Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
98
world-class
13,000 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:
13,000
Reviews:
3,525
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,655
Gots:
3,613
For Trade:
70
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,000 |  Reviews: 3,525
Photo of bwbetts
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of London08
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Biggermacphilly
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of porters4life
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dankacheese
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RoaneLoc
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strohm
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unique can data: 17142 PKGD 13:50 012317 130655

Beautiful deep gold color; thick, sculpted, sticky head. Earthy scent; some old citrus rind and pine elements; some malt sweetness buried deep. Cereal grain malts with a big hop bitterness; faint esters. Heavy body; some mild coarseness to add bite to the feel; mostly dry finish.

So, a little old perhaps for an IPA...thought I had reviewed this a few weeks earlier, but apparently that review got lost in the ether...this is a pretty good IPA overall, it's just too bad that I chanced upon this lone six pack only a few weeks prior in late March (sitting atop numerous sixes of Bell's Expedition Stout). I would hope that a fresher version would deliver more of the aroma and taste that others in previous reviews have raved about. As I recall, my initial (lost) impressions and review were similar to this one. Well, sometimes you takes what you can gets...

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Liked the second one better than the first, great hoppy flavor and the honey is just right. Nice Aroma and mouth feel. The Hoppiness is hidden some by the honey but the overall taste is great.

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Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
2.59/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Robomunky
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kcwigle
3.8/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zizouandyuki
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Lahey
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time trying hopslam, and it didnt disappoint. The look is a slightly hazy pee yellow (yeah I went there) with not much head or lacing.
The smell is hops sweetness and booze.
The taste follows the character of the smell. Big juicy hops, sweetness from the honey and just enough heat to know you're drinking a double. Very addictive.
Mouthfeel is fine. Not too thin, but just thin enough to be somewhat refreshing.
Overall one of the better dipas I've tried. I think I'd put double crooked tree from dark horse slightly above it, but this comes in a close second. Give it a shot, its worth it.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OHbeertraveler
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGold
3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. can, stamped on bottom, "PKGD . . . __/12/17," gift from friend, into tulip. Not fond of honey in beer, and always a bit doubtful of Simcoe, but the odd elements of this beer add up to a sweet but highly drinkable big DIPA.

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Photo of OhDavidBowie
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidRolle
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I thought this one was absolutely delightful and not as much of a hop bomb as I thought and loved the fact that it was in cans and a 6 pack at that. The smell and flavor of this beer were absolutely delightful and a little more than ordinary. If I did have a complaint about this one was the flavor was great but nothing world class like I thought it would be but other than that I thought it went down smooth and relaxed and was easily 94/100 for me.

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Photo of Samdaddy
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ron_Mexico
3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,000 ratings.
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