting for the style. Lots of honey, caramel, and candy like sugar smells in this one to go along with the hops. Hops are earth, and strong, some citrus and pine too, lots of different hop smells pulling my nose in a few directions. Very nice though.

T: Not what I expected at all. Extremely balanced is the first thing that comes to mind. Not a flaming hop bomb like I expected. Hops are there, and definitely in abundance, but there is a huge malt profile to match it. Hops are bitter, and earthy, but not overwhelming. Malt profile is honey, caramel, and sweet. Really the epitome of balance in a DIPA. Lots of hop flavors and resins, but a solid malt backbone to hang with it. Not a hint of booze either. Impressive. I'm thoroughly impressed.

M: Medium thickness and carbonation. Quite dry, and slightly puckering from the hop characteristic. Slight alcohol heat once it hits my gut, but not really terrible. Spot on for the style.

D: Well...for what it is, this is one of the more drinkable DIPA's. It doesn't burninate the tongue like others with hop dominance, and it has great balance. If there is such a thing is a session DIPA, this would be it. Really a great beer, and I wish it were more readily available out West. I'd really like to try this beer on tap.

Thanks Ben! We might have to arrange for another trade on this one!

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,039 ratings.
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