Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
98
world-class
13,024 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
Ratings:
13,024
Reviews:
3,528
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,659
Gots:
3,625
For Trade:
70
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,024 |  Reviews: 3,528
Photo of cosmo4u
3.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wadetrain9
3.73/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wuthrichj15
3.38/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kbrady10
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of GtBoros
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice hops. They add hop oil fir a nice finish. Very well rounded and stood up nicely to duck confit. At farmhouse with Daniel 2017

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Photo of Dharmelink
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyscottthomas
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of selimsivad519
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of William-Wade
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Would like it better if it was a little less piney and a little more citrus

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grizzarky
3.77/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bnoise11
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drunk-Monkey-Candyholic
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerplug
1.39/5  rDev -68.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Highly overrated, this was a total malt bomb.

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Photo of JaminStov
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beer_guy_nc
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Michaelpro824
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timc32
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerguy04
3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with a big fluffy white head and a lot of lacing. Smells very piney. Taste is piney hops with an earthy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, good but not oh my god amazing.

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Photo of tmcneal90
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of umichfan
2.89/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Maybe I'm missing something, but this is another beer that I'm not sure how it got rated in the BA250. I've only had the 2017 release, and have heard that prior years have been much better, so this is only the 2017 review.

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. Pours a golden, honeyish color that leans more amber, with a creamy white head. Slight haze to the body; the head stuck around and did lace nicely. From there, it went downhill. The nose was lacking & overbearingly sweet, especially for a DIPA. Coupled with lots of malt notes, a lot of the hop nose was overpowered.

The sweetness of the honey and how strong it came through is what shocked me most about this beer, to the point it's about all I could concentrate on. There's a flutterance of hop note that tries to compensate for the sweetness, but then the malt picks up on the tongue and the hop gets muddled. The overbearingness of the malt backbone and honey just didn't work in tandem with the Simcoe hop. Not enough bite to cut through the sweetness.

It finishes almost oily and lingers, but not in a way you'd like for a beer to linger. It's disappointing because Bell's puts out a lot of good product, but this, and especially for the price, is a huge miss in my book.

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Photo of zahara15
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gbclowes
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,024 ratings.
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