Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Atlas1
3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. Yessir, the HopSlam is another pretty beer. Amber-apricot color with a nice creamy-looking head which, surprisingly, doesn't last too long. Minimal lace on the glass. The aroma here is phenomenal. It's like a piney citrus explosion in my nose, and I can't get enough of it. Truly a delicious scent. Reminds me of the 120 Minute in a way. Large and in charge. More beers should smell like this. The taste is great too. Fresh and hoppy, with pine, grapefruit, and pepper flavors. Noticeable alcohol presence here as well. Quite tasty indeed. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Hoppy bitterness all down the back of the mouth and throat. Nicely done. I'm not surprised that it's over 9% ABV, but I wouldn't have guessed it. The alcohol is noticeable, as I said, but not overwhelming. This would pair nicely with a spicy Thai or Indian dish, and might even match up well with a strong blue cheese like Stilton. Another good beer from Bell's.

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Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a beautiful and glowing transluscent golden-orange color with a finger of egg shell white foam that is frothy for the most part but also features large bubbled carbonation, excellent retention, and phenomenal lacing.

S: Pungent spicy hop aroma, fresh grapefruit and orange, coriander, and a strong, resonating floral smell.

T: Spicy and floral whole-cone hops seem to melt into a deliciously sweet citrus taste before finishing with smooth caramel malt goodness; sublime.

M: Despite the alcohol strength and strong flavors, this seems to levitate atop the tongue, never becoming too heavy, and finishes mostly clean with a bit of creaminess.

D: This is as close to perfect as the style can get.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel out of a 12 oz bottle.

A - Pale and golden pour with just about a one inch head that quickly recedes. Very sticky lacing all over.

S - Big piney and citrusy smell. Fruity and floral as well. Hops all over it naturally. Just a huge smell. Traces of honey.

T - I expected a huge hop taste up front but I got a nice subtle sweetness. The big hops taste follows right through though with definite grapefruit flavors. Honey provides the mentioned sweetness. Tartness in the end makes this a great beer.

M - Creamy slick layer left on the tongue. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry (and wanting more!).

D - ABV be damned this is scarily drinkable. Thee alcohol is expertly hidden.

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Photo of RWNay
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of dbauer
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of RAKeeler
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade with alleykatking...thanks Josh!

12 ounce bottle with that great artwork poured into a snifter. This is Batch 8911 and according to the Bell's batch finder, it was packaged on 1/20/09. Comes in at 10%.

A-Pours a clear, glowing orange-honey color. Has a very minimal white heasd that dissipates into a small frothy ring. A nice oil slick of head remains in the middle of the glass. Has a nice stream of bubbles continuosly pouring up from the middle. Not a ton of lacing.

S-Pineapple. This is without a doubt the most pineapply smelling beer that has ever hit my nose. Would like to see what it smells like 2 months earlier.

T-That pineapple taste hits fast followed by sweet malt and honey. On the back there is a nice hop bitterness that lingers.

M-Definitely veers toward the sweet side rather than the dry side. I found it to be fuller bodied than most IIPA's that I drink. The carbonation level was good. Leaves a really nice coating in the mouth.

D-I had no problem taking out the 12 ounce bottle, but the sweetness and high ABV would limit this one for me.

It was great to finally try not only this beer, but also this brewery that I have heard so much about from my buddy who grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, as well as fellow BA'ers.
In fairness to this beer, I did try it 2 months after it was bottled. I look forward to trying one of these when the 2010 batch is first released. I have a feeling the smell and taste scores will probably go higher.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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

Photo of Svyturys30
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of diamondlie
4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of crwills
3.7/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think I am at the rapidly declining end of a love-hate hop relationship. I used to love these hop bombs, and now I often find them one-dimensional and hard to drink. This one, regardless of its high rating and great aroma/flavour, didn't really do it for me. What can I say about it? Massive grapefruit and pine hops all over the place. Balance is OK, but it's still a bitter beast. No astringency or soapy flavours, which is good, but not a whole lot of depth. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Refreshing, definitely a palate killer, and hopheads will (and obviously do) love it.

That said, I'd love to try this on tap or cask and see how it compares.

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Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of MCain04
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank 6 days fresh. First beer of the 3 6-packs I purchased - I've been anxiously awaiting this release. Poured into a Hop Leaf Tulip.

Appearance: This is a very pretty beer. Pours a clear golden color with a thick, 2-finger cream/white head. Plenty of lacing on its way down.

Smell: Wow. Might be the best-smelling IPA I've ever come across. Pine, citrus, peach, and pineapple leap right out at you. Very nice hops on the nose.

Taste: Well-balanced. Sweet and honey tastes upfront. The hops are present throughout, with a wonderful fresh taste, and good bittering hops as well. On the maltier side, not surprising given the ABV, but really nicely balanced and enjoyable.

Feel: Good carbonation, pretty dry. Not quite as smooth and creamy as my gold standard Heady Topper but very easy to drink. Much lighter than expected for the ABV. No heat whatsoever in this one.

Overall: Well worth $18/6-pack. A real treat to drink fresh. Given how fresh, this would probably sneak into my top 5 DIPAs.

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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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