Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
98
world-class
13,021 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:
13,021
Reviews:
3,528
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,659
Gots:
3,623
For Trade:
70
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Photo of leroybrown10
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Noticeable hiss when the bottle cap is popped open. Pours a deep golden color that reminds me of the honey that is added to this beer. Seems thick. Pale cream colored head that is one finger thick. Heavy, sticky lacing left behind once the head settles. Tiny bubbles rise in a continuous stream from the bottom of the snifter.

Major hop aromas. Citrus flavors of mango, grapefruit, tangerine and orange. Some mild pine. Heavy sweet honey. Some underlying bready malt.

First sip is sweet honey and a citrus hop assault on the taste buds.. Mango and orange. Sweet caramel malt provides some balance to the hops but are still close to being overwhelmed. Some peppery notes. Sour grapefruit and resiny pine on the back end.

This is a oily IPA which leaves the tongue feeling thick and coated. That oily nature causes the flavors to linger and intensify with every subsequent sip. Medium carbonation and a little alcohol bite though not as much as the 10% abv would lead you to believe.

An excellent hoppy DIPA that does have some sweetness and malt balance. Only a trace amount of bitterness. Fairly easy drinking as well which could get you in trouble with the 10% abv.

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Photo of joeyjoey104
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Hammer28
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great incredibly smooth IPA. Pretty on point

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wish it wasn't seasonal because its a great IPA!

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Photo of bobbypaulson
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of obrienc
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Markus98
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sparty1224
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 1/10/15, making this 11 days old.

A: Pours a nice, bright golden color with a 3/4 finger white head. Perfectly clear, no haze.

S: Pineapple, mango, peach. A touch of honey sweetness here, much more prominent than previous vintages.

T: Great, complex hop flavor up front. Several different varietals give way to a nice mixture of grapefruit, peach, banana. Back of the mouth gives more piney and resinous flavors.

M: Nice and full. At 10%, alcohol is well hidden here. Finish is not overly bitter or bruising, but it does stick on your tongue for a while.

O: So I had this fresh on draft just yesterday and am able to compare to the bottle version directly. I do slightly prefer this more on draft, as those pours were a bit more aromatic for me, the flavors popped just a touch more, and the mouthfeel was a bit more creamy and smooth. Nonetheless, this beer, in any format, is outstanding. It's refreshing to drink a mixed-hopped DIPA after so many single-hopped beers (mostly of the citra variety). This one is so well balanced and complex. Nice to see the honey come through much more this year as well. Unlike some people on these forums, I've actually grown more fond of this beer over time and I think it ranks right up there with the best of the DIPAs.

Recommendation: A must-try for any craft beer fan. Drink it fresh!

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Photo of ZachDow7
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BoyDrinksWorld
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of strandm
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KBS
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffh84
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chefrhetkwon
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bells knows how to make an IPA

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DannyG24
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer! Wish it was brewed year round!!

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Photo of Eagleyes
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goblue2354
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AndyBeerGuy
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MRN
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of docoman
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had the 2013, 2014 and now 2015... I think I like the 2015 much better than 2014 and little better than 2013 (from what I can remember freshly having in 2013). I didn't really enjoy last years version, this one seems smoother and more refreshing than last years. Would recommend trying. As beer starts to warm up the honey flavor really kicks in.

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Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One word.....Amazing! A hop heads dream......this is a treat!

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Photo of jrborchert74
4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,021 ratings.
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