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Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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4.46/5
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13,107 Ratings
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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:
3,533
Ratings:
13,107
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,685
Gots:
3,661
Trade:
69
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Ratings: 13,107 |  Reviews: 3,533
Photo of lewith
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Dark cloudy straw color with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is mild hoppy with fruity accent. Taste is also a mild hoppy with fruit and a slight honey taste.

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

Photo of B302
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Juggerr
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of G-R-Fracassa
4.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Nectar of the gods. The fact that it always comes out in short supply around my birthday makes me a very poor (and rather fat) man at that time every winter.

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

Photo of PDinunzi
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Hop_Swig
3.97/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a Duvel tulip. At this time the beer is probably not anywhere close to its full potential as I bought and drank this can months after the package date! I was just happy that the store still had cases of it so long after production.
The beer was definitely not skunked but may be significantly more mellowed than when fresh. Overall its hoppiness is on the dank and rich side, rather than the bright side, and I can't tell how much this is owing to its aging. I found it to be similar to Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA, with that same rich sweet malt backbone and balanced, full hop profile, only with the hops/spice/alcohol turned up a bit further.
So I won't go into a detailed review and will just say that I enjoyed it and I'd like to revisit it when it's fresh.

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Photo of jjdog720
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bgon
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amedlin18
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JJuva13
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenK34
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boxdiesel
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of themayorkoch
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patriciag90
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArtAttackEd
3.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikey2333
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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