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:
3,537
Ratings:
13,136
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,708
Gots:
3,679
Trade:
68
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Photo of DKinPA1
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texaseddie
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fogindex
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CA-J27
3.92/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thin, quickly dissipating head.

Peach and grapefruit nose with some pine.

Hoppy and boozy up front, but the grapefruit and pine notes mellow the alcohol. Finishes with sharper pine.

Light to medium body , well carbonated

Don't know why this is hyped as there are lots of better, more available IPAs but it's pretty good , most expensive sixer I've bought. Will drink and enjoy them but won't buy again when there's so much better out there (for cheaper )

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Photo of brian4beer
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very decent DIPA and good example of style

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Photo of Bowse
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Carlalwin
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nra818
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blkdth1313
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mich34
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dpiunti22
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hermatza
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BobJude
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wiseguywood
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bosoxbennie
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerampage
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured one with a good friend.

A: Pours nicely. Sunny orange color and single finger head on top. Awesome.

S: Intense hops. Citrus and Pine. Smells delicious. Malt is sweet smelling which I assume is due to the honey as well. Very fresh smelling. Can I drink this through my nose? Maybe.

T: Bang! If you're a hop head you'll enjoy it alot. Its bitter as hell initially, but gives way to a nice malty sweet finish with the citrus revealing itself along the way. First drink is always a bit shocking. Second one reveals why this beer has such a great following. At 10% you know your drinking a big one. The booze is present, but fits just right with the rest of it. Its big flavor from start to finish, and the beauty of this beer is its drinkability.

M: Awesome smooth mouthfeel. Malty and full. Juicy just like it looks. Carbonation is completely spot on.

Overall: From pour to finish it seemed to last maybe 10 min. Is it allowable to make a 10% DIPA so damn drinkable? Yes! The mark of any good beer is your desire for its next drink, and this one is pure lust from a hopheads perspective. Its a different beer from the start to the finish, and as my comrade finshed one swallow before myself, and he said, "Damn, that was delicious." I think that sums it up perfectly.

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Photo of 30helens
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bob_d
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tbart75
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blankenhoney
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottles dated 1.8.15 and enjoyed out of a Hopslam glass between 1.15 and 1.25.15.

A: Pours a mostly clear coppery orange with a soapy, 1-finger head. Minimal retention and lots of soapy lacing on my glass.

S: Pungent aromas of resiny and pine-heavy hops, followed by notes of candied orange peel, generally intense citrus aromas, and thick, bready malt. Kind of like a grown-up's version of orange juice. Good stuff, but fails to signal the flavors that are about to blow up your mouth.

T: One week after bottling, Hopslam leads with enormous flavors of piney and resiny hops that are insanely bitter. That quickly gives way to orange peel, creamed honey, a hoppy tingle, and a nice alcohol burn. White peach skin, too (srs). Hops are fragrant and floral, and balance perfectly with the strong malt presence. Bottles consumed further away from the bottling date lacked the hop wallop up front, but were still delicious.

M: Vinous, oily, and lightly syrupy, with a lovely dry and bitter finish. Hopslam is incredibly crushable, especially because there's no fooling yourself you're drinking a 10% beer. You know having more than 2 bottles in a sitting would be a mistake, but you grab a third bottle with ZFG.

O: One of my favorite DIPAs, and the beer that sent me spiraling into craft-beer madness 2 years ago. Hopslam is phenomenal even 3-4 weeks after bottling, but the fresher you can find it the better. Those bitter, biting, and dank flavors you get with an ultra-fresh bottle are about as good as it gets in the DIPA realm.

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Photo of Zomdust
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kelly_James_Tellez
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndrewPalmer
3.86/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,136 ratings
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